Friday, March 30, 2007

Cylon Origins?

If you haven't seen the third season finale of Battlestar Galactica, you might want to skip this post.
In his SyFriday column at the SyFy Portal, Michael Hinman speculates about the biological origins of the four newly revealed "Final Five" Cylons:
Just because they know they are special, they believe they are Cylons, doesn't mean they are part of the overall plan. It doesn't even mean there is anything mechanical about them. They could have been programmed, but genetically programmed. And it might not be that they are ageless machines, either. They could be part of a manipulated DNA sequence that is passed down through the generations, similar to what "Stargate: Atlantis" does with the ancient gene from the lost city that helps power the outpost. That these four (and soon-to-be five, relatively speaking) are actually descendants of who the Colonials when living on Kobol referred to as gods.
I think that's a pretty good hypothesis. We know that these newly revealed Cylons are fundamentally different from the "skin jobs" - they have lived normal lives (the "skin jobs" all appeared relatively recently, while Tigh fought in two wars) and have had children with regular humans (while Hera Agathon is a rare "skin job"-human hybrid).

Executive producer Ron Moore says the back story will be explored next season. Until then, it's fun to speculate!

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