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Battlestar Galactica Premieres January 16

What the Frack? My Interview With Ron Moore and David Eick

If you've been slightly overwhelmed with the Christmas season like most of us around here at Sugar HQ, I've got a few things to snap you out of your holi-daze: Battlestar Galactica returns to your small screen on Friday, January 16, and is showing ten new webisodes on right now to tide you over until the premiere.

I couldn't be more excited to check out the last half of the final season, especially since it's been a pretty painful seven months waiting to see what will happen next. Yesterday, I sat in on a conference call to chat with BSG producers Ron D. Moore and David Eick and learned about what's in store for the last season, details about the new Caprica series, and their departing thoughts on the final frames of BSG. Check out what they had to say when you


GS: How did you choose the Final Five cylons? Was it just pulling names out of a hat, or did you have them in mind from the beginning?

RM Well, David has a dart board, so . . .
DE The answer is a little of both!
RM The final four came up in a writers' room when we were struggling at the end of season three. It was all about the trial of Baltar, and we knew that's where the season would end, but it just didn't seem satisfying enough. So I got this image of four of our people walking from different areas of the ship, coming together and closing the doors and say "Ok, we're cylons." Everyone was taken aback at the moment, but we talked about it and said "Why not?" and then deciding on holding off on the final cylon. We had an idea about who the final cylon would be, but we were willing to look at other candidates, and who would make the most sense with the mythology, and eventually stuck with the original choice cause it just made the most sense.

GS: During the reveal, All Along The Watchtower was playing. Did that song have any significance to you personally, or to the story? How did you choose that as their "signal"?

RM I've personally been obsessed with the song for a while. I'm fascinated by it. I've wanted to work it into a project of mine for the last several years (in fact I wanted to do a whole Roswell episode about it), so it was always in the back of my mind. So we started talking about music as the trigger, I said, "Oh, it has to be All Along the Watchtower", and everyone laughed. . . until they realized I was very serious about it!

GS: I'm a big fan of the series and find myself just wanting to watch it all at once, one right after the other. Is there a particular reason why you split up the seasons into two parts? Does it lend to the storytelling?

It's pretty much SciFi. It's really been more about their scheduling, and when they want to air the episodes. We just sort of got used to building in a mid season cliffhanger and then left it up to them to decide how long the break would be between parts.
GS: It's definitely very painful waiting so long, I have to tell you.
RM Yes, I gathered that. People have made that very clear to me!

I learned a few other interesting tidbits as well:

  • A TV movie titled Battlestar Galactica: The Plan about the cylons left on the recently destroyed planets will air this year. Perhaps in June?
  • Episode 10 of the new webisodes has been leaked. I couldn't tell you where though.
  • Ron Moore is developing a pilot for Fox called Virtuality that I am totally psyched about.
  • The final cylon will be revealed before the last episode. Woot!
  • Unfortunately, Ron and David say that the door for any further episodes pretty much shuts at the end of the season, meaning that it's more than likely that the series is truly over.

Check out a clip of the upcoming episode that begins January 16 on Sci Fi!


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