The Colonial Fleet had it easy back in the good old days. And by the good old days, I mean the late ‘70s. I realize that’s probably the first time anyone has referred to the late ‘70s as the good old anything, but it’s true. See, back then the original Battlestar Galactica was on the airwaves, and things weren’t so bad for the Colonial Fleet. Sure, they were fleeing homicidal robots who wanted to exterminate them, but they got those weird-looking robot dog things, you got to hang out with Dirk Benedict, and things seemed generally pretty upbeat in spite of that whole attempted human genocide thing. Plus, back then it was way easier to spot Cylons.
When Ron Moore rebooted BSG in 2004, suddenly the Cylons could disguise themselves as regular people, or ridiculously hot Amazonian goddesses with glowing spines. What’s a Colonial refugee to do? Thankfully we’ve got this handy-dandy PSA that runs down all the telltale signs that you may be talking to / sharing lunch with / frakking / or unwittingly sharing colonial secrets with, a Cylon.