These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined)
Accidental Aesop: The series finale seems to have an Anvilicious anti-technology Aesop that comes completely out of nowhere. Ron Moore admits in his podcast on the episode that this was simply a desperate last-minute attempt to explain why none of the fleet's technology was discovered after they arrived on prehistoric Earth, and he didn't put much thought into any message that could be read into it.
The Space Whale Aesop for the entire series could easily be, "technology is fine, just don't build robots".
Alas, Poor Scrappy: Cally may have been such an unpleasant shrew by season 4.0 that you might find yourself wishing for her to be eliminated, but the way it happened...
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Caprica-Six's spine glowing while having sex with Baltar in the miniseries, and Boomer's doing the same the first time she sleeps with Helo on Caprica. This is never shown, much less referred to again, and it seems to go way beyond Early Installment Weirdness.
The novelization explicitly states most of the radiation is in the infrared; we can conclude that the TV series simply shifted the wavelength for dramatic effect.
Word of God is that the spines weren't meant to be literal and were just a clue for the audience. Plus, keeping them would have made it silly after a while that this obvious physical difference didn't lead to anyone being discovered as a Cylon.
"The Woman King". Of all the so-called stand-alone episodes ("Black Market", "Scar", "A Day in the Life", "Dirty Hands", etc.) it is the only one with no connections to the over-all plot of the series, can be completely excised from the show without losing any vital story developments, everyone in it acts wildly out of character and even Ron Moore hated it.
It also doesn't help that several scenes in earlier episodes that would have made the events make more sense were deleted, and the whole thing was meant to lead into a storyline (which Baltar's mysterious whisper to Gaeta was also supposed to tie into) that ended up getting thrown out.
"Black Market" also strays into BLAM territory, though it averts this by killing off a minor (but significant) character and paving the way for a major plot turn later.
Broken Base: Immediately cropped up when SyFy announced that, in addition to Caprica, they were planning to launch a new show focused on Adama's young days as a Viper pilot. Cue half the fanbase saying "finally, no more frakking teenage angst!" and the other half saying "so they're substituting the ideas and complex storylines of Caprica for a show with explosions?" It doesn't help that SyFy is specifically pushed the action element as an alternative to Caprica. Not that mattered, since [[Vaporware the show never materialized]].
The Chris Carter Effect: It would be nice if the Cylons shared their plan with the writers. Or admitted if their plan has been totally derailed by now. Or how the lost Cylons became lost. Or what the significance of the Final Five were in the grand scheme of things. Or everything else.
Somewhat turned on its head halfway through season four when it's suggested the 'plan' is the final five's plan, not the significant seven's. The plan was finally revealed a few episodes before the series ends. It turned out that there were two vague sets of goals; the Final Five were trying to break the Cycle of Revenge between humans and Cylons, and John was out to convince the Final Five that humans weren't worth saving.And then in the Made-for-TV MovieThe Plan, it turns out that at least one of the Number Ones/Cavils changed his mind as to what the plan should be.
(John) Cavil aka Number One is the de facto leader of the Cylons and the first model of the Significant Eight made by the Final Five, the progenitors of the race. He proves to be a hateful being angered by his creators' decision to give him a human body. He kills his brother Daniel out of jealousy, wiping out the line. He wipes the minds of his five parents and reprograms his siblings to forget about them. Then he puts the Final Five on human worlds to witness the genocide he initiates against the Twelve Colonies and hunts down the surviving humans to spite them and to make them realize they should love him as the "prince of the universe" he fancies himself as. Despite professing to want revenge for the humans' enslavement of the Centurions, he promptly doesthe same thing. He uses a Scarpia Ultimatum to rape his mother and tortures and mutilates his father. During his time in the human fleet Cavil also killed a young orphan boy just because they were becoming friends, and at the end of the series tries to dissect little Hera Agathon to uncover the secret to Cylon procreation. He permanently boxes the Threes over the other Cylons' objections. When half of his brethren break with him over his enslavement of the Centurions and Raiders, he promptly wipes out the Sixes, Twos, and Eights, leaving only a handful alive. While John claims he wants to be a robot more than anything, he willfully succumbs to the lowest human instincts he so hates: vengeance, lust, and sadism.
