Saturday, March 21, 2009

BSG Series Finale

No spoilers here, but last night's series finale of Battlestar Galactica was quite good. It was much better than I expected it would be, considering that the show's co-creator, Ron Moore, shares a tendency with the creator of another critically acclaimed though inconsistent series -- Sopranos creator David Chase -- to stick it to his audience occasionally (e.g., on a recent BSG special, one actor mentioned that when fans sent letters expressing their dislike of his character, Moore decided to give that character an even bigger role in the show).

For those who haven't seen the series, you may want to consider renting its initial miniseries and seeing what you think. Ron Moore's brand of "naturalistic science fiction" might not be everyone's cup of tea, but he, David Eick, and their writers, cast, and crew created a series that, while uneven at times, wasn't much like anything else on TV. For more detail on how Moore recreated BSG, see this New York Times Magazine article from 2005, "Ron Moore's Deep Space Journey".

Incidentally, in honor of the series coming to a close, fans at the United Nations hosted the BSG's executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick, and stars Edward Olmos and Mary McDonnell to debate war, torture, and other sunny topics the series has dealt with in its four season run. Nice to know that things are quiet enough in the world that the UN's staff can spend time on stuff like this.

The photo above featuring, from left to right: Mary McDonnell as Laura Roslin, Tricia Helfer as Natalie, Michael Hogan as Saul Tigh, Jamie Bamber as Lee "Apollo" Adama, James Callis as Gaius Baltar, Tricia Helfer as Number Six, Katee Sackhoff as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Michael Trucco as Sam Anders, Aaron Douglas as Tyrol, Grace Park as Sharon Valerii, Tahmoh Penikett as Karl "Helo" Agathon, Edward James Olmos as William Adama is from Wired and is credited to Art Streiber/SCI FI Channel

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