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Ronald D. Moore and David Eick Conference Call
Written by Helen A. Lee   
Friday, 30 January 2009

On January 6, 2009, Battlestar Galactica's producers / creators Ronald D. Moore and David Eick did a conference call with the fans. Helen Lee cleaned up the transcript of that call so it reads much better. They talk extensively about the last leg of Battlestar Galactica's fourth and final season, about ending it all, Caprica, the new Battlestar Galactica movie The Plan and their future plans.

Hello and welcome to the Battlestar Galactica conference call. At the request of the SCI FI Channel this call is being recorded for instant replay purposes. A transcript of the call is also being made. With us on today's call from Battlestar Galactica are Ron Moore and David Eick. Also on the call are Maureen Granados and Bill Brennan of the SCI FI Channel.

 

;Battlestar Galactica 2003 producer / creator Ron Moore       Battlestar Galactica 2003 producer / creator David Eick

Battlestar Galactica 2003 producers / creators Ron Moore and David Eick

 

I'm so excited to talk to both of you. I'm so pumped for the last season of Battlestar Galactica to begin. And I wanted to know what are you guys most proud about, about the way that the series ended?

David Eick: I would have to say that I'm probably most proud of the fact that I think we were able to answer most of the questions that we had raised over the years. And to resolve most of the mysteries and the grander questions of the show, and also at the same time give a resolution to all the character arcs. And to wrap it all up by the end. I think you'll find that we don't save everything until the last episode. We start answering questions along the way, and that over the course of these last 10 we bring a conclusion to a lot of things that we had set up over the years.

Ron Moore: Yes, I would add that it's so rare that you get to end things in the way that you intended. There are myriad details of course that changed and shifted. But we talked about ending the show this way, I think, two years ago. And just the idea that we were able to actually dovetail it in that direction is very satisfying.

So I just want to ask you, I mean I know you're not going to want to give away any good secrets, unfortunately for us - or fortunately. But how did you feel about the way the season ended? I mean with the way the series ends? I mean what does it do for you as a writer and a producer? And what does this show mean to you?

Ron Moore: I would say I found it very satisfying. I mean I was very pleased with the way that the show ended creatively and personally. It just feels like we've completed the piece. And now to be able to step back a little bit and look at it from beginning to end, I feel good about the complete story that is "Battlestar Galactica." And so there's just a tremendous amount of satisfaction in doing it. Creatively and on a personal level it's just been a tremendous experience. It's easily been the highlight of my career. And the people that I've gotten to know and the cast and the crew and the production staff mean the world to me. I was just very proud of all the people I worked with. And very proud of what we were able to put on the screen.

David Eick: It's also I think telling that the show has provided such a great professional springboard for both of us. We don't tend to talk about that as much. But the reality is I started writing on this show. I hadn't been a writer prior to it. Ron started directing. Both of us have had doors opened for us, and met people I don't think we ever would have met in the industry, and have gotten some opportunities that will probably continue for some time. That's no small thing. You know, it's hard to find those situations - that kind of fertile topsoil. And this show really - beyond just the show itself - has meant a great deal to us, I think, in terms of our future.

And so just a follow up question. Why should fans tune in? Of course, they probably already couldn't be kept away, but why should we tune in? What are we going to get?

Ron Moore: Well, I mean, why finish the end of the book? You've come this far. Don't you want to see how it all turns out? I mean, that seems like the most fundamental reason to watch the end. And it really is the end. It's the conclusion of their stories. It's what happening - happened to them, finally. You know, where did they end up and under what circumstance? And who made it and who died? And who's the last Cylon and sort of what did it all mean? I mean, if you've been a fan of the show at all up until now why wouldn't you want to watch how it all concludes?

Hi. This kind of follows up on something David mentioned a moment ago. It's a two-part thing. A, what's in the future for both of you? And B, what's the latest on Caprica?

Ron Moore: Well, we both have various projects under way. Caprica has been picked up for a full season. We start shooting that probably in July. We're putting the writing staff together now and the crew, and just staffing up and getting ready to go. We'll start breaking stories probably in February or maybe even as soon as the end of this month, kind of depending when all the pieces go together. We have a game plan of sort of what the general story line is and sort of some direction. So we're not starting completely from scratch. So things are well in hand. In Caprica we feel really good about that. And beyond that, I've got some future things in development and am sort of waiting to see what will happen with Virtuality, which is a pilot at Fox. And I'll let David speak for himself.

