Battlestar Galactica Finds Earth

In the mid-season “finale” of Battlestar Galactica, entitled “Revelations“, there were indeed amazing revelations made. The identities of four of the final five become known to Cylons and humans alike. And as a result, both groups find Earth. It is a wasteland, still tainted by radiation, the landscape littered with the ruins of a civilization. Presumably our civilization, although who knows. Perhaps the humans and Cylons who’ve just arrived will make a fresh start, and they will be the ones who give birth to our civilization.

The most powerful moment in the episode is when D’Anna begins speaking those words we’ve all heard so many times in the series: “All this has happened before…” but Lee Adama interrupts her and says “…but it doesn’t have to happen again.” It is possible, he emphasizes, to choose a different path. Perhaps that will be the key to the founding of a new civilization, including humans and Cylons, on Earth, one that perhaps will break the cycle. Nevertheless, some “higher power” has been leading both sides to Earth, and we have yet to learn more about the nature of this “God”. “Something’s orchestrating this for a purpose“.

The biggest clue of the episode? D’Anna stated at one point that there are four of the final five Cylons in the human fleet. The meaning is obvious. One of them was there on the Base star!

Now we wait (until 2009!), to see how the revisioned Battlestar Galactica takes on a revisioning of Battlestar Galactica 1980!

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  • Doctor Zee

    And so, Battlestar Galactica is reduced to a simple fable – we run from our past, believing the future holds something better for our species, while praying we can rise above our dark “human nature” before we do ourselves in. This episode was a mirror, showing how despite hope for a bright technological future, we’re simultaneously on the knife’s edge of destruction.In one episode, Battlestar Galactica moved beyond the addictive, nit-picky details like “who is the last Cylon?” and “how did Tigh get Six pregnant?” and reminded me of the big picture – our irrepressibly hopeful yet frustratingly misguided humanity.Enter Doctor Zee – The Fifth Cylon“The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

  • Bad

    I caught D’anna’s remark too and wondered about it. If significant, it sort of rests on who she knew was on the basestar from the time she was first interrogated by the President to when she mentioned 4 instead of 5 on the colonial fleet. This would put the Pres and Tyrrol out of the running. It leaves, of prominent characters, Baltar and Adama. Baltar has always been an odd possibility, because it would mean that the Cylons seduced a Cylon to get Caprica’s codes.Adama? If so, a Cylon (Boomer) shot a Cylon? Also seems sort of odd.The real problem a lot of the series has seemed very weak to me is that there’s so many important questions about the Cylons left unanswered. This was fine when they were just 100% enemies. but now that some are allies, it makes it harder to take things seriously. Why the heck would the final 5 have been to Earth and not told the other Cylons? Is there only one copy of each final 5? If the rest of the Cylons are programmed not to think about the 5, then who are the programmers? And so on. It’s not as much that these questions haven’t been answered, it’s that they and others are big elephants in the room, but the characters haven’t asked those questions as forcefully as you might expect.Also, I don’t know if they are going to be able to build on Earth. The soil is radioactive. No plants grow. They’d be better off going back to live on New Caprica than there on Earth.

  • James F. McGrath

    I wonder if the twelve colonies weren’t in fact a result of trying to leave behind conflict on Earth. Maybe it is a cycle. That would be a powerful message. There is a strain of sci-fi that envisages us leaving our earthly conflicts behind and getting a fresh start elsewhere. But the truth is that unless we learn to get along before we leave, we’ll take our problems with us.At least the rag tag fleet seems to have learned something en route…

  • BSM

    Please tell me I don’t have to wait until 2009?!I just finished the tape and wondered how they would address earth. I figured they’d milk it until the series got bad ratings then let them find it before canceling. Go figure!The only huge stretch for me is that far too many people seem so forgiving of the Cylons. Maybe it’s just me but they only nuked the crews home world!

  • Bad

    Just be happy that the Earth of this series isn’t like the one in the original series…