The Reincarnation Interpretation
UPDATED 7 July 2008 21:21 GMT
MovieWeb: Do the final 5 have model numbers, and if there are 12 Cylons and 12 Gods, are there any direct pairings between the Gods of Greek mythology and the Cylon models?
Ron Moore: The final 5 do not, in fact, have numbers. The pairing of the 12 colonies and the 12 Gods and the 12 tribes and the number 12, while there’s the certain repetition of the numerology in the show, there’s not that direct correlation that you’re asking about. (Source)
There are 12 Lords of Kobol. They are split into two groups, those that take mortal form through reincarnation and those that stay within TPBLAD acting as guides to their mortal companions. All of this takes place periodically in order to rejuventate mankind through a cycle of destruction and rebirth.
Head.Six: I’m an angel of God sent here to help you….just like I always have been (Torn)
Grace Park: “There’s one episode where everything is explained and I had to read it three times, I had to sit down with [executive producer] Ron Moore and he had to break it down.” (Source)
Each mortal form has a cue installed into their subconscious prior to their birth. In the case of the Final Four, this is the watchtower tune. In the case of Starbuck it is the mandala. They are entirely human and therefore don’t possess any special powers, the cues are used as a guide to allow them to realise who they really are – when the time comes.
(In the same way, Hera is born with the number “6” as a cue, leading her to seek out Caprica.Six)
RDM: 3/26/2007 — They arrived at a certain point in space and they were made aware of who they are. The music manifests a dawning awareness. These are four of the final five, which puts them in a separate category from everybody else… A lot of the specifics of the back story of how this came about will reveal itself over the course of the next season. Those four are trying to figure out their own story. They don’t really understand what this all means. Tigh’s been in two wars and wondering, how could this be? A part of next season’s storylines will uncover how they came to be who they are and the specifics of that… It was something I came up with this season as I worked toward the finale. The conceptual framework in which these guys are Cylons, it all sort of works once we laid down their individual back stories… but they are different fundamentally. (source: Post-Gazette)
The problem is that the cues have led the Final Four (and therefore the audience) into mistakenly thinking they are true cylons, whereas in fact they are only cylons within the conceptual framework of immortality.
The other six Lords of Kobol, stay in the space between life and death and act as guides for their companion mortal LOK. They use the Opera House to appear as head characters in order to communicate and exert their influence.
Kara is a special case. She appears to be “lost”, she cannot be contacted via the Opera House.
Hybrid: And in the midst of confusion, he will find her, enemies brought together by impossible longing, enemies now joined as one.
Leoben stands on the shore of TPBLAD, the river/stream – a metaphor for the space between life and death so he can reach out and contact her when she is on the verge of death without requiring the Opera House.
Leoben finds Kara at the Maelstrom gas giant planet.
Sharon: …that’s the spot where your god supposedly stood and watched Athena throw herself down onto the rocks below out of despair over the exodus of the 13 tribes
Kara is, or is at least playing the role of Athena who 2000 years ago commited suicide by throwing herself onto the rocks below, in Maelstrom she commits suicide by hitting the “hard deck” on the gas giant planet.
She doesn’t actually die, she is saved before her Viper explodes (explained in TPBLAD and Time Travel!)
3/8/2007 — Question: Was it a bullet that penetrated Kara’s canopy or something else?
RDM: This was left deliberately vague. What do you think it was?
Leoben: See, there’s nothing so terrible about death. When you finally face it, it’s beautiful. You’re free now. To become who you really are.
12 Cylon Models
The Opera House figures were responsible for influencing the cylons to create the S7 (see The Head.Six Theory). They do this by proxy leading the S7 to believe that there are five other cylons. This is why Caprica.Six believes there are 12 cylon models. The S7 aren’t allowed to think about the Final Five to avoid them realizing the truth.
(Note that this is probably why Head.Six is getting Baltar to preach the one true God so that the LOK don’t become religious entities again – the last time this happened it resulted in human sacrifice)
Since the S7 are creations of the LOK, they are built with the ability to see the LOK as a head character without requiring the Opera House – the LOK can appear to an S7 member at anytime. This explains Caprica.Six’s Head.Baltar. Remember the S7 resurrect by passing through TPBLAD and the resurrection technology comes from the LOK who reside there – the original programmers.
Baltar’s Head.Six / Head.Baltar are the same Lord of Kobol.
The “real” Final Five
Throughout the show, we have been led to believe that the five humans are the Final Five. This is a mistake that stems from the fact that the cylons aren’t allowed to think about the Final Five. It’s the LOK within TPBLAD that are the true final five and now that they have connected with the five humans, the raiders and Caprica.Six can sense them, but they incorrectly identify them. The final five humans are supposed to know the way to Earth, but its obvious that they don’t have a clue, however the five LOK within TPBLAD do know the way to Earth, since they programmed Kara’s Viper to indicate it’s location when she brought it back through TPBLAD after her time travel adventures with Maelstrom.Leoben (see TPBLAD and Time Travel!)