Re: Was the ending realistic? They are doing things differently. They are doing things completely differently. Clean slate does not = the memory wipe of 38,000 people. If anything, technology would have scarred them for life. Yes. Who cares whether or not they died? They would have died in the fleet or on Earth regardless. The screen has faded to black already. Speculating about what happened is only speculation. Maybe they all made a really good go of it for a while. All that matters in this fiction is the choice that they made. This endless argument about technology/no technology is completely absurd. And also (just for argument's sake), I have yet to receive a list of all the wonderful technology that the Colonials had upon finding Earth. Surely their algae processors, dwindling sources of medication, and broken FTL drives would have served them very well on Earth. Or maybe they could have dismantled their ships, and built a pre-industrial close-quarters society in which endless violence and strife would have broken out once again because, certainly, desperate people stuck in claustrophobic, moldy dumpsters for four years don't need space to spread out, get some fresh air, eat some real food, and relax. Not if they have "technology", at least. Technology is the solution to all of life's problems. Everything will be okay if humans have their Technology.