Amidst all of the political intrigue in the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica
, a gasp-worthy bombshell was dropped: Caprica Six (Tricia Helfer
) is pregnant with Colonel Tigh's baby. The same Colonel Tigh (Michael Hogan
) who was revealed to be a Cylon in last season's finale.
The fleet has had a regular Cylon baby boom, starting with Athena and Helo's baby and followed by the retroactive reveal that Cally and Tyrol's baby is also half-Cylon. This time there's no mixed robot/human mating going on--the child of Six and Tigh will be the first all Cylon baby. What does this mean for the Cylons? And what does it mean for Battlestar Galactica
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Being able to procreate has been a driving goal for the Cylons almost from the start, leading to the creation of the terrifying human egg harvesting camp in which Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff
) was trapped during her stay on Old Caprica. What we learned then, and what was considered to be true up until Friday's new episode, was that the Cylons needed humans if they wanted to have babies.
Not so anymore. The Cylons had their own theories about why they couldn't procreate, much of it religious and involving the existence of love being necessary to foster a birth. But that romantic idea wasn't necessarily the case between Tigh and Caprica, even if the latter was imagined to be Tigh's deceased wife when they did the deed. More likely, Tigh is a later model of Cylon upgraded with the capacity to become a baby daddy.
The opera house dreams Athena, Roslin and Caprica have shared seem centered on a Cylon child--but whose baby that ends up being might not be as clear cut as we previously though. It feels clear to me that the ability for the Cylons to procreate their race will continue to grow as a driving force behind their choices going forward, especially if their resurrection hub is destroyed. If it is discovered that Caprica's baby is fully Cylon, perhaps Athena's baby and Tyrol's baby won't be considered so important after all.
Seeing as how two of the Final Five Cylons have been revealed to be fertile gentlemen, I think the discovery of the Final Five will be the catalyst necessary to allow the Cylons what they seem to really want: an endless sea of "God's children" to call their very own. With this known, and with at least three new Cylon males available to impregnate everyone, perhaps the more levelheaded Cylon models will be ready to leave the remaining humans alone.
Considering that the fleet now has a new president and Tigh the Cylon has become admiral, it might seem odd to focus so much on this particular revelation. But think of this: Is there any doubt that both President Roslin (Mary McDonnell
) and Admiral Adama (Edward James Olmos
) will be coming back and most likely resuming their leadership roles? I'm willing to bet that Battlestar Galactica--the show and the ship--wouldn't have it any other way. This baby mama drama may prove to be the most major of developments in quite sometime--and may perhaps be the event that leads to ending the cat and mouse chase that is the Cylon / human relationship, once and for all.
- , BuddyTV Staff Writer
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