Phelan, the ex-military mercenary turned crime lord from season 2ís "Black Market," runs the titular market and garrotes anyone who threatens his supremacy. When Apollo investigates the death of one of Phelan's competitors, the man pays him a visit, abducting the Hooker with a Heart of Gold Apollo had been seeing regularly and taking her daughter, warning Apollo that "I hear any more talk about Fisk I'm gonna send your whore back to you piece by piece, and then I'm gonna start on the little girl." As if that's not enough, in his headquarters he keeps a bunch of children locked in a cell. When Apollo confronts him and asks about that, he claims that some people are "demanding". When Apollo demands the kid back, Phelan replies, "Sorry, the little girl's been paid for. No refunds."
The Bear McCreary cover of All Along The Watchtower, among others.
Pretty much every single piece of musicBear McCreary composed for the show qualifies.
Let's count up some of the favorites though:
Miniseries - To Kiss or Not to Kiss & Reunited (both by Richard Gibbs)
Season 1 - A Good Lighter, Wander My Friends, The Shape of Things to Come, Destiny, Passacaglia
Season 2 - Allegro, Reuniting the Fleet, Martial Law, Roslin And Adama, Pegasus, Prelude to War, One Year Later, Worthy of Survival, Something Dark Is Coming
Season 3 - Battlestar Sonatica, Storming New Caprica, Someone to Trust, Heeding the Call, All Along the Watchtower
Season 4 - Gaeta's Lament, Resurrection Hub, The Signal, Diaspora Oratorio, The Line, Assault on the Colony, Kara's Coordinates, Earth, The Heart of the Sun, Roslin And Adama Reunited, So Much Life, An Easterly View
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The show skirted this line throughout its run, coming closer to the edge with each successive season. However, given its continued popularity, it's clear widespread apathy never took hold with the core audience.
Gaius Baltar is an insufferable, irritating, self-proclaimed genius (okay, he does have that going for him), and is arguably one of the major villains for a couple of seasons, but still the ladies swoon over his macho stubble. In show as well given his successes. Though this is helped by him being amusing, oddly sympathetic despite his narcissism, hugely charismatic and genuinely a genius, if out of his depth in the circumstances he finds himself in. And mad. In the series finale, Baltar makes the leap from being Draco in Leather Pants to being a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass by being Horatius at the Bridge in his defense against the Cylon borders. Thus, he finally did something that, as Apollo demanded, didn't even indirectly benefit Gaius Baltar. Aside from proving Apollo wrong, which has got to be satisfying on some level.
A more serious example of this would be Leoben Conoy. While he is certainly a Magnificent Bastard, has genuine (Albeit twisted) love for Starbuck, can even be pleasant company and is played by the incredibly charismatic Callum Keith Rennie, many fans ship him with Starbuck as though it were a storybook romance, ignoring little things like him keeping her locked up for months, kidnapping a child and trying to force her into motherhood and her stabbing him to death every night, only for him to download again the next day (which is straight out of a horror movie). It probably doesn't help that Katee Sackhoff herself said she supports the relationship.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Romo Lampkin. Being played by Mark Sheppard already likely guaranteed he'd end up as one, but his array of memorable quirks and slippery morality quickly made him one of the most popular characters. He also gets points for ranting about the flaws of the show's Esoteric Happy Ending.
Epileptic Trees: It was widely speculated that Daniel was Starbuck's father and that he taught her "All Along The Watchtower". But this was never the plan, and the episodes were finished long before they were seen. Other speculations about Daniel include that he was Baltar, father of Baltar AND Starbuck, Zak, Gaeta, or responsible for the Head Characters.
To say nothing of the theories surrounding the identity of the Fifth Cylon. Earth, the Galactica, all of humanity (as in Neon Genesis Evangelion), the audience...
In fact, the series has brought out the crazy theories since Season One. For example, that Boomer was not a Cylon and everything happening on Cylon-Occupied Caprica was a Dream Sequence.
Esoteric Happy Ending: The ending is both very religious (a large part involves a literalDeus ex Machina, though admittedly this part of it had been foreshadowed for most of the series) and very Ludd Was Right, both attributes which pissed off a rather large portion of the sci-fi fans who'd watched it, but actually made quite a bit religious watcher extremely happy (some even call it the best sci-fi show). It doesn't help that without their modern technology, most of the survivors would have both greatly shortened life expectancies and greatly reduced quality of life. A large number of fans found it rather unbelievable that the entire population of Galactica would consent to giving up all their technology without any apparent major objections. Romo even points out the impossibility that it could work, but somehow it still apparently does.
