By Michael Slezak
Updated June 01, 2007 at 10:46 PM EDT
Battlestar Galactica: Justin Stephens

Great news, Battlestar Galactica junkies: the show’s upcoming fourth season (slated to kick off in November) will also be its final one. (Or maybe you’re thinking I’m a frakking imbecile, and that this is absolutely terrible news.) Either way, executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick announced their decision by noting, “This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end. Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we’ve decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms.”

While that statement might just be a face-saving way of saying, “Sci Fi channel couldn’t continue to justify our cost-to-ratings ratio,” I think it’s the right move. I mean, the season 3 finale was the kind of staggering achievement that proves Battlestar is heading into year 4 capable of delivering first-rate thrills and surprises. Wouldn’t you rather have 22 stellar episodes than 66 not-so-great ones? To me, there’s nothing worse than when a series outlives its expiration date — either because its writers run out of ideas, or they drift so off-course that they lose sight of the finish line. As someone who still hasn’t recovered from Alias‘ fourth season, here’s hoping Battlestar goes out with a bang. (And maybe an Emmy nod for Michael Hogan, pictured. Yeah, I know I already ranted about that once today, but COME ON, it bears repeating!)

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