VIDEO: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ panel in L.A.

June 12, 2009 | 7:49 p.m.
Battlestar Galactica panel Mary McDonnell Edward James Olmos

 

There are some days when I think I have a dream job. Then there are other days when I know it. On June 4, I had the honor of moderating a panel devoted to the late, great “Battlestar Galactica,” and it ended up as such a sparkling affair that I’m still feeling the glow from it a week later.

One big reason was that the event aspired to be more than a promotional event for a television show or its Emmy fortunes (although the “Battlestar” cast and creators do dearly hope for major Emmy acknowledgment of their show, which is long overdue). This panel, at Hollywood & Highland, was a follow-up to the “Battlestar” event at the United Nations in New York and, like that March gathering, the goal was to delve into the human rights themes and subplots that were so essential to the show’s run, which began with a 2003 mini-series and culminated with the compelling series finale that aired March 10.

There were six guests on the panel: two visitors from the U.N., the two key creators behind the show and the two most celebrated cast members. In the picture below, that’s me you see on the far left, then (going in order, to the right) it’s Craig Mokhiber, deputy director of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights; Steven M. Siqueira, political affairs director of the Office of the U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs; Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, the executive producers and creators of the show; two-time Oscar-nominated actress Mary McDonnell, who portrayed Laura Roslin on “Battlestar”; and Edward James Olmos, also an Oscar-nominated actor and, as William Adama, the craggy patriarch of “Battlestar’s” tattered military family.      

Battlestar Galatica panel 2

 

There’s quite a bit of of video below. The clips speak for themselves and I hope you enjoy watching them. One last thing: At the event we also screened an amazing new trailer for “Battlestar Galactica: The Plan” and I can’t post it here on Hero Complex just yet, but check back and we’ll have it here for you real soon.

– Geoff Boucher

Photos: Zach Lipp


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Comments


4 Responses to VIDEO: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ panel in L.A.

  1. Ronnie says:

    Absolutely Brilliant! A visionary show with contemporary ideas and philosophical themes. The producers, cast, crew, directions and writers were, by far, intelligent, risk-taking and committed to entertain AND provoke. AMAZING.

  2. Tim W. says:

    Have all these people lost their minds? Some juvenile sci-fi TV show and everyone acts like it is the answer to world peace and harmony. Who needs President Obama at work when we have such a lameoid TV show? Will you all please grow up. This stuff is for children.

  3. Joseph says:

    Tim W.
    The very fact that you said this stuff is for children demonstrates your ignorance and the fact you never actually watched this show. Speak not on matters you know nothing about. Battlestar Galactica was not juvenile. It dealt with extremely mature issues like genocide, xenophobia, religious fundamentalism, tyranny, and was an allegory for 9/11, the war on terror, and the occupation of Iraq.

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