• DIRECTOR EDWARD JAMES OLMOS WANTED EQUAL NUDITY AND FLAMING STUNTMEN ON BATTLESTAR GALACTICA'S 'THE PLAN'

    Bonus! We have one more special episode of the Battlestar Galacticast podcast, and co-hosts Marc Bernardin and Tricia Helfer (Number Six) appropriately talk about BSG's final TV movie, The Plan, with the film's writer and producer, Jane Espenson.

    Edward James Olmos (aka Admiral Adama) directed the companion film to the series (note to newbies: The Plan is not the best place to start your BSG watching experience), which follows the path of two Cavils (Dean Stockwell) in the lead-up and aftermath of the initial Cylon attack on humanity. For BSG fans, the TV film is a walk down memory lane, a chance to revisit favorite scenes from the mini-series and the first and second seasons, albeit from a Cylon point-of-view.

    On the podcast below, Espenson takes us through the movie and shares anecdotes about the production process, including the struggle to make sure that when The Plan added moments to well-known scenes from earlier in the series, the set and the actors looked the same even though different elements of the scenes took place five years apart in real time. Some of the most interesting details, however, come from Espenson and Helfer sharing their memories of Olmos directing.

    “This pile of bodies on Caprica,” Espenson says when describing a scene after the first Cylon attack, “this was Eddie’s [Edward James Olmos] favorite thing. He found out there was a flammable gelatin that you could put on stuntmen so they could be on fire and you wouldn’t have to immediately put them out…he really fell in love with this notion that we could do this fire pit where you could see writhing stuntmen in the flames.”



     

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