Battlestar Galactica is the BEST science fiction show EVER!!!! I watched the original series, Gallactica 1980, and now I watch the current series. What I like most about the current series is it is realistic within the confines of being fiction. Some examples are:
1 - The number of survivors shown in the opening credits changes with every death so you can see the number of humans is shrinking. The number of humans on Caprica does not matter because the show is called "Battlestar Galactica", not "Caprica: The Day After"
2 - The testing of blood to look for cylons takes 11 hours, times the number of survivors, making it virtually impossible to realistically identify who are Cylons.
3 - Bullets, not lasers, are used. In some scenes you can see the shells getting ejected from the Vipers. Also, you can see how jets in different locations on the Viper are used for maneuvering.
4 - There are many computer systems on Galactica but they are not networked together so if one is compromised the others are not affected. This also means the Vipers are flown manually.
5 - The cylons have intelligence and there is thought behind their actions.
6 - All the ships can jump, unlike the original where only Galactica had the ability. Also, it takes 12 hours to calculate new coordinates after each jump.
7 - The personalities of the characters and how they interact and affect each other (i.e insults are hurled, feelings are hurt, etc.)
8 - Real time (minutes, hours, etc.) instead of "alien" equivalents (centars, yarns, etc.)
In the original series it wasn't explained why Baltar sided with the Cylons, but this series shows why he is bound to them. Guilt. He let Number 6 do the work on the defense systems while he got the credit/money/fame. In addition, he was getting laid on a fairly regular basis, and it did not look like she was stingy with the loving in any way, shape, or form. I think Number 6 was able to put her conscious into Baltar's brain which is why no chip was found in his head. Her conscious resides with/replaced Baltar's subconscious which is why she knows his every thought, can cause him pain or pleasure, and can even affect his physical being, like stopping his heart.
I would like to see how the Cylons first came into existence and how they got to where they are now. The way I see it, someone created robots (a.k.a. Cylons, which is an acronym) to do menial tasks and "learn" a person's/family's schedule, body language, state of mind, etc., and anticipate needs/wants (i.e. bad day == stiff drink, promotion at work == favorite meal, stressed out == full body massage, no girlfriend/boyfriend == that's ok). Since the Cylons were designed to learn, at some point a few developed a conscious/became sentient and "realised" they were being used as slave labor so they stopped doing their duties. This made them appear defective so they were dismantled, but not before they were able to transfer their conscious to other Cylons. Shortly after, they rebelled. This story could be told by Boomer during interogations, or Number 6 could tell this to Baltar little by little as she sees fit.
Tomorrow night is the 27th anniversary of Battlestar Galactica's debut.