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Didactic series ending of Battlestar Galactica

by Critical Commons Manager

The figure of the Cylon in Battlestar Galactica is among the most provocative and genre-bending of all humanoid artificial intelligence agents. Although they are descended from more traditional CGI mechanical warriors (Centurions, in BSG parlance), the Cylons of the 2004 television remake are sensual and spiritual to an extreme, often far outstripping their human counterparts. In between the Cylon "models" who partake directly in the show's narrative, and the ships with which they are networked are the "Hybrids" who are physically inseparable from the ship, a humanoid intelligence that stands on the brink of madness and divinity while hurtling through the heavens only partially controlled by the Cylon collective. It is fitting that the conclusion of the 2004 series focuses on the union of Cylon and human as what early 21st century geneticists have dubbed "Mitochondrial Eve." Dating back some 150,000 years, the child of a Cylon mother and human father is positioned as having literally given birth to contemporary humanity. The concluding sequence of the series, set in the early 21st century, implicitly warns of against today's development in robotics as the first step toward humans unwittingly repeating their own history.

Didactic series ending of Battlestar Galactica

The series finale of Battlestar Galactica comes full circle with a didactic warning to early 21st century Earth

from Battlestar Galactica S4E20 (2009)
Creator: Ronald D. Moore and David Eick
Distributor: Syfy
Posted by Critical Commons Manager