I’m probably going to have to rent the episode again, but, if memory serves me, the Scroll of Pythia (which has been spot on up to now) states a leader with a “wasting disease” will help the “caravan of the heavens” find Earth, but will die, à la Moses upon Nebo, before they reach their destination. I do not believe, however, that Pythia specified the cause of death. One would assume the leader dies of the “wasting disease”, but I don’t think it’s literally stated that that is in fact what kills the leader. So, presumably, Laura Roslyn might still get whacked before they find Earth, making her still eligible to be the prophesied Leader.
I must confess I find that explanation pretty unsatisfying myself, but I can’t see any other way out of it. It’s inconsistencies like this that make me think the show might be heading into uncharted waters much of the time. Does R.D. Moore have even a rough sketch of the future of the series mapped out? Up to now, BG has been flying on a wing and a prayer, hoping to be renewed on a per-season basis. They had no idea when they made the mini-series if the show had any future. You see some clear signs altered plans if you pay attention. Note how they rather unceremoniously dropped the Boxey character early in Season 1. Also, I read somplace that Helo was originally supposed to die on Caprica, but they kept him alive because he was hunky and generated a lot of interest for the show.
Just imagine: Sci-fi-watching man-lovers the world over dig Karl Agathon, so they bring him back for the sake of providing eye candy, and he winds up having one of the most pivotal roles in the series as father of the baby toaster. That’s pretty unsettling. I think part of the reason Season 2 was broken up into two parts was because no one knew if there would even be a full second season after the end of the first. Now there’s a full 3rd season to look forward to, and perhaps even more after that. Maybe they figured they’d kill Roslyn off early if the series had no future, but now that she’s beloved by millions of viewers, they’ve got to find some way to keep her on.
I really hope Moore and Co. have some clue where this is all going, and they’re not just milking the successs for all its worth and willing to sacrifice all continuity and sense of purpose in the process. My fear is BG might devolve into an X-Files-style disappoinment, lingering forever with nowhere to go while personnel squabbles and lack of direction turn it into a shadow of its former self. Maybe we were led to believe that “The Truth Is Out There”, but I have my doubts now that Chris Carter had the foggiest clue what the truth was, and ran out of steam years before the show finally collapsed in a heap. Witness the slapdash and pathetically unsatisfying final episode of the X-Files. That’s what happens when you can’t quite while you’re ahead. Please, please, please, R.D Moore, make sure there’s a prize for your loyal viewers in the end, keep your eyes on it, and let BG die well.