David Eick: Nothing really, I'm going to shoot some pool. Try to do a lot of drinking. No, there's a lot, as I said. We both have deals at Universal. So there's a pretty active development slate for both of us in terms of pilots. There are two at NBC right now that I have that are in serious contention, and various and sundry things elsewhere. So it's an act of time. But I think our focus, our most primary focus right now is Caprica because that really is the next at bat.

Hi. Just speaking of Caprica I was wondering, how is that story? I know it's a prequel that takes place 50 years before. But how is it going to tie into the mythos of what we learned throughout Battlestar Galactica? And how much will you have to know about Battlestar Galactica to appreciate Caprica?

Ron Moore: They'll certainly tie in. But we set out deliberately to set up Caprica in a way that you didn't have to see Battlestar. I think you could literally watch the pilot to Caprica without seeing a frame of film on Galactica and you would get it. And you could invest in that story completely on its own and just go from there. Because we wanted it to stand as its own project and we didn't want you to have to study up on Battlestar in order to enjoy Caprica.

And just a quick follow up. There are questions remaining and hopefully they'll be answered in these final episodes. But how do you answer them without making it feel perfunctory?

Ron Moore: Oh, well I didn't say it wouldn't be perfunctory.

David Eick: I was going to say, who said it wouldn't be perfunctory?

Ron Moore: Yes, what are you talking about? Some if it will just be on a crawl in the end credit, by the way, in case you were wondering.

Well, that's the trick of doing it. The first decision was not to try to answer every single thing in the last episode. Because then the last episode just becomes a running tally of oh and there's this question, and oh and there's that question and so and so, and so and so. There were certain things that would be raised naturally earlier in the story line, and then you could deal with them on a case-by-case basis. And you just wanted each revelation and each answer to have its own moment in the sun, and not to make everything a giant mystery. And to let it proceed organically. It was a bit of a trick. But it didn't seem like it was too burdensome as we went through it. It felt natural. And as we broke out the last 10 episodes there seemed like there were natural places where we could explain this. And oh, that revelation can go here. And oh ,we'll fill this detail in there. And we'll still save these pieces for the end.

Hi guys. Thanks for doing this. The thing I'm wondering, and this goes back to an answer that you gave a little earlier. Battlestar Galactica is in essence a science fiction novel, a complete novel, with a beginning, middle and end. And that's only ever been done once before with a show called Babylon 5. So I'm just wondering what is your feeling on being essentially a historical event in terms of TV history?

David Eick: I don't know. My mind's a blank.

Ron Moore: Yes, it's just, this is just the show that we work on. I tend to sort of think of it just as a show that David and I put on for our friends and family and for the cast members. I mean it's just our show. And I'm always surprised when anybody watches the damn thing, you know. This is the idea that it's something larger. It's sort of, "Well, that's interesting." But I don't know - I'm not really emotionally connected to that idea.

David Eick: We try not to, I mean I think both of us have a tendency to be pretty pragmatic anyway. You know, we like to keep normal hours. We don't like a lot of drama in our life. We like to have a happy group of people working together. There's not a lot of Hollywood hysteria. I think along with that comes a certain pragmatism in how we look at the work. It is a job. It's a lot of hard work. It's long hours. It's a lot of sweat. And if you try to take a step back from it and say to yourself, "Look at us, we're making Peabody Award-winning work," or "Gee, aren't we special," I think you lose your way. So we try to keep our nose to the grindstone. I think it will probably be a couple years before we're able to step back and assess it with any kind of objectivity.

Yes, so you're too close to the project to really look at it from that perspective as yet?

David Eick: Yes.

I was just curious with the final four, what can fans expect for the remainder of the series?

Ron Moore: Well, they'll certainly be heavily into the story line. What can I tell you about that? I mean, with the discovery of Earth and the discovery of what Earth is, it certainly throws everyone's lives into question. And I think where we wanted to get to at the midseason break was, what if you took everyone's fondest hope and dream away from them? Then what happens to these people? So the final four are sort of in the same boat with everyone else. And that's they're having to sort of re-evaluate - "Well, where do we go from here? And what does this mean for us?" I guess, most profoundly for the final four is, "What are our specific origins? How did we come to be? What is our relationship with the rest of the Cylons? And what does this all mean for us specifically?" And those story lines will definitely play out in a very large way over the last 10 episodes.

Okay. Now speaking of the Cylons, when we get into Caprica, how do you think the fans will receive the whole Cylon thread? Considering that we already know how that pans out in the future?

