We’re attending today’s Battlestar Galactica panel at Comic-Con. We’ll be blogging this event in real time, so reload often for live updates!
3:10 pm — The panel starts in 2 minutes!
3:12 pm — David Eick and Ron Moore are here!
3:13 pm — Mary McDonnell (the President), James Callis (Baltar) , Grace Park (Boomer), Tahmoh Peniket (Helo) are all on stage!
3:15 pm — Preview clip of Season 2 is showing.
3:18 pm — Ron Moore talks about “going for broke” near the end of Season 1. David Eick adds “we’ve got to get the two of them in a fight” (Starbuck and Six), so that was the motivation for the season finale.
3:20 pm — Question about similarities between BSG plot points and current events. Ron Moore: “the show isn’t really trying to be ripped from today’s headlines.”
3:24 pm — Question to Baltar: is Six real or not? James Callis talks about Schrodinger’s Cat. “It is both alive and dead at the same time.” She is real and not real. “She is all of those things and slightly more.” Starts pretending to speak with Six (who isn’t attending this event.)
3:28 pm — David Eick talks about how James Callis nailed the role of Gaius Baltar when he first met him. He considered other people for “about 2 minutes”.
3:29 pm — Jamie Bamber (Apollo) describes BSG as “West Wing meets 24 meets Little House on the Prarie”. Complains about never being able to see the show (due to his active schedule and returning to the UK during hiatus).
3:32 pm — Moderator jokes about how in the previous version of BSG one never asked when Apollo and Starbuck would hook up. Jamie Bamber: “that’s because it was never in doubt.” And, then adds, how Dirk Benedict (the original Starbuck) had long hair and a cape, so the character was nearly female to begin with.
3:35 pm — Moderator turns to Grace Park, mentions Maxim Magazine’s designation of Park/Boomer as the world’s 82nd most beautiful woman. “How could there be 81 babes in the universe cooler than you?” 2nd question is about Park’s spirituality and how she interprets the religious aspects of BSG. “Am I allowed to say this? I think the Cylon/Human hybrid race is going to the chosen one.” Ron Moore and David Eick pretend to be outraged (that she’s spilling the beans about future plot points).
3:39 pm — Question for Tahmoh Peniket (Helo) about his character’s journey. Mentions how tough it must be “coming to the realization that the woman you’ve fallen in love with is a robot.” Moderator says “been there, done that.” Huge laugh. Other cast members second the moderator’s experiences.
3:42 pm — In response to a question about will humans ever stop running from the Cylons, Ron Moore: in Episode 10, the humans meet up with another Battlestar (the Pegasus) and “start kickin’ butt!” (Web rumors suggest ST:TNG’s Michelle Forbes will reprise Lloyd Bridges’ Commander Cain character.)
3:43 pm — Mary McDonnell thanks the fans, mentions attending the first BSG convention and discovering how wonderful BSG fans are. “I thank you deeply. You’re great.”
3:45 pm — David Eick talks about how the passion of fans forces the show to be better. James Callis: “the show is a dialogue. It becomes… what is all this about? Why? What’s the point in fighting? What’s the point in life?”
3:47 pm — Ron Moore: “Is the show planned out years in advance? Yeah, I’m on vacation.” Laughs. “No, it’s not.” Moore and David Eick had a rough idea of the show before it begun, but it’s since evolved, and become more ambitious. And… “I have a rough idea of what the end of the show is.” But it’s an organic process. “If you try to maintain the ideas you had at the outset, it’s very restrictive and the show doesn’t breath.”
3:49 pm — Question for James Callis: “Is Baltar a villain, hero, or sex maniac?” Definitely a sex maniac. “Baltar wants to be a good guy, but he’s just made mistakes.”
3:50 pm — Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) has arrived!
3:53 pm — Will Cain and Sheba be on the show? Ron Moore: “Cain, yes. Sheba, no.” Audience expresses disappointment that Sheba won’t be in this version of BSG. “You win some, you lose some.”
3:55 pm — The cast is giving Sackhoff a ribbing because she’s so late to the panel. They keep referring questions to her. “Isn’t that right, Katee?”, etc. She seems slightly embarrased.
3:57 pm — Ron Moore says he will try to get back to the blog and podcasts. He’s enjoyed doing them, but finds it hard to do on top of producing weekly episodes.
3:58 pm — Preview of the new SciFi show from Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin: “The Triangle”
4:00 pm — Panel ends. The cast stays on stage for a few moments, then heads out (presumably to fly back to Toronto).
Update: we’ve uploaded a photo gallery of today’s panel to Flickr.