An absolutely appalling ending to a series that had once held so much promise, as it came back to bite us in the "ass" in the worst possible way. There are a lot of people out there who still like BSG and despite its brilliant start, I'm not one of them. I kid you not, if you love good TV, good storytelling, the way I do the ending of this series will make you spit, swear, stomp and generally want to smash things.
Comparative reviews are one thing and obviously must be done as objectively as possible but reviews of individual items are in many ways more difficult because you're not giving them context. They must be handled as objectively, as fairly, as possible and the following is the overall way in which I try to review something.
It is not enough to simply say you hated a film or loved it, you must be seen to be consistent so proper evaluation is necessary. I know it's a pain but it works quite well and can give some quite surprising results. The following outlines the method I use and the categories I use to do so, all the reviews on this site follow this method. I've given some considerable thought to these categories and hope that they make the review that little bit more objective and interesting.
"Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) has a lot missing compared to the "original" TV series. There are no mentions of Eccentrica Galumbits, Marvin's painful diodes, the restaurant at the end of the universe, Zaphod Beeblebrox's two heads, fear sensitive sunglasses to mention but a few. I liked the newer Trillian but intensely disliked the happy ending with her and Arthur falling for each other, Marvin was not depressed enough and the new Zaphod Beeblebrox was plain irritating. It feels as if the film follows recent trends, seeming to act under the assumption that if enough effects are thrown into the mix it will make up for its shortcomings. I found the film uninspiring and nowhere near the kind of quality of the original... a wasted opportunity.