Written by: Mike McCafferty (Slice of SciFi Contributor)
Dear Ron Moore,
Hi! It’s me Mike! You probably don’t remember me because, well, we’ve never met. But I have to say, I’m a big fan of all your work. I’ve watched every episode of BSG (and I watch the episode “Exodus” on YouTube every once in a while to see the badass “Adama Maneuver” and Pegasus destruction. Bad. Ass.). Hey, I even wrote an essay on a scifi website site proclaiming my love of this series. I had forever sworn off the SCI FI Channel, only to renege that promise. All because of you.
Having said that, I do have a quick question:
Who was the final Cylon?
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t yet seen the mid-season finale of “Battlestar Galactica,” you may want to stop here.
See, I think my TiVo must have skipped over that last moment in the show (it does it from time to time!) and I didn’t get that fulfilling resolution.
You did show us the final cylon, right?
You had to. This season has been, well, to be euphemistic, not what I expected. When we left season three, Starbuck returned from the dead, Roslin had Cancer (again) and most shockingly and four humans in the fleet who we’ve never even remotely considered to be cylons were suddenly switched on thanks to the sinister effects of Jimmy Hendrix’s music.
Wow. That was a lot of exciting, logic defying loose threads to address in the 10 episodes that constitute this season 4-A. Most importantly, a fifth, final human-lookin’ Cylon was hiding somewhere in the fleet. You emphasized this by changing the opening text from the Cylons having “A Plan”, (which they seemed to have abandoned or lost when they upgraded to Vista) to promising that the “one” will be “revealed”.
SCI FI helped the cause of the mystery with a cryptic/overdone last supper photo showing an empty chair that left the audience to wonder who this final doppleganger must be. They asked us to follow the clues to unwrap the mystery (wait, that’s C.S.I., right?) and at the end of each episode the next episode was teased with the ante-upping “All! Will!! Be!!! Revealed!!!! Gahhhhh!!!”
And yet, the season revealed very few of the third season’s unanswered questions. Starbuck followed visions that lead her to the renegade cylons, yet we did not come closer to what happened to her. Roslin followed visions that led her to the hybrid, but we still don’t know why the cancer returned or why it can’t be treated. Tigh followed visions that led to him sleeping with the Six (I would not need visions to follow that path, FYI), and yet we don’t know why he and the others were activated and by whom. Basically everyone in the fleet had a vision, Boxey included.
But the fifth cylon? Teases here and there. I waited and waded through each episode and plot lines that didn’t seem to directly address that question. Baltar sleeping around with his hot cult chicks? Check. Gaeta looses a leg? Yup. Lee becomes president? Um, aside from the huge conflict of interest (G.W. Bush: “I’d like to announce my new Secretary of Defense, my dad!”), okay. Completely sane lawyer in season 3 who now sees dead cats (I told you, EVERYONE had visions. Except the cat)? Err, sure. I was cool with all of those things as long as the basic objective of this season was met. Cylon numero cinco.
But as I watched the finale, which was riveting and exciting, I think I missed that part. What I saw was the entire cast in the stunning long pan of Earth (at least we think it’s Earth. If you, Mr. Moore still hold course with the original series as reference to story arc, we still haven’t been to the “False Earth” that BSG: TOS found.) now bombed to extinction. It was a magnificent moment of despair and shock for the crew of BSG and us, a worthy cliffhanger of the penultimate chapter.
But I missed the Fifth Cylon. I just saw end credits and a tease for the next “season”, sometime in the year 3019. I thought I saw them tease the identity of the final Cylon in that promo, but I know I was mistaken. This isn’t “The Hatch” from LOST, after all (we have our own Hatch, Richard, thank you.), LOL!
So I’m writing to you personally, Ron (May I call you Ron?). I’d write an online essay about it, but I’d probably get flamed for heresy (let me tell you about my article about Keanu sometime!) — despite the fact that I’m a fan that just needs a straight answer. You did reveal the last cylon, right? Because the alternative seems like a bit of a disappointment.
No special treatment needed, just shoot me an email with the name and I can rest easy through the long hiatus.
Your friend and fan,
P.S. – It’s Hot Dog, right? He’s the fifth cylon?