Wednesday, August 16

Battlestar Galactica: Not for the Faint of Heart

Source: Sci-Fi Pulse

“This is the darkest show I’ve ever been a part of,” James Olmos (Admiral William Adama) said in the actor’s first ever-promotional appearance at the San Diego Comic Con International. “But the darkness comes from reality and the re-thinking of what bad guys really are.” Olmos proudly reminded the two thousand plus crowd that in the George A. Peabody Award winner it is the Cylons who actually have more understanding, human relationships than his crewmates. “ . . . And my relationship with Apollo – it gets much worse, too,” James mentioned amongst snickers from other panellists.

On July 21st, 2006, Ron Moore headed a panel of actors, writers and producers whom discussed the future of Battlestar Galactica and the new prequel series, Caprica. Though the new series will focuses on the rise of the Cylons and is still in development, the current show promises more intimate Cylon-human relationships than last season. In fact, the first half of Season Three will be cantered on a Cylon ship and the captured Galactica crewmember.

At the end of last season, fans were shocked to see a year’s leap in the storyline. Still, Mr. Moore conceded that the show would begin only four months in the future, placing Battlestar on the front lines waiting to rescue colonists, but with only half a fleet, this task becomes a tricky venture.

In previous interviews, Moore admitted that his re-imagined version of the show originated with the terrorist attacks on US soil in 2001. James Olmos re-iterated that the current show mirrors contemporary political issues. “Keeping the BG reality-myth believable is what makes the show interesting . . . it is the investigation of the sociological concept and reflection through the Human-Cylon relationship that makes the story entertaining but dark – and not a show for kids to watch alone.”

Caprica, the new series set fifty years before the events depicted in the new Galactica series, will tell the story of the Twelve Colonies. Though the colonies are at peace, new high-technology will make it possible to merge artificial intelligence with robotics that ultimately shape the first living machines – the Cylons. Ultimately, the Cylons revolt and war with the colonists. The series will focus on two major families: the Adamas and the Graystones, and will feature corporate drama, high tech action and sexual politics. Panellist David Eick and Ron Moore will be executive producers with Remi Aubuchon (of the wildly popular 24 series) is currently writing the pilot episode.

Newshound: Giorgio

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