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Ihave just watched BSG in a weeks-long marathon and I have to say thatIMHO they really dropped the ball on depicting Cylons as, well,creatures who are partly technological and therefore have extra senses,abilities, particular needs, genuinely different views on the universe,etc. Then the whole issue of acknowledging them as sentient creatures,possibly having souls, etc. could have been done in genuinelyinteresting ways, rather than just falling back on well-worn racisttropes.
And the process of awakening of a covert Cylon could have been reallyamazing. They started well with it, but they never really followed up,which is a great pity, IMHO. One of the reasons why revelations of allthe Cylon models just weren't as exciting as they could have been.
This is one of the reasons that I don't particularly like the NewCaprica arc - I get it that the writers wanted to comment onneo-colonialism, international military intervention, etc., but really,would machine intelligences have handled it this way? They are supposedto have amazing technology, after all, and networks are supposed to betheir particular skill.
And for that matter, the only good Cylons seem to be those that give upwhatever vestiges of their own identity that the show-runners threwtheir way in favor of all tropes and foibles of humanity. Which is justboring.
I mean, what's the point of trying to come to terms with the Other ifyou can only manage if the Other not just looks like you, but muststrive to be like you in every way before you manage to do so?
So, because we can't have immortality, then it must be evil foreverybody, because we can't build biological networks at will ditto,etc.
And the ending... sigh. No wonder that it happens again and again, eh?
Is anybody interested in spoilery discussion at this late point? Should I start a new thread?
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I agree with some of those points, and always up for BSG discussion.
I would say that one of my major beefs with the series was how theCylons were depicted. It seemed to be more proof of the old "don't showthe monster, it'll be scarier if you don't see it" trope. Theminiseries and the first two series were great in this regard becausewe'saw them more as an enigmatic enemy, but as we learned more, it wasmy experience that the writers were not inventive or plain interestingenough in their depiction of the Cylons, and I mean that in a physicalsense as well. They would be as strong as a human in one episode andthen easily overwpower ( as one would expect ) in the next. Therevelation of the Final five would always be lame because they'd neverthought it through and only came up with that idea last minute.
It was always a main draw for me in this series, man vs robots, and howrobots are different, Other, than us. What differentiates them, how dothey show it. I do not feel that that ever developed in a way that feltsatisfying or deeply intriguing to me. I think the truth, or part ofthe truth, is that it proved too difficult for the writers to work thisthrough, it's tough enough for real science fiction writers whodedicate books to it, let alone screenwriters. The Cylons did not feelwell developed in the sense of how would an artifical intelligence ofsuch power develop. Would they really be this similar to humans in somany ways? Feels like wishful thinking to me, or maybe it was all donelike due to budget constraints. I did feel they made for an veryinteresting enemy for a good part of the series though, but undoubtedlythat faded as we went on into later seasons.
Still, I thought the final season was mostly a return to form, with a few very strong episodes.
Edited by Maia, 26 June 2011 - 08:38 AM.