The search for Earth nears an end for the remaining humans and Cylons in the “Battlestar Galactica” series. With 10 episodes left, the fan base is strong and tighter than ever.
‘So say we all’ is one of many phrases known to BSG fans, who gathered at the premiere of the mid season’s finale, “Revelations,” at the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood on June 11.
President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), Number Six (Tricia Helfer) and Kara “Starbuck” Thrace (Katee Sackhoff) made appearances at the premiere and stayed to answer questions.
Fans in attendance asked questions varying from how the actresses felt about playing their characters, how they evolved throughout the series and changes from the original show.
The stars later announced that the prequel spin-off series, “Caprica,” is in production in Vancouver, British Columbia. The final episodes of the series are in production there as well.
Ronald D. Moore, the show’s creator, was also in attendance. Moore said the characters on the show are “misfits, screw-ups, and people who shouldn’t get a job; people like us.”
Julie Cotta, a 36-year-old Los Angeles resident, said “it would’ve been more awesome if they had just boys instead of the girls.”
As for the show, Cotta said, “the storytellers and characters are great.” The science fiction show is a filter of today’s world in an unobvious way, Cotta said.
Thirty-three-year-old Hollywood resident Steve Hanna, who enjoys BSG, said, “It’s crazy the sort of fan base you got here. I could’ve waited the 48 hours, not 50.1 hours, until it airs.”
Hanna said he is not a die-hard fan of the cable series, but planned to tease his brother with false details about “Revelations,” which aired on the Sci Fi Channel on June 13 at 10 p.m.
Mike Villegas, a 32-year-old Pasadena resident, awaited the airing of “Revelations” with other fans at the Arclight when he discovered it was a never-before-seen BSG episode.
“I didn’t know what they were doing,” Villegas said. “They could’ve shown the first episode and I would’ve come.”
“Battlestar Galactica” is a critically acclaimed cable show, but it has not won any Emmy Awards, nor have cast members been nominated for such awards.
The event, which was organized by the Los Angeles Times and Olay, was meant to showcase the science fiction series so as to garner Emmy Award nominations.
“Revelations” aired June 13 at 10 p.m. on the Sci Fi channel, and the BSG episode is available for viewing at the SCI FI Channel Web site.
Fans need not yell “frak” for missing it when it premiered on Friday.
While all of the Final Five have not been revealed, the episode ends on a shocking note because the Galactica crew finally reaches a goal that has driven the ship’s crew throughout the show.
Admiral William Adama (Edward James Olmos) delivers a dramatic performance in “Revelations” after an officer on the Galactica crew that he has trusted for 30 years betrays him.
William Blake, a 22-year-old Northridge resident, said he wants to know the identity of the last Cylon aboard the battleship.
Blake said he figures the last Cylon is Gaius Baltar (James Callis), a former scientist who helped the Cylons bring about the end of human life on Caprica.
“It makes sense that Baltar is the last toaster,” Blake said. “Baltar helped the Cylons destroy Caprica, he talked to a Cylon in his head for the longest time and they worshiped him for an entire season.”
“He’s their messiah,” Blake said.
Jenny Maylor, a 29-year-old North Hollywood resident, said she watches the show primarily because of the handsome leading men such as Callis and Jamie Bamber, who plays Lee Adama, a former Galactica pilot who has since aspired to higher positions of power.
Originally, the people of the Twelve Colonies of Caprica created Cylons – they are artificially intelligent robots – to be utilized as slaves and to fight human wars.
But the Cylons revolted and waged a war with humans that ended in a stalemate. The Cylons withdrew to a remote location in space for 40 years, only to disguise themselves as humans to attack the last Twelve Colonies. Some look like humans while others are bulky steel robots.
Only one battleship full of survivors escapes the attack, The Galactica, which journeys its way through the universe in search of a new home planet.
Along the way, the Galactica crew decides to make their home on a planet they name New Caprica, but the Cylons arrive and enslave them.
Though the crew eventually escapes the planet, it changes them forever.
BSG’s final season is about their renewed journey for a mythical planet called Earth, while they fight off their mechanical foes.