The Stig wrote:
who seriously gives a toss about the machinations of the plot?
Wow. Uh.. people who value storytelling on any level?
Its reputation is quite secure.
Its reputation has been pretty severely trashed by the lackluster response to the finale, TV movies and Caprica.
And I actually liked Caprica.
I value storytelling quite a bit. BSG told a very compelling story about a group of people who faced insurmountable odds. The larger story about prophecies and god-like alien manipulators was less compelling, but safely relegated to the background.
As for the 'lackluster' response to the finale, I don't think that word means what you think it means.
There were elements of the finale that didn't work and it proved quite divisive, but it was anything but lackluster. BSG went out much as it arrived: middle finger firmly extended as RDM told the story he wanted to tell. Like it or lump it, it was his vision.
To paraphrase RDM, you gotta be tough enough for BSG.