Battlestar's Bamber Looks AheadAnd,
Battlestar Galactica star Jamie Bamber told reporters that he'll miss the people, his character and the quality work when the show ends after the upcoming fourth season, but added that he'd much prefer
the show go out on top. SCI FI Channel recently announced that its award-winning original series will end; it is currently in production and will kick off in 2008.
"No, I think it's a good time," Bamber said in a conference call while promoting the upcoming special two-hour prequel movie, Battlestar Galactica: Razor. "We've been saying from the very first season that the most important thing is to be able to finish this story in a way that is up to the people that
create the story and not up to the audience or to the network or up to the financial criteria of what it is to make a TV show. It should be about ending the story, because the story begs an ending. This is the first and foremost thing about having ended."
Bamber has played Lee Adama since the 2003 miniseries that began the series. He said that he is sad about the show's imminent demise but is excited about moving on to the next phase of his career. "There's always nostalgia," Bamber said. "It's been an amazing learning process for me, personally, and this experience is without doubt the most interesting and rich one I've had as a professional working actor. I have learned everything from everyone around me. So it will be very sad to sort of disband the team, and every day that we're up here in Vancouver there is an
element of nostalgia about moments passing and little scenes that will never be revisited and sets maybe that disappear, because, you know, they're gone forever."
Bamber added: "That's all very sad, but personally I also look to the future. We all do. And I'm very keen to do other work and to test myself in other ways. So it's positive nostalgia about all good things that only in their ripening do they become truly tasty and edible. And I think once Battlestar
Galactica is finished and the story is finished, it will be more perfect than it would be had we been cut short. So it's inevitable." Battlestar Galactica's fourth and final season kicks off with Razor at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Nov. 24. The show's additional 20 episodes will return in early 2008. —Ian Spelling
I really can't wait to see Razor on the 24th. I really wish that I could catch it in theaters, that would be awesome to see on the big screen.
Bamber: Razor Is Sharp
Battlestar Galactica star Jamie Bamber told reporters that the upcoming prequel film, Razor, fulfills the cast's desire to make a feature-length Battlestar adventure.
The telefilm follows Lee Adama (Bamber) as he assumes command of the Battlestar Pegasus and also recalls events of nearly a year before, on the eve of the Cylon attack, involving then-Pegasus commander Admiral Cain (Michelle Forbes) and her protege, Kendra Shaw (Stephanie Jacobsen).
"The basic concept I was really, really in love with," Bamber said in a conference call. "I thought it was very bold, different. Every one of us in the Galactica family has always nurtured a not-so-secret passion to try and make a movie out of the show, because there are so many things that on a week-in-week-out one-hour drama you have to compromise on, budgetarily and in terms of storylines and how much you can fit into 44 minutes of a narrative. It was great to tell a longer story and to have a bit more money to throw at it and to tell a huge arc."
Bamber added: "[It goes] right back from before the miniseries, before the very first shot we ever picked up on in the show, and goes right the way through to the back end of season two. It was a huge script in its ambition. It tries to introduce a new character [Shaw], which I thought was a great way to ... see it all from a pair of eyes that we haven't actually met before, that we'll have to meet all the main characters all over again. I thought that was a very worthy endeavor and a good way to bring a new audience to Battlestar before a fourth season being aired." Battlestar Galactica: Razor will premiere on Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The upcoming fourth and final season of the show kicks off in early 2008.
SCI FI, meanwhile, announced that Razor will screen threatrically in special preview screenings in select movie theaters on Nov. 12.