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An argument as to why Kara Thrace is *not* a Cylon

May
13

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Kara Thrace of late. In fact, I have about a 45-minute drive each way to work and find myself pondering Cylons, Starbuck and other things BSG as I drive on the Garden State Parkway.

And so I found myself yesterday morning on a rain-soaked road, listening to the BBC World Service with Friday’s episode, “Faith,” meandering through my multi-tasking brain.

Kara Thrace, you see, is most definitely not a Cylon. Too obvious. So obvious, in fact, that it’s obviously not the case.

But she was there at the beginning of the skinjobs.

Think back to the Razor telemovie, one of the flashbacks to a young Bill “Husker” Adama on the ice planet after his firefight with the old-school Cylons.

He stumbles upon a chamber of horrors. At its center is a tub filled with goo; a hand shoots out, grabbing Husker. His startled cry alerts some prisoners to his presence and they bang on a door, begging him to set them free.

Husker can only get the door open a few inches, but through it we see a young, blonde girl.

I am not alone in assuming this girl is Starbuck, I am sure.

But I posit this theory: The girl is Starbuck. She and her father were among those taken by the Cylons for experimentation. Her father ended up in another goo-filled tank; in the goo-filled tank, in fact, that she boards with Kendra Shaw and others in Razor. He is the first hybrid. He knows Starbuck and her destiny because he is half her genetic material.

She is the harbinger of death and will lead humanity to its end because her revelations about who and what she is will lead to the demise of both her race and the Cylon race, as they will merge into one.

Or not.

Photo courtesy of NBC Universal.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 at 3:03 pm by Amy Vernon. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Battlestar Galactica, Cylon, Kara Thrace, Kendra Shaw, Razor, Starbuck

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4 Responses to “An argument as to why Kara Thrace is *not* a Cylon”

  1. Newbs

    It’s an interesting theory, but didn’t the Adama flashbacks in ‘Razor’ take place about 40 years before BSG’s current events? I don’t think Kara is old enough to have been that girl.

    However, you’re right in saying it’s way too obvious for Starbuck to be a Cylon. Not only would it be a failure of imagination on the part of the writers, but I think all the fans would be profoundly disappointed as well.

    Cheers

  2. Charles Silesia

    I couldn’t quite make out who the woman in the Razor flashback was, but I assumed it was either the prototype for Six or for D’Anna…

  3. Amy Vernon

    Dammit. Honestly, I’d temporarily forgotten about the 40 years that had passed. I’m still not completely convinced, but that would seem to make it unlikely.

    Charles, that is interesting about the thought that the girl was a prototype for Six or D’Anna. Hmmm.

    Well, in 15 or so episodes, all shall be revealed. I’m torn between wanting to know it all already and wanting to savor every last moment….

  4. Adam Pieniazek

    Interesting theory, I’m still curious about Colonel Tigh and when he came into existence or switched to cylon form. He’s the oldest of the reveled cylons and either they killed the real Tigh on New Caprica or he was one of the cyclons in those tanks 40 years ago.

    I’m pretty much sold that Kara is not a cylon for the it being way, way too obvious.

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