Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Yarons, Centons, and Microns Part II

I still am waiting for a satisfactory answer to my question about Battlestar Galactica. How did the Pegasus survive the Cylon virus? The premise of the show is that the Galactica was an old museum piece that was about to be decommissioned. Its lack of updated computers saved it from the Cylon virus that plagued the other ships. Please explain the survival of the Pegasus.


Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

I've never watched an episode of Battlestar Galactica, but Caitlyn watches it!

My best guess is that the virus was meant to target code that was only present in the newer ships computers. If the virus can't attach itself and execute from the correct files, its not going to work.

It’s like codons - to make a biology reference.

March 15, 2006 9:20 AM  
Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

To Derek Jensen:

Who said congress? Congress getting involved in how baseball is run is overbearing, silly, and ineffective.

However, steroid hearings gave us a perfect 100 on the unintentional comedy scale - so there are pros and cons.

March 15, 2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

From what I recall, it is possible the Pegasus survived the initial onslaught for a single reason, cowardice. If you watch the initial mini-series, you will note the Cylon ships had a directed beam of some sort that uploaded the virus like wi-fi connection. That's how the modern fighters from the Galactica were destroyed.

Of course, there are plenty of unanswered questions about that as well. Like most sci-fi, the producers of the show avoid questions by not giving answers (So, how does the FDL drive work?).

The easiest explanation is the Pegasus kept getting reports of lost battlestars, equipment failures and the wholesale slaughter of everyone and made the decision to FDL jump "out of the red zone" before they got the chance to discern how the Cylons were so succesfull.

I still don't like the series, but the latest episodes have been a tremendous improvement over the previous season.

March 15, 2006 11:47 AM  
Blogger Derek Jensen said...

OK, I was getting worried that maybe you were suggesting a statist solution. But I see I got ahead of myself.

March 15, 2006 11:04 PM  

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