Or does it? No traces survive of the culture that they supposedly set out to build. Humanity would not reach a level of having things like agriculture or anything more than the most primitive tools for something like 140,000 years. The implication being that whatever non-technological society they attempted to create was an utter failure, with the entire culture dying out and the human race having to essentially develop everything from scratch over the course of a huge span of time.
One wonders if the writers had any idea what they were saying when they tell us that the "fossilized remains of a young woman" were found: that Hera, for whom so much had been sacrificed, probably only lived long enough to have a couple of children, and quite possibly died in childbirth.
Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans pretend "Black Market", "Hero", and especially "The Woman King" never happened.
Fridge Brilliance: The "Final Five" moniker is actually still relevant in light of the revelation that they were actually the first five Cylons, as they are still the final five survivors from the first Earth, and thus the final five members of their original race.
Fridge Horror: the adults were having a hard time with the lack of sleep in the episode "33". Imagine the poor children!
Presumably the adults aren't so cruel as to force the children to stay awake the entire time just because they need to. What's more, anyone who has nothing to do with the flying or maintaining the fleet, that being everyone not important enough to be a character in the show, are probably a bit more rested than the main cast.
Given Cally's reaction in the miniseries, jumps seem to cause an unpleasant sensation. It is possible that someone simply can't sleep through a jump.
Hilarious in Hindsight: President Roslin's adorably naive aide Billy had a bridge dropped on him because the actor who played him decided to leave the show to pursue a role on a more mainstream show. A year and a half later, said show never even made it past the pilot stage, and the character who replaced Billy becomes a Cylon central to the show's mythology... Go figure. She's also the only female Cylon of the "Watchtower Four", which means that she's the one who ends up bedding Baltar...what would have happened if Billy had still been around?
Of all the characters who could have had the chance to be a lawyer for a day, it just had to be the one named Apollo. Doubly funny now that another installment of the Ace Attorney series has come out, and the last two murders are set in a space center...and the defendant's name is Starbuck
Inferred Holocaust: "Daybreak Part Two". Despite their stated intention to create an agrarian society, it would take another 140,000 years for humanity to do so and coupled with Hera apparently dying young, it's very likely they failed to survive for long in the Middle Paleolithic.
To clarify, since they abandoned all technology and set the stage for a rudimentary civilisation 150,000 years ago, something bad must have happened shortly afterwards, as humanity only shifted to an agricultural society around 10,000 years ago. Considering that archaeologists discovering the skeleton of Hera say she died young, yeah...
Ronald D. Moore invoked this in the behind the scenes for "Kobol's Last Gleaming", about the paradox of the Twelve Colonies being clearly space-faring enough to leave Kobol and thus having access to information technology, yet having scant few records that everything about that period is Shrouded in Myth? His speculation was that similar to the fall of the Roman Empire, the Twelve Colonies suffered a prolonged Dark Age where the information was either accidentally or deliberately lost.
While usually sympathetic and a protagonist, Kara Thrace can be an absolute asshole. Her ability to be a Karma Houdini rivals Baltar's at times.
Colonel Tigh also qualifies - he's an already stern leader who tends to become increasingly extreme under the influence of his slightly more, well, ambitious wife. Between his drinking problems and all the things that happen to him in the last two seasons, it's hard not to feel sorry for him from time to time. Heavy emphasis on the Jerk Ass-part during the New Caprica-arc.
Sometimes Baltar, though this effect wears off as the series goes on.
Quite a few but Gaius Baltar takes home the gold. Cavil gets the silver, D'Anna Biers gets the bronze.
Arguably Ron Moore for creating a kick-ass story arc that plays on human emotions like a piano (though due to self-admitted asspulls in tying up the series, your opinion may change by the last episode).
Tom Zarek crosses the horizon when he orders the Quorum killed.
"John" pretty much lives on the far side of said horizon. John recently got one more hit with The Plan, where he kills a young boy he'd been "befriending" up until then, all because he found friends to be too dangerous. The careless way he tosses the body aside just adds to the squicky bad-ness.
While she should have crossed it when she tried to kill Hera, Boomer finally joins Zarek on the other side when, after emotionally manipulating Tyrol into freeing her, she brutalizes Athena, has sex with an unknowing Helo, then kidnaps their daughter and uses her as a hostage as she knowingly risks destroying Galactica in her escape attempt.
