Battlestar's Ronald D. Moore on how his show will go out: in style

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Ronald D. Moore, co-executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, told SCI FI Wire that it was incumbent on him to deliver a series finale that closed out the series in style, tied up most of the dangling story threads, left a few people dead and pleased the longtime faithful. In other words, he didn't want to frak it up.

Speaking exclusively with SCI FI Wire at SCI FI Channel's upfront presentation for advertisers and the media last night in New York, Moore also stressed that the upcoming prequel series, Caprica, is a very, very different beast from Battlestar Galactica.

Following are edited excerpts from our exclusive interview. The two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica, "Daybreak, Part 2," will premiere on SCI FI this Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Were you personally ready to let Battlestar Galactica go, or did you think the show had another year in it?

Moore: I was ready to let it go creatively. I knew that the show had entered the endgame, and I knew that we were in the third act. It was time to wrap up the story. I wasn't emotionally ready to let it go, and I'm still not. It was a very important experience for me. I love it. I loved working on it. I loved the people I got to know. I loved the end product. I liked watching the show. I was a fan of the show. So it's hard to know that there's not more Galactica coming. But as a producer and as a writer, I'm very happy that we got to end it on our own terms.

Obviously you wanted to tie everything up in the last batch of episodes, but how important was it to get the finale right?

Moore: Oh, it was very important to get the finale right. When you walk out after any production—a movie, a play, a TV show, a book—the final chapter is what you remember the most. It's what you leave, the feeling that you leave with that creative piece of material that ultimately brings out and really informs how you feel about it overall. So it was really important to have the finale be meaningful and to have it work.

Let's move on to Caprica. Just how different will it be from Battlestar Galactica?

Moore: Caprica will be a very different show. It's not stylistically similar. It's not similar in the way that its stories are told. The mythology is different. We went out of our way to make sure that you didn't have to watch Galactica in order to enjoy Caprica. It's just really a different show, top to bottom.

It's also a different brand of SF than Battlestar Galactica, right?

Moore: It is a different kind of sci-fi. It's not action-adventure. We're not going to have the Cylons attacking every week, obviously. It's not space-based. It's on a planet. It's about family drama and politics, and it's an allegory for a lot of things that are happening in today's society. It's just a very different series.