Wow! What an incredible start to the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica. So far we have seen a Civil War erupt among the Cylons, a secret mission to find Earth, the death of a beloved crew member, a new representative on the Quorum of Twelve, the emergence of a Messiah, the foundations of totalitarian rule, and the ongoing question of who is the final Cylon.
Can you believe all this has occurred in the first three episodes? What a ride this season has been so far and we haven’t even hit third gear yet! One of the striking storylines that has gripped me is the maturation of the Cylon race. Over the last few seasons we have watched as the cyborg Cylons mature into spiritual, sentient beings that recognize that there is a higher being who is directing the destiny of all living things…a la a single God. What a remarkable evolution of a man-made species.
What is more striking is development of prejudice that the Cavil model has toward the Centurions and Raiders of the Cylon Empire. To paraphrase, “They are not pets, but machines are made to be reprogrammed.” Isn’t that the stance the humans took when they created the Cylons? Look what happen when they were wrong – a revolution occurred. Summitry is a wonderful thing.
So what makes the Cylons better than their human creators? What are the true reasons behind the war? Could the real reason to destroy the humans have more to do with race and religion than anything else? I think there is more truth here than meets the eye. If Cavil is prejudice toward his own kind, what is stopping him or any other models from having the same feeling toward the humans? Throw in the difference in religious beliefs; you makings of old fashion religious war similar to wars that rage between the Christian Crusaders and Muslims of the Middle Ages on Earth.
Since end of the third season, we have developed a better picture of majority of the Cylon modes:
- D’anna (boxed)
- Caprica (all destroyed?)
- Sharon (all destroyed minus Boomer & Athena?)
- Chief Tyrol
- Saul Tigh
- Sam Anders
The question that will not be satisfied quick enough this season is who is the twelfth model? We know from interviews that Ronald Moore gave earlier this year that Bill and Apollo Adama, President, and possibly Starbuck were not the final Cylon. So, who could it be? I don’t have any proof only a gut feeling, but my money is on Tom Zarek the former revolutionary/terrorist and now Vice President of the Colonies. What a great choose he would be. A Cylon in place as a deep mole ready to grab the reins of power from the Humans when they are the cusps of finding Earth…how Shakespearian this would be.