MONDO EXTRAS

Drop The Pilot

by Jacob Clifton November 2, 2009
The Plan

There's super-spooky music heading into the Universal logo -- superimposed over Caprica, not our Earth -- and past it into space, a white shot, and Raiders heading for the Colony. In space, nobody can hear you lying out your face and pants don't combust because the vacuum. Tigh, Sam, Simon, a Hybrid I think, an Eight, a Six, and Cavil: What they're saying, maybe it's true maybe it isn't, but you get what you give: The Cylons were created by man. They rebelled. They evolved. They look and feel human. Some are programmed to think they are human. There are many copies. And they have a plan.

Laura and Gaius were in a dick-measuring contest of galactic proportion when the rescue squad from Caprica returned with Samuel T. Anders and Brother Cavil in tow. Kara Thrace had died so many times that people barely even registered she was gone, because they were all busy going crazy in their own ways, and when she came back she came back with ten tons of bullshit, exploding and on fire. Things were going as well as usual. The only person that recognized the Cavil from Caprica as a Cylon was the Chief, and before you know it both Cavils were in stir and about to be airlocked.

At issue was the concept of home, because that's all that matters: Could Gaius convince the people that their immediate safety, on a shitty sad planet yet to be named, was worth giving up the purpose that had kept them alive 33 minutes at a time for 33 episodes? Could Laura convince the people that the Gods were worth giving up that cabin in the mountains? Which dream would win?

The two Cavils do their namesake at each other in front of the launch bay door. The one from the ship, the one that heard Galen's confession, we'll call him One because he's a good machine. The other one, the one that heard Sam's -- that brought the news of DEMAND LOVE to the Fleet and tipped the scales to New Caprica -- we'll call him Cavil, because he's a better one. There aren't any we'll call John, because John died the same day Daniel did:

Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me... And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And the word for his mark -- אות -- is the word for the omens of the stars, and the rainbow's memory of the great Flood, and the covenant of circumcision, and Moses' miracles before the Pharaoh. The word for Gina's final act: the star that led them home, like wise men, like kings. The sign on Sam Anders that made Caprica and Boomer, and Cavil, love him so much they'd move the world for him, and never even know why.

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