Mar 26, 2009
As for the other "clues" in the image, Tyrol's knife could represent his ultimate needless murder of Tory over a girl he didn't really love nor want to be with and wasn't even the mother of his child since it wasn't his. Natalie had a tiny story arc and was killed by that crazy 8, hence her pointing to Athena. Kara ends up with Sam - sort of, but not really. And Laura's pot-o-burning-Kamala was never used nor referenced. Only Laura closed the book on the Old Gods, so the open and closed books really don't mean much either. And the glasses of water - maybe the actors were thirsty on the day of the shoot. On it goes.
I'll still do a posting now-and-again on the Galactica Variants site, and will finish the stories to the fan fiction site Battlestar: Variant 1 [both can be linked upper right] since now more than ever the fans need a good ending and I will give them one. But I don't intend to update this site anymore. It will just fade into oblivion.
Oh, I guess I called it right about Head-Six being an angel ... but it doesn't feel so special since I loathed the ending.
Feb 20, 2009
For the best breakdown of the exposition explosion we got in the No Exit episode, read Michael Hinman's piece over at SyFyPortal - he lays it all out very cleanly: how the Final Five just worked at a lab and Cavil's petty and jealous nature put all the events in motion in our story.
Feb 17, 2009
Roslin: Has rejected her newfound faith in the Old Gods but probably lives until the end, and is not going to end up being the "dying leader" since the writers just kept changing things up as they went along.
Natalie-Six: She points at Athena because that crazy-8 shot her. Will she be back for revenge or to seek accomodation?
Tigh: A Final Fiver who now knows his past, he doesn't seem to believe in anything except his floozy-boozy wife, Ellen.
Grail Cup: Supposedly the stand-in for the Final Cylon - so it represents Ellen - the font of knowledge since she rediscovered resurrection tech?
Lee: The Thinking Man, perhaps thinking about how boring they made his character this season. He sits with the faction that has closed the book on the Old Gods.
Baltar: Recoiling at Head-Six - she's baaaaack! Or did the writers just abandon her to the ash-heap of story-threads-we-didn't-know-what-to-do-with ?
Head-Six: She's in the Head-Six dress we've never seen Caprica Six or any other Six wear, and she's the center, so she must be pivotal. One would think, but given how they vomited exposition in No Exit and basically ruined the story, I'm not so sure we'll see her again.
Kara: She is one of the group that lived on Cinder Earth, the lady Anders used to sing his song to with that electric guitar. Is she Daniel? She was a woman, but reborn as a man on Caprica, then a woman again as Kara because Cavil poisoned her goo tank? Manly yes, but Anders likes her too.
Anders: He seems to love Kara - because they were lovers once on Cinder Earth or because she stuck by him after he got shot, or because he saw her glowing like an Opera Houser?
Tyrol: He holds a knife and there is no Tory. I guess we know who he kills. I guess he thought her murdering Callie was wrong, despite Tory and Tyrol being a couple 2000 years earlier on Cinder Earth.
8-Sharon-Athena-Boomer: Who can tell? Probably it's Athena, mother of Hera, still loyal to her husband Helo, who is such a dull character he should die before the show ends, but since he's in the pic, maybe he lives.
Adama: Sitting alone, facing out, looking inward - bitter? He sits with the faction with the book of the Old Gods open, althoug he's never expressed any strong convictions about any religious points of view. Perhaps he is just an old saw who can't see past his own limitations.
Jan 26, 2009
There is a lot of speculation that Ron Moore will take the final episodes of Battlestar Galactica in the direction of gods and devils, specifically the return of Lord Iblis in some form, perhaps the Lucifer Cylon model, and Head-Six as an angel (possibly for good, or perhaps a dark angel in service to dark forces).
Other observers have pointed out that Moore has been rather faithful to story elements from the original series, so we may yet see a version of the Ship of Lights and alien Seraphs.
And this truly brilliant post from Galactica Science posits a compelling theory as to the meaning of the plant Laura picked up on cinder Earth and its relation to the Thirteenth Tribe, the snakes she saw on her hands (my observation), the 13th sign of the Zodiac, and more.
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The actors in the image all claim that it was a rather informal photo shoot (those who have spoken publicly about it), but clearly they have been staged very carefully - especially putting Six in the center and with those near her falling away from her (which also conforms to the Da Vinci original) - allowing the form of the wings from the door pattern behind her to take shape associated with her figure. And is that the divine light of knowledge above her?
Head-Six has claimed to be an angel many times to Baltar (and she's physically intervened on Baltar's behalf more than once), but the wings look more like a butterfly's - (perhaps to evoke thoughts of metamorphosis?).
I've omitted the knife Tyrol holds because I think it may hold more value to his personal story than to the fate of all the survivors. I think he will kill Tory and/or his son Nicholas - perhaps Athena-Sharon and Hera ... somebody gon' die from his knife.
