Wednesday June 11, 2008
The Cinerama Dome at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood, CA
Sponsored by The Envelope (Los Angeles Times) and the Sci-Fi Channel
They call Episode 10 “Revelations,” and between the screening itself, the cast members’ post-show banter and three pairs of gorgeous legs, it was a night with plenty of them.
After swearing the audience to a solemn oath of secrecy (Moore: “Repeat after me: “state your name” Audience: “state your name” Moore: “Very good”) Producer Ron Moore introduced the episode, which looked incredible projected on the world-famous Cinerama Dome, and sounded even better in HD Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.
The audience of fans, press, Guild members and BSG staff cheered wildly at the show opening, and erupted in laughter and applause throughout, totally enthralled with the spectacle and the giddy thrill of being the first to see how the first half of Season 4 would end.
And what an ending! For sheer “punch you in the gut” moments, it doesn’t quite approach the cylons arriving to occupy New Caprica, or the revelation of the Final Four; but it’s safe to say BSG fans will not be disappointed. Those who appreciate some stunning visuals (and who doesn’t?) will be especially content. The effects crew does some inspired work here, and it was a genuine privilege to see it on the really, really big screen.
Executive Producer/Writer Ron Moore
Actor Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin)
Actor Katee Sackhoff (Captain Kara “˜Starbuck’ Thrace)
Actor Tricia Helfer (Number Six)
L.A. Times Moderator Geoff Boucher
Bookended by Moore and the moderator, the three ladies sat in their dresses, legs crossed, looking fantastic. Sackhoff, McDonnell and Helfer could not have been more delightful as they answered questions from the moderator, press and fans. McDonnell was particularly compelling, offering insights about where she found inspiration for her unflinching portrayal of a woman dying of breast cancer.
True to the series, the Q&A session touched often on religion (Helfer fielded these questions with winning honesty, admitting that she sometimes approaches the writers to ask what the heck it is Number Six is saying on the show), Politics (McDonnell wittily displaying her continued support of Senator and recent Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton) and women’s garments (Sackhoff, looking scrumptious in her short pink dress, says the rubber flights suits the pilots wear on the show are “hell on Earth” to spend time in and decries the lack of a “pee zipper”).
Moore wrapped up the panel with an interesting fan question pertaining to the use of pop-cultural references in the series – references to Shakespeare, and how the cylons seem to be particularly fond of Bob Dylan; rather than merely dismissing these suppositions as a stylistic choice during the editing process, Moore replied cryptically:
“All will be revealed.”
Sackhoff Spills the Beans?
***Spoiler alert- sort of?***
Speaking of “revelations,” actress Katee Sackhoff may have shared a bit too much when answering a panel question about how she approaches the darker side of her character this season.
Sitting not 10 feet from (squirming?) show creator Ron Moore, Sackhoff started to talk about where Starbuck’s head is at right now, when she let slip this possibly juicy nugget:
“-she’s thinking she’s probably a cylon- That’s what my character is thinking, that’s not what I’m saying- I don’t know if maybe I said something I’m not supposed to there,” to which Moore paused and replied, “-Thaaaanks Kateeee”
Hmmm! The final cylon model revealed, or well-played red herring? You decide-
PARTIAL Q&A TRANSCRIPT
SACKHOFF on Starbuck: She’s exhausted. She’s been through a lot this season. She believes she’s died and then come back… She’s on an emotional rollercoaster – trying to figure out how she’s suppose to act so she won’t be suspected of being a cylon. She has no idea who she is and she’s asking herself questions like, “What makes you who you are?” and “How do you convince other people who you are and that you are human?”
MOORE: Dying is what makes you human – like Mary.
MCDONNELL: She takes you inside the depth of subconscious of the soul and it makes you wrestle with the demons. Even though her body is fading way, her nature is expanding, growing – this role allows a human to do that & it is a dignifying and honorable experience as an actor.
MODERATOR: Religion plays a role – What are the expectations this brings to you?
HELFER: I’m usually giving phrases of revelations. Personally, I’m spiritual, agnostic. I don’t know all the references in the script so I stick to it. It’s very challenging and has opened up my views – maybe explore a little bit.
MODERATOR: The show is rooted in reality – feels so close. How is it important to the show?
MOORE: That was our exact pitch. Naturalistic science fiction show. Get rid of the spandex suits, phones that look like phones, etc., and start with the characters as truthful as possible. Tell the story of real human beings & humanize them so that you’d care about them. So that you would say “that’s what would happen if you were in that situation.”
MODERATOR: How does the show affect your lives? Do you say “Frack?”
SACKHOFF: I like the real word still. I just say “F” now more and I’ve become aware of how much I cuss.
MODERATOR: What are the flight suits like?
SACKHOFF: Hell on earth. Horrible. It’s not spandex but rubber material – the only material that doesn’t retain heat or cool and doesn’t have ventilation whatsoever. Put them in rubber, put them in a box, give them water without a pee zip.
MODERATOR: It’s been wonderful to watch the relationship between Adama & Madame President.
MCDONNELL: This has been a great lesson of what people are capable of if they focus outside of themselves and end up joining hearts despite differences. Two people joining hearts – this has been thrilling after all the loneliness. Eddie (Edward James Olmos) is such a genius, it’s been so easy — so what’s not to love?
MODERATOR: What is the emotion of the cast now that it’s ending?
HELFER: It’s been a long year in a good way. We were all on set in Vancouver yesterday until midnight. We have one more month to film. The emotion comes from the 1st of everything – the 1st of the last read through. There were tears at the reading table. This is my first season so I don’t have any previous experience to compare this to so it has been very odd, great, sad feeling.
MCDONNELL: I concur. I felt adrenaline – that I now understand the entire saga. I got excited for the audience – I connected all the pieces together from all the episodes and was blown away by Ron Moore. It is phenomenal.
Go to Audience for Questions:
MOORE: The final 5 don’t have numbers and the number 12 is repeated but there is no direct correlation.
Question for SACKHOFF – What has been your favorite Starbuck role?
SACKHOFF: All for different reasons. It’s very fun to play the drunken renegade Starbuck- I like the swagger she gets. I enjoyed the captive role. Keith is a great actor.
The emotional side is very challenging – I very much enjoy that.
Question for MCDONNELL – Can I write in your name for President in November?
MCDONNELL: Only if Hillary Clinton is my VP.
Question for MOORE - Are there going to be new podcasts?
MOORE: (groan) There have been technical difficulties. In fact, I’ll be in the studio tomorrow to work on 2 and then 2 more with scotch & some smokes.
SACKHOFF: I want to join! That sounds like a good time!
MOORE: You’d enjoy it, Katee.
Question for MOORE on writing the finale
MOORE: Finally I cleared my head of the plot and realized, “It’s the characters, stupid!” Wrote that on the board in the writing room and that was the focus for the finale.
Don’t forget to watch the mid-season finale of Battlestar Galactica, “Revelations,” tonight, June 13, at 10pm on SciFi.