The last ten episodes of “Battlestar Galactica” are upon us--the end of the fourth and final season debuts tonight on the SciFi Channel at 10 p.m. ET. Recently, Executive Producers Ron Moore and David Eick spoke with the press during a teleconference call regarding the beginning of “Caprica” and the end of “BSG.”
“I was very pleased with the way the show ended, creatively and personally. It just feels like we’ve completed the piece.” says Moore. He added, “It’s so rare that you get to end things in the way that you intended…We talked about ending the show this way, I think, two years ago. And just the idea that we were able to actually dovetail in that direction is very satisfying.”
What can we expect from the final ten episodes of the series? For one thing, we know that the show’s creators won’t wait until the last one to answer all the questions, so expect flashes of enlightenment along the way. Eick says, “It really is the end. It’s the conclusion of their stories. It’s what happened to them, finally. You know, where did they end up and under want circumstance? And who made it, and who died? And who’s the last Cylon, and what did it all mean?”
So, did the two provide any hints about what actually was going to happen, other than a wrapping-up of loose ends? Well, the final four Cylons will play a big role. Moore says that fundamental questions about the final four--their origins, their relationships with the rest of the Cylons and the meaning of all this--will be tackled. We also know that the revelation of the final Cylon’s identity is, in Moore’s words, “not in the final episode.” Which, by the way, is a three-hour-long story that may air over one night or be split up over several.
The identity of the final Cylon, by the way, was known to the producers going into the last season. Moore says that although they were willing to look at other candidates to see who makes the most sense in terms of the story and the characters, they stuck with their original choice for the last Cylon.
There have been rumors that the ending of “Battlestar Galactica” will be dark, though when asked about it Eick sidestepped that question by saying, “I don’t think either of us have ever entirely understood that word.” He added, “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.”
The two have also claimed, without ambiguity, that there will be no open-ended conclusion to the series. Moore says, “Yes, 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 the vast majority of the questions will have been answered. They may not be satisfying answers, but they will be answered.”
With the show coming to the end, there’s a lot of emotion involved, naturally. Moore says, “It’s easily been the highlight of my career. And the people that I’ve gotten to know and the cast and 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.”
Editor’s Note: Stay tuned, because Eick and Moore also dished quite a bit about “Caprica” and we’ll tell all in another installment coming soon!