posted on Dec, 10 2006 @ 07:13 AM
This is, of course, true... but what we are being asked to believe is that there are types of radiation to which Cylons are vulnerable whereas humans
are not. Now from what I remember of my readings in physics, there are basically three kinds of radiation, alpha, beta, and gamma. Alpha particles
are helium nuclei and don't do much damage unless they get inside your body. Beta particles are, if memory serves (and I'm not quite convincing
myself here, but I can't be bothered to look it up) are electrons, and again, in themselves, are not that damaging.
The nasty ones are gamma rays, which is a catch-all term for high-energy, high-frequency radiation way out of the visible spectrum. (Of course,
ultraviolet radiation, only just out of the visible spectrum, does severe damage to exposed skin over long periods.) So what we're being asked to
believe is that Cylons are hardened against certain kinds of radiation, but rather weaker against others...
Of course, I suspect that what's going on here is that we're dealing entirely with made-up radiation, like "polaron" radiation from Star Trek.
And while Trek had many years of technobabble to fall back on, much of which was integrated in at least a fairly consistent way, BSG is selling itself
on a less obviously fantastical approach.
Hey, it's not going to bug everybody.
Dammit, I forgot to mention neutrons. Anyway, the point still stands.