Swan Song is genuinely in my top 5 sci-fi franchises of all time, but I don't think any of the others in that count had a better, more fitting finale. The psychic Viking end-of-the-universe was great, but nailing the series down to the question of 'am I a good parent' was a great, great call.
Massive kudos also for Mercer for stepping into Steven's rather hefty shoes. The tone of the character and the mix of humour and serious was completely on point and added another valuable voice to the show.
I imagined gushing about the rest of the cast as well (especially as I was never on reddit to comment there in the past) but, honestly, I can't work out how to put it into words. I guess I'll just say that I think you've all managed to make something with a breadth of quality that's very, very special.
As amazing as an established series like TNG is, they never managed to hit the quality in range that Swan Song did. I guarantee you that I've never laughed along with Star Trek like I laughed along with the Legend of Brumpo Tungus. Red Dwarf never managed to do more than lightly brush the philosophy and debate sci-fi can offer before it had to add more funny lines. I guess Hitchhikers Guide comes closest to that balance, but it never had me caring about the characters the way this show did either while SG-1 and Firefly were often tempered in one way or another by the constraints of TV.
Really, if anyone asks me why I'm such a big sci-fi fan, I'm just going to start describing Swan Song to them as it didn't just cover all my favourite aspects, it combined and interwove them to make it complete. If anything I've struggled since the show hit it's stride to find anything that really matches it.
And that's the thing - I'm legitimately sat here comparing Swan Song in my head to books, TV, movies, games etc in terms of it's narrative qualities. If you asked me to sit down and play Stars Without Number I don't think I could do it, it's actually not been important to me for 52x4 hours of a 'game stream'.
So yeah. Thumbs up from me.