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Monday, February 27, 2006

Battlestar Galactica 2.18: A Lot of Questions and Answers

We get a sneak peak at the new regime of change within the Cylon camp.

The episode began with an extended flash back that eventually revealed Sharon being downloaded and reborn back at Cylon HQ, presumably on Caprica. Then we’re treated with the same scene with Model #6 which is a near mirror of the previous scene. Only this time we find out that Gaius Baltar is a Cylon!

Well, no he isn’t. It was just a trick of setting and circumstance that the director and writers used to allow us for a second to come to the conclusion that, a-Ha! We were right and that we knew that scoundrel Gaius was a no good, Cylon loving traitor! Only then the writers let us know that he is indeed, NOT a Cylon and in fact is a figment of Model #6’s imagination. Wait a minute. Isn’t SHE using some kind of trick to project herself into Gaius’ subconscious? Well, as it turns out, she wasn’t. And it looks like the same fate has been bestowed upon Model #6. How weird is that? But then, the more you think about how these apparitions are showing up for only these two, you begin to think it must have been something in the nuclear explosion. (thanks Lampy for that one).

So, I am going to go out on a limb here but the nuclear explosion must have triggered some uber emotional response in both that they now both see each other and carry on coherent (to themselves anyhow) conversations. And now, it looks like these two are definitely more important to the overall storyline of the show that originally thought.

We also got another piece of the puzzle solved. At first, it seemed that all the Cylon models shared a collective consciousness, if you will (sorry, Andrew Smith for borrowing this term from your uber Lost theory). At first, it seemed as if they were in all places at all times, and that after each one died, they went and gathered all their memories and a collective memory was uploaded to a new body. Not so. It seems as though the consciousness of each one is unique and only share a body with one another. This raises an interesting point; since they are NOT a collective consciousness, it validates their claim of being as close to human as possible, sharing the thing which makes human special: a unique consciousness.

And this unique consciousness, with it’s ability to reason and deduct for it’s own self, brings us to the most monumental discovery: Model #6 and ‘Sharon’ decide to refute their hate of humans and decide on a method of peace with the humans. A wild claim, but I have one question: how do they convey their message of peace with the humans if they can’t even get close enough without the Fleet sending missiles their way?

Deep stuff I know. But this show, as I said before raises just as many questions as it answers. Which, as we all know, makes for a great show! Can’t wait for next week!


  • truly great episode in my opinion. there's just one thing bothering me though. as you pointed out and as they make clear in this episode, the cylons have a unique consciousness, but why then does the sharon model on board the galactica remember the affair with the Chief and Adama's speech at the decomissioning ceremony? that bit of conflicting info is really bothering me. any thoughts?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 PM, February 27, 2006  

  • Ahh yeah this is one thing that got to me as well. I don't know if this can be explained away when the Media Cylon (Lucy Lawless) says that their memories are uploaded somewhere... this could mean that until their memories are uploaded TO the collective, they remain autonomous? I don't know, it sounds a but fishy to me and not a clean enough conclusion to be true.

    BTW, whats your name stranger?

    By Blogger iomegadrive, at 11:51 PM, February 27, 2006  

  • uhm, my name? if i wanted to give my name i wouldn't post under "anonymous" all the time now would i? but if you must's nicole

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:24 PM, March 02, 2006  

  • Haha, anonymous showed you.

    By Blogger lampy., at 9:42 AM, March 03, 2006  

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