Sensibly explaining Starbucks mysterious Viper (UPDATED 05 Jul 2008 12:03)
In Hero, D’Anna gets herself shot by a centurian so that she can download. During this download she experiences flashbacks of her time on New Caprica as well as flashforwards of her experience in the Temple of Five which doesn’t actually happen until a few episodes later in Rapture!
So the download process includes a flashforward of something that is going to happen to her – therefore you have to say that since the download process involves passing through the place between life and death, this place must in some sense be timeless.
As you can see, the same footage is used in both episodes clearly indicating that during her download in Hero, she experiences a vision of what will happen to her in Rapture.
So lets just go with the idea that TPBLAD is timeless, we know that the Hybrids can see into this space (Razor writers meeting) so this is a good explanation of how the Hybrids can see the future. They can’t see it clearly, even D’Anna’s visions of the past and future seemed scrambled and she had trouble recalling what she had seen once she had resurrected.
(from Home Pt II)
Sharon: I think those are the Gates of Hera.
Sharon: …that’s the spot where your god supposedly stood and watched Athena throw herself down onto the rocks below out of despair over the exodus of the 13 tribes
There is an uncanny similarity with the “rocks below” and the “hard deck” that crushed Starbuck’s Viper on the gas giant planet.
Leoben stands on the shore of the stream/river, a metaphor for the space between life and death. It is from here that he can reach out to contact Kara.
Starbuck: You’re not Leoben.
Leoben: Never said I was. I’m here to prepare you to pass through the next door. To discover what hovers in the space between life and death.
So Leoben seems to be saying that he is helping Kara to go through a door and into TPBLAD.
The scenes at the end of Maelstrom where Kara is talking to her mother can be interpreted as a vision. However there is a much more interesting way to view it.
Leoben was showing her a scene that actually happened, the one where she found out her mother was dying of cancer. Kara recognized the scene so to her at least it was a vision of the past. This could be an induced vision or could she have actually been standing there but just not visible! Bear with me…
Leoben: She waited here. Five weeks, hoping you’d come back. She died alone.
Starbuck: I was afraid, I couldn’t watch.
Leoben: It’s not too late. She’s waiting, still.
(Kara slowly slides the bedroom door back: Socrata lying in the bed, weak and small.)
Starbuck, sitting: Momma.
Socrata, softly: You came back.
Now this can also be interpreted as a vision, but whats the point if Kara is simply imagining being at her mothers bedside while she dies – all the emotion in the scene is for nothing. Its makes much more sense that Kara was actually there, and it’s Leoben who took her back in time to be there! Otherwise the entire scene doesn’t have much meaning. Of course Socrata wouldn’t have noticed that Kara had aged 6 years, she was too ill to pay much attention. Also during that scene, Kara seems visible to Socrata but Leoben standing behind does not!
I only ask that you consider this time travel, not many people like the idea being part of BSG but as long as it’s restricted to the Lords of Kobol then it can work quite well.
So going back to the death scene, from Socrata’s point of view, Kara did actually show up by her bedside just before she died, albeit an older Kara.
Leoben: See, there’s nothing so terrible about death. When you finally face it, it’s beautiful. You’re free now. To become who you really are.
This explains Shelley Godfrey – the woman that appeared out of thin air and disappeared just a fast!
This also explains how Kara got her brand new Viper since when Leoben took her back in time to be with her mother, she was close to or living on a military academy site, a place that would have lots of shiny new Vipers! In fact it would have the Viper that she was using for her training so it would even have her callsign on it.
Where did the colonial distress signal come from that the Viper seemed to be picking up yet no other ship in the fleet could pick up. It wasn’t actually being broadcast from anywhere, the Viper was simply rigged while it passed back through TPBLAD to indicate a signal coming from ‘Earth’ by the ‘real’ Final Five, the Opera House figures – the human Final Five obviously have no idea where Earth is.
Now if you think this is all a bit crazy, just listen to what RDM was going to do for the last seconds of the Crossroads Pt II series finale…
4/8/2007 — The original scripted ending was that Kara was going to be in Lee’s quarters. He was gonna be rushing into his quarters. He was gonna get his helmet and his flight uniform and then he was gonna turn to go, and then he looks up, and then Kara’s standing in his quarters, and says, “Hi Lee.” Yeah. Right here. Where he comes in, he grabs his flight helmet and stuff, and he turns, and then boom. Kara was gonna be there. We were gonna play the last scene with Kara in the room. And then when I was up in Vancouver I started having second thoughts and wondering if that made it too supernatural into the next season. How would she get in there? Too many questions and did I really wanna go down that route? And decided, to protect ourselves, let’s shoot a version where he encounters her in the Viper. He gets in a Viper. He goes out, and Kara comes up next to him in a Viper. And ultimately in the cut that was the way Rymer cut it, and I decided to go with that too. It was a stronger ending, and it got us outside Galactica, you got action going and fighters, and at this point you’re unhinged in terms of where the hell it’s all going… When we talked about “Maelstrom”, this was part in parcel what “Maelstrom” was gonna be. We said we’ll kill her here, we’ll take her out of the main title credits for the next few episodes, but then she’s gonna come back at the end, and say, “I found the way to Earth.” And that fulfilled her destiny, because I think there was also questions after “Maelstrom” aired about whether that actually paid off everything. Did her death have any meaning? Her death didn’t have meaning, but the resurrection of Kara does. (Source: Crossroads, Part II podcast)
Going with the idea that Kara did travel back through time and looking at it from Socrata’s point of view, Kara is visible and appeared out of nowhere (just like Shelley Godfrey), but Kara has a head character that Socrata can’t see (Head.Leoben).
RDM:“There are similarities, and there are connections, between Starbuck and Baltar that will develop as time goes on” (Source)
Can this mean that Baltar was saved from dying in the explosion on Caprica by Head.Six (not shielded by Caprica.Six), just like Starbuck was saved by Maelstrom.Leoben before her Viper exploded, both being sent back in time before they were killed. After all in Kobols Last Gleaming when Baltar and Head.Six are in the ruins of the Opera House…
Baltar: I know this place.
Head.Six: Of course you do. Go inside.
Was he sent back to the Opera House on Kobol 2000 years ago just like Kara went back to see her mother die. He was then sent forward in time to a point after the explosion, in the same way Starbuck reapppeared at the Ionian Nebula.
The Reincarnation Interpretation provides a more likely answer as to how he recognizes this place.
So whatever Maelstrom.Leoben did to Starbuck, Head.Six did the same with Baltar