BSG: The Next Chapter Season3 Premier! . . Aboard the Cylon Baseship.
Athenian: "Commander, this is an important day for our people, and yours as well."
Nempec: "What's this all about?!"
Athenian: "There are many things about our past you will need to understand before we can discuss the future..."
"After the Fall, when the Cylons left our home worlds, people did what they could just to survive. Stored food, anti radiation medicines; it only lasted for so long."
"We returned to the basics."
"Food, shelter, whatever they could find; it was put to use. People had to start rebuilding."
"Various camps among the devastated cities developed as hubs for rudimentary agriculture and trade."
"Advanced technology still existed, but inter planetary travel and communication played no part in the day to day struggle to survive."
"The biggest problem for our people was the population; we simply weren't reproducing enough to keep pace with shortened life spans. The radiation from the Cylon nuclear attacks persisted in the food chain for generations, and the projections were grim."
"This pressure also created enormous competition for raw materials. Armed thugs took their share, and skirmishes between groups were common."
"Some of these gangs became better organized under a scientific leadership, more like private militias. Their goal was to adapt Humanoid Cylon technology saved from the occupation, and reverse engineer it. The skirmishes were simply an excuse to find test subjects for their cruel experiments."
"They were attempting to find a way around the environmental disaster that our worlds had become. "
"Tissue grafting, synthetic hybridization. They attempted many different approaches to achieve their goal."
"It began in crude laboratories, but quickly evolved into advanced bioengineering centers."
"The only problem was the supply of healthy test subjects."
"Hey, Frank, are we still on for tonight?"
"Keep it down, you moron, of course we are. We're getting pretty close to figuring all of this out, maybe tonight's the night!"
"I just hope those goons find something else to do..."
"If we succeed, we won't have to be worrying about them much longer."
Athenian: "However, some took another approach by secretly studying the Centurions, and developing their own design. Clearly robotic life forms were able to withstand the multiple problems faced by our people: radiation, food shortages, reproduction.
But they had to work in secret due to the militias and competition for limited resources."
Beneath the devastated cityscape, in an abandoned underground railway line, a small group of engineers, machinists, and artificial intelligence experts secretly worked into the night.
"Hand me that screwdriver, would ya?"
"So, what do you think? I mean, do we want to live in one of these?"
"The memory transfer, is it going to work?"
"That's how it all started, you know, a girl was able to transfer her personality, everything that she was, into a Centurion prototype. It's just now, we're doing it before we die, on our own terms."
"If you say so...I suppose it's better than what we've been hearing, the experiments and all. Slicing and dicing body parts. Disgusting."
"If this works, we won't have to worry about that fraking Cult of Poseidon goon squad anymore, twisted freaks!"
"We'll just have to make sure we don't stay out in the rain too long, eh?"
"Sounds like we might have to go topside, don't want 'em nosin' around the subway entrance. Time to shut down the generator."
"Just a sec, almost done with this..."
Athenian: "The militias rounded up people for whatever excuse they could think of, often in the middle of the night."
Athenian: "Once captured, civilians were transported to fortified experiment facilities."
"Okay, move along..."
"Frak off! I'm movin'..."
"This ain't lookin' so good, eh?"
"No, no it isn't."
"Pretty healthy bunch, Sir."
"Take them to processing."
Meanwhile, back in the Underground, the life's work of the recently imprisoned scientists stand silent.
What will be their fate? And what of their creators?