Friday, October 06, 2006

SciFi Wire Articles

The SciFi Wire has posted up two articles regarding season 3:

Battlestar's Roslin Lives On
Mary McDonnell, who plays former president Laura Roslin in SCI FI Channel's original series Battlestar Galactica, told SCI FI Wire that she feared the worst last year when it seemed that her breast cancer had reached a critical point. Roslin was saved at the last minute by Baltar (James Callis), who injected her with blood from a human-Cylon infant, but Roslin's long-term prognosis and the political ramifications of Baltar's actions remain to be seen. As season three begins on Oct. 6, the former president is working as a teacher in the human settlement on New Caprica, whose government is led by the current president, Baltar.

"I was very worried that they were writing me out," McDonnell said in a conference call. "As a matter of fact I still think they were, and James Callis convinced them not to, and so he offered this solution of the stem-cell transplant. Actually, no, not really. But it was a very insecure feeling, even though one knew rationally or one believed. ... And so I think there were two things going on in me. One was a little bit of anxiety about the future, and the other one was the commitment to getting as much of the job done as I could before it was curtains."

McDonnell added: "In terms of that and how it plays out in season three, it is really yet to be known, the implications of the way her life was saved, either how it affected her or how it affects certain relationships. But it's underneath the surface, and eventually certain things are said about it. But we'll see how it affects the story, I think, later on." Battlestar Galactica launches its third season with a two-hour premiere in its regular timeslot, Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. —Ian Spelling


Sackhoff: Starbuck Still Troubled
Katee Sackhoff, who stars as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the SCI FI original series Battlestar Galactica, told SCI FI Wire that her character will continue to mature and evolve in the upcoming third season, but that her demons will still haunt her. As season three begins, Starbuck is living on the Cylon-occupied human settlement of New Caprica, where she's married to Anders (Michael Trucco) and dealing with her Cylon captor, Leoben (Callum Keith Rennie), who's got a shocking surprise for her.

"[Starbuck] has evolved, and she's starting to maybe believe in herself a little bit more, but she's still just as tormented by her past," Sackhoff said in an interview. "That's something that unless she sits down and deals with it, it's never going to get better. And it is something that continues to hold her back."

Sackhoff added: "So we've seen her try and deal with things in her past and try and face situations head-on now. ... She's definitely becoming more of a stronger person [in one sense], but she's even more messed up than she was in the beginning. I guess every character kind of is. But Kara is a character who constantly gets kicked down when she tries to improve her life. Usually, she's [behind] her own demise or will be, inevitably, I think." Battlestar Galactica launches its third season with a two-hour premiere on Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. —Ian Spelling

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