With a special video recounting the pop culture influence of Battlestar Galactica with clips of everything from The Simpsons to Portlandia to The Office, most of the Battlestar Galactica cast reunited in Ballroom 20 of San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday afternoon.
Executive Producers Ron Moore and David Eick along with cast members Tricia Helfer, Mary McDonnell, Grace Park, Michael Trucco, Tahmoh Penikett and Aaron Douglas to fondly remember the show that is still so loved by fans.
Moore and Eick recounted difficulties in convincing fans the show's reboot would be something worth watching. Both Moore and star Katee Sackhoff received mail from angry fans. And after an early screening, Moore says there were boos. But Richard Hatch jumped in to ask that Moore be given a chance. And by the second San Diego Comic-Con appearance (the first after the show began airing), Moore said he knew they had something special.
And it's clear when they're together on stage that the cast is a family. They laugh and poke fun at each other. Aaron Douglas is the comedian of the group and apparently learned he was a Cylon way before he was supposed to. He recounted a story of seeing some outline pages laying around and sneaking a look -- even resorting to hiding in the bathroom with the pages under his shirt to avoid being caught. But even after stealthily discovering Chief was a Cylon, he couldn't tell anyone.
Tricia Helfer knew she was a Cylon from day one. Although the only other back story she was given was "the machine is woman." Grace Park didn't know her Cylon status and admitted that once she started having to play so many different characters, it got understandably "confusing."
When Tahmoh Penikett got the call he was returning after the mini-series, he couldn't contain his excitement, which also carried onto set where he "couldn't wipe the grin off [his] face." Mary McDonnell discussed developing her character Laura Roslin, who ultimately became President, forcing her to make difficult decisions ... which Mary said led to a feeling of "isolation."
Captain Adama himself Edward James Olmos popped in via video (he's in Spain) to thank fans for their loyalty and again at the end for a "So say we all" in honor of Richard Hatch (who unexpectedly died in February).
Fan questions ranged from "What's your favorite fight scene of the series?" They agreed it was Six versus Starbuck. When asked who Michael Trucco would want on his Pyramid team from the cast, he chose James Callis (Gaius Baltar), who was sadly absent from the panel. Trucco also admitted that no one knows how to play the fictional game of Pyramid so they all made it up as they went.
And what do they wish they could've done on the show that they didn't? Tricia Helfer wishes she could've said "Frak!" just once and David Eick likes to imagine the world if different characters had been Cylons.
What would it look like if they were doing the show today? Moore says the show was based on issues of that period in time (2004-09) and so now it would look much different, though they'd still focus on drawing parallels between current events and doing it in an interesting way.