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'Battlestar Galactica': Questions for the cast

As you're snuggled at home by the chimney with care this holiday season, think about others, think about the troops, and think about the fact that we have only three frakking weeks until "Battlestar Galactica's" final episodes air!!!!

We'll do our best here at Show Tracker to talk to some of the magic makers, including Ron Moore and everyone in the cast that we can get to. Yes, they've moved on to other shows, like Jamie Bamber in "Law & Order: UK," Mary McDonnell in "Grey's Anatomy," Grace Park in "The Cleaner" and Tahmoh Penikett in "Dollhouse." But they've still got their hands in the Cylon bowl with projects like "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan," upcoming telefilms and online story lines.

Speaking of webisodes, if you haven't been watching Sci Fi's "Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy," starring Grace Park and Alessandro Juliani, then you've been missing out on a good "Galactica" fix.  Even a simple ship-to-ship raptor run on this show can be dramatic.

If you have questions to ask the cast or favorite characters you want us to go after, please leave them in the comments section below and we'll see what we can do. So say we all. (You've seen the following promo, but it's just to refresh your memory. Though Sci Fi's 13-minute "Catch the Frak Up!" summary is better. And, isn't Laura Roslin pretty scary here?)

-- Jevon Phillips

Rekhaheadshot -- James Callis on the final episodes
-- << A chat with Tory Foster the Cylon, a.k.a. Rekha Sharma
-- Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff rev up their motorcycles
-- Hollywood A-Z: "Battlestar Galactica"

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Thank you for such an awesome show! Kudos to everyone. To everyone: What do you think is the most important thing you will take away from your BSG experience?

General questions to cast:

1) Do you see yourself rewatching the series in years to come, or are you well and done with it?

2) Which works of film and literature do you recall channeling in the portrayal of your respective character?

3) Are you genuinely surprised by the course the show has taken since the Miniseries?

4) Did any of the cast members exchange theories about the show's many "mysteries"? If so, which mystery in particular was discussed the most?

To any member of the cast or crew: What's been your favorite episode to work on and why?

One for Ronald D. Moore: Was William Adama's call sign "Husker" from the original series or a result of Edward James Olmos' deep voice?

One for Jane Espenson: In "The Hub" we see Bill Adama take a ring off his finger and put it onto Laura Roslin's, is that his original wedding ring or one from another ceremony?

Thanks for a great run to all involved.

Anything Eward James Olmos touches is gold.


To cast: After participating in Battlestar Galactica are you drawn to science-fiction more or less?

To cast: How do you think Battlestar Galactica has affected the real world with its portrayals of life's tough issues? (ex: abortion, iraq war, terrorism, etc.)

To everyone, congratulations on a great show! All of the characters were well written and interesting to watch and learn how they survived and persevered through the hardships of the story. Thanks to the cast for a brilliant series which will not be forgotten. I love Roslin/Adama!

What happened to Cylon #7 (between the Sixes and Sharons)?

I mean, I heard that the Final Five don't have numbers, but that leaves a hole between Six and Eight. What's the harm in giving the F5 numbers 7 and 9-12 and thus filling the hole?

A question for Ronald D. Moore: Just about everyone in the show has some kind of mythology making them particularly special. Such as speaking to "angels", having a "special destiny", having prophecies written about them, being a cylon or a half-cylon's daddy. However, neither of the Adamas seem to be "chosen". Was this intentional?

Part of Saul Tigh's back story is that he was a Viper pilot at one point. Does he have a call sign? If not could you please make one up.

For Mary McDonnell: As a a character, and as an actor, everyone is in complete awe of your hair. Did you hate covering it up? Or did you have any reservations with that?

To either Mary McDonnell or Edward James Olmos: While on New Caprica, or any time before or after that, do you think Laura Roslin and Bill Adama had a frakking session? Do you think their relationship is something more or less than that, something different? Fangirls are very happy you're characters are finally both verbally in love with one another by the way.

To any member of the cast:

1.) How would the series end if you were to write the final scene?

2.) Do you ever have dreams in-BSG-character?

This is for any and all cast members (especially James Callis and Edward James Olmos) and Ron Moore.

1) Don't you think Battlestar Galactica definitively shows that terrorism and state tools of coercion, such as unjust laws and supposedly civilized war, are equally morally ambiguous -- that they are both terribly violent means of achieving political goals, that each case of terrorism (just like war) should be evaluated on its own terms to determine the morality of the act, and therefore, that America and Israel would do well to remember that they do not occupy a morally superior position simply because they use such state forms of oppression?

