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I've been holding on to this way too long and I suppose I should share it.  I think it's especially appropriate to share it now since, apparently (according to the spoilers), this theory is NOT how the show will evolve.  As such, this is less of a theory and more of a "how it could have been".

Note:  There are NO spoilers in this entry.

Gaius Baltar & The Everlasting Project

Baltar is, first and foremost, a self-preserving egomaniac and secondly a genius.  As such, he is afraid of both death of body and death of legacy.  Before the Cylon invasion, I think he was working on a two-faceted uber-project:  cheating death while ensuring legacy.  To accomplish this, Baltar needed a way to preserve the human consciousness in an eternal form.  He realized that an automaton is an excellent form for this.

He worked to devise a means whereby a human's consciousness (i.e. "soul") can be mapped into an electronic (digital) machine.  To fund his efforts, he advertised this technology to a select few at extremely HIGH costs.  Sharon Valerii, for example, is the only child in her family.  Her parents might be easily persuaded, then, to do anything to save her life.  If Baltar promised them eternal life for their daughter they might buy it.

The Cylon Factor

The Cylon's seem to truly believe that they are destined to abolish the human race...including the 13th tribe.  Baltar needs some Cylon collaboration to overcome some hurdles in the technology.  A partnership is formed and the Cylon's see this as an opportunity to infiltrate some of the aspects of human civilization in order to execute their plan of finding (and, presumably, destroying) the 13th tribe.  When combined with the fact that Baltar can use his plan to make money, the Cylon's see this as a perfect opportunity to collaborate.

The Original Five

Baltar crossed some bizarre plane of existence when experimenting.  The first five models went crazy (whatever that means) as a result of the imperfect mapping process.  However, they are not dead.  I haven't actually theorized on what/where/when they are.  As D'Anna Biers continues her experiments this may become more apparent (and, obviously, more detrimental to my conjectures posed herein).  Nevertheless, the original five are not discussed because they are not dead but not whole.

Creating the Models

As part of the plan, Baltar's memory is modified and he is placed in his Cylon body (as appropriate) to execute his role in "The Plan".  This procedure is copied for Sharon Valerii, D'Anna Biers, etc. etc.  I suspect that one or two of the models are not direct human maps such as Caprica Six.  The models do not know their own history specifically but understand the history in general.  Furthermore, Baltar is programmed to "discover" that he is a Cylon.  Instead of being told, his discovery process will unlock some vital portion of his Cylon brain allowing him to further execute the plan. 

The Plan

My conjectures above do not, unfortunately, address "The Plan".  However, I have some conjecture on that as well.  I think there are possibly two plans in place.  The Cylon Plan is / was genocide of the human race.  As indicated in the series this plan may have changed but is still a possibility.  The Baltar Plan is to find Earth and become a deity of sorts.  He is, after all, a genius and Colonial technology exceeds (even if only slightly) the technology of Earth circa 2006.  So if Baltar finds Earth at or before Earth Year 2006, he will, most likely, be seen as a god of some kind.  Arthur C. Clarke wrote that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."  Perhaps Baltar is hoping to use this concept to his advantage.


All in all, I do not know the plan (and that is a frustration I have with the series).  As such, my conjectures above about the history of the models and back story of the five are potentially irrelevant and probably incorrect.  Nevertheless, it has been fun to speculate! 

In the interest of readability and time I have kept this entry as short as possible.  I welcome your feedback and thoughts and hope to provide additional detail based on your comments.


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Hi there,

My own theory.

Humans themselves are cylons that have evolved into perfect humans, and now history repeats itself. Humans develop robots tha becomes highly intelligent, eventually wipes out the humans, settle on a planet and evolves into humans, develop robots. These robots gets higly intelligent, wipes out humans. etc etc.

You get the point?

best regards Kenneth
Left by Kenneth Nielsen on Jan 23, 2007 3:53 AM

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That is a really smart theory! I like it! I've shared with some of my BSG homies and they like it too. Realy cool theory!


