Science Fiction and love stories are not strangers. I can’t name anything without a plot of love. Recently watching Battle Star Galactica, we are introduced to the notion that the cylons, who are also called “toasters”, fall in love with numerous humans in the world of BSG. What I wondered if cylons are not people, then how do they fall in love and show affection to others in order for them to feel special? Whether or not the debate is that cylons may be programmed for love, cylons do make long lasting impressionable relationships whether it may be lovers or trusted shipmates.
Is toaster love real? Well, whether or not it is believable for a machine to love… cylons are more of a complex mixture of human and machine. Is it completely farfetched to think that machines would not be able to love a human? What constitutes what creature can or can not love? It seems in biology, that any complex creature is capable of love. I’m sure there are some that think, no machines whether complicated or not is not human and therefore not able to love and that it may be a slight infatuation or interest. My question, are all humans capable of love? Is love singular to just humans and not humanoid creatures? There are sociopaths and other diagnoses that say certain humans are not capable of emotions, which mainly include love, so are they considered “real life cylons”? So, if certain humans are not capable of love, doesn’t that mean those emotions such as love are not just limited to humans?
Can cylons feel love? We can agree that humans, in general can feel love from others and try to show their love to others by many different ways. Are the ways of cylons any different? Do cylons reciprocate love the same ways humans do? Personally, I don’t reciprocate love from every loved one the same so why should someone categorize how the love is being felt? Can’t people be taught to love and aren’t cylons people? Yes, they are part machine which is constantly a headline to the word cylon but cylons were created by humans and the same race of humans are constantly fooled by the human characteristics of cylons. It goes beyond the way they may look… people feel comfortable around others that look similar and act similar to them. Is that what cylons do – mimick humans in order to gain their trust to overcome them or mimick human behaviors and mannerisms because they are more human than machine?
I’m sure your thinking BSG is a fantasy world and that what does it matter about cylons and their emotions? I feel that BSG is quite interesting and it message is much deeper than humans vs. cylons, and may be a reflection of people. Not everyone is capable of showing love and reciprocating it. Not everyone is exactly the same. Even humans that are identical twins do not show exact 100% same behaviors and mannerisms which can be compared to cylons and the many copies.
What are your opinions?