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Comic-Con 2008: SCI FI’s “Battlestar Galactica” Panel

UPDATED ON JULY 29 AT 4:00pm: TV Squad has put up their report on the panel.  Read it at this link.  Also, has put up the video of the panel which you can check out at this link.

Cast members Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Katee Sackhoff, Michael Trucco and surprise guests Jamie Bamber and Tahmoh Penikett were at the panel for Battlestar Galactica, as well as Ronald D. Moore and writer/co-producer David Eick. Here are some highlights come from /Film, Maureen Ryan and IGN.

First up, a trailer was screened, here’s a summary of what was shown via /Film (click here to read IGN’s summary of the trailer):

It started off with clips from the previous seasons. Then about half way through, we started to see BS crew and Cylons on a destroyed earth. And at one point Starbuck saying “Isn’t there away out of here”. Producer David Eick, talked about how the first couple of episodes will focus on the crew having to deal with terrible living conditions. They want to leave the place they dreamt about living for so long. As the trailer continued, we saw extremely quick flashes of scenes of this season, one with President Roslyn asking Commander Adama if he was a Cylon, and the next clip showing the Commander in the airlock of BSG with a white cloth over his eyes, looking into the camera. It looked like someone or something was defiantly going to execute him and it’s either a Cylon or human doing the death sentence.

Some other things  we noticed in the trailer included:

Starbuck and Apollo making out.
Adama and Roslin making out as well
The Final Four next to ruins.
Apollo in a cell crying: “just kill me”

The trailer ended with showing various cast members holding guns as well as shooting them. Some battles on Earth, others on Galatica. After viewing the trailer, we can 100% confirm that the season won’t take place entirely on Earth.

And now to the panel highlights:

  • Ronald D. Moore offered this clue about who the final Cylon is: “It’s someone you’ve seen before,” Moore said. “It won’t be a guest star, it will be somebody who has graced your television screen on our program before.”
  • In the final set of 10 episodes, there’s “a tremendous amount of upheaval” and “things aren’t pretty” among the human survivors who’ve arrived on Earth, Moore said.
  • When asked if she was the final Cylon, Sackhoff gave the following response:”I cannot confirm nor deny if I am alive or dead, the final Cylon or not [in the series finale], only that Kara finds peace at the end.”
  • Helfer told the crowd that, in the finale, she “gets to shoot some guns,” and that Six’s last scene with Gaius involved a lot of “guns, running.” It wasn’t revelaed whether they wre shooting at each other or someone else, but she described filming the ending of BSG as “like being in Apocalypse Now”.
  • All the panelists agree that when they read the script for the finale, it was the only way for the show to end: “The ending is a perfect way to finish the show. Does everyone and everything justice,” Tahmoh “Helo” Penikett said. “There is a lot of closure, and still some questions left.”