Dark beginning:Six's Angel Wings appear
Conclusion: The Roslin-Natalie-Tigh-Baltar-Six faction have seen the light. The Kara-Anders-Tyrol-Athena-Helo-Adama faction have not. [For a giant image (a Sci-Fi promo ad) Six is again clearly left and the high resolution allows for clearer details:
Natalie points at Athena-Sharon and Helo (and they physically quake when you mouseover their image(s) in the Sci-Fi.com Last Supper interactive image) ... Athena-Sharon subtley points to Adama ... Tyrol stares at the edge of his knife ... Lee stares inward, looking like August Rodin's Thinking Man ... Tigh stares at Sharon/Helo ... Roslin peers over at Bill Adama ... Adama looks ahead and stares inward ... Baltar reacts with surprise at Six ... and Six stares ahead and slightly upward (as if touched by divine light?)
The conflict in the image comes from an accusatory finger on the outstretched arm of Natalie-Six pointing to Athena-Sharon and Helo. They must do something that is central to the culmination of the story. What they have that is unique is their hybrid half-human, half-Cylon child Hera. They must make a choice concerning Hera which divides the factions and angers Natalie-Six.
Caprica Six's middle finger in her left hand seems to point toward the viewer (heh heh, a message?)
The actors are real, most everything else is CGI or has been modified/altered through CGI.
Location and Arrangement: An empty half-lit Hangar Deck, a long table partially covered with ceremonial Colonial bunting, the people are formed into two groups - three of the six on the left on one bench, five of six on the right on the second bench, with only Roslin and Adama sit/standing in front of the table. All have their feet on the ground except Roslin, who dangles one in the air, Tyrol who has a foot on the right bench, and Helo who has one on the right bench. They are placed under 6 arch supports, with painted set of blast doors composing the wall behind them. There are eleven little round spotlights, six large rectangular lights, and six overhead light panels. Six of the people wear the Colonial military uniform, two in casual off-duty military gear. The image shows their legs and many are formed into shapes.
WHO'S AT THE TABLE
#1 Laura Roslin (President) - Lighting ceremonial fire (Kamala?) - in an outfit we've never seen - with a serene confidence peering over to look at Adama ... she holds fire ... most likely she will take a large amount of Kamala and have a singular revelatory vision. Her hair looks healthy, not like a wig.
#2 Natalie (Six Model) - Pointing an accusatory finger at Sharon and Helo (or possibly Caprica Six)
#3 Col. Saul Tigh - sits stolidly - looking across table to either Kara or Sharon (if you follow his eye-level) - a closed religious book in front of him ... his fist is closed
* the Grail Cup - Moore teases that the Final Cylon is not at the table and the cup represents that person
#4 Lee Adama (Apollo) - Stares ahead - aloof, interior - a grail cup in front of him between he and Tigh as well as a clipboard and pen ... he sits as if he is August Rodin's Thinking Man statue
#5 Dr. Gaius Baltar - dressed in nice new clothes including a royal purple jacket, reacting with apparent surprise to Caprica Six standing behind him - a glass half-full of water in front of him (the glass reflects nothing), as well as one of the seals on the bunting
#6 Six - in the sixth position, of course - in the red dress Head-Six likes to wear and from the original miniseries' ads - she seems open, vulnerable, surprised even - she seems to look into the distance or possibly at Natalie - she wears a bracelet on her right wrist
#7 Kara Thrace - Starbuck - she seems distant but physically responds to the embrace by Anders, her dogtag dangling about her neck. A small closed book sits in front of her as well as the second seal of the bunting.
#8 Samual T. Anders - gently kisses Kara's head and embraces her - they seem in their own world, apart from the others - his tags hang around his neck also. A full glass of water sits in front of Anders's elbow. Where are his tattoos?
#9 Chief Gaelen Tyrol - Intense, his body compact as he clutches a knife and stares intently at it - he seems in his own world also and is between the full glass (which reflects much skin - his hand possibly, or Anders' arm) and an open religious book
#10 Sharon Valerii - recoiling in fear or to the safety of her husband - seemingly from Natalie's accusation - she is dressed in her Colonial Fleet uniform and raises an arm defensively (or is she pointing at Adama?) ... the bible of the 12 colonies sits open in front of her
#11 Lt. Karl C. "Helo" Agathon - He seems protective of his wife -enfolding himself around her, his face full of resolve
#12 Commander William "Husker" Adama - He seems removed, staring off into the distance before him
WHAT RON MOORE HAS TEASED ABOUT THE IMAGE
Roslin - "She's burning something of importance that has to do with a plot turn midseason"
Natalie - "She assumes a leadership position for a group of Cylons that has a separate agenda from the rest of them"
Tigh - "Turning a blind eye"
Lee - "He does not return to flight status" and there is a Judas reference in the EW interactive image
Baltar - says Baltar's savior track "is not what the story is about"
Six - "Baltar's Six has proclaimed that she is delivering the gospel of the [Cylon's] one true god, so it seemed natural to place her at the center of the photo" [He specified Head Six and/or Caprica Six]
Kara - "The only one embracing Starbuck is Anders"
Anders - ibid
Tyrol - "The Chief does not have a pleasant time of it this season." His child with Callie would be the second human-Cylon hybrid "One should consider the knife in his hand in that context"
Athena-Sharon - "The person they're [Sharon and Helo] are looking at is definitely reacting" [Sharon's and Helo's eyes are up so it can only be Natalie to whom they are reacting] Helo - ibid
Adama ... it should be noted that Adama sits with one group opposite his son, Roslin and Tigh, "They are turned toward each other," referencing Roslin and Adama
Here's the cut-out part of the image (two sets of lovers, one apart, one together).
