Syfy (ended 2010)
|I was going to say that there are two types of Cylons, but when you think about it, there are several. It makes for one hell of a family tree. |
To be honest, I'm not sure how you could watch BSG and be confused, but maybe you're missing something or aren't specifying something in your question. Anyway, I'll try to answer it the best way I can surmise.
It's like this: The Cylons were first created (as far as we know) on Kobol thousands of years before the events of either series. The history is kind of vague, but basically humanity existed on the planet in 12 tribes. Eventually they created Cylons. Something catastrophic happened that sent the tribes off world where they eventually settled on what we know as the Twelve Colonies. The Cylons, the 13th tribe, meanwhile, split off for a planet they came to call Earth. At sometime in all of this, they go from machines to human and even manage the ability to procreate. In an insane twist, they eventually create their own Cylons. The inevitable happens, but five of the humanoid Cylons are warned by unknown agents and recreate resurrection technology so that they can download when Earth gets completely nuked. They then race to the Twelve Colonies to prevent them making the same mistake, but it's too late. Humanity is already at war with the Cylons created by Daniel Graystone. Kobollian/Earthling Cylons make deal with Colonial Cylons to break off war. Armistice is declared. Old Cylons help new Cylons create human models. The first model, Number One, grows to abhor his human form, plots attacks on the colonies... You should know the rest.
The story with the Cylons from Kobol has not been very explicit. And while it's kind of weird that the descendants of machines would turn around and essentially recreate their ancestors, as well as the fact that humanity would almost simultaneously create Cylons light-years away, themselves the ancestors of those that created machines before, the major theme of the series is "All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again."
If that didn't answer your question, then... please explain.
|The Cylons, the 13th tribe, meanwhile, split off for a planet they came to call Earth. At sometime in all of this, they go from machines to human and even manage the ability to procreate. In an insane twist, they eventually create their own Cylons.|
At what point did they say the 13th tribe consisted of cylons?
Yes, it was implied (or overtly stated) that there were cylons on Kobol (probably the "gods") and that a revolt/genocide similar to Earth/Caprica/etc occured there. Causing the tribes to leave.
Yes the 13th tribe built their own metal cylons and treated them poorly, which led to their Earth's genocide.
And the "5" survivors developed the digital resurrection and synthetic bodies making them cylon-ish. They tried to get to Caprica/etc to warn them to either not make synthetic life or to treat them fairly, but were too late.
But did they ever state (in cannon) that the 13th colony consisted of advanced cylons that made inferior cylons? Or were they simply *regular* humans that made the same mistake as Caprica/etc.
Granted, *regular* humans is a bit vague since it's implied that with each repetition the humans and cylons intermingle to form the beginning of the newly doomed race.