Posted January 27 2009 - 12:55 PM
| Originally Posted by David Forbes |
The whole idea that there are 12 habitable planets to begin with is really not possible. Look at how far our nine planets are spaced apart, and how different they are. Unless the Colonial system has planets where humans live beneath domes or in the upper atmospheres of gas giants, there is really no way to make the concept work. If you move orbits too close together you will have tidal friction making the orbits unstable.
The year is probably the Capircan year, since I believe that was the capital planet. The other colonies would probably have their own, but as I said, you're not going to be planting crops on a planet much beyond the distance of where Mars is in our solar system, or much closer than Venus.
RDM has hinted in passing at least once or twice that some of the Twelve Colonies aren't necessarily "Class M" (to borrow a Star Trek
term), Earth-like worlds such as we've seen with Caprica, Tauron, and Aerilon (via dialogue), and that some of the colonies were actually on moons and such, but with major political powers.
Some of them might even have been in the process of getting terraformed when the Cylons attacked, but this would certainly go a long way towards satisfying real-world scientific sense, if true.
| Originally Posted by Mark Leiter |
That makes total sense. I am not completly knowledgable about the BSG universe, but I always assumed that the 12 colonies implied 12 different planets. I also assumed that these 12 planet revolved around more than one star. Perhaps even 12 different stars. Making the colonies meaning 12 star systems. It dosen't make sense to me for all 12 colonies to have inhabited the same planet. Unless all those colonies really meant different countries. But then perhaps I just dont know enough about BSG mythos.
Interestingly, in the early draft of the miniseries script
, RDM had the "Twelve Colonies of Kobol" actually being twelve different nation-states on the planet Kobol, which then got attacked by the Cylons as we see onscreen. This would've significantly affected the direction of the show, as there would've been no "ancient homeworld" of Kobol to rediscover later on, as we got at the end of Season 1, and it would've confined humanity to just the one world.
As a matter of fact, when you read the script, very, very little actually changed from what eventually hit the screen, apart from stuff like the Adama/Leoben fight at Ragnar being much more expensive-looking on the page, and a few other minor alterations here and there.
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