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Cylon Hybrid Utterances/Prophecies Analysis

Posted by Mister Random on June 22, 2008

Since the Cylon Hybrids were introduced on screen in Torn there utterances have been the subject of much debate in the BSG fan community and here I present my take on the topic. I will be assessing whether I think the utterance is prophetic (or prescient) in some way and if so if it has come to pass or not, or if it is more likely to be related to ship operation. And if the prophecy has not come to pass what I think it may mean.


I have used the Battlestar Galactica Wiki as a reference and taken transcripts of what was said from there for all sections aside from the utterancers from The Hub

Where a statement is repeated by the Hybrid I only analyse it once, I have also ignored anything obvious like “jump!” when the baseship jumps and any incomplete statements where it is not possible to make any inferences from what we hear


I am taking his dialog first as it is the most coherant of all the hybrid prophecies and chronologically it is first as it occurs in mid season 2 after “The Captains Hand” but before “Downloaded” despite being first shown in the break between the third and fourth Seasons  

At last, they’ve come for me. I feel their lives, their destinies spilling out before me.

This is prescient dialog setting the scene

The denial of the one true path, played out on a world not their own, will end soon enough.

Prophetic refering to the colonization of New Caprica by the Humans – Fulfilled

Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening, struggling with the knowledge of their true selves.

Prophetic refering to the activation of four of the final five cylons during Crossroads part 2 – Fulfilled

The pain of revelation bringing new clarity and in the midst of confusion, he will find her. Enemies brought together by impossible longing.

Prophetic with two possible interpretations, the first is that it refers to Starbuck and Leoben, the second is that it refers to Tigh and Caprica 6. I favour the later interpretation in either event – Fulfilled 

Enemies now joined as one. The way forward at once unthinkable, yet inevitable.

Again prophetic with multiple possible interpretations, the first is that it is a continuance of the previous prophecy referring to Starbuck/Leoben or Caprica/Tigh. The second is that it refers to the alliance between the colonial fleet and the “rebel” cylons. Again it does not matter since it is – Fulfilled

And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering.

This passage is refering to the final cylon who has yet to be revealed, and we learn two important facts, firstly that whoever the final cylon is they have done something that they think needs redemption and secondly this redemption will only come during a time of suffering. Note that it does not mean when they receive redemption they will recognise they are the fifth cylon or that they are the ones who suffer since the entire fourth season has been one in which people suffer. – Yet to be Fulfilled (or has been fulfilled we just dont know it)

I can see them all. The seven, now six, self-described machines who believe themselves without sin. But in time, it is sin that will consume them. They will know enmity, bitterness, the wrenching agony of one splintering into many.

The first part of this prophecy “the seven now six” refers to the Original 7 cylons and the boxing of D’anna or the potential permanent death of D’anna in the near future. The second part refers to the civil war which is now going on amongst the cylon models. – Fulfilled or in process of being fulfilled

And then, they will join the promised land, gathered on the wings of an angel. Not an end, but a beginning.

This has multiple interpretations.

The first possible interpretation is that it refers to the recent finding of Earth in Revelations and the angel is Starbuck as her return is the what led them there and the not an end but a beginning refers to the fact that Earth is not suitable to live on so they need to find somewhere new in which case – Fulfilled

The second possible interpretation is if Earth is not the promised land or the planet they landed on is not Earth, which there is some evidence for as Roslin is still alive and the Pythian Scrolls state that “the dying leader shall not enter the promised land”. If this is the case then an angelic figure possibly Starbuck but Head 6 is also a candidate as she has described herself as an “Angel from God” will guide everyone human and cylon to the true promised land. And the end not a beginning refers to the fact they are starting a new life there – Yet to be Fulfilled

Kara Thrace will lead the human race to its end. She is the herald of the apocalypse, the harbinger of death. They must not follow her.

