Does the Right Eye Hold the Secret to Battlestar Galactica?

The season four premiere of Battlestar Galactica has fans everywhere buzzing with questions and theories.  Co-Producer Mark Verheiden is pretty mum about spoilers, but he did give a clue of where to look.

Who’s the final cylon?  What happened to Starbuck?  Does she really know the way to Earth?  What is with Baltar’s harem?  Is the prophecy about Hera (Agathon and Helo’s baby) or Nicky (Tyrol and Cally’s baby)?

These are all questions fans everywhere are puzzling about.  But in a recent interview with ComicMix, Verheiden is mum on the answers to these hot questions.  The only thing Verheider will say is “As to what it all means, again, I preach the mantra of patience…”

But he is willing to talk about eyes, or more specifically the right eye:

“If there’s a single moment that I really like in that “gave me a little chill” way, it’s the red light from the raider scanning Anders’ eyeball.”

Sam\'s right eye when the Cylons scan it.

For those of you not paying attention that was Anders’ right eye.  And after scanning it, the Cylons disengaged and left.

Verheider promises that we’ll learn more about it next week.  But could a scene before it hold a clue.

Moments before the recently self-identified cylon Sam Anders went face to face – or eye-to-eye – with the toaster-version of the cylons, his fellow recently identified cylon Colonel Tigh had a hallucination on the bridge.

In his dream sequence, the one-eye Tigh shoots Admiral Adama in his right eye – the very same eye Tigh is missing as a result of the cylons on New Caprica.

About this Verheider quotes writer David Weddle:

“I was waiting for someone to pick up on that telling detail. Congratulations. But I am disappointed you have not figured out its significance within the larger mythology of the show. It’s all laid out for you. All you have to do is run the episode over again in slow motion, and the deeper truth will be revealed.”

Well they say the eyes are the windows to the soul.  Can they be the window to the secret of BSG?

Tigh during his hallucination


Tigh shoots Adama in the right eye.

Check out the screen shots from that sequence above.  What do you see?

Maybe I’m reaching, but in Adama’s glasses I see the reflection of the board behind Tigh.  With the hole that bullet left, I think his eye looks like the Eye of Jupiter.

The Eye of Jupiter from the Temple of FiveI’ve read on some boards (I can’t remember where, sorry) that the Canadian version was bloodier that the Sci Fi version of the episode so I’m not sure if that makes a difference in the image.

If that is the Eye of Jupiter, what does it mean?  Why did Tigh shoot the right eye?  Why did the cylons scan Anders right eye?  Is there a connection between these two events?

Could Tigh have used his hallucination to send some kind of warning to the toaster cylons through Sam’s eye?


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Are the Final 5 Cylons from Earth?

Could Cally be the Final Cylon on BSG?


25 Responses to Does the Right Eye Hold the Secret to Battlestar Galactica?

  1. fanshawe says:

    That’s an interesting quote. Dunno what it is with the right eye mystery, but I wonder if the Centurions would recognize Tigh as a Cylon if the eye scan was the only way.

    If Edward James Olmos hadn’t said on several occasions that not playing a Cylon was in his contract, I’d be revisiting the season one episode in which Leoben tells Roslin that Adama is a Cylon.

    Probably doesn’t make that big a difference anyway since everything they had laid out in the show over the three seasons points to the possibility that everyone is a Cylon-human hybrid except for the 12 models/lords of Kobol.

  2. vacelts says:

    everyone is a Cylon-human hybrid except for the 12 models/lords of Kobol.

    I hadn’t thought about that possibility. Interesting.

  3. rcrawford79 says:

    I am not sure if it is the Eye of Jupiter or not that presents its self when Adama is shot by Saul, but the mythology of the show has all been the Cylon’s (minus the 12) have one eye. Maybe that is the it. I not complete sure or not, but it is a thought.

  4. vacelts says:

    rcrawford, was Saul trying to eliminate Adama’s second eye?

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  6. reliasson says:

    ROY A Eliasson thinks tigh was convirted some way when he was a pow There’s a good chance David Weddle was joking, but if he is it reeks of fan mockery. As in, I don’t think it’s obvious enough that he’s joking. So, instead, he’s trying to throw fans into a tailspin by telling us to look at something that’s not there.

    Look, I know I like to over-analyze this show much like many do for ‘Lost’, but it’s fun. If he’s frakking with us, then it’s just plain mean.

  7. vacelts says:

    reliasson, how was he “converted?” That just doesn’t make sense. Surely his family and friends would have noticed a difference. How would he have memories of times before the conversion?

  8. Chris says:

    I dont think you can be converted…..

    I recon tigh & co, may have even been born? (in some way) what you lot recon?

  9. vacelts says:

    Chris, I think he meant exchanged — they Cylon version for the human Tigh. But I still think it’s a stretch.

    It would be an interesting theory if Tigh and company were born. That would explain a lot.

  10. reliasson says:

    Roy elasiion What was the name of the chip they were taking out of the centurians to lobotomize them? Keep in mind the kept him(Tigh) for weeks or even months .they could have done anything they wanted to him.Roy Eliasosn wrote are we to expect they just let him lose and he went on to run the resistence?. I think not. He is a Manchurian Candidate”. Adama has memories of him when the fought the first war. How can this be? Roy Eliasson

  11. vacelts says:

    Roy, I don’t think that the other cylons realized Tigh was a cylon when they were on New Caprica. But I could be wrong.

  12. reliasson says:

    Roy Eliasson Worte: I dont think he is a cylon . I think he was brain washed . It do not make any sense. Adma went to war with him he and he had a wife for years . Next you are going to tell me that adma is a cylon not happen. Tigh is a casality of was .Roy Eliasson

  13. reliasson says:

    Roy Eliasson Wrote , Did anyone see how the show ended on fridayRoy Eliasson fell asleep

  14. reliasson says:

    Roy Eliasson Wrote the show is getting very confusing . Roy Eliasson Wrore:What next can any one guess

  15. Roy Elaiasson says:

    Roy Eliasson Roy Eliasson wrote i will rewatch the show tonight

  16. vacelts says:

    Roy, I’m an episode behind so I can’t help.

  17. reliasson says:

    Roy Eliasson do you know when the replay?

  18. reliasson says:

    missed last weeks show does anybody have a recap?

  19. jon shaw says:

    what happend to Starbuck last week end ? when does the show” what the frack happend on “BSG” last week come on?

  20. ROY ELIASSON says:

    she went a bit kuku check it out on the bsg site the new recaps come out on wednesday

  21. MIKE says:

    Big stretch here. I was watching an old x-file last week. It was the one about the bug’s killer metal cockroaches. The robotic professor the made a point that space travel would be done by Robots long b-4 human. That being said what if earth sent out the original 5 and they recreated the humans witch then created a new version of cylon

  22. Roy Elaiasson says:

    waching now heollo?

  23. Mark Peters says:

    I already miss the show… Ugh.

  24. Anonymous says:

    In Maelstrom, when Apollo and Starbuck are sitting under the fighter wing and he is telling her how he’ll fly her wing (aww), Starbuck also has a blindingly obvious red light in her eyes- I can’t remember if it was both or just one, but it’s been quite widely noticed bu never addressed by anyone on the show. Not saying I think she’s a Cylon, I think she’s something else altogether, but it’s odd.

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