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The erotics of code in BSG

by Critical Commons Manager

On Battlestar Galactica, the cylon space ships are controlled by "hybrids" who exist in a semi-conscious state processing all the ships systems including navigation by verbalizing what sounds like a never-ending series of semi-comprehensible lines of computer code, each concluding with the phrase "end of line." The hybrids are most often coded as female and appear to spend their entire lives floating naked in a milky bathtub connected to tubes. In this scene, a cylon and human discuss varying beliefs about the meaning of hybrid utterances until she jumps the ship to another location and, in the process, appears to experience an orgasm. A sample of the hybrid monologue transcribed by community members at Battlestar Wiki is here:

Two protons expelled at each coupling site creates the mode of force, the embryo becomes a fish that we don't enter until a plate, we're here to experience evolve the little toe, atrophy, don't ask me how I'll be dead in a thousand light years, thank you, thank you. Genesis turns to its source, reduction occurs stepwise though the essence is all one. End of line. FTL system check, diagnostic functions within parameters repeats the harlequin the agony exquisite, the colors run the path of ashes, neuronal network run fifty-two percent of heat exchanger cross-collateralized with hyper-dimensional matrix, upper senses, repair ordered relay to zero zero zero zero....Jump!

The erotics of code: jump as orgasm in BSG

A cylon hybrid appears to experience an orgasm upon jumping the ship to a new location

from Battlestar Galactica S3D2 (2006)
Creator: Ronald D. Moore and David Eick
Distributor: Syfy
Posted by Critical Commons Manager