Wed, 4 December 2013
Talking TV With Ryan And Ryan, Episode 85: Talking 'Battlestar Galactica' 10 Years Later With Ron Moore
Mo spoke with Ronald D. Moore, executive producer of Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica," on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the show's debut. We talked about the legacy of the show, the reaction to its finale, the difficulty of finales in general (he had some advice for Damon Lindelof of "Lost"), how the TV landscape is changing, what TV networks are still afraid of and what kinds of fare they're looking for, and the difficulty of telling TV stories with religious and political themes. We also discussed "Helix," a new Syfy thriller he's involved in, and his other new project, an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" for Starz.
Hope you enjoy this far-ranging discussion of the current state of TV and the impact "Battlestar Galactica" had on this galaxy (among others). By the way, if you're feeling nostalgic for all things Adama and Roslin, Mo covered "BSG" in depth while it was on the air. A lot of her coverage of the show can be found here (keep clicking "Next" at the bottom of the page to find older stories).
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This is Norm coming to you from FableShop.net. Once or so a year I feel the need to watch BSG again. Maybe twice. Three things. First, I know of no other TV show that used characters the way BSG did. Flawed is putting it politely. The easy way the admiral and the president go from nice to vicious. Never been done quite this way ever or since on TV. This is a BIG thing. Coming up with something unique for television is nearly impossible but Moore did it. Second. There is no bubblegum in this show. Zip. It's all drama. Outside of maybe some episodes of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits you can't point to another example. No unmeant silliness in the entire run. By that I mean..there was a very little humor, but we laughed with the actors...not at them. And third. What I did not hear asked in the interview was, "Who is God?" Just so happens that I'm constantly astounded that so few, if any ever caught on. In the BSG universe Ron Moore is God. The very last scene of Baltar and 6 reveals that when F. Baltar says something like, "You know how he hates that." The "he" they are referring to is Moore for heaven's sakes. In a Twilight Zone sort of way all authors are a god to their characters. Think about it. Glad I could shed a bit of light. See ya'll over on my digs. Ya'll stop by. Your constant fan, Norm