I’m pretty sure — based on what I saw in last week’s episode and the great discussion on the podcast post — that the Eye is indeed related to the supernova. As Gaeta says, the chances of all the participants and events (including the supernova) coinciding seem pretty astronomical. (Groan.) But while I’m convinced that the supernova is related to the Eye, I’m not convinced that the supernova will necessarily be the Eye.
The difficulty withsupernova as Eye is thatthe ‘nova’s been set up as so destructive thatit’s difficult to imagine everyone just hanging out and watching itpoint the way toEarth.
A reader (who didn’t request credit) recently submitted a theory that was pretty much along the lines of the discussion so far (i.e. Tyrol is “the one” and will find the Eye), but one bit really caught my attention: He suggested that Tyrol will (paraphrased) “find the Eye just in the nick of time, and it’ll protect everyone from the nuke attack.”
This helps to resolve two different plot difficultes: the relation between the Eye and the ‘nova and the fact that Adama’s not bluffing. Adama could wholeheartedly launch the nuke attack whileTyrol “finds the Eye,” activates it, and protects our favorite characters from the death and destruction.
Of course, the Eye could also serve as a source of information alone. While that’s not nearly as exciting as a supernova pointing a Family Guy-like-shaking-monkey-finger at Earth, it would certainly make a lot of sense, and it’d allow the supernova to serve as a plot-quickening agent alone.
Another thought: The recent freeze-frame-artist (Sean loved this, BTW) discovery of the resemblence between the pattern in the temple and the painting on Starbuck’s Caprica apartment wall could well mean that the pattern in the temple is simply a well-recognized “icon” for the Eye, and that Tyrol’s not surprised at all to find the icon — he just doesn’t know what to do with it. Does he push it and duck, Indiana Jones-penitent-man-style, or does he speak a phrase to it? “Open sesam-Eye?”
And since, as one commenter said on a recent post, “this place thrives on off-topic,” I’ll go ahead and go off-topic before a single comment posts;as I said in the ‘cast, I totally think Anders is going to bite it on this stink-hole planet. Anders dying at the hands (or at least under the command) of Lee is just way too nasty a plot element for Galactica’s writers to pass up.