Is Battlestar Galactica Full Of Clues?

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How many times do you watch every episode of Battlestar Galactica? The answer may depend, not just on how much you enjoy hearing Edward James Olmos' smoky rasp, but also on how eager you are to freeze-frame key moments every episode in search of clues. If you look hard enough, there are little details in recent BSG episodes that either give a crucial glimpse of where the saga is going — or they show that fans have an overactive imagination. Decide for yourself (with spoilers) after the jump.

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The Mighty Hunter appears! The constellation Orion, aka the Mighty Hunter, appears a few times in last week's episode of Battlestar, "The Ties That Bind." You can see it in the background when the Cylon basestars start fighting, and then later when Tory introduces Cally to President Roslin's running mate. As various people have pointed out, this star formation would only look like Orion from Earth, or somewhere near Earth. So are our heroes closer to Earth than they realize? Or was this just a stock star backdrop that someone threw in there? [Cyn City]

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Starbuck paints the Ship Of Lights. In the original 1970s Battlestar series, a ship called the Ship Of Lights appeared in an episode called "War Of The Gods." According to Galactica Watercooler, the Ship Of LIghts possesses technology far beyond that of either the humans or the Cylons, and it belongs to the Seraphs, glowing beings similar to D'Anna's vision of the Final Five. The Seraphs bring Apollo back from the dead after a fight with Iblis, who's sort of the devil. And the Ship Of Lights seems to turn up on Starbuck's latest masterpiece, painted on the wall of her cabin on the Demetrius. Her paintings have predicted the future before — is she predicting a meet-up with the SOL? Is it something to do with the final cylon? [Galactica Watercooler]

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In fact, some viewers theorize that the reason Starbuck came back from the dead, with a mint-condition Viper, was because she already hitched a ride on that Ship Of Lights. Also, Starbuck mentions a comet. Could it be Halley's Comet, and was it near Earth? If so, then it might have been the year 1986 or 2071. [Colonial Fleet]

And speaking of astronomy, what's that "triple flashing star" Kara keeps mentioning? Is it Alpha Centauri? (Which fits the triple qualification, but not the "flashing" one.) The ringed gas giant is probably Saturn, but it could be Jupiter. [Battlestar Blog] Screen captures from Galactica BBS.

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DISCUSSION

I am in full agreement with the future Earth hypothesis. I tend to believe, based on the timelines indicated on the show, that it will be somewhere between two to three thousand years in the future.

From what I have seen on the show, and contrary to what was suggested in the original series, it seems to me that Kobol was once a colony of Earth and not the other way around. Two to three thousand years in the future provides a timeline that is sufficiently long to allow Earth to colonize Kobol (perhaps due to some catastrophe?) and Kobol to be abandoned but not so long that either the continents or constellations would have changed to be unrecognizable.

Earth being the origin of humanity on the show not only coincides with reality but also explains why it is that constellations from Earth form the flags of the twelve colonies as well as explaining why it is that a "map" to Earth exists. If the 13th colony had left for Earth via the various landmarks, such as the temple of Jupiter or the Lionshead nebula, then someone would have had to return to provide the mythology for the colonists to later follow.

This scenario also provides an explanation for the cultural similarities between the colonists and our own world. The gods they worship may simply be the names of either the ships they used to leave Kobol or their AI's, which may have a connection with both the Cylon's and the reason they abandoned Earth in the first place.

I was also intrigued by Starbucks paintings and the similarity of the stars around what appears to be Jupiter with the SOL from the original show. Perhaps, if this is the future, than this would represent survivors of Earth living aboard starships? It strikes me that a possible parallel exists and that the colonists are to our descendants what the Cylons are to the colonists.