Aside from the identity of the final Cylon, some of the biggest questions remaining on Battlestar Galactica involve the origins of the four Galactica Cylons. We still don’t know where they came from, how old they are, or if they have multiple copies floating somewhere in space. The histories of Anders, Tyrol, Tory and Tigh are still shrouded in mystery, and anticipation for these answers runs high among loyal BSG fans.
It turns out that those hoping for more information about the Cylons may not have to wait until Battlestar Galactica returns next year. In the October issue of SFX magazine, actor Aaron Douglas, who plays Chief Tyrol on the series, unleashes a heck of a spoiler that will make you rethink everything you know about the series. Read on at your own risk.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!
In his interview with SFX, Douglas spills about the origins of the four Galactica toasters. “The four that were revealed at the end of season 3 are what they are, but they’re one-offs,” he points out. “They’re the original Cylons. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, when there were 13 colonies on Kobol, 12 went that way and one went that way to find Earth – or create an Earth – and that colony was actually Cylons. They’re individuals, there’s no multiple models. The seven that we know are a different kind of Cylon that came much later. They’re probably ten, 20 years old, born out of the metal machines that fought back 40 years ago in the Cylon wars of the 12 colonies. So they’re essentially like the gods. And we were on the new Earth, and destroyed that and came back to the 12 colonies to rejoin humanity to find out the cycle of time.”
Douglas goes on to add, “Why do we create a world and destroy ourselves? Why does humanity do that? And why do we as Cylons follow that path to humanity? So we sort of turned off the Cylon part of us and went and joined the humans. They don’t know we’re Cylons, and we didn’t know until we started getting closer to Earth – that’s when we started hearing the music at the end of the last season and get woken up to the fact that we are.”
If Douglas is telling the truth, and there’s no reason to assume he’s not, it looks like the Galactica Cylons have no copies. They’re also the original inhabitants of Earth, which is an interesting twist. I wonder how executive producer Ronald D. Moore feels about Douglas sharing this shocking revelation with a popular sci-fi magazine. It seems like a rather huge thing for the actor to unveil, and I’m surprised that he appears so nonchalant when it comes to talking about it. Then again, the series wrapped filming months ago, so maybe the actors aren’t as concerned with keeping secrets.
We can see if Douglas’s spoiler is true when Battlestar Galactica plays out its final 10 episodes on the Sci Fi Channel in 2009.
– Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: SFX Magazine
(Image courtesy of the Sci Fi Channel)