'Battlestar Galactica' Producer Talks Movie(s?), Possible Conclusion
'It hasn't been definitively said that the fourth season is the final one,' says Ronald D. Moore.
By Brian Jacks
Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" has long been heralded as one of the best shows on television, and the show's raucous season-three finale last week — with its constant stream of mind-blowing revelations — did nothing to diminish the buzz.
Now, amid the announcement of a TV movie that will revolve around Battlestar Pegasus and air later this year, MTV News sat down with series visionary and co-executive producer Ronald D. Moore to discuss the upcoming two-hour event, where the show is heading and which characters are really dirty Cylons.
Spoiler alert: This interview concerns story lines from the most recent season.
MTV: Why pack so many cliffhangers into the finale?
Ronald D. Moore: It all started with the trial of Baltar [James Callis]. As we got further into the development process of the second half of the season, I felt there wasn't enough going on in that scenario. And I had this notion that I've been kicking around in my head for a while about what if four of our characters were drawn into a room for reasons they didn't know, and they walk in, close the doors and look at each other and say, "We're Cylons." At about the same time, we were working on the episode "Maelstrom," where Kara [Katee Sackhoff] was killed, and we decided that it was a hell of a story if she actually died, embraced her fate and came back later in the series with knowledge of where Earth was.
MTV: There have been rumors out there on the fan sites that Lee's [Jamie Bamber] vision of Kara was just a hallucination, like Baltar and Caprica Six [Tricia Helfer].
Moore: It's not a hallucination.
MTV: How did you decide which four of your characters should be Cylons?
Moore: Some of it was a process of elimination in deciding who we wanted to make Cylons and who would damage the show. We quickly came to [the decision] that we didn't want it to be Adama [Edward James Olmos] or Laura [Mary McDonnell] ... there were just too many reasons not to do that. It had to make sense why it would be these people as opposed to anyone else on the series.
There were certain logical reasons for each one. Chief Tyrol [Aaron Douglas] was literally drawn to the Cylons, first personally and then for reasons he couldn't quite name, like when they got to the Algae Planet and he found the temple. Tory [Rekha Sharma] was the one we knew the least about, and yet she had been around enough that she wasn't a completely new face, so she was a bit of a wild card. Anders [Michael Trucco] had mysteriously survived the holocaust on Caprica originally and then the struggle through two resistances, and ... he was so drawn to Kara and she was so drawn to him. And since Kara had a specific destiny and a specific sort of lone play on our mythos, it felt right that Anders did too.
Tigh [Michael Hogan] was the biggest gamble. He was the one where we really had to do a lot of soul searching to make sure we were doing the right thing. You're going to lose something with the revelation that he was a Cylon, but you're also going to gain a lot too. Tigh was a very human character with deeply human flaws and weaknesses — his alcoholism, the killing of Ellen [Kate Vernon] and his friendship with Adama — and I didn't want to lose all of that amazing character stuff that we've built up. I mean, here's a guy who killed his wife because she was collaborating with the Cylons, and now he is a Cylon. What does that do to him?
MTV: And those four characters are 100 percent Cylons, or is there a chance that something will happen to change that?
Moore: I'm pretty sure they're Cylons.
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