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It's a surprise. But let me tell you, it involves a Terminator-esque storyline where humans have created a race of machines with artificial intelligence that has become self-aware and now seeks to preserve itself. The race is known as the Cylons. And the robots have now found a way to clone the human body on a massive scale (like in the Matrix) but they also know how to program the brains of these cloned human beings, so essentially these clones are "robots", even though they have a human biology. But do they have a soul? If they do not, then what gives humans souls? If I cloned myself, and downloaded all my thoughts and memories into my clone's brain, would he not be my exact duplicate? And would he not believe that he had a soul as well? Since he would have all my memories of my spiritual experiences.

Of course this begs the question: does the process of natural creation give us souls? And thus, clones -- since they are created by man -- do not go through that process of soul-giving that occurs in natural conception and birth?

After going to war with the humans, the Cylons fled for 40 years and were never heard of, but now they have come back and destroyed the human planet called Caprica with a massive nuclear attack. Only a few human ships were able to evacuate the planet before it was destroyed. They have nowhere to go. But the Caprican mythology/spirituality says there is a lost 13th tribe of humans who live on a place called Earth, and these surviving humans want to find this lost planet so they can have a new home. Very interesting concept for those who think there is life on other planets in the universe (think if there are other humans out there on some distant sister-planet that's just like Earth!). Meanwhile the Cylons have taken any female humans left on Caprica and have made them into baby-making "machines". These women live their entire lives in hospital beds, where the Cylons implant sperm into them, trying to reproduce more human babies. Why do the Cylons want to create humans naturally when they already know how to clone? Is it because they desire a soul and think the only way to get it is by natural conception and birth?

Yo, real talk, this show is addicting. It's like The Terminator mixed with The Matix, mixed with Star Trek. What's the name of the show? The answer, after the continued!



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(Wikipedia) Battlestar Galactica continues from the 2003 mini-series to chronicle the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons. The survivors are led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama in a ragtag fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica, an old but powerful warship, as its command ship. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost thirteenth colony: Earth.

The miniseries opens with the following text, during a scene in which the Cylons make their first appearance in over forty years at a remote space station, the Armistice station:

The Cylons were created by Man.
They were created to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies.
And then the day came when the Cylons decided to kill their masters.
After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared.
The Cylons left for another world to call their own.
A remote space station was built...
...where Cylon and Human could meet and maintain diplomatic relations.
Every year, the Colonials send an officer.
The Cylons send no one.
No one has seen or heard from the Cylons in over forty years.

It is revealed that the Cylons have gained the ability to mimic the human form. They proceed to destroy the space station.

The Cylons return from their forty-year absence in an attempt to exterminate the human race, beginning with a sudden, unexpected and simultaneous nuclear bombardment of the Twelve Colonies. The attack is made possible by the Cylons' infiltration of the Colonies' defense mainframe, through a Cylon agent known as Number Six who mimics a human woman both physically and behaviorally. Number Six poses as an agent of a company seeking defense contracts and is able to seduce a scientist working for the Colonial military, Dr. Gaius Baltar. In exchange for his access to government mainframes she helps him design a navigation program used by Colonial warships, covertly creating backdoors in the program. When the Cylons attack, they are able to penetrate software security firewalls, disabling entire fighter squadrons outright and sabotaging vital capital-ship systems. (In one incident, an entire battlestar loses power, enabling the Cylons to destroy it easily).

The computer systems of the Battlestar Galactica are not networked and are unaffected by the sabotage. It was in the process of being decommissioned and converted into a museum to honor its role in the first Cylon war, when it receives news of the attack and learns that fleet headquarters, and a significant portion of the colonial fleet, have been destroyed. Commander Adama, Galactica's commanding officer, assumes command of the fleet after hearing that Admiral Nagala has been killed.

To avoid Cylon forces, Galactica makes a 'faster-than-light' (FTL) jump - an instantaneous teleportation - to Ragnar Anchorage, where it can restock on ammunition. Meanwhile, Colonial Heavy 798, which was carrying Secretary of Education Laura Roslin back to Caprica following Galactica's decommissioning ceremony, learns that Caprica City has been destroyed by the nuclear attack. When all 42 government officials ahead of her in the presidential line of succession fail to check in per emergency procedures, Roslin assumes the presidency and Colonial Heavy 798 becomes Colonial One. In the aftermath of the attack, surviving civilian ships turn to Roslin for leadership. Dr. Baltar manages to escape Caprica when Lt. Karl "Helo" Agathon trades his spot on a Colonial Raptor with him. Karl's partner, Lt. j.g. Sharon Valerii, reluctantly consents and flies back to join Galactica and the ragtag fleet. Fearing an attack after they are spotted by a Cylon Raider, Roslin orders those civilian ships with hyperjump capability to rendezvous with Galactica at Ragnar. She makes the agonizing decision to leave behind those ships (and consequently the people in the ships) with only sublight engines, including the ship (a Geminon Botanical Cruiser) of a little girl she had just met. Her decision is proven correct when the Cylons promptly appear and destroy every ship left behind just as they hyperjump to safety.

Roslin eventually convinces Adama that the war is lost. He finally agrees that the best course of action is to escort the civilian fleet and find a new world on which to rebuild civilization. The stockpiles at Ragnar Anchorage are used to rearm Galactica and resupply the fleet. However, the ships cannot jump safely from the immediate vicinity of the base, which is surrounded by a radioactive gas cloud. The Cylons, more vulnerable to the radiation, besiege the cloud and wait for the fleet to emerge. Adama devises a plan: Galactica holds off the Cylon attacks long enough for the civilian ships to exit the cloud and jump to the Prolmar Sector, then joins them.

Afterwards, during the mass funeral for the dead, Adama lifts his crew's morale by claiming that he knows the location of the legendary thirteenth colony known as Earth.

In the final scenes of the miniseries, Number Six warns Baltar that Cylon agents, who may even be programmed to believe that they are human, could still be within the fleet. Adama finds a cryptic message in his quarters reading simply, "There are only 12 Cylon models." On Ragnar, a group of humanoid Cylons free Aaron Doral (Galactica's tour guide, who was left behind after Baltar "discovered" he was a Cylon). The last Cylon to enter the room is another copy of Lt. j.g. Sharon Valerii, revealing that the one on the Galactica is a Cylon as well. (source)