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12. 'Battlestar Galactica' (Syfy)
Aired: March 20, 2009 (Part 2)
Why It Works: Like the original series, the 21st Century version of "BSG" focused on the remnants of the 12 colonies finding their way "home" to Earth after a disastrous war with the robotic Cylons. By the time the finale had rolled around, the crew of the Galactica and their now Cylon allies had found Earth to be ravaged by an apocalypse and inhabitable. Was there no hope of a happy ending for these characters fans had grown to love? Yes, there was. It might have been a tad tidy or some, but "Daybreak" found our heroes settling on another Earth, "our" Earth (the viewers planet) and finally resolving the Cylon-Human conflict. More importantly though, it featured a tearjerker final scene between beloved characters Adama (Edward James Olmos) and Roslin (Mary McDonnell). And, of course, an epilogue with Inner Baltar and Inner Six in modern day New York City hinting the entire destructive cycle could happen all over again.
- Gregory Ellwood