[spoilery] I have this theory that this fellow is not Leoben but a pivotal character, perhaps the Xeno Fenner fella who shows up in the final episodes and/or is the mad-scientist-who-explains-it-all-to-you character since it sounds like most of the big questions the creators and writers have left dangling will be wrapped up in a single episode (other blogs and scifi websites have posited that it will be the Islanded In A Stream of Stars ep). Several visitors to this blog say that clearly it is Leoben, but if you look closely at the man's face it is broader, and he has golden-brown eyes (like the actor hired to play Xeno) not blue as Leoben actor Callum Keith Rennie does. This man is clearly standing in the Cylon base ship C&C and wearing the same color shirt as a Leoben, but I think this is misdirection - SciFi has finally learned how to tease future eps by juxtaposing images, dialog and sounds without being so literal and giving away the store to anyone with even rudimentary deductive ability. The still image of this man was pulled from one of the 4.5 short teasers. It is possible it is Leoben, shot with what is called "monster lighting" but I don't think so.

I'm not always right. I'm just a fan who created this blog for fellow fans for the fun of it. I was convinced that Roslin would be the 5th and Final Cylon. Really, she should have been - it would have given the story more heft then some smaller story about a couple (Tigh and Ellen) that wanted to stay together through time.

I keep hoping for a return to the lofty heights of the miniseries and first season-an
d-a-half - with its grand ideas, mysticism and high-style, but it seems I am hoping in vain. Moore and the writers, according to repeated statements by actor Eddie Olmos, are taking us on a very bleak and ironic journey to a bitter end - down the dark mineshaft of cynicism.


ACyclcUniverse said...

Xeno Fenner isn't a new character, he's actually the Tyllium crew's deck chief of sorts.

In "Dirt Hands", Xeno was the man who threatened to stop Tyllium shipments to the fleet if the President refused to accept their demands.

Here's teh IMDB page with him listed:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0947106/

ACyclcUniverse said...

Better yet, here's his BattlestarWiki page:


radii said...

I've read that elsewhere, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he factored in as a pivotal character at the end given the way Moore and the writers like wordplay ... Xeno's Paradox [more commonly Zeno] might be how they deal with their time feedback problem ("all of this has happened before ...")

radii said...

Of course I keep projecting my hopes that grand ideas will again enter into the story, but I think I will end up disappointed. Maybe the fleet runs out of fuel is all and Xeno Fenner is only in the final eps because they need him to get somewhere.

Buck said...

I wouldn't mind relentlessly grim - after all, humanity is down to under 40k souls. It doesn't get much grimmer than that.

What I would just hate is that the last 4 or 5 episodes turn into some sort of 'here is how to solve the Rubik's cube in 10 easy steps' sort of thing.

Everybody seems so focused on 'the reveal' and 'the answers' that I worry that the story will suffer.

I want to find out why everybody important is a mystical guru, and why any human at all can stomach the idea of letting the genocidal Cylons live within spitting distance of the fleet. I sort of understand why the Five might want to live in the fleet, but only sort of.

I don't watch BSG because I want to be surprised, I watch it because I want to see how the humans handle the situation. '33' is still the very best work I've seen so far.

radii said...

They may end up with only 33 people

Anonymous said...

I gave you crap earlier, but I'm with you on Ellen being the fifth. It seems like a weak way to revisit the "Isn't it ironic that Tigh killed his wife?" thing. Meh. We'll see where that goes.

Personally, I was hoping Lee would be the fifth and that they would tie it back in with this :

Number Six: We're the children of humanity. That makes them our parents, in a sense.

Number Five/Aaron Doral: True, but parents have to die. It's the only way children can come into their own.

Anonymous said...

patricide fratricide

it ain't so easy to pick

Anonymous said...

and Cap Six already did the infanticide

radii said...

Mea Culpa redux:

yep, it's Leoben ... teaser for next week's ep had a shot of him with the facial hair and fatter ...