Originally Posted by Matt L
Personally, I think the whole last season could have been dropped and a 2 hour wrap up movie would have been better. There was no point to 90% of the season, and they could have spent the money on good writers and special effects.
No kidding. From the beginning stall to the Aliens rip-off in the tunnel this entire season was mostly foot-dragging filler that went nowhere waiting for the occasional moment when something would be pulled out of thin air to make the finale work.
They introduced new characters for no good reason (and introduced Jeff Fahey in the finale no less!) and little characterization and the beerchemist reveal didn't make him more likeable, it just made him ridiculous. Pope was just wasted on character repetition and without any real purpose. The scene with him on the beach I thought was the best part of the episode. Pity it didn't happen 6 episodes earlier with the rest of his arc and didn't involve him magically traveling from Fort Bragg to a secret rendezvous in DC after
a building fell on him.
The season was poor all around and the finale was actually a low point. The dialog was genuinely terrible and full of cliches, the resolution pulled out of thin air (and the Queen blown into thin air) and made little sense and the story and canon of the show was once again completely ignored by the writers. If they watched any of the previous seasons I would be genuinely surprised.
The entire motivation for the Espheni boiled down to revenge and the annihilation of humans. Which makes it slightly confusing why all those giant miles-wide spacecraft they used to obliterate Earth's military before the show began just upped and left only to leave behind some beamers and a few Overlords.
The Queen is the massive Achille's Heel and the most important being in their hierarchy; so she stays on Earth in an unprotected monument and all those massive spacecraft the Espheni have don't bother protecting her. I don't even know how she actaully got there considering the Espheni apparently have no ships on Earth. The skitters were also revealed to be harnessed aliens that were transformed. So why does the Queen look like them?
Remember the Volm? Easy to forget considering that Cochise seems to be the only one on the entire planet. When you are about to attack the Big Bad of your mortal enemy maybe diverting a few ships to give some cover fire to the assault would be nice. Oh wait, they can't do that. The reason Cochise is the only one on Earth is because their entire super battle fleet is fighting another war with the Espheni. How did that turn out I wonder? Did all those skitters and overlords a billion miles away just vaporize too?
The Overlords are a different race and there's an army of them out there and some other higher beings too if I remember correctly (or some dudes in cloaks that seem more important). What about them? Vaporized for no reason as well? What about harnessed kids on Earth? Vaporized?
As for the Deus Ex Aqua, well at least they explained how Tom arrived back on Earth. How that ship managed to get to Earth without any of the other two super powered alien races noticing or what happened after it did all it's show-saving magic we are left to wonder. Based on the track record of the writing this season I think the writers just forgot the alien was there two minutes after writing the scene. I was barely invested in this show but I seem to remember more than the production staff did.
This show became just another example of mainstream television sci-fi. Poorly thought out, no respect for their own canon or the intelligence of the audience, a concept the budget could not fill and dumb characters doing dumb things. Surely there is someone out there with the writing chops of Milch, Simon or Yost and thinks laser guns, alien race canon and quantum slipstream drives are cool to write about?
There has to be ...