#1 Tory Foster - as one of the hidden Final Five we have to assume she plays no part in the ending of the story, so she is likely killed before they get to Earth - possibly by Tyrol as revenge for Callie's murder
#2 Baby Hera - the female child of Sharon and Helo
#3 Baby Nicholas - the male child of Tyrol and Callie - possibly killed by Tyrol
#4 Gaeta - the braniac and officious C&C officer, and now singer
#5 Dualla - the empathetic, soulful, loyal soldier - interesting theory on Dualla as the Final Cylon: http://www.cellounge.com/2008/04/27/the-final-cylon-will-be-revealed-now/
#6 Romo - the all-too-clever Lawyer from Baltar's trial
Who is NOT the Final Cylon:
#1 Romo - You do not introduce a primary character in the Third Act
#2 Adama* - It would elicit groans from the audience if they would be so unimaginative as to pick Bill Adama as the final Cylon. He has been the rock upon which the others have relied. *It would make no sense except for the fact that the Leoben named him as a Cylon.
#3 Kara - She is the most flawed of all the major characters (except perhaps Baltar) and thus the most human - it would be a contradiction in terms to make her the Final Cylon - further, her story arc is half of the 'star-crossed lovers' and by definition she cannot be the same as her lover
#4 Lee - The younger Adama is the voice of conscience for the humans
#5 Helo - Hera is not important as a "Hybrid child" if Helo is a Cylon - and he's a dull character, so it would be a letdown
#6 Ellen Tigh - Her story arc is essentially over, except for Saul Tigh projecting her image onto Caprica Six
#7 Billy - He's dead, as in really dead
#8 Admiral Cain - Michelle Forbes will not be back, sorry kids
#9 Doc Cottle - Are you kidding?
#10 Callie - You did just see her flash-frozen in space
Who MIGHT be the Final Cylon:
#4 Daniel 'Bulldog' Novacek - only if they pull a Dr. Daystrom out-of-a-hat
#3 Tom Zarek - a curveball choice, but not a good one since his character has been so weasely
#2 Dualla - Evidently she shares family ties with the Adamas in the Caprica series so that greatly boosts her chances, and from a 6.5.8 Zap3It interview, Jamie Bamber had this to say about Dualla, "Lee now lives on Colonial One and she lives on Galactica, but there’s a big Dualla story coming up that will answer all your questions before the end." Hmmmm
#1 Felix Gaeta - The strongest of the misdirection choices - but his character lacks the heft, yet he was strongly teased in the Guess What's Coming to Dinner episode - he sings now which Final Five Cylon Anders thinks is important and Leoben did say, "The unstruck music vibrates within us all, few can hear it." Well, Gaeta is singing it.
The FINAL CYLON:
This leaves only two characters with the heft to be the Final Cylon: Roslin or Baltar.It only makes sense that the Final Cylon would be at the heart of the action all along, not at the periphery. Why the Final Cylon's self-knowledge would be triggered last bears some serious explaining. Roslin is the obvious choice, for she has been the Earth Mother to her flock all along, and the writers have foreshadowed her character twice - she's felt something in her head prior to Cylon attacks. Baltar is the more interesting choice, given his craven self-obsession. If the show ends at an Earth which could give rise to the ancient Greek God structure referenced in the story (circa 1500 B.C. in the eastern Mediterranean), that would favor Baltar - for he could be the equivalent to Zeus, a seriously venal and capricious god. The writers have been throwing Jesus references around in the story of late, which I sincerely hope is just misdirection for if they decide upon that as an ending - ugh, it will suck. It would violate their own trap they've devised for themselves with the endless "all of this has happened before and all it will happen again," refrains. The end would be the beginning, and the beginning had the Greek God structure of the Twelve Colonies and Kobol.
Roslin or Baltar.
(Be sure to see post on Galactica Variants "Final Cylon Must Be Roslin or Baltar")
An excellent article over at SpaceWesterns http://www.spacewesterns.com/articles/60/
offers theories on the Last Supper image. Terrific analysis by N.E. Lilly & Galactica Sitrep's Logan Gawain [Lilly seems convinced that it is Kara who is the Final Cylon]. One vital fact most of the thoughtful suggestions seem to omit is the central Six. Remember, she is the first Cylon we met. Also remember that the Cylons are always pointing out that the cycles of time repeat, "All of this happened before and all of it will happen again." If time repeats, the end is the beginning, and Six must be there.
Aerelon (Aries), Aquaria (Aquarius), Canceron, (Cancer), Caprica, (Capricorn), Gemenon, (Gemini), Leonis (Leo), Libris (Libra), Picon (Pisces), Sagittaron (Sagittarius), Scorpia (Scorpio), Tauron (Taurus), Virgon (Virgo)