Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ron Moore Update

Ron Moore has posted up another update on his Galactica weblog:

February 01, 2006
Q & A

"Having watched Star Trek for many years, and now an avid Galactica watcher; I have noticed unlike the Star Trek shows of the past...we know little about how Galactica works. We don't know much about her engines at all, what powers the ship..weapons. Is this an intentional effort to steer Battlestar Galactica away from the technobabble Star Trek would often be muddled in and focus time exclusively on the characters of the show? Will we learn and see more of Galactica in the future?"
It's a pretty deliberate choice not to reveal very much about the technical specs on Galactica. Partly it's a way to clear out a great deal of technobabble that tends to swamp action scenes and leach drama from what should be intense moments, and partly it's a way of preserving flexibility in terms of storytelling. The more we define the capabilities of the ship, the more we limit ourselves in terms of exactly what the ship can and cannot do in a given situation. Now, you can't really avoid establishing parameters as the show develops and having some sense of the limitations is a good thing to maintain continuity, but a little of it goes a long way.

"I got a quick question that may have been asked...but I was wondering what plans (if any) you have for Boxey? Now that Sharon's been he living alone? With Lee? With Kara? In an airlock? Any plans to develop him more or was he just a throwback to the original???"
Boxey is currently seeking his lost daggit and won't return until he finds it.
"With the US State of the Union [last] night, I was wondering whether or not Madame President gives anything similar on the state of the colonies - are we getting more politics a la "Colonial Day"? Maybe some elections soon? Your podcasts have seemed to indicate that we might . . ."
I don't know if there's an equivalent to the State of the Union or not, it's something to think about for the future. However, there will definitely be more political intrigue this season, leading up to the presidential election itself -- which is going to be a doozy.

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