Monday, April 14, 2014
Rank upon rank of Cylon Raider fighter-craft can be seen attached to the exterior of the Cylon Base Star in the 2003 rebooted Battlestar Galactica. A breakthrough idea on the show was common-sense concept that the Cylons can be exposed to space; they don't need atmosphere or landing bays or whatnot. So they cling to the outside of the Base Star like bats to the roof of a cave. When they leave for a fight, they do so just like bats -- a creepy idea.
It was interesting that the Raiders were a hybrid, a cyborg with some flesh built into it to help it match the fighting skills of human being. Much later in the show, viewers would discover that the Cylons had been breeding human beings... a sort of reverse of the Raider, a human into which technology was bred to create a Hybrid (the "engines" which ran Cylon Base Stars).