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09 April 2009 @ 07:31 pm
What does a Cylon do all day?  

I have Sammy stuck on the baseship for weeks and months during Ariadne now that New Caprica's been evacuated. He does pretty much have the run of the place, so he can do anything the Cylons are doing.

I've already used and/or considered:
- pyramid
- triad
- sex
- tai chi (naked and otherwise *g*)
- ?

Obviously the Cylons can project so that shifts a lot of their entertainment inward, but I'm sort of drawing a blank for something else he can do, especially WITH his Cylon buddies.

Or in other words, cuz I am a lame-o and did not give direction, I'm looking for a group activity so I can have something going on in the background while all the Cylons talk politics, basically.

Do Cylons play Twister? Movie night? Charades? Baking cupcakes? knitting circles?

Penny for your thoughts?

I'm Your Slave and You're My Obsession: BSG - Sam Frakablefire_sister on April 10th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
You already used mine.

lizardbeth: Anders - no shirtlizardbeth_j on April 10th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Helpful people are going to get a scene of naked tai chi. Unhelpful people are going to get him reading Searider Falcon

Just saying. :P
I'm Your Slave and You're My Obsession: BSG - Sam Wants Mefire_sister on April 10th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
More helpful.

Bake cupcakes?
lizardbeth: Anders with ciglizardbeth_j on April 10th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
heh. ok, better. :)

so that's where Hera saw cupcakes!
patron saint of neglected female characters: silly girlrose_griffes on April 10th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
Same thing they always do... to try to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

(sorry, not very helpful)
patron saint of neglected female characters: anders-musicrose_griffes on April 10th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
- figuring out details on how the datastream works

- downloading the baseship's entire video collection of Pyramid games and replaying them in his mind

- trying to figure out which parts of his past are real and which were manufactured
lizardbeth: Anders- b&wlizardbeth_j on April 10th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
sorry, I fail at being specific (though I like the examining the datastream one and will probably snurch it for later *g*) I'm trying to think of more group activities that he can be part of. Like, we saw some of them gathered to watch the Final cut video. Do you think they have movie night? Some kind of other social fun thing they do?
I'm Your Slave and You're My Obsession: BSG - Sam Frakablefire_sister on April 10th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
strip poker?

...wait, I just ruined that image by thinking of Sigh naked.
lizardbeth: Anders-Kara - Believethlizardbeth_j on April 10th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Luckily the old guys aren't around, so it's not all that brain-bleach-y. :)
Nicole Anell: baltar/sixnicole_anell on April 10th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)

Edited for more appropriate icon.

Edited at 2009-04-10 11:38 am (UTC)
Merry Fivanolix on April 10th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Random thoughts here...

Do you have him interacting with all the Cylons? Because each one prompts different ideas in my head. I see him having a spiritual kind of friendship with the Eights, maybe just hanging out and talking about personal things. The Sixes, maybe him asking religious questions. Leoben, trying to figure out what the heck they're all about, and I can see him being fascinated with the fact that maybe Leoben's just crazy and how does that work if they're programmed to be this way? The others don't give me any vivid ideas, but I wonder if Simon or Doral would be interested in him and approach him. Or D'anna, for that matter.

He's not the Chief, but eventually I'm pretty sure he'd be curious about the Raiders and how they work. Maybe one of the Eights mentions that they have personalities, and he tries to communicate. Same with the Centurions maybe. And through Leoben, maybe the hybrid?

Sam's a very people-oriented person, so I see him being curious about life in general because of the people he talks too. He's also very identity-oriented, though, so I see a lot of soul-searching and self-discovery. Maybe testing Cylon strength and limits through different activities (sex and pyramid, yes please).
lizardbeth: Anders- Helolizardbeth_j on April 10th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
oh, he already has his pet Raider he talks to (the one that saved him). His two-ton Rottweiler with guns, as I like to call it. *g*

And I should fess up that I've already got a LOT of talking going on, that's why I'm looking for something new to DO while they're talking. Imagine my outline says: "Sam, Thea, and his other allies talk Cylon politics while playing Triad." Except, y'know, not triad, cuz I've already done that.
Merry Fivanolix on April 10th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
Oh, it's the plot with the Raider—sorry, I forgot that it was that one. But if not communicating, then fixing Raiders, fixing Centurions maybe? Who cooks on the baseship? Where do their clothes come from? Do they practice fighting hand-to-hand? I get weird pictures of painting/playing some kind of instrument/singing/making models and other hobby type things going on, too. Religious rituals for some. But mostly meditating and talking, so I'm afraid I'm not much help there.
lizardbeth: Anders-Kara - Believethlizardbeth_j on April 10th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
WHAT? YOU'RE NOT TELEPATHIC? WELL< HARUMPF. :P (er, sorry, yes, I was vague.)

y'know, I thought of the art/music thing, and then was unsure, because if Daniel was the special arty one, do any of the others know HOW to play instruments? It's not like they'd bother have gotten lessons from humans. Though I do have the basic rules for Triad programmed into them, so it's not a stretch to imagine Original Recipe Sam programmed some basic music knowledge into them. maybe?

