1. I think I may be the only person in all of ever going "I seriously think Tory got shafted," but I'm going to say it anyways! Everyone else got their moment of sympathy/identification/justification for what they did. Everyone. Even green-lighting-Gaeta and Quorum-Shooting-Zarek. Even Cavil got more than Tory did. And maybe I am stuck on permanent overidentification mode after writing that Tory fic, but you know what, I stand by it. The show was never fair to her and she deserved a lot more of a memorial than Tigh's last comment, which was essentially "bitch got what she deserved."
She didn't even get to make the choice to go on the mission for herself. Tyrol made it for her; "like you have anything better to do?" Funny line. But I think maybe she might, in fact, have had something better to do. And I wanted to hear her speak for herself.
(1.a. But I am glad that they at least revisited the murder and didn't let it fade into the ether. I just really wish it hadn't been in a "and then it's Tory's fault that peace never happens" way, because, you know what, it isn't. As far as I'm concerned it's Tyrol's. But I know that's what fandom will say and it will be yet more reason to hate on her.)
2. You know who didn't get shafted? Caprica Six and Gaius. Shared-head-angel-craziness is the BEST THING EVER. And ending on head!Six and Gaius, I think, was pretty much perfect.
(2.a. But wow, they were really invested in pairing people off at the end, weren't they? I mean, even tragically. But think about it. Our last moments are all in our boy-girl pairs. With the exception of the Agathons. And where was the epic Tigh-Adama goodbye?)
3. The hilariously out-of-nowhere Hoshi-Lampkin ticket absolutely gets my vote!
(3.a. And I was just saying to scifantasy before that part aired that there have to be some qualified people to lead the fleet left; that as far as it goes, Gaeta was qualified, if only he wasn't, you know, dead. And, considering, I think Hoshi is about the next closest thing! I call that posthumous Gaeta justification. In my head.)
4. There was some fantastically epic use of music and visuals throughout the finale; it was totally emotional manipulation, and I totally don't care, because it was awesome.
(4.a. And, by the use of it, they completely got out of explaining Kara at all. But oh well, it was emotionally if not narratively satisfying!)
5. The ending was much more optimistic than I was expecting. To be honest, I was expecting the last thirty seconds to be Cylon ships coming out of the sky; with this show, I was really expecting that it all would have to happen again. But I'm not sorry to be wrong.
(5.a. But . . . uh . . . not to be a killjoy. But. The Adamas, sitting around in their high-tech spacesuits, looking at the native brown people and talking about how they're going to give them language, because of course they don't have it yet, and give them technology, but only the right technology, not the dangerous kind, obviously, and shape their developing culture? Really? Really?)
Conclusion: It certainly wasn't perfect. But it couldn't be, really, and I was mostly enthralled and not disappointed, and that is the main thing.