BSG boss: No more until 2009

By Tim Surette

Jun 13, 2008

Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore has confirmed what most fans have suspected for a while now: Oprah is the final Cylon. Kidding!

Moore told that he doesn't see any way that the second half of Battlestar's season would air in 2008, confirming what had been speculated long ago. Previously, cast members had said that the last 10 episodes of the fourth and final season would not air this year, causing distress among the show's fans everywhere.

The Sci Fi Channel had a special sneak peek screening for the midseason finale in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and Moore told, "Realistically there's no way to get back on the air faster [than early 2009]." It's not just about post-production, though. The network understandably wants to avoid competition with other competitors, such as major networks' fall schedules.

Battlestar Galactica's midseason finale airs tonight (enjoy it, as there probably won't be any new episodes for more than six months), and shooting on the series finale is reportedly under way.

There are obviously two ways to think about this--the glass-half-full fan would say, "Take your time, Ron. Get it right and let's see Battlestar go out with a bang!" The glass-half-empty fan thinks, "I don’t want to wait that long!" Which are you?

[UPDATE] The Chicago Tribune says that BSG's wait may be worth it. Citing "inside sources," the paper says the final season could be extended by as many as two hours! The two extra hours--if true--would probably be added to the final episode, making it one heck of a mega-finale. Apparently Moore's finale script is big.

Another bit of good news: At least one of the previously reported Battlestar TV movies is looking very likely. The movie would be similar to the Razor telefilm, and flesh out a tangential storyline.

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  • 00_VuP_00 Jul 20, 2008

    Wait a minute... DINO-MITE. I can work with that!

    BSG, great show (understatement!!!), whatever they do will be best I think. Like drugs, you shoudn't want it all at once! ha ha ha (WiNK)

  • jw2468 Jul 09, 2008

    I saw a quote from Jamie Bamber that goes a bit like this(paraphrase): Sci-Fi Channel isn't used to producing such high quality programming, they don't know what to do.

    Well, that's true. We must remember that this is the same network that consistently shells out movies such as: Ice Spiders and Aztec Rex. I'm just waiting to see DINO-MITE: The story of a dinosaur made out of dinomite. It's coming, you'll see.

  • krizkraz Jul 03, 2008

    I'm one of the the-glass-is-half-full fans: as much as I love this show, i rather have it done right and wait, then watching a lousy last half season.
    and I hope the movie will just as good as the series itself.

  • alpha87ac Jun 21, 2008

    Whilst in someways the idea of delaying the release of the final part of the series is interesting. At the moment there is probably nothing the compares with BSG at the moment. However, who is to say that will be the case in 2009; also bear in mind people tend to have short focused memories regarding TV shows, so this gamble might end up back firing with viewing figures falling when it returns.

  • warhawk121 Jun 20, 2008

    Personally i would prefer Ron Moore to craft the perfect ending for BSG. so i guessi fall into the glass half full category. i would hate to see BSG rushed by fan pressure and pressure from the TV companies to get it rush out and get a half baked ending to the series.

  • David_Sylver Jun 17, 2008

    WARNING: SPOILERS. 'All good things to those that wait'. Although I too was slightly disappointed by the first half of this season due to its slower-than-slow pace and overbearing sense of doom it has improved these last few episodes. The acting of Olmos in the mid-season finale was probably the zenith of his career and should get him an award if there is any justice in this world. Finding Earth so quickly did come as a bit of a surprise although finding it a wasteland perhaps less of one. If the show had ended this way I would have felt very cheated but as a mid-season cliffhanger it is ok although not brilliant. I think this season will work far better rewatching on DVD with the others viewed immediately prior to it.

  • julara13 Jun 16, 2008

    why do we have to wait soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long!

  • LAURAMARIE63 Jun 16, 2008

    I'm confused.

  • ouzylover Jun 16, 2008

    well i realy hope they dont all of a sudden have those lame old floating motor bikes they did in the old seris when they got to earth lol.

    also when it was pointed out that there was only 4 of the 5 cylons in the fleet, did that mean that the 5th was on board the cylon ship already..? i.e. laura or gias....?

  • BrockAlexander Jun 16, 2008

    I am disappointed we have to wait next year, This season has been rather disappointing and to find so called earth at a point in time of Post Apocalyptic era is rather lame and and no real surprise (an easy end I think). So surely this cant be the real earth for it to air another 10 episodes in 2009????? So i hope there is a twist, I would love to see them reach earth, join with the humans and finish the remaining cylons who survived the resurrection ships destruction instead of barren wastelands. Lets hope that these last 10 episodes make up for the Young and the Restless first part of this season. It was way to dramatic and lets get the FRAK back to finishing the cylons and meeting McCain in his bunker!!!!!!! Also there is still the question WHO IS THE FINAL CYLON - Starbuck???? Now that would be to easy AGAIN

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