Long-time GWCer Solai points out in the GWC forums that Starbuck's painting from last week's BSG episode "The Ties That Bind" closely resembles the "ship of lights" that appears in the original Battlestar Galactica series episode "War of the Gods." As you can see from the screen captures above, they sure look similar.
What does this mean for the series? It could simply be a shout-out to the original series, sort of like the more obvious "weapons locker 1701D" in the same episode. Then again, the last time Starbuck painted something -- her mandala -- it showed up later to change the course of the series forever.
Wikipedia indicates that the original ship of lights represented technology advanced well beyond that of both the Colonial and Cylon fleets. It traveled very quickly and "its drive system emits an extremely loud sound "which somehow travels through the void of space and can be heard by people in nearby spaceships." The sound also appears to render humans unconscious.
Maybe more tellingly, in "War of the Gods," the ship's inhabitants -- glowing beings similar to D'Anna's vision of the "final five" called "Seraphs" -- bring Apollo back from the dead after a botched encounter with "Count Iblis." (The Seraphs "indicate that they are natural enemies of Iblis," whom the show "implies" is Satan and whose voice the fully-evil (Count) Baltar recognizes as that of the Cylons' "Imperious Leader.")
So who's up for a quarter bet on whether or not we'll see any of these related story elements incorporated into the re-imagined BSG?
Feel free to join the discussion about this here in the GWC Forum.