Ron Moore: Well, hopefully they view it as is intended, which is a period piece. You know, we're doing a period piece. And in any period piece you know what lies in the future - if you're doing Madmen, you know the '60s are a-coming. And you know that that whole world is going to collapse. If you're doing a World War II piece, you know the Nazis are going to lose. But you still are able to tell fascinating and compelling stories as periods. And I think that's what we're doing for this as well. I mean that's at least the intent.

Okay, as you guys are coming up on the finale, is there a sense of relief, sadness, excitement?

Ron Moore: All of the above.

David Eick: Yes.

Also, why did you choose to end it now like instead of drawing it out over a few more years? Like was there pressure from Scifi (Channel) for you guys to keep it going?

Ron Moore: The truth is we both just have too much money.

David Eick: Yes.

Ron Moore: I just don't know what to do with all the money I have so, you know.

I wish I had the same problem. I just had one more quick thing about The Plan. Like what's the status of The Plan? Will that air between the finale? How does that fit in?

Ron Moore: I don't know that we have an air date for The Plan yet. And I don't know that we have an air date for Caprica yet. So I think those are probably up to Scifi. The Plan has been completed. It's shot. It's being edited. I haven't seen the cut yet. But it is done. Or it's in the can, as it were. And I don't know what their plans are for air dates yet.

Okay. One more quick thing: Ron, are you still involved with The Thing?

Ron Moore: Yes.

What's the status on that?

Ron Moore: Just working on some rewrites. And no, it hasn't been green-lit or anything bigger then that. Futures just run on their own pace. Much slower than the TV pace. I'm working on a rewrite of the draft right now. And they still like it and everyone's still happy. We'll just kind of wait and see when and if it happens.

Okay so you're just going to bounce back and forth between Caprica and that.

Ron Moore: Yes.

So I'm just curious about your intentions with these like Webisodes and the clues on the Scifi site. I mean how much can viewers glean there? Will it ever be much more than what's shown on television?

Ron Moore: I think there are things that are not on TV, on the Web site certainly. Everything from deleted scenes to the Webisodes to podcasts and behind-the-scenes video blogs, and there's a wealth of extra material. I think we've designed it so that there is enough material there that you could go and enjoy. But it's not going to give away the store. It was very carefully thought out so that you couldn't just go to the Web site and discern all the remaining mysteries. But you could certainly get a leg up. And you could sort of explore the universe a little deeper and understand things on a different level.

Well, it's interesting you say that because of the Webisodes - I know on the Internet I've seen all the way through 10, except for one particular one that wasn't leaked. Do you know anything about that? I mean, people are speculating it's intentional?

Ron Moore: Of Webisode 10?

Webisode 9. Ten has actually been leaked out.

Ron Moore: Oh really?

Yes.

Ron Moore: No, I haven't, to be honest I haven't tracked that very closely. I don't think it's a deliberate stratagem.

Well, that just goes to show that how paranoid people are on the Internet. And I was just wondering if you monitor the Web sites to see what those people are saying?

Ron Moore: I have a habit of going and monitoring Web sites on the night that a new episode airs. I'll surf around a few Web sites just to kind of pick up fan reaction. I get a kick out of seeing message boards entries as the show is on the air. I'll put a couple windows up on my computer and watch live reactions to people as they get to act breaks. I think that's enjoyable. And receive some reviews and kind of see what the general tenor of it is. But I don't monitor it very closely beyond that.

Have you ever read a theory you think that somebody got right?

Ron Moore: Oh sure. Yes, there are theories out there of things, of guesses about different parts of the mythology or different revelations that are spot on. Fortunately they're buried with so many other bad ideas that you just leave them alone. But I don't know that I've seen anyone who's nailed the whole thing. Or anyone who's gotten exactly what the show is going to be at the end or anything.

David Eick: Yes usually the most vociferous and intensely felt theories are the ones that are furthest off.

Ron Moore: Yes. Yes, those are always my favorite, the ones that are really adamant about it. Like, oh really?

So how long are we going to have to wait for the biggest mysteries? You know, the final Cylon?

Ron Moore: Oh well, that - all I will tell you is that it is not in the final episode.

Okay. I think that would make a lot of people happy actually just hearing that much.

Ron Moore: Yes, it is not the last frame or the last shot or anything like that.

