Email from Michael:
I know you guys like theories, so here’s one I cooked up based on the biblical meaning of numbers in relation to the Cylon models. (With the explicit religious ties to the Cylons, and Baltar looking more and more like a Christ-figure, it’s not unreasonable to think some thought has gone into the numbers.)
This is obviously the hyper-condensed summary of what numbers are used to mean in the bible.
1 – Unity – Cavil
One is used to represent God alone, the rejection of all that is different. Cavil is unwilling to listen to others, and won’t even consider the existence of God or a soul, anything beyond his own existence.
2 – Division – Leoben
Two represents the separation of opposites, both harmony and discord, the Earth and the Heavens, the Light and the Dark. Leoben causes divisions and mistrust in the fleet, spreads lies with truth, and believes the Hybrids speak the voice of God.
3 – Divine Unity – D’anna
Three is the number of the holy trinity, the father, son, and holy ghost. Just as God is only complete when all facets are combined in harmony, D’anna believes the Cylons can only be complete when all twelve models are united.
4 – Creation – Simon
Four is the number of Creation by the divine. Simon’s main role has been to create a new race of human/Cylons in the farms.
5 – Man’s sin, God’s Grace – Doral
Five is the number of man’s corruption, and God’s gift of forgiveness for that corruption. Doral is one of more militant Cylons, using coercion and force to achieve his goals, some of the most sinful traits of man. The relation to divine grace may point towards a change for him in the future.
6 – Man – Caprica Six
Six is the number of man (humanity, not just men). Caprica Six, and her line are by far the most concerned with the preservation of humanity for their own sake, not just Cylon purposes. She’s arguably the most human of the Cylons.
7 – Completion, Perfection – Unknown
Seven is the number of completion, the day God rested after his Creation was perfect. Model 7 is unknown, but this may mean that 7 is the final unknown model.
8 – New Beginnings – Sharon
Eight is the number of New Beginnings, moving past the initial Creation. This seems to relate very closely to Sharon’s role as the mother of the first Human/Cylon child.
9 – Judgement – Unknown
Nine is the number of diving judgement, often associated with placement in the afterlife. Tigh seems quick to judge, and sentenced his own wife to death.
10 – Responsibility – Unknown
Ten is the number used when man is held accountable by God. Anders may be a fit here, though there may be more to come. He takes as much responsibility as he can for Starbuck and her destiny.
11 – Discord and Revelation – Unknown
Eleven has a positive and negative meaning, both destruction and revelation, or protecting. 11 is sometimes associated with women, especially in its positive meaning. Tory seems a strong candidate for this model, as she has proven to be willing to murder, but in the name of protection.
12 – Government – Unknown
Twelve is the perfection of government, a harmonious rule of man. Tyrol is a strong posibility for this model. He inspires fierce loyalty among his deck crew, and wields power well as the union leader on New Caprica.