It’s been a year since we last left the 41,399 remaining humans on their quest to find Earth. Here’s what you need to know going into BSG’s April 4 season premiere, as well as a peek at what to expect in the show’s final season.
The Usual Suspects
Summoned by eerie Cylon music, Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan), Chief Galen Tyrol (Aaron Douglas), Ens. Samuel T. Anders (Michael Trucco), and presidential aide Tory Foster (Rekha Sharma) all realized they are Cylons. But exec producer Ronald Moore points out, ”They are fundamentally different from the other human Cylons, in a way that I can’t really explain.” With just one more Cylon left to reveal, speculation is already rampant as to who it could be. ”Fortunately,” chuckles Moore, ”we have many suspects.” First among them is Kara ”Starbuck” Thrace (Katee Sackhoff), who ”died” only to resurface in her Viper two months later, swearing she’d been to Earth. So when will we know for certain? ”We’re not going to reveal it in the first episode of the season, and we’re not going to reveal it in the last. It’s somewhere in between.” Gee, thanks.
Last season, Maj. Lee ”Apollo” Adama (Jamie Bamber) laid down his command to help successfully defend Gaius Baltar (James Callis) in court against charges of crimes against humanity. And he’ll stay in his civvies. ”Once we took him out of the flight suit and had him in a legal and political setting,” says Moore, ”the character seemed to come alive for all of us.” Look for the former military man to take a position in the Colonial government.
Shamed ex-prez Baltar finds shelter as the reluctant leader of a monotheistic human cult. The real question, Moore says, is ”at what point does he start to believe the message?” Meanwhile, as the Cylons’ ”one true God” wins favor with some humans, ”Cylon civilization itself is starting to see fractures that weren’t there before,” says Moore. ”Both sides start to grow toward a common understanding.” At the center of it all: President Roslin (Mary McDonnell), whose cancer has returned. It was once thought cured with the blood of a human/Cylon baby, but that treatment, says exec producer David Eick, ”does not occur this time.”
The Ultimate Destination
”There’s the promise of Earth in the main titles every week,” says Moore. ”We’re going to get there.” And will this happen in the finale? ”I think that would be wise,” he says, before pausing. ”Although I shouldn’t be that definitive.” Uh-oh. ”There will be some interesting things having to do with Earth well before the final episode.” When? He won’t say. And with just 10 of the planned 20 episodes so far scheduled to air, it may be a long frakking time before we find out.