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Title: Some Way Out
Author: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica
Characters: Boomer, Cavil
Word Count: 592
Summary: If all this has happened before and will happen again, what does that say about God?


Cylons don’t have religious services in the same way that humans do. Boomer likes that, when she thinks about it, because it makes it less obvious how different she is. There are already enough signs of that.

She didn’t think about it much when she first resurrected and found herself back on Caprica. She had never been very religious, but this whole idea that there’s only one God—that was freaky and weird. But at least no one was pressuring her to do anything with it, like they wanted her to leave behind her human apartment and possessions and memories.

On New Caprica, during those endless dark days when everything went wrong, wrong, wrong, she thought about it a little more, and prayed to any God she could think of—the Colonial gods, the Cylon god, the universe, whatever—to make everything turn out right. It didn’t help. If anyone’s listening, they’re not paying attention.

The sixes and the twos and even sometimes the threes go on and on about God’s plan, and the other eights follow obediently along. The closest Cylons get to worship services is groups of Cylons talking about God, about God’s plan. They’re informal and irregular and repetitive. Boomer doesn’t say anything, blends into the background, concentrates on not drawing attention. She’s becoming quite good at that. Everyone just assumes that all Cylons, and particularly all copies of the same model, are one big happy family, of one mind in everything. After New Caprica, after everyone saw what her idealism led to, she’s something of an embarrassment, ignored as much as possible. She slips away when the subject of God comes up, and no one notices.

Well, no one except the spokesman for the Ones, the one who calls himself Cavil.

She often sits in a corner by herself, projecting blank walls. Not space—that would remind her of Galactica. Not a house—that would remind her of the Chief. Not wilderness—that would remind her of New Caprica. Not anything from her past—that would remind her that none of it ever existed. And the walls of the basestars remind her that she’s here. She spends a lot of time trying not to remember anything.

Cavil sits next to her, one day while others talk about God. She doesn’t like his model, never has—they dismiss her and mock her. But they do that to everyone; there’s nothing personal in it, and so she prefers them to all the other models. Cavil doesn’t intrude on her projection, doesn’t ask questions, doesn’t disturb her at all. She ignores him.

Finally, the discussion in the other room breaks up. Little groups wander off to their duties, some still talking about religion.

“‘All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again,’” Cavil says, quoting the closest thing Cylons have to a creed. “Dunno if it works in real life, but it sure describes those little chats to a ‘t.’”

Boomer snorts. He has a point. She thinks back over her own life, how every time she thought she had no more to lose, every time she thought things couldn’t possibly get worse, she was horribly wrong. And every time things went well, it was only a setup for another fall. “If there really is a god out there who makes it happen, I hope I never meet Him.”

“You said it, sister,” Cavil says. For the first time in her memory, he’s not being sarcastic. They sit and watch the others walk by in their smug certainties.

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Date: 2009-06-05 04:49 pm (UTC)
grey_sw: Cavil from BSG (Default)
From: [personal profile] grey_sw
I really love this. Both Boomer and Cavil are perfect here, and something like this is probably the most natural explanation for how they got together -- they're about the only outsiders the Cylons have, after all.

I like the sentiment, too. The God-Did-It retcon is deeply self-contradictory, and has a ton of rather disgusting implications (though it's not like the God he's obviously based on is any different); the fact that it gets to the end and everybody just goes "oh, I guess it turns out there are angels who've been manipulating everybody because they're really into endless serial genocide: hallelujah, praise our loving God!" is totally bizarre.

At any rate, both Boomer and Cavil certainly have a long list of reasons not to put up with God's shit. :P

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Date: 2009-06-05 05:57 pm (UTC)
grey_sw: Cavil from BSG (Default)
From: [personal profile] grey_sw
heh, I guess I stepped in it! Boomer and Cavil's sentiment in your fic is pretty much my own, so this is probably the point at which it's probably best to agree to disagree, I suppose, lest we both be here all day and eventually go D:< at each other. Let's skip it and go :D instead!

there's a lot of things in BSG (particularly the last half season) that are pure WTF moments. Boomer's alliance with Cavil is one of them.

Yeah, I would have loved to see some actual backstory for this. Boomer's character seems to have been entirely at the whim of the writers since the end of season 1. They don't seem to have known what to do with her after she was a sleeper agent, and it shows. Poor Boomer. I think where they went with Cavil in season 4.5 doesn't really fit with his earlier behavior, either... he certainly never struck me as a sturm-und-drang-noooooo-mommyyyyyy kind of guy. He was having way too much fun for that. :P

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Date: 2009-06-05 07:30 pm (UTC)
grey_sw: Cavil from BSG (Default)
From: [personal profile] grey_sw
They could have done some awesome things with Boomer. The frustrating thing about BSG, particularly towards the end, was that it threw away beautiful setups and possibilities in order to have WTF twists that don't really make sense.

100% agreed. The total lack of consistency and continuity is the worst thing about BSG; after the first season, "we don't know what we're doing, so we'll just make up whatever we want and tie it in later" was obviously the dominant writing paradigm, and it got worse every season until it finally ruined the show. The Final Five thing was dumb even before they went back and retconned the whole series in service to it; the fact that they did so just six episodes before the end is flabbergasting. And I cannot wait for The Plan to give us some even more ridiculous "Cavil was sekritly behind everything mean!!!1" twists, thus retroactively wrecking the moral ambiguity of seasons 1 and 2 as well as 3-4. Oh, goody.

As for "beautiful setups and possibilities", I still can't believe they traded a Cylon civil war and Cylon/Human alliance for Days Of Our Lives In Space. I can think of at least ten amazing directions the writers could have taken from the end of 4.0, but that definitely isn't one of them.

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Date: 2009-06-12 02:29 am (UTC)
puszysty: (viper pilot)
From: [personal profile] puszysty
The atheist cylons are so much more fun (an interesting). And Boomer is so right- I wouldn't want to meet that God that did this sort of thing over and over again either. Heh, maybe that was the point of resurrection.

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