How is that going to play out in the show? :)
Left by Codesailor on Jan 23, 2007 10:09 AM

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About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You
Left by Micky on May 12, 2007 8:06 AM

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just to let everyone and no one know (since no one really reads this anyway lol) the whole point is that Gaius Baltar is Jesus Christ, Kara Thrace is Moses, and Hera is the first true human. The real fun will come if this hits the spoiler circuits as a foiler and then truly surprises the fans in the end, but then again that is the fun of our little show.
Be sure to enjoy the D'anna Troy confrontation with Laura Roslin, because your favorite president won't hen she learns what D'anna has to say.

"May we attain the clarity and glory of Salvation our God, and in doing so may he fulfill our destinies"
Left by theonewhosenamecannotbespoken on Aug 12, 2007 2:48 AM

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That Gaius=Jesus, Kara=Moses, and Hera=First human theory is interesting, however I'm can't help but notice some inconsistencies with biblical stories:

1) I'm not christian so correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Moses lead humanity to its salvation? According to the first cylon hybrid in BSG: Razor, Kara Thrace will lead humanity to its end...the harbinger of death, he calls her. If I were to peg anyone with the role of Moses it would be President Roslin.

Here's my theory as to what is to come in season four:

--All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again--

A key statement in the BSG series. I've been struggling to predict what year it will be on Earth. 2008 a.d.? 1 b.c.? 2438? Its anyone's guess. My best guestimate is that its sometime around 1 b.c. and here is why.

Kobol was the birth place of man. Man then settled on the 12 colonies and the 13th tribe settled on Earth. Colonials create Cylons. Cylons obliterate the colonies. The colonial fleet (Galactica, Astral Queen, Colonial One, etc.) Make it to Earth only to find it as it was when Jesus Christ was born. Roslin (moses), Adama (zues), Kara (who the frak knows?), Gaius (Jesus), Lee (Apollo)...and all these characters we've grown to love appear to be idols or religious figures to the primitive Earthlings, the descendants of the 13th tribe. Thousands of years later, these idols become stories, and Humanity once again creates A.I. and starts to colonize other planets. Blah blah blah, another apocalypse happens. The last surviving humans set off to try and find the legend that is Kobol. Making it come full circle, hence the line..."All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again."

In typing this I've realized some inconsistencies, however I believe I'm not WAY off on the big picture that is to come in this final season (seasons plural if sci-fi does decide to split season four in half and prolong our agony that is Battlestar Galacticalessness)

Thanks for reading. I hope it wasn't too painful. Please respond with any comments, criticism, etc. And may the Lords of Kobol be with you.
Left by Phil on Mar 10, 2008 8:46 PM

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My theory:

None of the beings in Battlestar are homo-sapiens, be they Cylon, human or something in between.

Obviously they have some relation to the homo-sapiens of earth (i.e. us).

In one episode Number 6 tells Baltar that every event that has occured has already happened, and events are simply repeating themselves.

My guess is that the real humans (i.e. us) created some form of automoton or android which super-ceeded them. The 'humans' in Battlestar are these beings, or some evolution of them. In turn they created the Cylons who rebelled and overthrew them; this process may have happened scores of times.

So the real question being posed in battle star is this: what does it mean to be a human?
Left by Malcolm on Mar 20, 2008 4:33 AM

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Here's my thoughts: The greek mythology (zeus, apollo etc.) appeared some 4,000 years ago on earth. That is he influence of the thirteenth tribe. When the fleet and cylons find earth it will be a couple of hundred years in our future. Humans on earth will have advanced to the point where we have built our own self aware mechanical intelligence which will have either already turned on us, or be in the process of doing so. Hence "this has happened before and will happen again". God(s) created man, man turned against god, god created self aware machines (life) which turn on them. The cycle repeats as the first self aware machines make their own self aware machines which turn on them (the mechanical cylons are subservient to their own creations, the skin jobs). I think it makes sense.
Left by George on Mar 25, 2008 9:51 PM

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For many weeks, myself and my mate have trying to form a plausible answer to the question which has many fans boggled. What will happen when the colonial fleet reaches earth?? It is good to see that many people have picked up on Gaius= jesus. i believe this to be true also and when the colonial fleet reaches earth Gaius will play the role of Jesus (maybe Gaius will assassinate the real one :P). Ever thought why the cylons have 12 models? could be a referenced to Jesus 12 apostles. also could it be that all the 12 colonies came from earth?? we are destroying our earth as we speak, so maybe all the humans fled earth and found the 12 colonies. if that were true the colonial would be fked if the earth could not sustain life. just thinking out loud.


