After Friday night there will probably be no more Battlestar Galactica till 2009. So before we start to mourn the months ahead, I thought it best to look back at a few things from the first half of season four.
The Harbinger of Death
In Razor, we're introduced to Kendra Shaw and her memories. She's Admiral Cain's legacy and bears some of her former leader's sins. She's also a silent witness to events that occurred on Pegasus and the older model baseship, the latter of which no one will know about. Shaw will hear the hybrid say, "Kara Thrace will lead the human race to its end... She is the herald of the apocalypse. The harbinger of death. They must not follow her."
Another hybrid repeats the same ominous words to Kara, calling her a harbinger of death. This time though the human race isn't included in the equation, and humanity seems to be hanging on for now. However, the same can't be said for the Cylons.
So, what does it mean for Starbuck to be the harbinger of death?
Is it the death of both races or the birth of a new one as they both rush to get to Earth?
Of course I'm still wondering if we're ever going to see the older model Cylons again.
The Cult of Baltar
Religion has become a major theme this season due in part to Baltar. He was last spotted being whisked away by a small harem of female followers, then reappeared declaring the existence of one god – the Cylon God. His message was clear. Cast away the polytheistic beliefs for this god brings unconditional love. Though guilt and imperfection, in the Cylon God's eye, all are perfect regardless of their past "sins."
For Baltar, this way of thinking alleviates his guilt for his actions on Caprica, and he does begin to change as a person though he's still quite egocentric. However, Tory Foster uses Baltar's preachings as a means to justify her actions towards Cally.
But who or what is the Cylon God?
For the first time this season Inner 6 appeared to be more than just one of Baltar's visions. She held him up when he was beaten down, and the spectators seemed to witness this. Could she be the Cylon God, or is she something else entirely?
Four of Five
The new Cylons have been busy since their awakening. Tory found god and she murdered a fellow Cylon's wife to protect their identity and the baby. She's assertive, manipulative, and maybe a bit emotional.
Anders seems to be caught between both worlds. His allegiance lies with Galactica, yet he struggles with his curiosity. The Cylons scare but intrigue him. It calls to him in a sort of kinship, but his duty keeps him away. What will Starbuck do when she finds out the truth?
Then there's Tyrol who relishes silence now versus the chaos brought about by the awakening. He's nothing but confusion and anger. Losing his wife (beware Tory), losing his humanity. Remarkably, the only comfort he's found has been in a demotion and with Baltar.
As for Tigh, he won't let go of humanity. He won't let go of his guilt, which is why he still sees his dead wife in place of Six. He risks going completely mad, though virile was not what I expected.
These Cylons are different. They can conceive, and they're just as strong as the other models. They also know the way to Earth.
But why are the other models forbidden to speak of them, and is Earth the only secret they're hiding?