No nukes please, we're Cylonish

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More on movie plot holes...

In Battlestar Galactica, the Cylons attack the "12 Colonies" from space and we get treated to the usual terrifying scenes of people running from strafing Cylon fighters. Here's the thing, though: they're trying to kill every human in the galaxy, so what's with the up close and personal attack? Wouldn't it be simpler to just nuke the cities form orbit? For that matter, you could skip the nukes and just use kinetic weapons from space.


Not that there aren't plot holes in BG, but as you find out later, the Cylons have a weird religious thing going on. It's not just that they want to kill humans, they want to replace them in some cosmic sense. So they plan to move in to the human settlements. Yes, they could use neutron bombs. But they couldn't use kinetic weapons or a lot of nukes.

The 1978 Battlestar Galactica was pretty groovy for the time, but it's hardly the paragon of hard science fiction. The newer version is notably better in terms of the Cylon's "plan", which has still never quite been spelled out, even though we've been through three seasons already.

Ah the goal wasn't to kill every human. I urge you to watch the complete show.

Final season starts in a few weeks which I sure will go some distance to explain things.

It would be good to get some final explanations. The show is getting a bit Twin-Peaks ish.

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