31 Day Challenge: Battlestar Galactica, Day 5: Least Favorite Cylon

Cylons are fascinating. They are just as varied as their human creators, both as standalone models and individuals, with their own motivations and personal drives. None can be called truly good or evil, although certain models do have a tendency to lean amoral (looking at you, Cavil), and I delight in watching them interact with one another.

That can not be said about my least favorite Cylon.

Tory Foster is probably the most boring of the Cylons (Simon, or Number Four, is a close second – I literally know nothing about him) when she should have been one of the more interesting ones. Unlike Tigh or Tyrol, who want nothing more than to maintain the lives they had before realizing they were members of the Final Five, she embraces her Cylon nature, albeit slowly, becoming colder and more disrespectful of human life. We could have really delved more deeply into that gradual change, but instead, it feels just half-assed, like the character was just sort of tacked on at the last minute. It’s not like she had a lot going for her with me, anyway, since she was Billy’s replacement – no one can replace Billy – as Roslin’s top aide, but she really was shoehorned in, which should have sent off warning bells in my head.

And that, I think, is why I loathe the character so. Cavil has a bombastic personality, and even Doral has conviction behind his hatred of humanity. But they were fully developed characters that didn’t just show up with a sign above their heads that said, “Pay attention to me, I’m important!” I’ll actually get into this a bit more later on in the challenge, because I feel like they could have done so much better than Tory for one of the Final Five, somebody with much more to lose or gain.

But yeah, this is where my tirade ends because I don’t really want to spend any more time talking about Tory than I have to. So … see you tomorrow!

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