As I am preparing my BSG Roundup for tomorrow, I stumbled across this blog post, in which Dave asks:
The fact that the Raiders ceased their attack (in episode one) when one of the raiders realized that one of the five remaining “hidden” Cylons was on Galactica raises some interesting questions. One of them being just who built these human Cylons? How could they not know? The humans build the Cylons say 40 years ago. They then go off by themselves and get these 12 human Cylons made. However, the Cylons we see don’t know who 5 of them are. How can this be? Here’s a guess. Maybe there’s another alien race we have not even seen yet who have influenced the Cylons in some way. Perhaps these aliens created the human Cylons for some reason, but also planted the “hidden five” among the colonials. Maybe this third force has some grand plan for both races? This could also explain why the Cylons themselves don’t create more versions of themselves than just 12. They can’t do it by themselves. Moreover, this is why there so obsessed with biological reproduction to begin with.
Yikes, my mind is really wandering here. Another thought is that the fact the Cylon Raiders called off the attack upon scanning the hidden Cylon (Anders) helps us narrow down just who that 5th Cylon might be. It can’t be a pilot. So, cross Apollo and Starbuck off your list for possibly being the 5th Cylon. During any Colonial – Cylon fight, but especially during the big first attack in season one, the Cylons were always scanning the humans to shut their ships down. If they found the fifth hidden Cylon then, wouldn’t they have stopped the attack then? Just a thought.
I had to respond:
The ‘humans’ created the Cylons more than 40 years ago. The Cylon War ended forty years ago. The Cylons served humans for a long time prior to their initial rebellion, and more, the ‘humans’ fought the Cylons for a long time. So you could guess that the Cylons and the humans have lived with and without each other for at least 100 years, my guess is more.
The same way D’Anna had the Centurion kill her over and over, and erase the memory from their logs, its the say way the entire Cylon ‘race’ could erase the memory of the Final Five. My thinking is that the original Cylon Civil War happened even earlier than the Cylon’s war with the humans. Which would indicate that humanoid Cylons are a lot older than we think.
At any rate, I don’t for one minute think that either humans or Cylons have an ‘alien’ influence. The third force you are talking about will be spiritual in nature, and I believe it is that force driving Starbuck, Head Six, Head Baltar and in fact, the Final Five themselves. However, it will invariably be a product of the BSG Universe and not any ‘alien’.
I also question your theory on the Fifth Hidden cannot be a pilot. Tigh, Tory, Tyrol and Anders had something TURNED on when they got to the Ionian nebula. They gave off no Cylon signal previously, it was AFTER they got to the Ionian nebula (or should I say as they got closer to it) that their Cylonicity became known to them. This is a very important piece of understanding. The Fifth Hidden Cylon hasn’t quite gone through that process yet. Clearly there is some other purpose to this last hidden Cylon’s remaining hidden. Some grave, important task best served by continuing secrecy. This however does not rule out a pilot. Until that Cylon trigger goes off, for lack of a better analogy, until the Final Hidden Cylon announces itself on the network, it could still be anyone.