Battlestar Galactica is our first true post-9/11 sci-fi mythology: Those fugitive humans, attacked out of the blue, forced to come to terms with their society’s inner demons… they’re us, right? Ah, but who’s the “us” now? As of last season’s finale, the Cylons have occupied New Caprica, the stark, windswept new homeworld selected by President Gaius Baltar. They’ve come to help, but also, we suspect, to re-educate. And according to the first of Sci-fi’s ten new Galactica webisodes, which bridge the time gap between last season and the new one coming in October, there’s an insurgency brewing. Right in the tent of new dad Chief Tyrol (Callie’s the mom, if you recall). With Sol Tigh going all Zarqawi on us.
Much like the arc of last season (an embattled election, thepolitics of fear, “moral values” debates and the question of howhumanely to treat a seemingly inhuman foe), the fantasy is alreadyuncomfortably real. Only this time, the rules are changing: We, thehumans, are the insurgency. The Cylons are recruiting a human policeforce, hoping to turn more responsibility over to their wards — asthey earn it, of course. Oh boy, oh boy… this isn’t going toend well at all, is it? There’s a new Cylon regime in office, oneheaded by Caprica Six and Sharon, Battlestar Original Version.How will the toasters back home respond if the occupation turnsquagmire? How much of the Cylon Empire’s resources is the leadershipwilling to sink into its Cylon-Human Rapprochement initiative?
So… humanity is the insurgency. The Cylons are the occupiers, withnoble intentions stated and sinister ones suspected by their wards. Thewar is lost, and the fight’s just started. How will it come out? Ithink the American taxpayer — not to mention Joe Galactifan — wouldlove to know. In fact, if the producers solve those story problems, Imove we immediately elect them to high office.