Could Cally be the Final Cylon on BSG?

April 21, 2008

Since Galactica entered the nebula in the Season 3 finale, the Internet has been buzzing with speculation as to the identity of the final Cylon on Battlestar Galactica.  But to be honest, I’ve been so stunned by the four revealed in that episode that I haven’t given it much thought – until now.

CallyObviously, Starbuck is too obvious.  And I think she actually has another role, although I’ve not quite worked out the role myself – a messenger maybe.

And I think I read somewhere that the producers said it definitely wasn’t Roslin, Baltar, or Bill or Lee Adama.  So where does that leave us?

Knowing what we do about the four among the crew – Tigh, Anders, Tory and Tyrol – I think it’s clear that the Final 5 are very different from the other Cylons.  What exactly that difference is, I’m not sure.  I’ve even speculated that they were from Earth.

But knowing how similar the Final 5 are to the rest of the survivors and how long they’ve been integrated with the colonists (Tigh has been friends with Adama for more than 40 years), I’ve had trouble picking up any clues as to the identity of the last Cylon.  That is, until this last episode.

In “Ties that Bind,” Cally, Tyrol’s wife, suddenly became a suspect for me for two main reasons.  Let me explain why.

The four revealed in “Crossroads” all became aware of their Cylon status when they entered the nebula.  Clearly that nebula has had an effect on Cally too.  She said her insomnia started when they entered the nebula.  But unlike the others she turned to pills to help with the symptoms.  Could the pills have prevented her from hearing the music?  Or as the last model, could she simply be so different that the music didn’t affect her?  If the final Cylon is on Galactica, why else would they not have responded to the music when in the nebula like the others?

Then there’s baby Nicky.  A great deal was made about Hera – a child born to one Cylon parent and one human parent.  Hera is considered the chosen one.  But what about Nicky?  If Tyrol is really a Cylon and Cally a human, wouldn’t Nicky be some miracle baby too?

In everything I’ve read the producers have been especially evasive in acknowledging Nicky as a half human, half Cylon.  Could that be because he really is a full Cylon?

At first I thought the difference between Hera and Nicky was that one had a Cylon mother and the other a Cylon father?  Or the fact that Tyrol was a different type of Cylon that Athena could be the difference. But if Nicky has two Cylon parents that explains a lot.

The one think that troubled me about this theory is why would Tory kill a fellow Cylon.  But clearly the other four Cylons aboard Galactica don’t know who the final Cylon is, so it’s possible that Tory didn’t recognize Cally as a fellow Cylon.  The other four didn’t recognize each other’s status until the nebula.  And we also know that Cylons are above attacking each other.

But the big question is what has become of Cally.  Is she really dead?  Do the Final 5 regenerate like the other Cylons?  If so, how?  They clearly don’t have a resurrection ship nearby which is pretty risky in and of itself.

And that leaves me with one final question (or at least one that I’ll ask here).  How many copies of the Final 5 are there?  Is there only one?  Could that be what’s different about them?  Or are there more copies?  If so, where are those copies?  Earth?

So tell me, do you think Cally could be the final Cylon?  Or are the clues I’m reading misdirection?  If not Cally, who do you think is the final Cylon?

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Does the Right Eye Hold the Secret to Battlestar Galactica?

April 8, 2008

The season four premiere of Battlestar Galactica has fans everywhere buzzing with questions and theories.  Co-Producer Mark Verheiden is pretty mum about spoilers, but he did give a clue of where to look.

Who’s the final cylon?  What happened to Starbuck?  Does she really know the way to Earth?  What is with Baltar’s harem?  Is the prophecy about Hera (Agathon and Helo’s baby) or Nicky (Tyrol and Cally’s baby)?

These are all questions fans everywhere are puzzling about.  But in a recent interview with ComicMix, Verheiden is mum on the answers to these hot questions.  The only thing Verheider will say is “As to what it all means, again, I preach the mantra of patience…”

But he is willing to talk about eyes, or more specifically the right eye:

“If there’s a single moment that I really like in that “gave me a little chill” way, it’s the red light from the raider scanning Anders’ eyeball.”

Sam\'s right eye when the Cylons scan it.

For those of you not paying attention that was Anders’ right eye.  And after scanning it, the Cylons disengaged and left.

Verheider promises that we’ll learn more about it next week.  But could a scene before it hold a clue.

Moments before the recently self-identified cylon Sam Anders went face to face – or eye-to-eye – with the toaster-version of the cylons, his fellow recently identified cylon Colonel Tigh had a hallucination on the bridge.

In his dream sequence, the one-eye Tigh shoots Admiral Adama in his right eye – the very same eye Tigh is missing as a result of the cylons on New Caprica.

About this Verheider quotes writer David Weddle:

“I was waiting for someone to pick up on that telling detail. Congratulations. But I am disappointed you have not figured out its significance within the larger mythology of the show. It’s all laid out for you. All you have to do is run the episode over again in slow motion, and the deeper truth will be revealed.”

Well they say the eyes are the windows to the soul.  Can they be the window to the secret of BSG?

Tigh during his hallucination

 

Tigh shoots Adama in the right eye.

Check out the screen shots from that sequence above.  What do you see?

Maybe I’m reaching, but in Adama’s glasses I see the reflection of the board behind Tigh.  With the hole that bullet left, I think his eye looks like the Eye of Jupiter.

The Eye of Jupiter from the Temple of FiveI’ve read on some boards (I can’t remember where, sorry) that the Canadian version was bloodier that the Sci Fi version of the episode so I’m not sure if that makes a difference in the image.

If that is the Eye of Jupiter, what does it mean?  Why did Tigh shoot the right eye?  Why did the cylons scan Anders right eye?  Is there a connection between these two events?

