‘Battlestar Galactica': Ronald D. Moore on its political edge [video]

June 06, 2014 | 1:09 p.m.
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"Battlestar Galactica" actor Jamie Bamber, left, his wife, Kerry Norton, actor Edward James Olmos, actress Mary McDonnell and creator and writer Ronald D. Moore during the 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood on Saturday. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

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From left, "Battlestar Galactica" creator Ronald D. Moore, actor Edward James Olmos, Hero Complex editor Gina McIntyre, actress Mary McDonnell and actor Jamie Bamber on stage during a tribute to the series at the 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood on Saturday. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

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"Battlestar Galactica" creator and writer Ronald D. Moore, left, answers questions as actor Edward James Olmos listens during the 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood on Saturday. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

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Mary McDonnell and Jamie Bamber discuss their work on "Battlestar Galactica" during the 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

“Battlestar Galactica” executive producer Ronald D. Moore said that the political realities of a post-9/11 world were very much at the forefront for him when shaping the series.

“It was extremely important to me that the show was relevant to our time, that it was commenting on our time, that it was asking hard questions about it, and that it was asking the audience to sort of challenge your ideas about peace and freedom and security and liberty,” said Moore, speaking at the fifth annual Hero Complex Film Festival.

“The show was going to be something dealing with the pulse of what we were going through as a nation,” he said.

Taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off a weekend of programming with a free fan event on May 30 celebrating “Battlestar Galactica,” which also featured a free screening of the 2003 “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries. The three-hour special rebooted the franchise and provided the foundation for the acclaimed 2004-09 program that chronicled the efforts of a band of survivors to find a new home planet after a devastating attack by a race of beings called Cylons nearly eradicated humanity.

Moore was joined onstage by actor Edward James Olmos, who played Adm. William Adama, actress Mary McDonnell, who played President Laura Roslin, and Jamie Bamber, who played Lee “Apollo” Adama, for an in-depth Q&A.

“It was important to me that the show just asked you questions and challenged your assumptions, and if you came out of the end of that experience with your beliefs confirmed, fine,” Moore said during the panel. If you came of that experience with your beliefs challenged, then that was great, too. I just wanted you to think for 45 minutes.”

Watch the clip above to hear what else Moore and the actors had to say, and look for more video from this conversation and others from the festival soon.

– Jevon Phillips

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One Response to ‘Battlestar Galactica': Ronald D. Moore on its political edge [video]

  1. boraxo says:

    "watch the clip above" – what clip? There's a slideshow of four stills, no video.

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