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Apr 1 2009 6:00pm
Ron Moore’s Genius...in 60 Seconds

Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore told Tor.com that the series finale of Battlestar turned out exactly as he’d intended, but there were several alternate endings that were considered before the final version was produced.

“One of the ending scenarios we thought about was—what if the whole show was just a daggit’s dream?” Moore said in an exclusive interview. “You remember the daggit—that robot dog from the original series? Yeah, well you know I was thinking about that novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and I thought, hey, do daggits dream? What would a daggit’s dream be like? And so we were thinking about having the whole series just be that. We thought it would satisfy fans of the old series with that callback to one of their favorite characters. The network shot that idea down, though, because they thought it was too cerebral. Also, in the end, we thought it just wouldn’t make any sense, so we went in another direction.”

The writers also had other possible revelations about Starbuck’s true nature. “In light of all the controversy over the casting of a woman to play Starbuck, we thought about revealing that Starbuck was actually a man all along,” Moore said. “Hell, she might be for all I know. We’ve never seen her naked on the show. It would have been cool to slip that in there. Think of all the implications that would have: Were Lee and Zak gay? Was Leoben? Her being a man doesn’t explain why she came back from the dead, but this show is all about the characters, really, so giving answers to questions like that wasn’t something me or the other writers were concerned about.”

Of the fan-reaction to the finale, Moore said that he’s surprised that so many hardcore fans seem to be disappointed. “I don’t understand why people think that the finale was pro-religion,” Moore said. “When I was writing the script, I had an old draft of it sitting on the desk next to my keyboard and accidentally spilled some coffee on it. And the coffee stain looked exactly like that Michelangelo painting of God touching Adam’s finger? Only Adam looked exactly like Adama. Well, actually, when I first saw it, I thought it looked like E.T. and Elliott, but then I realized it was God and Adama, and I just had this vision about the ending, and how the only thing that could explain all the loose ends we had was if it was all God’s doing. So that’s all it was about, nothing to do with religion at all really. It was more about finding the magical in the mundane.”

“As for it being anti-science, I just don’t get that,” Moore continued. “I mean, I like gadgets as much as the next guy. I even used a computer to write my scripts. So how could I be anti-technology? Hell, I even welcome being conquered by robot overlords. That’s how anti-anti-technology I am. Really, I just wanted an excuse to show that dancing Asimo robot. That thing is awesome. And hilarious. And I thought that this is the kind of show that should end on a hilarious note.”

10 comments
Bridget McGovern
1. BMcGovern
Genius! Also, I love how this particular photo manages to express such a subtle blend of arrogance, smarminess, and mild, almost bovine, confusion.

Oh, Ron Moore, I hope the taste of your fancy scotch is forever spoiled by the tears of a million angry fans...
Theresa DeLucci
2. theresa_delucci
"Her being a man doesn’t explain why she came back from the dead, but this show is all about the characters, really, so giving answers to questions like that wasn’t something me or the other writers were concerned about.”

Perfect! And yes, I agree with Bridget - that picture says a lot.
Richard Fife
3. R.Fife
Ya know, looking at it for a long time... I think Ron Moore is borrowing Alan Moore's beard as a hair piece. Hmmm
Agnes Kormendi
4. tapsi
Too well groomed... and the series would have ended on a more satisfying (and definitely less religious) note then, don't you think?
Bridget McGovern
5. BMcGovern
Agreed. Alan Moore's beard is a troublemaker, but I think it would retain a certain kind of artistic integrity of *some* sort, at least...this hair looks like it might be a refugee from 1980s Lorenzo Lamas, or perhaps a minor Baywatch character.

Petty revenge is fun, isn't it, kids?
redheadedfemme
6. redheadedfemme
Y'know, the impression I get of this is, Ron Moore was never trying to answer any of the questions he posed, or plugging any plot holes...he was just throwing endings against the wall to see what would stick.

And this is from someone who liked the finale, mind you. My Kleenex box and I had a close acquaintance through all three parts. I'm just very disappointed that a supposedly professional writer couldn't come up with a better explanation than God/the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Hell, I would have even settled for the survivors from Galactica founding Atlantis (obviously landing on Earth quite a bit closer to our time), and their descendants being destroyed in a climactic battle with the last few skinjobs decades later.

Sorry, Ron, you blew this one.
Richard Fife
7. R.Fife
I still assert its the beard, only its seen the light of shampoo, condition, and perhaps even a relaxing. Its more or less high on drugs!

-note, I've actually never watched BSG and only seen the movie adapations of Alan's comics. Wow.
Sean Sakamoto
8. ssakamoto
Oh nevermind. I just checked the date. I'm a day ahead in Japan! (That's my defence.)
redheadedfemme
9. brubinstein
Was this an april fools joke?
Ben R
10. sphericaltime
@ #9 brubinstein

I think so. Even Moore isn't usually that smarmy and out of it.

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