"Six, we have a problem," says Three. Ignoring Gaius as well as Three does, Doral steps up. "A baseship. The one we sent to investigate the pulsars in the Lion Nebula. We've lost contact." The trouble, Three explains, is that the missing baseship's status is a zero. "We received a garbled distress call, then silence," says Doral. Scary for our Fleet, unimaginable for the Cylon. They've even got special ships in order to make sure everybody stays connected up. "Not surprisingly, their Hybrid sent us a confusing set of data. Our Hybrid is analyzing it." Gaius asks about the Hybrids and Six tells him to shut it, and then they all go running through the basestar corridors. Or, as I choose to see it, The Giant Banana Republic Where Everything Is Free And There Are Espresso Machines On Every Corner, Each Operated By Its Own Hateful Jim In A Disheveled Tuxedo, And Marguerite Moreau Is Like, "Do You Like These Shoes?" And I'm Like "Totally," And Cupid Ran One Million Episodes, And Plus Tina Fey Is There Also.
Basestar war room, where there are a bunch of those wet data panels like in the detention center. The seven models place their hands on panels, reading the data. "Our Hybrid's deciphered part of the data set that we received from our scout ship," says Eight, and Doral shakes his head, terrified. "This can't happen to us. It's impossible." Simon is more firm: "It is not only possible, it may have been inevitable, once we took human form." Wow. "We're not human," Doral hisses. "We're not like them." Simon isn't so sure: "God has chosen this time, this place, to test us. Whether we fail or pass the test is up to us." Gaius asks for a WTF and Caprica fills in the blanks. "The missing baseship, it's been infected by some kind of disease." Eight chimes in: "It's killing them. All of them." Simon tells us that they can tell a Cylon carrying this disease into a resurrection ship might infect and kill all the Cylon. And if you think that sounds awesome, go back and watch "Pegasus" again. "All right," says Three, "We make sure that the resurrection ship is out of range, then we jump to their location. Send in a group of Centurions to make sure... " Nope. "The data set indicates that as soon as the Hybrid was infected, the Centurions started shutting down," Eight says. "We don't know how ours are gonna be affected." Three assumes the Raiders and baseships are also susceptible, and Simon nods. "Of course. We are all created from the same genetic pool." Meaning, Doral finishes up, no Cylon can board the ship without risking getting infected. I can't wait to get a better handle on the models and their differences and philosophies -- there are some really interesting dimensions being set up here, as fast as things are moving, and watching them build and accrete is hopefully going to be one of the awesome things this season.