Admiral Cain is clearly straddling the moral event horizon from the moment she first appears onscreen, but she crosses it fully when she orders Athena, who is pregnant at the time, to be raped in order to get information about the resurrection ships out of her.
Chronologically speaking, she crosses it in flashback in Razor when she executes her XO for insubordination when's merely trying to talk her out of diving into a suicide mission. What's more, by this point we already know that she's ordered Gina raped as well—what's uncovered over the course of Razor is that Gina was the love of her life and she ordered her raped out of pure seething spite.
MST3K Mantra: In the commentary to Razor, the showrunners admit that they have no idea how Kara and Lee could know that Kendra Shaw might think she deserved to die, since she never confides in anyone about her part in the massacre of the civilians' families. (In an earlier draft, she told Starbuck.) "It's television! Don't worry about it!
Ellen has (hate)sex with a Cavil in "Precipice". Gross enough. The squick really sets in in "No Exit", when we learn that Ellen created Cavil in her father's image, and considered him as a son, making this all kinds of incestuous. Unlike Ellen, Cavil knew all along.
Boomer/Cavil. Cavil/anyone is kinda Squicky, be it middle-aged cougars or hot young chicks.
The audience heard about the Cylons moving seemingly human corpses on the Twelve Colonies into massive incinerators after the attack. When we see it in The Plan, the physical image will be guaranteed to give you Nightmare Fuel, at the absolute least. The worst part? "Corpses" do not cry out for help en mass once it appears that the Cylons around them are dead.
While filming The Planactor-turned-director Edward James Olmos decided to test the limits of the term "unrated DVD" by engineering an all nude scene in Galactica's unisex head and covertly trying to get a shot of an actor's penis. And it worked.
Surprisingly Improved Reboot: Took the solid concept of the original series and ran with it, removing the cheesy elements and a strong emphasis on character development. It was a major critical and commercial success.
While being a commercial success is true, their are many who would argue on the term "improved", hence why this is in the YMMV page.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: What several fans of the original think of this version, especially when a certain gender fact about Starbuck and Boomer first came to light. Being a show full of ongoing mysteries and major plot upheavals (some of them overt and flashy, some of them small but significant twists, some of them constituting games of Chicken with hype and fan expectation), the new version leaves itself frequently vulnerable to this criticism.
Too Dumb to Live: It is really no surprise that that the settlers on the new Earth appear to have died off quickly. One of the first things that they observed about the planet was its incredible diversity of life. Logically, that would include microorganisms to which they would have no natural immunity. Their attempt to assume a non-technological lifestyle, including destroying their medical technology, on an essentially alien planet was an open invitation to The Plague. Especially since most of them had lived their lives on planets with advanced technological infrastructure, or on spaceships with controlled environments. Their immune systems would not have been up to the challenge of withstanding the vast array of bacteria and viruses a planet like Earth would host.
The Untwist: In the very first episode, "33", Caprica!Six announces that God is in control of events, and that he has a plan. Many theories were put forward by fans to explain the significance of this, nearly all of them strictly rationalist theories predicated on her lying to manipulate Baltar. Nope! It turned out to be the literal truth, as revealed in the show's closing scenes. Cue the sound of the base breaking.
The Woobie: Many characters but especially Lee Adama and Kara Thrace who never get to be together although she's reincarnated as a pigeon so they get to be together in a way.
Felix is a woobie for the entire series. He's very rudely disillusioned by his then-hero, Baltar, by the latter's actions on New Caprica. He's the fleet navigator yet never even gets an official military promotion, unless you count the time when Zarek promotes him during the mutiny, which may or may not have been official or legal. It's clear from his interview in D'Anna's documentary film that he dislikes his job and finds it very difficult to de-stress, and is something of an odd man out among his colleagues. In season 3, after the fleet returns to Galatica, he is beaten and then almost executed by The Circle for being a collaborator, and is hated throughout the fleet until Chief clears his name. Outside of the webisodes he never had any romantic relationships or love interests. And in the webisodes, his lover on New Caprica betrays him, making him think that she's getting prisoners released when in reality she's killing most of them. The loss of his leg could have been prevented; plus, no one faces any consequences for what happened to Felix. After he loses his leg, he doesn't even get many visitors while in sick bay. Later on, Dualla, who had been his friend, commits suicide right after talking to him.
A few points? In the final minutes of the episode, they brought Felix right back to when he was singing in sickbay. For all the blood on his hands, his execution is still Adama breaking the cutie.