David Eick- I think the audience has to start by asking the question, “What really defines a Cylon?” That’s part of what Season 4 is really going to be dedicated to. And the tip of that iceberg will be introduced in the season finale. (source: TV Guide)
The Final Cylon Solution can be misinterpreted for stating that the Final Five aren’t in fact cylons. This site is partly to blame for this misunderstanding, since it tries to avoid defining exactly what they really are. So here I will explain three different interpretations of how they can be cylon, and none of them require that they were created by the cylons!
The Final Five are reincarnated mortal forms of Lords of Kobol.
RDM – 3/26/2007 …The conceptual framework in which these guys are Cylons, it all sort of works once we laid down their individual back stories… [They are all full Cylons] but they are different fundamentally. (Source)
- If the skinjobs and raiders can resurrect and the Lords of Kobol are ancient immortal entities that can reincarnate and take mortal form, then they are both cylon within the conceptual framework of immortality.
- The modern cylons, including skinjobs and raiders were created by the Lords of Kobol, who incidently gave them resurrection technology. Therefore, if we are calling the skinjobs cylon then we can loosely name their creators cylon as well.
Perhaps the best definition comes from the possible origin of the Lords of Kobol themselves…
- The Lords of Kobol are the original cylons, created by humans thousands of years ago on Earth.
I suspect though that we will never know this for sure, but it would make alot of sense. Personally I try to avoid making assumptions about their origins, since there are many possibilities and none of them can be fully justified from what we know about the show and it also makes sense that certain things just won’t be explained in full since doing so will bring early closure to the shows status in the minds of the fans.
For those sci-fi fans that remember Blade Runner, the true nature of Deckard was never fully satisfied and this fueled speculation and debate for many years greatly helping the film achieve legendary status. We know Ronald D. Moore is a big fan of Blade Runner and it would make sense that he wants to achieve the same legendary status with his own creation.
It comes down to this, do you want the LOK to be supernatural immortal beings similiar to Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, or do you want them to be original super AI that have somehow transcended mortal existance and now reside in the space between life and death. Is the entire show even a Matrix scenario!
The interpretation may well rest with you.