Prophetic and again open to multiple interpretations, the first entirely negative one is that she is going to bring about the destruction of the remnants of the human race in the colonial fleet. The second slightly more positive one is that the leading the human race to its end refers to the end of the current journey or the finding of the ruines Earth, the harbinger of death is actually referring to the positive change in the humanoid cylons in that they can no longer resurrect due to the destruction of the Hub, which she was a harbinger for as without her return it probably would not have occured. As for not following her perhaps this refers to the possibility that Earth is not the promised land. The apocalypse part is more difficult to interpret and I will come back to later as the apocalypse is also referenced by another hybrid in relation to the final five cylons, it should be noted though that herald and harbingers are both terms for people who bring messages or prepare the way for something and are not those who actually bring it about – Being Fulfilled  

As my own existence comes to a close, only to begin anew, in ways uncertain.

Prescient and possibly prophetic may be indicating that this Hybrid will resurrect (butin what form?)

All this has happened before, and it will happen again…again…again…again…again…again…again…

Stating the Pythian Scrolls “prophecy” about the circualr nature of events through time and how they endlessly repeat

Basestar Hybrid – Torn

Two protons expelled at each coupling site creates the mode of force, the embryo becomes a fish that we don’t enter until a plate, we’re here to experience evolve the little toe, atrophy,

This is most likely nonsense relating to what it is sensing

don’t ask me how I’ll be dead in a thousand light years, thank you, thank you.

This seems to be prophetic as the hybrid seems to be predicting its own death after it has travelled a thousand light years, given the cylon civil war and the destruction of several baseships – Possibly fulfilled

Genesis turns to its source, reduction occurs stepwise though the essence is all one.

Possible gibberish but may be hinting about the humanoid cylons with the first part the new life (Gensis/cylons) looks towards it source (humanity). The last part may be an oblique reference to the cylon civil war and the boxing of D’anna

End of line. FTL system check, diagnostic functions within parameters repeats the harlequin the agony exquisite, the colors run the path of ashes, neuronal network run fifty-two percent of heat exchanger cross-collateralized with hyper-dimensional matrix, upper senses, repair ordered relay to zero zero zero zero.

 Seems to be referring the ships functions

Mists of dreams drip along the nascent echo and love no more. End of line.

Spoken by the hybrid in objection to the plan to leave the infected baseship to its fate

Basestar Hybrid – The Passage

Throughout history the nexus between man and machine has spun some of the most dramatic compelling… and entertaining fiction

This is simply the writers breaking the “fourth wall” and referring to the fact that Battlestar Galactica is a fictional TV show in an oblique way

Intelligence. A mind that burns like a fire. Find the hand that lies in the shadow of the light. In the eye of the husband of the eye of the cow

This passage is explained well in the episode with the first part referring to the Baltar himself. The second part referring to The Temple of the five and the eye of Jupiter

Basestar Hybrid – The Eye of Jupiter

the five lights of the apocalypse rising, sins revealed o­nly to those who enter the temple o­nly to the chosen o­ne the chosen o­ne

The first part is referring to the final five, it is interesting that they are referred to as being linked to the apocalypse, just as Starbuck is, this indicates that an apocalyptic event is going to occur when they are revealed, this may be in reference to what hey have found on Earth but it could also refer to a later event. As D’anna entered the Temple rather than the true chosen one Baltar we dont know what the sins are that were meant to be revealed

Basestar Hybrid – Six of One

The excited state decays by vibrational relaxation into the first excited singlet state. Yes, yes and merrily we go. Reduce atmospheric nitrogen by 0.03%.

Probably Gibberish

It is not much consolation that society will pick up the bits, leaving us at eight modern where punishment, rather than interdiction, is paramount.

May be referring to the upcoming cylon civil war as that may end up with only 8 human from cylons left (final 5, Leoben, Number 6, and Number 8)

Please, cut the fuse. They will not harm their own. End of line.

Referring to either the lobotimisation of the Raiders or the de-inhibition of the Centurions, the second part is referring to the Raiders not firing on any of the activated final five 

Limiting diffusions to two dimensions increases the number of evolutionary jumps within the species.

The Hybrid keeps on referring to evolution, but impossible to interpret

Rise and measure the temple of the five. Transformation is the goal. They will not harm their own.

