Something has been bothering me about the cylon for some time now and I haven’t quite been able to put my finger on it till now. With Audra’s last post about cylon on cylon violence it struck me.
One of the things that make us human is the fact that we get one go at life and that’s it. Aaron pointed this out in cold detail in the first episode of season 3 by shooting Six and telling Baltar that he can’t come back if shot. Laura Roslin put it quite nicely when she wrote, “…we keep killing them and they come back. It’s horrifying.”
That moment got me to thinking that perhaps the only reason humans have trouble connecting to the cylon (as sentient beings, forget the war part) is the fact that cylons are immortal. I know that they can be killed if they are too far away from a resurrection ship or such but the fact is, in practice, they’re immortal.
That presents a problem. Many things define life but one of them is death. We are, then we are not. That is the way of things. If a human walks around after being killed many times we call it a zombie (or a cylon in some cases) and proceed to hunt it down and kill it for being unnatural. We react violently tounnatural. Itmakes us as uneasy as a cat hissing at Dracula in a horror movie.
So is a being that cannot die unnatural? Is it a god? It’s obvious that the cylon think and are aware, but is that enough? Or perhaps too much when coupled with the fact that they cannot really be harmed? Would life be more precious to them if they all knew from birth that they only had one go around like we do? Would they have even risked having an all-out war like this? In short – I haven’t the foggiest.
What will betelling is later on in season 3. In the season 3 snippets of things to come I hear talk of genocide against the cylon. If the humans find a way to actually bring the eternal machines down to mortality I wonder how the cylon will choose to act when they risk a more permanent outcome.