My last question is one of the things that interests me about Battlestar Galactica is that it's really the most religious show on television. Meaning that religion is such an important subject on the show. And I'm just wondering how did this get woven into the story? I mean it must be deliberate because when you think of science fiction shows they usually just don't even touch any of those themes.

David Eick: Do you want to tell them the Michael Jackson story?

Ron Moore: Yes. It came very early on - the first draft of the mini-series and there was just a line in it, in a scene with Number 6 and Baltar where she said to him "God is Love." when I wrote it I didn't really know what it meant. But I thought it was an interesting thing for a robot to say. And I just kind of liked it and kept it in there. And when we got notes back from the network there was an executive at the time named Michael Jackson who really liked it, and said, "This is a really interesting idea. You already have certain things going on with Al Qaeda and religious fundamentalism that are sort of thematic into the piece if you go further in this direction." And I thought, "Well, hell, I'm not going to get the note to have more religious content on the show very often." And I just went for it. And then it, but it just played, it was also very organic. It played into things that were already inherent in the show. There were a lot of terms, you know, taken from the Greek gods and the Roman gods that were already in the show. And it felt natural to then make the colonials polytheists and then, you know, if Number 6 says the God, singular, is love, it made her a monotheist. And then I thought, "Well, that's fascinating already" - the monotheists versus the polytheists and the humans are the polytheists. And it just all became a really fascinating blend of ideas.

Hey guys. Love the show of course. Of these last 10 episodes would you say that overall there - if it's a definite kind of end to the series? Or is it an open-ended ending to the series in overall tone? Are there questions we'll still have when we're done? Will that be the end of it all and we can all go home without any question marks in our heads?

Ron Moore: I think it's pretty definitive.

David Eick: It's pretty much over.

Ron Moore: Yes, I mean this is it. This is the end of the story. I think that there might be some things that are still somewhat ambiguous or you might want to think about more that are not spelled out in bold letters, but by and large I'd say the vast majority of the questions will have been answered. They may not be satisfying answers, but they will be answers.

But they'll be answers, okay, awesome. And just a quick Caprica question, originally there was some talk that they were just creating a stand-alone two-hour movie based off the best script. Which kind of implied that they'd air that two hours and then do a series. At this point is it all going to air together in sequence as a series? Or would we see the already-shot pilot beforehand do you think?

Ron Moore: I don't know that they've made a call on that yet.

I'm a huge fan of the show. And a lot of our readers are wondering, how did you choose who the final five Cylons would be? Was it like picking a name out of a hat? Or did you have it from the very beginning?

Ron Moore: I think David has a dartboard and we...

David Eick: The answer is, it was a little of both.

Ron Moore: Yes, it was a little of both. I mean the final four came up literally in a moment in a writer's room where we were struggling with the end of season three and trying to figure out certain things. And I just said, because it was all about the trial of Baltar, and we had always set that up to be the end of the season. The structure was working fine, but it just didn't seem to satisfy. And it didn't quite seem as big an idea to me. I said, "I just wish that we had some bigger revelation here." And I just got this image of four of our people walking from different areas of the ship and all ending up in one room together. And they all close the doors and they look at each other. And they say, okay, we're Cylon. And then we just reveal four of them, you know, in one fell swoop. And everyone was kind of taken a back in the moment. Then the more we talked about it, it just became "Well, why not. Why don't we really do that?" And then we just talked about who those final four would be with an idea of holding out the last one for the last season.

And then settling on the last one: we kind of had a good idea going into the last season who the final Cylon was, but we were willing to look at other candidates and see who it could be and which one makes the most sense in the mythology. Ultimately we stuck with the original choice because it just made the most sense in terms of the history of the show and what it means for the characters.

So during the reveal, "All Along the Watchtower" of course was playing. Does that song have any significance to you particularly or to the story? Or how did you choose that as their signal?

Ron Moore: I had personally been obsessed with the song for a while. I just thought it was a fascinating song and the lyrics, and I had wanted to work it into a project of mine since, you know, for the last several years. In fact, I wanted to do a whole Roswell episode about it. So it was just sort of always in the back of my mind, and as we started talking about music and using music as a trigger, I just immediately said, "Oh and it has to be ‘All Along the Watchtower.'" And everybody kind of laughed. Then I just was very much dogged about it, and kept going and then we got the rights. And that became the song.

I know that watching the series I kind of just want to watch it all at once. Is there a particular reason why you split up the season into two parts? Or is that just something that you had in mind of doing the whole time?