Could Tigh have used his hallucination to send some kind of warning to the toaster cylons through Sam’s eye?

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Why Sci Fi Gets a Bad Name?

August 5, 2007

I never thought of myself as a Sci Fi fan, but when I list out the shows I watch — Supernatural, Smallville, Eureka, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Lost  — I find that indeed I am indeed a fan.  But maybe the reason I’m reluctant to announce my support of the genre is because sometimes Sci Fi gets a bad name. 

Forever Geek’s 10 Worst Sci Fi Shows Ever are prime video examples of why science fiction has a stigmatism to it.   Now, I’ve been lucky enough to never see these shows.  How about you?  Any others you’d add to this list? 

I know some would add the original Battlestar Galactica series.  When I originally watched it, I wouldn’t have thought so.  But in light of the new series, I’d have to add it to the list.

I also guess the endless list of B-movies also helped tarnish sci fi’s image, but I always thought they were a good for a laugh.

But as long as the genre keeps giving us hits like Firefly, Angel, X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’ll be a fan.  How about you?


My Top 15 Cult Shows

July 3, 2007

On Friday, TVguide.com released an updated list of its Top 30 Cult Shows ever.  In honor of the list, I’ve compiled my own Top 15 cult shows — these are the top cult shows that I’ve personally flipped out for.

I didn’t feel like I could include LostHeroes or Bones on this list because they seemed too mainstream for me. 

Here’s my Top 15 list:

15. Star Trek — I grew up on the original series.  Scotty was always my favorite character.  I’ve seen all the subsequent series and all the movies. 

14.  Torchwood — Who doesn’t love Captain Jack Harkness?  I was so happy when they gave him his own series.

13.  Doctor Who — I don’t remember the older versions of this franchise, but the latest rendition is absolutely great.

12.  Psych — Dule Hill and James Roday keep me in stitches with their fake psychic business and buddy friendship.

11.  Monk — The escapades of USA’s favorite obsessive-compulsive detective are enough to make anyone feel normal by comparison.

10. Quantum Leap — I had a little crush on Scott Bakula and wouldn’t miss an episode of his time traveling adventures.

9.  Friday Night Lights — You don’t have to love football to fall for the witty dialogue and great stories in this drama.

8.  How I Met Your Mother — One word.  Barney.  He makes this show.

7.  Eureka — You’ve just got to love this quirky little town of the brightest minds.

6.  Battlestar Galactica — I barely remember the original, but the current version has me on the edge of my seat.

5.  X-Files — My husband introduced this series to me when we were dating.  We spent many Friday nights during our courtship curled up on the couch watch Scully and Mulder unravel a case.  For that reason, this series will always have a special place in my heart. 

4.  Firefly — Joss Whedon has me begging for more exploits of Mal and the crew of the Serenity.  A single season of this space cowboy adventure was not enough.  Thank goodness for the movie and the comics. 

3.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Joss Whedon’s original television series kept me hooked all seven seasons and further if you count the comics.   I loved to tune in each week to watch Buffy and the Scooby Gang save the world.

2.  Angel — David Boreanaz is very easy on the eyes.  I loved to watch the brooding vampire with a soul team up with Cordelia, Wes, Gunn and others to save the innocent.  I even have the puppet Angel from “Smile Time.”

1.  Supernatural — Currently my favorite show, I love to watch the good-looking brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padelecki) battle urban legends and things that go bump in the night while driving the beautiful 1967 black Chevy Impala. 

So now it’s your turn.  What’s on your list?


Are the Final 5 Cylons on BSG from Earth?

March 28, 2007

Battlestar Galactica fans everywhere are full of questions after BSG’s third season finale which revealed four of the final five Cylons.  Although tight lipped on the details, Executive Producer Ron Moore assures us that answers are coming in Season 4.

But I can’t wait.  I’ve come up my own theory about the final five Cylons.  I’ll forewarn everyone right now that this theory is far fetched.  I’m not really basing this on anything, but my own imagination.

I think that the final five Cylons are from Earth.  Earth was the 13th colony, right.  Why couldn’t it come up with the same technology? 

I think that the humans on Earth also developed Cylons.  And I’m guessing they did it much earlier than the other 12 colonies.  I believe that the relationship between the Cylons and the humans on Earth have evolved (maybe not without their share of conflict along the way) to a point of peaceful, integrated coexistence.

I theorize that those on Earth know about the situation in the 12 colonies (I haven’t quite figured out how yet) and right before the original treaty between the Cylons and the 12 colonies was signed decided to send four (or five depending on who you believe is the last Cylon) to infiltrate the colonists.  Earth leaders foresaw (whether from their own experience or some other premonitory means) the coming war and sent these Cylons as stealthy guides to guide both the colonists and the other Cylons to Earth — and ultimately to a peaceful coexistence.

In order not to compromise their position, the Final Cylons were not even allowed to know their own identity, but as they approached Earth they “felt” their counterparts on the lost planet; hence, the Watchtower music.

Tyrol and BabyIn this theory, Hera is so important because she represents the first union between the colonists and their Cylons — the first step towards unification.  The Chief’s baby is not as significant since his model has been interbreeding on Earth for some time.

In this hypothesis, at least one (probably D’Anna) of the original Cylons was also really one of the Earth Cylons introduced into the Cylon fleet for the same reason as those infused with the colonists.

Now, who is the final Cylon?  I don’t believe it’s Roslin.  She heard the music because of her Cylon treatment of cancer.  Starbuck is still a possibility.  But truly, I believe the final Cylon is on Earth and is responsible for guiding everyone to Earth.

As I said, it’s just speculation.  Go ahead and start poking holes in my ideas.

(photo courtesy of www.imdb.com)

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