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Comic-Con Countdown: You ask Sci Fi the questions, we deliver

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 14th 2008 11:28AM
comic-conDuring the panels for the Sci Fi shows present at Comic-Con this year, we're being given a unique opportunity to have you, our readers, ask questions to the panelists. What shows are we attending and who will be there? Here's the rundown:

  • Stargate: Atlantis (Joe Flanigan, Robert Picardo, Brad Wright, Jewel Staite, Chris Sanagustin)
  • Sanctuary (Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Robin Dunne)
  • Battlestar Galactica (Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Katee Sackhoff, Michael Trucco, Ron Moore, David Eick)
  • Eureka (Colin Ferguson, Sallie Richardson-Whitfield , Joe Morton, Jamie Paglia, Charlie Craig, Tony Optican)
  • Ghost Hunters (Robb Demarest)

Use the comment form below to submit your questions and we'll give the best ones to the moderator to ask. We'll post the answers to those questions and others as soon as we can get to a WiFi hotspot and post away. You've got until this Thursday morning to send in your questions, so ask away!

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To Mr. Moore and Mr. Eick:

In various interviews and podcasts, you've commented on how the collaborative nature of the show (giving members of the cast and production team room to be creative, improvise, and offer substantive input into the development of the story) is one of Battlestar's great strengths. I was hoping you could comment on any particular instances in which an idea or performance choice made by someone outside the writing staff has inspired you and the writers to take a story arc or character in a direction that you hadn't planned or might not otherwise have thought up.

To the actors:

One of the aspects of Battlestar that I love the most is how the characters have grown over several seasons; every character has changed a lot since the miniseries, and yet those developments all come across as believable and true to the core of the characters' personalities. What change or development in your character most surprised or challenged you?

To All:

What prop from the show would you most like to take home as a souvenir? Or, since shooting on Season 4 has wrapped, what stuff did you manage to snag before saying goodbye to the BSG sets?

July 20 2008 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ângelo Fernandes

I've one question for the writters of BSG.

It's really a need to know the final cylon?
Or the show can end without knowing who the final cylon is?
I think it will spice up things if in the end no character would know that, it will install an instable and paranoic enviroment; how could anyone live in peace considering that one day the last cylon could do anything against humanity?
To me, the last cylon would be kept in secret and every fan would create, of its own, his particulary story after the ending. Like and open ending...

July 17 2008 at 7:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

1.) Mr. Moore, congratulations for succeeding in taking a show I loved as a young man and reinventing it into a compelling and riveting drama for the ages. Caprica is now on the horizon and I was wondering...in your opinion, what will be the best reason to watch it?

2.) This question is for the 4 Battlestar actors. First, let me thank you for portraying such believable and heart felt characters and making Battlestar my favorite show EVER!
It has been said that all great actors take at least a small piece of each character they play with them through life. The four of you ARE definitely great actors...would any of you like to share what you will carry with you from your characters?

3.) For the "Battlestar" panel...I realize many people will forever link you to your work on Galactica. Some actors embrace the connection and make periodic Con visits while some don't so they aren't forever pigeon holed as any one character. Will we get to see any of you for years to come on the Con circuit in any capacity?

4.) Mr. Callis, your portrayal of Gaius Baltar is nothing short of Oscar worthy. Baltar is so complex. How challenging is it to play such a multi-faceted individual and how do you prepare for the many different emotions Baltar exhibits?

July 17 2008 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll ask a few questions. Pick the one, if any, that you like best.

I've noticed that head six has disappeared ever since Baltar has started to believe in the one true god without doubt. Will we see a return of head six and find out what she is exactly in the final ten episodes?

After BSG is completed and the final DVDs come out, are there any plans to go back and make a special edition series release? Something where we maybe get a few more extended episodes or possibly edit some of the two part episodes into one movie.

For the cast
Without giving anything away, can you tell us how this final stretch of episodes has effected you now that the show is coming to an end? Also, what was your reaction to the ending and how do you think the fans will respond to the finale?

I read on Bear McCreary's blog that he put together a documentary of the BSG concerts he put on in LA. He said he would try to find some way to release this documentary. Is there any chance we'll see this documentary as a future DVD extra, standalone DVD, or possibly even a a program that will air on Sci-Fi channel?

Thank you. Good night and good luck.

July 16 2008 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After all is said and done by the end of season 4, can any of you look back at your character's story arc and see foreshadowing or find any new understanding about your character's journey?

July 15 2008 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashoka Raza

To Ron Moore & David Eick,

Will Galactica's last episodes have a significant tie-in to the old series? In terms of actors, characters, or themes.

You previously talked about Dirk Benedict appearing as "God" to Gaius Baltar.

Then there are forum theories involving "beings of light", Richard Hatch being the final Cylon, or the possibility of other old series guest stars.

Thanks for considering the question,
Ashoka Raza

July 15 2008 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joseph Connell

Mr. Moore and Mr. Eick:

Do the closing R&D TV animations after each episode mean you guys regularly try to kill each other, or do you just argue a lot?

Mr Eick:

Do you have any idea how damned scary your sense of humor is (as your video-blogs routinely demonstrate)?

Mr Callis:

How emotionally and mentally difficult was it to portray someone as conflicted and unstable as Gaius Baltar?

Ms Sackhoff:

What aspects of the character of Starbuck would you say are your own creation?

To the panel:

Any advice for aspiring actors or writers?

July 15 2008 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mr. Moore,

first of all, it is my duty to congratulate you on changing Science Fiction television (and feature film) history forever. It is hard to find the words to praise Battlestar Galactica enough. Let me just say your show inspires us all to do great things.

Ok, onto my question for you (I have a million but I'll pick one to make life easy).

Q: I am most fascinated by the big picture of the Battlestar Galactica story. If my memory doesnt fail me, I remember you saying that the script for BSG changes constantly and that everything is pretty much developped as things go. But my question for you is, have you always had a very clear vision of what you wanted the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica to be and did you intend for a profound message to our world, seeing that the show spans just about every conceiveable challenge in our lives?

Thank you for your time, and may the Lords of Kobol bless you in all your future endeavors.

So Say We All!


July 15 2008 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Miriam Neigus

I have a couple questions for the folks at the BSG panel:

[For David Eick/Ron Moore]
1) Is there any chance that the video shown at the wrap party (we know about it from a poor quality leak onto YouTube), with Mary McDonnell in a blonde wig, and all the nostalgic filming moments, will be included in the season 4.5 DVD release? It seems like that would be a nice present for the fans.

[For anybody who wants to answer]
2) How much resolution can we expect the rest of the season (and the show) to bring to each character and their respective arcs or journeys?

July 15 2008 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ângelo Fernandes

For the BSG panel.
Considering all BSG history so far, how is it explained that N.6 appears on Baltar's head and Baltar in the N.6's ? And furthermore...on the 4th season Baltar himself appears in his own head.

July 15 2008 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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