The first part (temple and transformation) may be referring to the fact that four of the final five cylons are now active (possibly all five depending on where the fifth cylon is), the question is though transformation into what? and the second part linking the final five to the raiders refucing to attack the colonial fleet

Data-font synchronization complete

Related to basestar operation

Basestar Hybrid – Faith

All these things at once and many more not because it wishes harm but because it likes violent vibrations to change constantly


Then shall the maidens rejoice at the dance

Could be referring to Baltars “cult” celebrating something

structural integrity of node seven restored repressurizing

Related to Basestar Operation 

The children of the one reborn shall find their own country

This is almost certainly prophetic, the question is who is the one reborn, there are at least two likely possibilities, firstly it could be referring to a Brother Cavil (Number 1) and the cylons on his side of the civil war finding their own home. The second interpreation and the one I favour is that it refers to a reborn version of the Hybrid from Razor and his children are the centurions as he refers to them as his children in Razor. Anyway in either event it is – Yet to be fulfilled  

The intruders swarmed like flame like the whirlwind hopes soaring to slaughter all their best against our hulls

This seems to be semi-prophetic and referring to a future battle

Replace internal control accumulators 4 through 19. They will start going ripe on us pretty soon. Compartmentalize integrity conflicts with the obligation to provide access FTL sync fault uncorrected no ceremonies are necessary

Most likely all related to Basestar Operations

The obstinate toy soldier becomes pliant.

This is probably reffering to a character on the show, unfortunately I can not think of anyone who fits the description of an obstinate Toy Soldier

Thus will it come to pass. A dying leader will know the truth of the Opera House.

This is probably referring to Roslin learning the truth about her visions of the Opera House as one of the few constants in Battlestar Galactica is that she is the dying leader – Yet to be fulfilled

The missing Three will give you the Five who come from the home of the Thirteenth.

This is prophetic and is referring to D’anna revealing the identities of the final five. The big question is, is the home of the Thirteenth Earth referring to the Thirteenth tribe or is it referring to something else a possible thirteenth cylon or Lord of Kobal and where they live. – Partially Fulfilled

You are the harbinger of death, Kara Thrace. You will lead them all to their end. End of Line

Restatement of the prophecy given by the Razor Hybrid

Basestar Hybrid – The Hub

The Six, the Six who went among the makers is no longer. End of line. Back in the stream that feeds the ocean that feeds the stream

Statement about what is currently occuring and the death of Natalie (six) on Galactica. It is interesting that the Hybrid refers to the stream as Leoben has previously mentioned a stream in his conversations

The wingbeats of the dove drown out the heartbeats of those who follow

This seems to be prophetic the question is what is the dove, who are those who follow and what are they following. Checking for dove symbolism it seems universally to be one of love or peace and has been associated with Aphrodite and the Holy Spirit. This to me suggests that the dove may be symbolic of the peace that now exists between the colonials and the rebel cylons. As for the rest I am stumped!!


8 Responses to “Cylon Hybrid Utterances/Prophecies Analysis”

  1. jin said

    The obstinate toy soldier could refer to several people…Lee Adama was my first thought, but there’s also Admiral Adama and Sol Tigh.

  2. Charles said

    I would probably go for Saul Tigh, I would not be surprised if this prophecy is left open though

  3. Tim said

    Did anyone realize that the humans do not have faster than light communications? That means, the colonial signal that they picked up from Kara’s crashed viper has been transmitting for hundreds if not two thousand years, when Earth was still green before the apocolypis which may explain her memory of a green fields. The eye of jupiter, the thing she entered into may have been a wormhole that did not just go from one point in space to another but through time also. Could explain how it could be earth and still have 10,000 yrs of history and ruins instead of the 3600 yrs ago the 13th tribe left minus 2000 yrs ago destroyed. I’ll be disappointed in the end if this is an alternate universe and not ours.

  4. Mark Rude said

    Sorry to jump in a few years later; I came across this and had to share my take on things:

    “All these things at once and many more, not because it wishes harm but because it likes violent vibrations to change constantly.”

    Gibberish? Really?

    It’s kind of what the whole series was about… if by “it” you substitute “God”.

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