And the thought of, say, Doral building a model ship, as Adama's working on his, is kind of awesome.

oh, and I can tell you that Sam believes Leoben's clothes got looted from the Sisters of Mercy Thrift Stores on Caprica and Picon. :) (the Sixes looted the couture shops, and the Eights looted the Gap)
Merry Fivanolix on April 10th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
LOL! The clothes thing is hilarious.

I kind of assumed they all had some artsy type tendencies, hence the Leoben painting in "The Road Less Traveled" and the Eights doing tai chi. It's just that Daniel was uber-arty, and felt the creativity rather than doing it just to pass time. So, though I wasn't thinking a ship per se, that's the general idea (although given your example, my mind immediately went to Doral and Leoben arguing with D'Anna about models vs. toys, because she doesn't seem like the type who would understand)
Mayhem Parva: Ellison (blackdoggy1)raincitygirl on April 10th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Group prayer meetings?
lizardbeth: Natalielizardbeth_j on April 10th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
oh, yes. Good point. We don't see them, and yet something of the kind must exist.
Silver: BSG -- Sharonsilverblade219 on April 10th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
re the music brought up in another comment; well, Boomer was humming a song during season one to the raider Kara brought back. And songs traditionally are important to certain religious services, if I remember correctly. Are there any other priest than Cavil, you know, who actually believe in their God?

A random thought I had recently about the Cylon projection ability: Role Playing. Seriously, if they can put other people in their projections, then they can have a very entertaining shared live action role playing game, for those who are interested in that.

Any readers? People who have to maintain the ship? They must be doing something other than Plotting Doom.

Can the datastream act similar to the internet? People can be on the internet for hours...

That's all I can think of right now.
lizardbeth: Anders- b&wlizardbeth_j on April 10th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
ok, the image of Cylons LARPing in their projections is both sensical and yet utterly HILARIOUS. "Leoben, private investigator, and the femme fatale Six..." It could be like those Dixon Hill mysteries that Captain Picard played at on the holodeck in Next Gen...

People can be on the internet for hours? Really? *blinks innocently* but true enough, I bet some of them just sit there and surf the datastream. I wonder if they can 'download' an ability, like learning to play guitar. They can certainly download the memories of a Cylon of their line who happened to learn guitar, if there is such a person, I suppose, so it all ends up the same anyway.

Silver: BSG - Sixsilverblade219 on April 10th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
And how many would have abilities that they learned to be agents in the Colonies before the attack? They might have downloaded certain things to fit in, and I don't really think that Boomer and Caprica were the only ones that had trouble fitting back into Cylon life. I mean, they might have not rebelled the same way as Boomer and Caprica but they could maybe have a subculture of things they saved from the Colonies. The show never really touched on the other Cylon agents.

This possibly won't fit with most of the Cylons that Sam hung out with in Labyrinth, but a baseship is a big place...
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on April 10th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, projection comes to mind when I think "Cylon group activity". Caprica projects a forest, D'Anna projects a cathedral, but what's really interesting is that Doral, according to a magazine interview, projects a nightclub. So a lot of possibilities there.

Silverblade's right about the live-action role-playing. Sam could project Kara out of thin air, or someone could even take on Kara's role in the projection. Not a group activity, of course.

Oh, your movie night idea. They could definitely watch old Pyramid games and other news. Doral could chime in about the corruption of society.

And I recall that Cylons take pictures.

I'll chime in again if something strikes me.

entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on April 11th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I had this open as a tab and then rebooted and didn't realize until I caught your post via PoD from work...


The thing is... The thing is, we really don't know what the Cylons do, themselves, when they're not shooting people or punching humans, or arguing (only a few) around tables or in their CIC.

Do they have art of their own? Do they create anything? Sometimes, Cylons make me frustrated.

Maybe they play charades, or do group jogging sessions, or imagine they're all on Caprica...
lizardbeth: Anders- Helolizardbeth_j on April 12th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
The idea of Cylons doing charades is kind of funny, isn't it? heh.

I would think being able to project would kind of BE their art - once you can make your surroundings literally ANYTHING, you don't need to paint physically, because you can imagine the painting already there. Like Boomer's fantasy house, she had everything in there - pictures and furniture and flowers, all of it as interactive as she wanted it to be.

But we have seen tai chi and ballet, so there is still SOME kind of desire for expression- it's just strikes me as developing, along with their individuality. (and perhaps one reason why Ellen said Daniel was so special - he was creative right out of the box)
noybusiness: lolcatbsgnoybusiness on April 11th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Not strictly on-topic, but I've been thinking about the fact that if one of the Final Five had gotten his or her memories back before Revelations, he or she would have been able to tell Adama and Roslin that the search for Earth was pointless.