The final chapters of "Battlestar Galactica" are at hand. Tonight’s episode, "Daybreak, Part 1", is the first part of the series’ two-week/three-hour series finale. We have previews for that, plus the latest frakkin links and more, including details on a United Nations panel about the show. [UPDATE: new comments from Ron Moore]
“Daybreak, Part 1” [Season 4 Ep. 19]
US: Airing March 13th on SciFi at 10 PM (9 Central)
Canada: Airing March 13th on Space at 10 PM (7 Pacific)
UK: Airing March 16th on Sky1 at 9 PM
Synopsis: With Galactica on the verge of falling apart, Admiral Adama readies the ship for what could be its final mission, as Baltar’s Six warns that humanity’s final chapter is near.
New images (from the three hour season finale)
Preview (SciFi – USA)
Canadian Preview (best available)
Sneak Peek Clip
Last Week’s Episode ("Islanded in a Stream of Stars") Roundup
The episode is not yet available for streaming, but here is the recap:
Also check out Ron Moore’s podcast for the episode, it is enlightening.
Last week’s episode, "Islanded in a Stream of Stars" drew 1.57M viewers, basically flat from the 1.66M viewers who tuned in for episode 17, "Someone to Watch Over Me". Eight episodes into what will be a second-half season of 11 episodes, season 4.5 is averaging 1.71M viewers (-19% from the season 4.5 premiere).
UPDATE: Moore on Finale, BSG-TOS movie, and more
Shortly after this article went live a new interview with Ron Moore appeared at THR. The interview covers a lot of ground but here are some highlights.
On anticipated fan reaction to the finale
I don’t know. I’m sure there will be a lot of discussion. They have a lot of different expectations for what they think it’s going to be, and a lot of opinions about how it should be. All of us who worked on the finale feel good about it, that this is the ending of the story we wanted to make.
On what he would have done differently
Probably we rushed into the Lee and Duala romance too quickly and didn’t lay the groundwork for that. “Black Market” was an episode I wish I had a second crack at. We probably played around with Lee’s character and his direction a little bit before settling into a good track with him. On the other hand, I don’t know that’s entirely a bad thing, because it added to his quest and trying to figure out his own place on the show.
On possible Glen Larson TOS BSG movie
More power to them. I don’t know anything about it; they didn’t talk to me about it. I’ve always said if somebody wanted to do a continuation of the original, that’s fine by me. It doesn’t have anything to do with what we’ve done.
Four Nominations at Saturn Awards
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films awarded the show with four nominations for "The 35th Annual Saturn Awards". The show received nominations for best Syndicated / Cable Television Series, best Actor (Edward James Olmos), best Actress (Mary McDonnell) and best Supporting Actress (Katee Sackhoff).
UN Panel on Battlestar Galactica
No, you’re not reading that wrong. On March 17th — three days before the show’s two-hour finale airs — the United Nations (together with SCI FI) will be holding a special panel discussion on the show examining "human rights, children and armed conflict, terrorism, human rights and reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faith":
The "Battlestar" contingent on the panel will consist of executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, as well as stars Mary McDonnell (who plays president Laura Roslin on the show) and Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama).
UUN representatives on the panel are Radhika Coomaraswamy, special representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Craig Mokhiber, deputy director of the New York office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Robert Orr, assistant secretary-general for policy planning, executive office of the Secretary-General.
The invitation-only panel, moderated by ‘Battlestar’ fan Whoopi Goldberg, will take place at 7 p.m. in the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council Chamber.
TV Guide Cover
Covers of TV Guide (went on sale March 11th) [behind-the-scenes images at TV Guide Magazine]
Preview of issue at Chicago Tribune
Cover Shoot Video
Battlestar Galactica: The Last Frakking Special (airs Monday, March 16th)
More on the ending from Ron Moore: "This is not going to be the ending you’re anticipating," and from Jamie Bamber: "In the finale, it goes back to the beginning of Apollo and Starbuck, and you see where they come from."
Even more BSG
If that isn’t enough for you, keep track of all your Frakin needs at our favorite BSG site, Battlestar Sitrep.