2) Don't you think that Battlestar Galactica's amazing insight into the human condition shows the common thread throughout humanity to be the dehumanization and homogenization ("They're all the same!") of "the other" in showing that the cylons are just as capable of kindness and cruelty as the humans? If not, what do you think is the central message of the show?

3) What specific cultural or political importance do you think the show's legacy could have if it reaches enough people? Do you think it could effect societal change if its messages are taken to heart?

4) Why did Ron Moore not write more episodes from scratch, as "Occupation"/"Precipice" was the last flawless episode of the series I've seen, in terms of story and dialogue? Why has much of Season 4 lacked the clarity of dialogue and texture so ever-present in Seasons 1 and the best of Seasons 2 and 3, especially the season premiere and Cylon-only scenes in which Leoben and Cavil are far less interesting than when Ron Moore or Toni Graphia had written for them?

7) Why does Leoben speak with such conviction around Starbuck (especially Toni Graphia's brilliant Season 1 episode "Flesh and Bone") and yet seem far less talkative and driven around the other Cylons?

6) Why were episodes not recut for the Season 3 and 4.0 DVD releases (as was done for "Pegasus"), as often the comment is made that a scene was excluded for time, and not simply reasons of dramatic power? Some examples of episodes that I felt seemed rushed and lacking in the texture of Season 1 and the best of Seasons 2 and 3 were "Torn"/"A Measure of Salvation", "Eye of Jupiter"/"Rapture", the beautiful trial scenes in the Season 3 finale, and much of Season 4.0?

This is a question for Mary. :-)

I think, for me, one of the most heartbreaking parts of Laura as a character are the emotional sacrifices she makes to commit herself to the role of the "leader." I wonder if you might elaborate a bit on what this was like to play for you? While the series has made her the metaphorical mother of the fleet, that nurturing aspect is not allowed to emerge in her dialogue--and yet it is there; you've made her beautifully nuanced.
How did you decide to navigate between the discourses of "woman" and "leader," since as the recent election has emphasized, these are often typecast as polar opposites. Laura is living in an old boys club, and yet she's advancing a traditionally feminine version of power (the visions, the affected faith, qualities which she does share with Baltar, making them rather questionably gendered). Do you think Laura can teach us anything about female leadership?

Will we find out the story behind the hybrids and will we learn their role as oracles in the show?

Why was the story line about Boxy cut out of the show?

Is there any particular reason why Simon the Cylon has had such a small part in the series?

RDM: There are very few things I obsess over, two being BSG and William Gibson novels. Do you. Do you see any similarities/influence between your work and his novels; and will you make my dreams come true and purchase the rights to the movie version of Neuromancer?

For Ron Moore:

With "Daybreak*" being the second series finale you have written (TNG's "All Good Things..." being the first), how would you compare the two episodes? Did you draw any inspiration for the BSG finale from "All Good Things..."? Is there anything that you learned from or didn't like in "All Good Things..." that you kept in mind while writing "Daybreak"? BSG and DS9 (and your work in particular in those shows) have been compared a lot, but BSG and TNG have never really been compared. I know that they are very different shows and will probably have very different finales, but I love them both! Thank you very much for so much great scifi over the years! (In all three shows.)

William Overton

*I think that is the name of the BSG finale

For Mary McDonnell:

1. This season, the cancer storyline has obviously developed far more than in any of the previous seasons. In episodes like Faith, you blew me - and everyone who watched - away with where you took the character. How do you get into the mindset of a dying woman so convincingly?

2. You've been hesitant about the Adama/Roslin relationship in the past, saying that Laura is so focused on her own responsibilities. What changed your mind? What changed Laura's?

3. Laura has played a lot of roles over the course of the show: President, Prophet, Teacher, Cancer patient, Airlocker-In-Chief - which has been your favorite to play? Which has been the most difficult?

4. Now that you know how the series ends, are you pleased with where Laura wound up? Where did you want to see her?


Something I have been thinking about over the past months as the end has approached has been Battlestar's status after the show ends. We've all seen television shows that didn't do so well in the ratings when they were on T.V., but won huge critical acclaim and went on to have strong cult followings after they went off the air (Arrested Development comes to mind, which is supposedly getting made into a movie). Do you think Battlestar will have this kind of status after the show ends? If so, what effect do you think that cult status will have on Caprica and the future of the "Battlestar Universe" as a whole?

Will Shelly Godfrey be explained in S4.5?


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