So, I have a question. Only early season two spoilery but cut-tagged for good measure...
When Sharon 2 meets the Chief on Kobol, she says that they've never met, but she remembers him. A pretty simple thing, sure. How? How does she have memories of being in the fleet? When did that particular transference of memories take place? It suggests that cylons can harvest memories from sleeper agents somehow, or that another Sharon was in the fleet before the Sharon that we first meet in season one, and she died or returned to the cylons.
My guess is that the same technology the Cylons used to transfer their conscious from one body to a new one, as first stated by Leoben in the mini, can be used to access information from one another. I suspect that the biological Cylons don't generally intrude on one anothers consciousness except when need arises such as getting information from a sleeper agent like Boomer. (Perhaps models that are aware of what they are can chose to sever this link at will.) I suspect such information is stored in a general database and only accessed/distributed when required to successfully accomplish a given mission.
If this theory proves true then the Cylons could have easily transferred Boomer's memories at any time and likely did so shortly before the planned attack as a means of gaining any possible last minute intelligence and then just updated as needed.
I think some the confusion comes largely from the writers and producers still trying to define the Cylons, particularly the humanoid Cylons, as a whole: their makeup, the personalities, their society, their religion, all of it. As such I got the impression that they tended to play it a little loose with the Cylons early on so as to not limit what they could do with them and still haven't completely decided what to do with the Cylons. Sometimes this can result in frustrating questions like this one arising. I'm hoping this and some other minor questions I have are clarified with the arrival of the 3rd season here in the States.
I actually really like the ambiguity and mystery that results from not knowing too much about them. I just like consistency as well, and for things to make sense! It would be nice if questions like this were answered, but I don't want to know EVERYTHING.
Uh-huh, season three can't come soon enough...
i had to think about this for a second, because galactica sharon died before caprica sharon and the chief met on kobol, so i was thinking that she would have just downloaded the memories from gal!sharon during the resurrection process, but then i remembered that cap!sharon had essentially cut herself off from the cylons by that time and was fleeing with helo.
um. right. so anyways it's either possible that because the resurrection ship had been following galactica for so long that they were able to sync with gal!sharon remotely every once in a while and download her memories, and so cap!sharon had copies of those memories up to a certain point. or, cap!sharon could have only partially severed the connection between herself and the cylon overmind, and is still able to access some information. not as likely i guess.
there are a number of places where the memory tranference could have taken place. cap!sharon could only be talking about memories from before the attack, when it would have been easier for the cylons to swap the sharons in and out of their various sleeper posts. both gal!sharon and cap!sharon could have been new sleeper agents, replacing another sharon that was in place before the attack.
then again, it could have been a slip of the tounge, and cap!sharon is actually still in contact with the cylons as part of the grand plan, and so is constantly getting updates.
All very plausible. My beef is that it's not established, I think, that it is never really made clear that individual cylons can hook up to any sort of mainframe. In fact, there's that scene when cap!sharon first meets Tigh (I think, or is it Adama?) on Galactica, where he says how do I know you're not telling them everything I'm saying right now, and she says 'it doesn't work like that'.