Luke Sayers
Left by Luke Sayers on Mar 31, 2008 11:01 PM

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Interesting Ideas. I thought Id post my own guesses.
Ill have to do this as several posts (its too long)

They may do the fleet arriving about 1 AD or now but Im leaning toward the future (say 2500 years or so from now ).

My best guess after much thought and reading spoiler bits online and piecing them together with my own ideas.............

The big surprise:

The Earth is the original homeworld, not Kobol!!! (this is 180 degrees from the original show outline).

Long Term Chronology

Long Duration Sleeper Ships leave Earth after either an ecological catastrophe (ice ages, nuclear war or greenhouse effect ). AI development has started but has not reached its height yet... A.I. is in infancy - massive computers can
emulate a human mind but true self-awareness has not been developed. Computers are no more advanced than HAL 9000 in "2001" and are rigidly controlled. (approx 2500 years before show?) (100-200 years from now). Some

humans remain on Earth (not all are evacuated) along with limited Earth A.I.'s and satellites are left behind to monitor Earth's Health and try to help it recover. (about 4 parts to go)
Left by Dave D. on Apr 25, 2008 12:18 PM

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Sleeper ships reach Kobol. (approx 1500-2000 years before show?) After a technological renaissance, true A.I. developed on Kobol due to massive computer networks attaining self-awareness.

True A.I.'s on Kobol perfect radical advances in Engineering including robotics, Jump Drive and

Tylium energy conversion reactors. Massive unemployment occurs due to robots or Cybernetic Life Organisms (Cylons) for short displace human workers. (approx 1500 years before show?).

Creation of Cylon and the Death of Kobol

While man is on Kobol they create first true A.I.s who revolt. A massive civil war is fought on Kobol with dirty nukes between

religious zealots and cybeneticists and their servants, rendering a good portion of the surface uninhabitable and with

significant ecological damage and radiological contamination. Cyberneticists and A.I.s flee to form their own colony along

with a certain number of humanity who sided with them.

Religous zealot (greek god worshipping) human survivors band together and using stolen cylon f.t.l. technology develop a

means to search for and develop their own colonies. Colonies settled (approx 1000 years before show?)

The classic cylon centurion comes about during this period to work mines for the a.i. mainframes and their human servants on the planet Cylon. (approx 500-600 years previous to show?) Centurions revolt. All humans on Cylon perish. However, Cylon development stagnates. They continue to monitor humanity and occasionally they take humans captive seeking to improve their advancement.
Left by Dave D. on Apr 25, 2008 12:22 PM

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Who is the final cylon?

I am basing this in part on the producers saying the final cylon is not in the "12 disciples" picture on the webpage for the

show. My guess is Gaeta or Dualla (prefer Dualla). Each Cylon sleeper agent is close to a human in power in the fleet. Apollo

as cag is a logical candidate for such an attachment. Dualla actively pursued Apollo and represented a safe refuge for Apollo

(as Tigh does for Adama, the presidents assistant does for Roslin and Anders did for Starbuck, who is the best pilot in the

fleet). These cylons seem to be obsessed with mating with the best and brightest humans to shape their destiny and ours in

order to produce the next stage in evolution (Cylon intellect and immortality combined with essential humanity). Gaeta never

got close to anybody but the ships main frames and jump drive computers - but that is a very strategic connection.