Ron Moore: It's pretty much Scifi. I mean it's really been more about their scheduling and when they want to air the episodes. We just got used to building in a midseason cliffhanger. And then left it up to them about how long the break in between the 10th and the 11th episode would be each year.

So this is definitely very painful.

Ron Moore: Yes, yes. I gathered that. People have made that very clear to me, I mean.

You know, we've heard a lot of rumors. And obviously we're not looking for a spoiler here. But we've heard a lot of rumors about a very, very dark ending. How dark can we get?

Ron Moore: I don't know, is there a limit?

David Eick: Compared to where we are now I mean.

Ron Moore: Yes, exactly.

David Eick: You know, I don't think either of us have ever entirely understood that word. It's funny, we had a kind of a controversial debate very early on in the show's birth, the first season, about wanting to see more people, the society at large, and people coming, going on. Figuring out ways to still enjoy life despite their desperate straits. And the one thing we disagreed with, that note or that impulse, but to Ron and I it just seemed that, okay, so if you show people celebrating and then suddenly something blows up, isn't that worse than just having the thing blow up? So I just think that it's a kind of chic word to use in TV analysis because people like to analyze whether or not dark works on TV or doesn't work on TV. And I just think it's such a subjective word. I don't know if you would characterize the ending as dark or not. I would venture to say no. But certainly we've said no emphatically before, and had people look at us like we were insane, so it's in the eye of the beholder.

Obviously with all the scheduling difficulties and, between the writers' strike and everything else, that must have had a large effect on the decisions that you made regarding the story itself. Number one, is that the case? And number two, has it affected the way you would look at writing going forward?

Ron Moore: Oh, I don't know if it's affected much going forward. I don't think I took any grand lessons from it except that - well, maybe I did. I'd say the one thing is that I took from the break from the writers' strike was that there is a need every once in a while to stop and take a breath and be sure you like where you're going. Because we had structured out the end of the show, the last 10 episodes, and had locked them in and had begun writing some drafts, and we were working actively on them when the strike hit. But over the course of the strike it gave me a chance to pause and reflect and think that I just wasn't satisfied with some of the directions we were going. When the strike was over we gathered the staff together and right off the bat and said, you know what, I had some time and I think we're making a mistake with a couple of these story lines, so let's go back and let's re-break them and revisit them. And I was very happy for that.

And maybe the lesson going forward is just, you know, just that. Every once in a while take a time out, even though you think that there's this relentless pace that you have to maintain. And you're afraid to start over again. Sometimes it's worth it. I'm ultimately very happy that we did have that break and I did get a chance to re-visit some of those ideas, and I think we have a stronger story as a result.

I'm glad to hear we're getting what you feel is the best ending.

Ron Moore: Yes. I think for good or for bad. I think this is, in my opinion, the best ending.

My question is regarding the length of the final episodes. There's been some mention as to possibly increasing these beyond just the finale itself. Have you been able to nail that down to an actual number of episodes that are going to be longer, or is this going to be all of them?

Ron Moore: Well, I'm not sure - essentially the finale, the last story, is three on-air hours. It's not in runtime. But, you know, if you cut it up into three it would be three episodes. I think the intention is to show them all at once on the last night. I think there's still scheduling issues about, they might show one episode - they're still playing around with the actual air schedule of it, about how they program those three hours. But it is my understanding there will be at least one showing of all three of them together. That means that overall there are 10 episodes, with the 10th episode being three parts. I mean it's all confusing of how you break it down. That's essentially how it is. There are 10 stories left, let's put it that way.

Got you. And the other episodes are going to be the standard one-hour episodes?

Ron Moore: Yes.

Okay. One other question I had for Ron was the transition that you're going to be going through from Battlestar Galactica to Caprica the series, being more of a period piece. How does that affect you as a writer, just kind of dealing with the thematic transition of that?

Ron Moore: Oh it's challenging. You know, it's a different thing. We set out to do a very different show. You have to go back and start over. It's a new cast of characters, new people, new story line. You can't just go on a glide path and say okay, let's just keep doing what we're doing. We know what this is all about because in this case we don't. This is a different feel. It's a different style. It's a different method of storytelling. It's a different group of characters. It's a different mood. I mean everything about Caprica was designed specifically to not repeat what we had done in Galactica. So now it's a challenge. Now it's about wow, okay now, its back to square one. We have to sort of re-invent this, and we have to really make it work. And, you know, there are no guarantees that people will accept it. We have to really rise to the challenge.

