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100 Sci Fi women #32: Caprica Six

Caprica Six Battlestar Galactica


All the Sixes are sexy and intense and, at least initially, ruthless. The opening scenes of Battlestar Galactica where we see a Six pronounce the end of the treaty before the destruction of the space station and her along with it, signal that we are not dealing with any ordinary woman. And the scene where Caprica herself admires, then casually breaks the neck of, a baby in a pram is a startling televisual moment. But Six isn’t entirely villain, she, like many of the Battlestar characters, has a journey ahead of her; a journey which sees her grow and change. Caprica seduces Gaius Baltar and thus gets him, partially unknowingly (although, let’s face it, would Gaius have really cares?) to betray humanity and open the door to the Cylon attack. But Caprica’s journey does not end their, she is left with a ghost of Gaius in her head, and her growing humanity makes her want to be something different, not just an enemy and hunter of humans. Together Caprica, who is a hero, albeit a somewhat mistrusted one, of the Cylon people, and Sharon, the Cylon-who-thought-she-was-human, hatch a plot to try and live with the humans. Of course, it is a total disaster, and the experiment on New Caprica fails utterly. Their good intentions become perverted, and the humans cannot see any good in intentions which include occupation and oppression. Caprica has become well-meaning, but her intentions are isolated by the fact she is not human and cannot truly grasp the way that humans see the world. She learns compassion though over time, and helps the sick Hera to escape. Her compassion is also evident in her dealings with Saul Tigh and in the relationship she develops with him, which leads to her pregnancy. She needs his love though to sustain her pregnancy, which fails when Ellen Tigh returns. Caprica’s experiences with Baltar and Tigh and humanity in general make her more than the ruthless, beautiful killer she is at the beginning of the series. She becomes a person of compassion, of love, of conflicting feelings and of intentions to try to make the world work better for everyone.

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