(Moore has said the final cylon has been in the fleet since the miniseries but is not in the last supper picture on the website)


Starbuck is the part I cant figure out. I dont think her death and ressurection will ever be adequately explained and is just an excuse to explain Katee Sackhoff's absence from the show last year to make movies/other shows. If there is a reason at all, the cylons, being infatuated with her, built a viper from scratch (or took one off the factory floor from caprica) , cloned her from the ovary they took from her on caprica and then downloaded a copy of her mind they made from the baby factory on Caprica,

supplanted it with memories delivered from Anders, Tigh etc) so she wouldnt remember what happened and stuck her back on the Galactica. She is therefore human (not cylon) but she is a clone and is not the original starbuck. She is probably placed back on the fleet to help them find Earth, because the Cylons want us and them to find it. They probably trust her incredible navigational skills will probably find Earth on her own, even though she was never actually there (please remember she flew the captured raider and jumped it back to caprica - no easy feat for a standard human pilot). They may want Anders to get her pregnant, possibly as well for their obsessive breeding program.
Left by Dave D. on Apr 25, 2008 12:26 PM

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Cylon and Earth and the End of the Show.

I think the fleet via roslin is headed for Cylon - it is the 12th colony, not earth. As to who survives the final battle I cant say but I figure the cylons will continue to turn against one another, a massive battle will occur at Cylon (this will be the cliffhanger battle at the end of the first 8-10 episodes), and starbuck will jump back to the fleet with a path to earth right as the second part of the season starts in the fall will occur at Cylon (this will be the cliffhanger battle at the end of the first 8-10 episodes), and starbuck will jump back to the
fleet with a path to earth right as the second part of the season starts in the fall.

The final fight nearing earth with the violent centurions and non-religious cylons will occur at the end of the season. The
humanoid final five models will either doom galactica or save it - Im not really sure which yet but Im leading toward a
redemption theme given the last supper imagery on the website. Dualla/Gaeta will probably be a savior to the fleet. Im not

sure about all the other 4. I think Anders might be the traitor who leaves the fleet once the earth is found - perhaps after an
argument with starbuck. He will join the cylons on the base ships but Im not sure if he will help them in the end.

Also note: No insects on the show anywhere (even on caprica after the blasts) - nor are there any animals to speak of (only
animal Ive seen is Romo's cat) This could be due to the destruction of the colonies and the radiation. I just think they dont have many animals at all (given sleeper ship origins they became vegetarians etc).

This proposed future history also would explain a lot about their culture as a whole (clothing, customs, names etc).

We shall see.

Left by Dave D. on Apr 25, 2008 12:31 PM

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For my two cents, I think the two cylon/human babies (the son of Tyrol and the daughter of Helo) will turn out to be our Adam and Eve, and we are their decendants, and our religions are therefore all derived from theirs. Baltar's "you are perfect" theology will lead to Eve's falling.

The Bob Dylan song seems to contradict this theory, however ... unless this has all happened before, and will happen again. We’ll see!
Left by knightEknight on May 21, 2008 2:27 PM

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All fascinating theories, especially the ones of Baltar being Jesus, Leoben being Starbuck's dad, and Hera and Nicky being Earth's Adam and Eve. Whatever the producers come up with though, I just hope it doesn't become a convoluted "this-has-happened-before-and-will-happen-again" mess like the Matrix trilogy was.

Part of me still yearns for the early days when you knew who the good guys were (Adama, Roslin, and the "Fleet"). And the Cylons, however justified they thought they were, were still clearly the bad guys. And none of this bad-guy-in-disguise stuff (Starbuck the Harbinger of Death, or the Final Cylon being Roslin or Adama).

On a seperate note, I keep toying with the idea that the Final Cylon is actually Zack Adama coming back from the dead. Don't ask me how, it would just be cool. Imagine the look on Adama's face! And Starbuck's!
Left by Al U on May 22, 2008 10:47 AM

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she will lead them to the end.. end being earth!

the harbinger of death - is exactly what she is to the cylons, she probably killed way more of them than any other.

as with anything you can read into what you want. i prefer it from this view as i think the program is clever and expects the audience to be as well. but you never know.

Left by BigSean on Jun 13, 2008 9:53 AM

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Blimey I read all these!

All interesing, I hope the writers have a 'plan' to finish the season and answer these questions... I HATE the 'not knowing' shows like lost etc where you never actually find out!

Great show, hope they nail it then last epsiodes and then LEAVE it so we can look back fondly ;)
Left by Dude on Jun 18, 2008 4:57 PM

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