I know all the hip and trendy people watched BG years ago, but anyway I haven’t caught up with it before now. I heard good things about the series so Mrs P & I have begun to work our way through. I’m not going to box spoilers so do an FTL jump right out of here, now, if you don’t want to see them.
So, the first episode of season one - “33”. If you can answer my question you already know the plot of the episode, so I won’t bother to recap. There is an unexplained aspect to the plot. I can only think of one explanation, without invoking aspects of the BG universe that are as yet not revealed. My explanation is not confirmed or mentioned in the episode at all. [by the way if the explanation does involve aspects of the BG universe that are not revealed at this stage of the series, then please don’t spoil it for me.]
Anyway, the problem is this: after the Olympic Carrier was destroyed the Cylons lost the ability to trace the fleet every 33 minutes. So their ability to trace the fleet was tied to the Olympic Carrier obviously. Presumably it had been infiltrated by the Cylons. OK but why was the Olympic Carrier late on second last jump? It would be sad to think that the plot is simply that the humans lucked out, and out of the entire fleet the one ship that happened to get left behind on one jump (causing it to be suspected) happened to be the one ship that was already infiltrated.
The only explanation I can think of (but there is no in-episode confirmation) is that the Cylons’ original plan was just to use the Olympic Carrier to trace the fleet, keep attacking and eventually catch the humans out. Then after 238 attempts they decided to change plan and hold the Olympic Carrier back and put nukes onboard, and use it as a Trojan Horse. Putting the nukes on board caused the delay.
Am I close?