BATTLESTAR GALACTICA & the UN LA Event

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I recently went to a BATTLESTAR GALACTICA event about “Television’s Role in Making Global Issues Relevant” in anticipation of the Emmy nominations. It was a small panel including Ronald D. Moore, David Eick, Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, UN Expert Craig Mokhiber (Deputy Director – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), and Steven Siqueira (Department of Political Affairs – Office of the US). Their visit to the UN in New York was such a success that they decided to have another event in Los Angeles.

It was really great to see people from Battlestar Galactica together, especially now that the show has ended. Which leads me to saying that I really hope this year will be the one for Battlestar Galactica to finally be nominated for some Emmys. It would be great for it to finally be recognized for what an amazing show it was, with really strong performances (stronger than a lot of other shows on TV).

But moving on to the panel. The conversation with the panel focused mostly on how Battlestar Galactica has been able to make people aware of and understand issues that the UN has been faced with for years. Turns out, the UN is a big fan of Battlestar Galactica and really admires what the show has accomplished.

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The conversation focused on issues we are facing today, and we got to see a few montages of Battlestar Galactica illustrating some of the points made, which reminded me why I loved the show so much.

There was also some talk of Caprica, which, if you haven’t seen the pilot yet, is about the creation of the cylon race and the lives of two powerful families, the Graystones and the Adamas (you can read our review for Caprica here). The show will also focus on the clash of two different points of view, the people that believe in one true God and the people that believe in a multitude of Gods.

Finally, we also got a sneak peek at The Plan, the Battlestar Galactica 2-hour movie event that will air on SyFy in the Fall. The Plan looks at the cylons’ point of view, what their masterplan was, and how they implemented it. Edward James Olmos, who directed the movie, promised that after watching The Plan, we’ll want to go back and watch Battlestar Galactica all over again.

And just so you know, the movie that will be shown on SyFy will only run 88 minutes, but the movie that will be released on DVD shortly after will have a running time of 2 hours and 6 minutes, so you might want to check out the DVD if you enjoy The Plan when it airs on TV.

Overall, it was a pretty nice evening and I really enjoyed listening to everyone’s opinions and takes on issues that affect all of us.