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The Final Five
Posted by - at 10:44:11 AM on February 13, 2007
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Good news: Battlestar Galactica is getting a fourth season, according to this story in the Los Angeles Times. The story also says that a "major" character will be outed as a Cylon by the end of the current season. If you're not a fan of BSG, you might want to move on. This gets a little "inside baseball," although I'll try to explain things as best I can. (Is using a sports metaphor to talk about geeky sci-fi stuff a crime?)

There's nothing like a good TV mystery, especially one done well. nip/tuck came oh-so-close with its Carver storyline in seasons two and three, but really dropped the ball by the end. Battlestar Galatica is faring much better this season with the final five Cylons storyline.

The villains on Galactica (although they're often as sympathetic as the heroes of the show) are a race of robots called Cylons, which have evolved to the point that they look, feel, and even act human. There are 12 models; BSG has introduced seven of them. No one, not even the Cylons themselves, know the identity of "the final five."

There's a lot of on-line speculation about which cast member is one of these last five Cylons. The link I've posted here is pretty interesting, although its rules seem a little arbitrary in some spots.

My money is on Sam (Starbuck's husband...and for fans of the '70s Galactica who have never seen the remake, this Starbuck is a woman). My reasoning works like this: D'Anna (one of the Cylons) had a vision of the final five. She apologized to one of them. The only character I can think of whom she'd really wronged was Sam (whom she tried to kill). I could be totally wrong here.

Man, reading this over, it does sound a little insiderish. That's the tough thing about BSG. You try to convince people that it's a serious drama for adults, and yet you have to talk about a race of genocidal robots and prophecies and the Eye of Jupiter and stuff like that.

Tom Coombe

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