I was debating about making the first discussion question about the identity of the Final Cylon, but then I saw previews for Friday’s episode and decided to change the topic…
Herald of the Apocalypse, Harbinger of Doom, Starbuck–take your pick on Kara Thrace’s titles.
Undoubtedly with this being the final season, finding Earth is going to be at the forefront of people’s thoughts. And apparently there’s only one person who’s sure they can accomplish this task. Starbuck has it stuck in her head (quite literally) that she can sense the way to Earth. But how is that so? One theory goes along with a line said to Kara before her Viper exploded: “All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.”
In the original BSG, there are two episodes titled “Gods of War”. Both are on Hulu, but you really only need to watch the second one for the details we’ll be discussing. In Part II, Apollo (for those of you who’ve only seen the current series, this version of Adama’s son is played by the same actor who plays Tom Zarek), Starbuck (in the original he’s a dude), and Sheba have a run in with a fallen angel named Count Iblis. The villain attempts to kill Sheba with an energy bolt, but Apollo sacrifices himself by throwing his body in front of the woman. Count Iblis goes away, and Starbuck and Sheba load up Apollo’s body into a shuttle and head back towards Galactica. Along the way, the run into what’s called the Ship of Lights. Onboard they encounter “seraphs” who revive Apollo. When the trio return to the battlestar, their memories are fuzzy about what happened, and all of the sudden the three of them know the location of Earth.
Let’s compare: Kara dies, but is then brought back to life. When she returns, her memory is fuzzy about what happened, and all of the sudden she knows the location of Earth. Also, there’s this:
Photo from io9.com
On the left is the Ship of Lights from the original series, and on the right is the picture Starbuck painted in her quarters on the Demetrius. Over her left shoulder, you can see she painted something that looks familiar.
So did Starbuck actually die? Was she brought back to life by seraphs on the Ship of Lights? Was she sent back to guide the way to Earth?
Or, did she just appear and reappear for some totally other reason? Is she crazy and sending the fleet on a wild goose chase?
What are your thoughts?
And if you’re more interested in the Ship of Lights idea, check out these two websites: one and two.