Holy frak, "Battlestar Galactica" begins its heroic end tonight! The first of the acclaimed sci-fi series' last 10 episodes, "Sometimes a Great Notion," launches at 9 p.m. on the Sci Fi channel.
What other show could survive a six-month break in the middle of a season? Here's a quick recap of where we left the Colonials and Cylons, and what's coming on tonight's harrowing return ...
(Spoiler alert! Do not click through if storyline purity is desired.)
When we left the Galactica, the crew -- and the newly friendly Cylons -- was disappointed, to say the least. After running light years across the galaxy to find their promised land, the mythical Earth (and its equally mythical 13th tribe), they finally locate it ... only to discover that it was nuked to ashes nearly 2,000 years ago and remains a wasteland, with a chunk of the Brooklyn Bridge jutting out of a grey, windswept beach.
Tonight's episode gets even bleaker:
-- The nuclear holocaust is confirmed, and Earth is found to be uninhabitable, wit radiation still at dangerous levels. (But whose nukes were they...?)
-- President Roslin loses all hope ... and burns the biblical prophecies.
-- Cmdr. Adama loses all hope ... and considers killing himself before pointing his gun at Col. Tigh (who's -- oh yeah -- a Cylon!).
-- Starbuck is presented with yet another bizarre mystery.
-- Somebody dies. That number of surviving Colonials just can't seem to go up.
-- And presumably the final Cylon is revealed. Review DVDs sent from the Sci Fi network had one crucial scene deleted, for fear of us media types spoiling the surprise of what is allegedly a big reveal. Executive producer Ron Moore has said the final Cylon would be revealed in this episode.
Meanwhile, the cast is watching at home like the rest of us.
"We finished almost seven months ago now," Jamie Bamber, who has played Lee "Apollo" Adama since the miniseries, tells the New York Times, "and I think all of us have moved on to other things. So it is weird to be talking about it again and anticipating the final airing, but that's exciting too. It's lovely to know that it's not quite done, that the journey isn't actually completed until people have seen it completed. So that's exciting to me, that it still has a life, because it's been such an important part of my life."
Ours, too, buddy.
p.s. Meanwhile, since the show's done filming, nearly every set and prop used during its run is for sale this weekend in a live auction. You could own anything from Adama's set of whiskey glasses to a full-size Viper. Click here to see a few of the show's stars hawking the merch.