Cylon speculation

by fledgling otaku on May 2, 2008

What we know about the four revealed Cylons of the Final Five:

Tyrol – a mechanic crew chief aboard a battlestar. Clearly the best mechanic on the show, and by implication aboard the fleet. Not unreasonable to assume one of the best mechanics in the Colonies overall.

Tori – a political aide. Managed to become aide to the most powerful politician and important civilian leader aboard the fleet.

Anders – former sports superstar turned resistance fighter turned viper pilot. Managed to become the Michael Jordan of his sport, then became a leader in the Caprica resistance, and then a leader in the New Caprica resistance. Now a viper pilot, which is the elite fighter jock corps of the Colonial military.

Tigh – war hero during the Cylon War, best XO in the fleet, most self-destructive alcoholic in the fleet (these latter two things not simultaneously. Call it an Exclusive-OR). Also rose to top leader of resistance on New Caprica.

and, most importantly: all of them managed to 1. survive the Colonial holocaust, 2. get aboard Galactica (even Anders who was left behind), and 3. continued their upwards career trajectories despite fierce competition.

do we see a pattern? clearly, they are overachievers even by the already rarefied standards of the Galactica crew (and the demands of narrative focus). Presumably, the Fifth won’t be a slacker in whatever it is that they do.

There are other major clues, the best being the infamous “Last Supper” photo (click to enlarge):

Battlestar Galactica Last Supper

… which has an empty place setting for the Fifth (and thus implying, with Moore confirming, that none of the other characters pictured are the Fifth, ruling out Baltar, Adama, Roslin, Helo, Apollo, and Starbuck). The Holy Grail is a nice touch, implying that the Fifth has an intimate connection to Earth.

The other major inference we can make is that the Fifth probably already knows that they are a Cylon and has known all along. This is because they did not respond to the Activation song which drew the other Four together. Therefore, the Fifth must be somewhat aloof and a loner, as they are acting to their own agenda and cannot afford personal scrutiny.

I am assuming that the Fifth is aboard Galactica and not aboard some other ship in the fleet, because that’s where all the major characters usually are (and the show is named after her). I suppose it is possible that the Fifth is some random dude aboard the Garbage Schooner or something but this seems unlikely. The Galactica is the nexus of the fleet, and given the likely overachiever status of the Fifth it seems improbable that they’d gravitate anywhere else.

So, who is aboard Galactica, is a major character, an overachiever, has been a bit of a loner and aloof, and is absent from the Last Supper photo?

I think only one character fits:

My guess is Felix Gaeta.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

fledgling otaku May 2, 2008 at 10:37 am
Phelps May 2, 2008 at 11:24 am

I’m pretty convinced that the final five correspond to the 12 Greek Olympian gods (who the colonies apparently venerate). Tigh is Zeus, Tyrol is Hephaestus, Anders is Ares, and Foster is Aphrodite. So which one would Gaeta correspond to? I suppose he could be Hermes.

Actually, something else occurred to me. Using your criteria, and adding it in with the Greek Olympians thing… has anyone considered (especially with Tigh’s hallucinations) that Ellen is the fifth model as Hera? Her making her way onto the Galactica was pretty remarkable, in line with the others.

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Mark May 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I doubt this is true, but I did find an interesting post regarding this:

http://screenrant.com/archives/who-is-the-last-cylon-on-battl-1592.html

An interesting idea, though I’m not sure about it… Anyway, I guess it supports the Gaeta as the last Cylon theory though.

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Phelps May 3, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Gah. I just realized how wrong I’ve been, and how it has been staring at me with one eye all along. It’s Asgard, not Olympus. Tigh is obviously Odin. Foster is Freya, Anders is Thor, and Tyrol is Tyr (another dead giveaway.) That leaves… Loki. I think I am back around to your thinking, with Gaeta is the most likely Loki that wasn’t in the Last Supper painting. (Although Balthar seems be turning into Balder, almost Abram->Abraham like).

The beginning of the end was at Ragnarök (Ragnar anchorage). Of course, you could have all the skinjobs representing Asgardians, with Six as Frig (and explaining Tigh’s hallucinations), Leo as Loki, Boomer as… uh… I don’t know the Edda well enough to place all 12. But it is interesting.

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Phelps May 3, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Although Zarek is an obvious Loki as well. As a matter of fact, he was even in chains (like Loki) until after Ragnarok.

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chad May 3, 2008 at 12:36 pm

My bets are on either Gaeta or Zarek. A friend of mine is working on a theory about the 12 archetypes of storytelling, each one matching a particular model. I wish I had his list to post here though.

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Vinny December 30, 2008 at 1:43 am

What do you make about the fact that Tori is missing from the last supper photo?

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fledgling otaku January 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

not that much – we already know Tori is one of the Final Five, so having her be the Final Fifth is just redundant. Am I missing something?

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Phelps January 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I’ve revised my theory, btw, with Gaeta’s lost leg. That would push him more towards Tyr (and would make Starbuck Fenrir, the one who kills Odin) and leave Baldr or Freyr for Tyrol.

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