Kevin Grazier apologizes for Tomb of Athena, etc.
Well, I had to pull my hair out a bit to read this post-series interview with BSG Science Advisor Kevin Grazier
In particular he is asked what he regrets getting wrong. One regret is boring, but the other floored me. It was only the climactic scene of the first season arc, where they come to Kobol looking for a clue to Earth and find, in the Tomb of Athena, the map of the stars of Earth and the realization that the flags of the 12 tribes have constellations from the Zodiac of Earth on them.
Most of us viewed that scene as a big revelation. It said, without equivocation, "This show is in the future." Kobol's culture and flags came from Earth. It was a big deal. Later, it was revealed it was the sky of the "first Earth" or 13th colony, but it still demanded a secret history to Kobol.
The other (regret) is I wish I would have been more instant with the constellations in Home Part 2. Because when you start thinking about those constellations, who put them there? Wasn’t the Kobolians. Those aren’t seen from the original Earth, so where did those constellations come from?
He may be saying he knew but could not convince Moore, or that perhaps he realized later. Either way, the show could have thrown us a bone. You don't want to tell fans your secrets, but if you make a mistake, and fans are interpreting the show differently because of it, throw something in. Have somebody ask, "Isn't it odd how our flags are those constellations?" And Ellen Tigh says, "Oh, that. In our history, we learned that the founders of the planet stretched and played with the flags to figure a way to draw them in the sky, since it was a cute idea to name our new constellations after our lost makers." Something. Anything.
I take Grazier to task for two other things: Participating in the horrible ending, and his statement that you would not be able to find a star given photographs of the constellations visible from it. He declares that to be np-complete, ie. you can't do it in a time that goes up in a polynomial way with the number of stars in your database. I contend you can, and in fact it's one of the simpler polynomials.