Holy Frak, Battlestar Galactica is Back for Final Season 4
Get ready, BSG fans — the climactic final 10 episodes of the acclaimed sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica is back on the air beginning Friday, January 16th.
Tonight the fifth Cylon will be revealed.
But who will it be? Starbuck? Baltar? Helo? Or, perhaps, even Tom Zarek?
"The Face Of The Enemy" is filled with astonishing revelations you won't see on the show. Lieutenant Gaeta is sent off in a raptor with a handful of strangers when one of them mysteriously dies. The psychological human vs. Cylon struggle ensues in the restrictive confines of a raptor as everyone is a suspect and paranoia sets in among the group. One by one more passengers die under puzzling circumstances and those remaining must ask themselves if a Cylon is responsible for the deaths, or if it is one of their own — a human.
Wired also has a great post on BSG's "gender-blind universe filled with female characters of genuine substance".
Big questions remain for BSG fans as the series embarks on the final leg of its boundary-pushing four-season run. But beyond the identity of the fifth Cylon, the outcome of the Cylon civil war and the fate of an apparently devastated Earth, one issue appears to be already resolved for the annals of TV history.
"Battlestar Galactica shows us so many women in positions of power," Brennan said, "which is unique not only for sci-fi as a genre, but for television in general."
If you want to get advance info, io9 has a slew of BSG pics, videos and episode spoilers — and guess what, the final Cylon will be revealed tonight!
The final scene of tonight's episode will reveal the identity of the final Cylon — and Ron Moore says some people will hate the choice. (Others will love it, though.) Learning who the final Cylon is won't answer all the questions about this person's relationship to the other Cylons, or the show's mythology. Starbuck questions whether she's alive or dead, human or Cylon, and she has a meltdown. The final scene the crew filmed involves Starbuck, Apollo, Sharon, Helo, Baltar and Six in some kind of massive gunfight.
For old fans or new, here’s an appreciation/introduction to some of the show’s most distinctive language, especially two terms that are sure to outlast BSG by a stretch: Cylon and frak.
Some BSG words are technical, like dradis, a space radar system, usually used to detect Cylon basestars and raiders, as opposed to the battlestars, vipers, and raptors of the (mostly) good guys in the colonial fleet. Sitrep—a word often barked by Admiral Adama—is real world military jargon for “situation report.” Expressions like “Oh my gods” and “Godsdamn it” are a nod toward the polytheistic religion of the colonists (only the Cylons and squirrely Gaius Baltar worship one deity).
The cylons are created by man instead of a reptilian race of people. First these cylons were used as slaves and soldiers. Somehow they become sentient and I am pretty sure we will find out how happened in the new show “Caprica”. They rebelled from their masters starting a war 50 years ago. An armistice treaty was signed 40 years ago in Galatica time. No one has seen the cylons for 40 years. On the 40th anniversary of the armistice being signed they come back and destroy the 12 colonies wiping out billions of people. At this time the Battlestar Galactica was about to be decommissioned and turned into a museum. Just like in the original series a rag-tag fleet of civilians join up with Galatica and flee the 12 colonies to find Earth. It is first thought that all other Battlestar colonial cruisers were destroyed however we find out in the “Razor” movie one other ship survived called “Pegasus”. At the beginning of this reimaged series there are less than 50,000 people left from the 12 colonies however at the time of this writing there are about 39,665 left in the fleet. Just like in the original series the Battlestar Galactica fleet is looking for Earth. A place the 13th tribe of Kobol was to have gone to. The 12 colonies as you may have guessed are the other 12 tribes of Kobol.
The leader of the Battlestar Galactica is William “Husker” Adama. Although he is the leader of the Galactica the people of the fleet thought that it was important to maintain a working government. Laura Roselyn is the President of the 12 colonies and is in charge of everything including the Galactica. Laura did not start out as the President she was originally the Secretary of Education for the colonies and was 43rd in line for the Presidency. Due to the fact the cylons wiped out the entire colonial government Laura Roselyn became the de facto President.
With the story coming to an end the last ten episodes should provide some answers to questions that are lingering for the fans of Battlestar Galactica.
- Who is the dying leader?
- Who is the 5th and final cylon?
- What happened to Earth?
- What is Kara “Starbuck” Thrace’s destiny?
- What or who are the head people (head Six, head Leoben, head Baltar)?
- What is the purpose or significance of Hera, and Nicholas?
- Who is the father of Six’s baby?
- Why does everything happen again?
- What is the cylons plan?
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