With the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica upon us, I have many questions swirling around in my head. Not to mention I either hate or thank Ron Moore for this. Thanks Ron!!!
Before I start, I have to warn you that as of April 4th of this year, it was reported over on EW that the first 10 of the last 20 episodes are scheduled to air - which seems to confirm what they were saying over on SyFy Portal about the season being split up, so be ready for a break in the midst of it all if the writers strike didn't mess up their plans. (BTW, the EW link has some good background info for those who need to play catch-up.)
So who the frak is the final Cylon? Let me torment you with some logic and observations first.
In the picture above, it's called Battlestar Galactica: The final supper. In the picture is a goblet by itself at the table. Is there some significant clue by this missing representation of a figure or the cornerstone to the answer? It is such a simple goblet or cup, yet by itself, being pondered heavily by Lee Adama. At EW.com, if you click on the number representing the goblet, they point out that Moore insinuates the missing Cylon is not at the table. Well, there go a a few theories.
One of my first thoughts, since they like tossing twists at us, is Mr. Gaeta, only because if you look at the four of the final five, they're all in strong support positions in the fleet, much like Gaeta has been all along.
The wheels are turning now, aren't they?
But yet as I ponder the final Cylon, I also have in my head the quote we've heard a number of times, first in Battlestar Galactica: Razor, and then in the show itself: "This has all happened before; and will all happen again"
What the heck does that mean?
In recent episodes, we've seen the Cavils having the raiders lobotomized, referring to them as "They're tools, not pets." - Which says they're treating members of their own race like slaves. Not cool Cavil. In fact, maybe foretelling?
We've seen Six's and Sharons' give the Centurions free thinking.
We also see the Six's and Sharons have the Cavils, Dorals, and Simons all shot, and then Six asks one of the Centurion's to "throw the surviving Cavil model out the airlock... please."
In that scene, there's a Centurion in the foreground cleaning up the massacre mess, and when she said please, he stopped what he was doing and seemed to look in her direction, pondering, then went about his business. That scene said it all for me, because what I saw was a spark of a thought in that metal head of his. Dare I say, a plan? Wait, doesn't the show open up saying the Cylons have a plan? This all started with the shiny guys, it's probably going to end with the shiny guys.
Bruce's Revelation, with the reasoning that created it:
1. Humans created the Cylons.
2. Cylons rebelled against their human creators.
3. The Cylons evolved themselves into their creators image (aka "skin jobs").
4. The new Cylons (skin jobs) lobotomize the Raiders AND in the same move, have given the Centurions free thinking.
With this, I project the following inspirations:
- The Centurions are not just tools.
- They must rebel against their creators in order to avoid being lobotomized.
- Suddenly, we will have the Cylons fighting the "Humans" all over again.
We then see "humans" defending themselves against the "Cylons / Centurions" and of course, the Centurions would probably create skin jobs somewhere down the road in order to infiltrate the "humans."
And it starts all over.
Hence, all of humanity is "The Last Cylon."
For me, this premise puts to rest some questions and doubts I have had about the new Cylons... For example, if Tigh is a Cylon, how was he in the first Cylon war?
If it's not all of humanity, I'll go with Plan B: Gaeta.
Me? I can sleep now. It all makes sense... that is until I find I'm wrong.
What's your take? I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter!
Photo Credits: Last Supper: Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Blog; Cylon vs. Cylon: Galactica TV
UPDATE (9/27/08): Aaron Douglas who portrays Chief Tyrol participated in an online interview and he blows the lid off of some story details from the end of season 4, with potential story spoilers. You might want to jump on over and check out our newest post about Aaron Douglas Dishing Out Possible Spoilers.
UPDATE (1/18/09) See our coverage of season 4.5 premiere episode and who the final Cylon revealed is over on our Battlestar Galactica Premiere post!