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Feature: Battlestar Galactica (2000s)

Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama

Admiral Adama swore to protect his charges but then had to leave them behind. Now hes dealing with the consequences.

Edward James Olmos is all smiles this particular Tuesday morning as he steps into his trailer on the Vancouver set of Battlestar Galactica and spends a few minutes speaking with his assistant Joseph before sitting down to chat. The actor is dressed in casual attire and looking very unlike his military alter ego of Admiral William Adama. In just an hour, though, Olmos will change into his costume, walk onto set and re-enter the Galactica universe, where art is imitating life even more than ever this year.

I just finished speaking with a reporter from USA Today and shes been blown away by the shows third season, notes the actor. She said, I have to tell you, its so relevant and poignant that its scary. And shes right. I mean, the first five episodes of Galactica this year are just incredibly difficult to watch. You start to realize that what youre watching is much more than a TV series, do you know what I mean? It becomes more of a commentary on this real world that were living in right now, so youre sitting there thinking, Wait a minute, I know where theyre going with this.

Our characters, the Human beings, are becoming the suicide bombers. Its like whats happening today in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, etc. In our show, we see how people can do something like that and why. Theyre killing not only the Cylons, but their fellow Humans who have, in fact, been collaborating with the enemy. For example, you have Colonel Tigh who has lost an eye after being interrogated and tortured by the Cylons. You see what he has to do to his wife Ellen, who chose to become a collaborator, albeit in order to save his life. Everything that happened to Tigh is really unsettling, and where his situation goes and how it evolves is quite intense.

Im very pleased with this year of Galactica. Its probably one of the most exciting seasons of TV Ive ever worked on. Im overwhelmed by it, and its flying by. Everyone, the cast as well as the crew, is stunned at how fast its going, but we dont stop to think about that because were so wrapped up in the storytelling. Its early October and were already on our 15th episode. We only have five more to do after this one. Its so sad, especially in that were creeping closer and closer to the end. Theres the dimmest of lights at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Ive tried to convince The Powers That Be to slow things down a little, but one of these days our characters are finally going to locate Earth.

In my mind we could go on for 15 years with this series and commenting on the world we live in. Its extremely hard to find the vehicles that can do it as well as Galactica. Its entertaining and has its moments of levity, but in essence its still a very strong look at what were doing to ourselves as a race.

by Steven Eramo

Read the full interview in
TV Zone #209

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