Can Battlestar Galactica still draw in the crowds? Frak, yeah. Thursday saw the reunion of some of the actors from the beloved sci-fi series, which ran from 2004 to 2009. On the panel were executive producers Ronald Moore and David Eik, plus cast members Tricia Helfer, Mary McDonnell, Grace Park, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas and Tahmoh Penikett.
Trucco revealed that the cast had a reunion in June at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, and that the reaction had been so overwhelming that a San Diego reunion panel was hurriedly put together. It proved a popular decision, as Ballroom 20 was packed with fans eager to relive the hit series, which will be repeated in its entirety on SyFy later this year.
No Battlestar Galactica panel would be complete without an appearance from Admiral William Adama, played by Edward James Olmos, and he surprised fans by sending a video message.
“You are with the best of the best. All the actors on the stage are my family,” Olmos said in the video. “Thank you to you the fan base, you’ve always been there for us.”
The producers and cast looked back on the way that Battlestar Galactica’s themes were a direct reaction to the political climate of the world at that time, and stated that the series would be “fundamentally different” if it was produced today.
“We wrote the show and made it at a very specific time in the country’s history and the world. We were reflecting things that were going on around us and watching things through science-fiction prisms,” executive producer Ronald Moore said.
The cast agreed that while some of the storylines from the show would still resonate today, there would be new themes which they would have to explore.
“If you were doing it today, you would have to take into account this world that we live in now and find a way to not just mock it, but try to find some way to talk about it in a way that was different,” Moore said.
Asked which particular political themes he would include if Battlestar Galactica was being made in 2017, David Eik joked, “The crazy, unqualified captain.”
Actor Grace Park also praised the diversity on the show, and said it had been “ahead of its time”.
The panel also featured a moving tribute to Richard Hatch, who played Apollo in the original 1970s show. The actor died in February this year, at the age of 71.
The packed hall shows that Battlestar Galactica still resonates with audiences today. It’s been rebooted once already, so maybe it might be time for another?
So say we all.