I was just wondering, if you were re-imagining, I suppose, if Battlestar Galactica were to be re-made in 30, 25 years time, what would you least want someone to change about what you created?

David Eick: Oh God, I have no idea. I would hope that they just come in and, you know, use their own best judgment. If you're going to re-invent, if somebody was going to do a new take on this version of "Battlestar Galactica," you know, I'd want it to be fresh. I'd want them to do what I did when I approached the old series, which was to just go in and take no prisoners and say, "Okay, I'm going to keep what works and I'm going to discard what doesn't, and this is what we're going to set out to do." Personally, I would feel honored if someone does want to do that. It says that then you've created something that has stood the test of time and that people are still interested in it, and people want to continue to tell stories in this universe, and they're interested in these characters. And they want to keep trying to explore different aspects of the show that we weren't able to explore.

And is there any chance you might end with a fade to black, a cut to black?

Ron Moore: Well if it hadn't been done...

Sorry to keep asking about "Caprica." But, you know, we're all very excited about that as well as the remaining episodes of Battlestar. I was just wondering if you could comment on, with "Battlestar" you were writing it for the most part with a distinct ending in mind - a definite ending. With Caprica you mentioned how you're trying to keep it different from Battlestar. So in that sense, are you trying to keep this ending more loose and open-ended?

Ron Moore: Well right now we're nowhere near even thinking about what the end of Caprica is. And that's kind of the way it was with Battlestar, although I guess with Battlestar we always kind of knew that eventually you were going to have to find Earth or not. With Caprica I guess we sort of have the same challenge in that we know that there's a war looming ahead of them. And the destruction of their entire race is looming ahead of them. But, you know, that's 50 years away. And I suppose the show could run 50 years.

David Eick: Or at the end of that three we could just cut to 50 years later.

Ron Moore: Yes, 50 years later. But we haven't had any discussions on what the end of Caprica is.

Okay. And as for the characters, I mean do you find that you're trying to also keep them very different from Battlestar's characters? I don't know if you can mention any examples.

Ron Moore: Well, they are different. I mean I would say that there's probably going to be similarities only in that the way we like to do characters, and the way we like to make them ambiguous and challenging and surprising. That still matters to David and I a lot. And so we will continue to try to do that. But I don't know that there's any particular stand-in for any of the Battlestar characters. I don't think, "Oh, here's their version of Starbuck and here's Caprica's version of Helo or anybody." It's just its own thing.

David Eick: I mean there's a character, for example, who is Esai Morales's brother who in the realization of the pilot turned out really fantastically. The actor was sensational. And I remember thinking, as we were looking at it, this is another great character. And there's no one even remotely like this on Battlestar. So I think that there's always going to be a, hopefully if we're lucky, a distinction - a distinctive quality to the characters. But I do think that they will all feel very different and apart from those you've come to know from Battlestar. I don't think there's the Tigh guy, for example, or the Tyrol guy.

And I'm sorry, just one quick question. Ron, having worked on Star Trek in years past, were there any lessons that you took home from those spinoff series that you're now able to apply to Caprica as a spinoff of the Battlestar universe?

Ron Moore: Probably first and foremost that you don't try to repeat the formula. You know, I questioned at the time - after Deep Space Nine when they developed Voyager, and then subsequently Enterprise. Both those projects felt too similar to Next Generation and to the original series for me. And I felt that Deep Space Nine was the way to do a spinoff series of an existing franchise, where you really are doing a very different show. It's a different format. It's a different feeling. And the Deep Space Nine station lent itself to continuing stories. The Next Generation was episodic. I mean they were just very different animals. And I felt that it was more creatively satisfying to do that instead of doing a spinoff that just felt like a different version of the mother ship. And so that definitely informed the process as we went into Caprica.

Hi guys. There's a lot of talk about Caprica. And I really wanted to know because there was some success with Razor. And most definitely will be with The Plan. Do you think that there will be any more opportunities for a prequel for Battlestar and for Caprica you know, movie offshoots?

Ron Moore: Don't know about Caprica. Haven't even thought about that direction. I don't know that there's really any opportunity to do more Battlestar pieces. We've struck the set. You know, I mean the sets are gone. So that alone raises a huge hurdle to try to do any more, because I don't know how they would scrape together the money to reassemble that ship. But there are always virtual versions of the ship. And you never say never. But I would say it's very, very unlikely that there would be any more.


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