A search of "Battlestar" on MR revealed 8 threads. The humongous 1300 reply "Official" thread has been closed. The number 2 had about 165 replies which I started to revive and then had second thoughts after receiving a complaint. So here is a new thread. After a recommendation from my son, I reluctantly watched the 2003 miniseries which continued on as a series. About half way into Season 1, I was compelled and now up to Season 2 am hooked. Drats! I'm watching it on Netflix. Please warn regarding Spoilers and what season they apply to if you can. This thread includes spoilers and I don't intend upon shielding them, but I'd request that if you post significant spoilers that you at least mention it at the beginning of your post. I'm about 8 episodes into Season 2. Thanks! I've read this article: Cylon Models and it is helpful to understand that the "human cylons" are not so much robots as synthetic humans created on Kobol thousands of years ago by humans. I'm not sure why they are so hard to detect and am not sure if the Cylon detection test created by Dr. Balter is real or is a sham based on what I know about Dr. Balter. Based on the "glowing spine" during sex or the sylica pathways used as a nervous system, and their ability to interface with networks, why it should be so hard to detect them? My guess is that instead of picking it apart, just accept what the story tells me. Another issue is the procreation of the Cylon models and their need to receive a human sperm donation (or a human egg) to create a hybrid child. It really blurs the concept of how much of a machine they are versus a biological although synthetic being. If they are able to grow children from embryos even with some reliance on humans, I imagine it would indicated something much closer to biological then mechanical. Most interesting is that the Cylons belief in God may eventually interfere with their hatred of humans. I'm all most afraid to mention this and I don't want a spoiler answer. What I find most intriguing are the Human Cylon "sleepers" in particular the female pilot Sharon Valerii, nicknamed Boomer. I want to like this character, but if they know she is a Cylon, I don't know how they could ever trust her. She would be the perfect method for deception, infiltration, and execution of the big Cylon plan. One minute she blows up a large Cylon "mother" ship, then she tries to murder Adama. She helps them find the Tomb of Athena, now I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. At this point, until it's dis-proven, I believe that consciously she has, what she would describe as true feelings and motivation as she expresses them, but she is subject to subconscious manipulation by the Cylon network as evidenced by her sabotage of the BSG (Battle Star Galactica). How would I compare BSG to my favorite SciFi TV series, Star Trek Next Generation? It's different, the story has a much larger overlying arc then STNG. Both are good in their own way. BSG seemed to mix great story opportunities and visuals with shallow and hokey at first, but I have adapted and accepted. As of my progress in this series, I'd still have to give the edge to STNG, for writing and tremendous science fiction premises, such as the paradox in the final STNG two part episode which was just incredible to me along with the continued presence of Q from the start to the end of the series. That said, there seems to be many more opportunities for intrigue in BSG.