The mood was sullen and my vision misty the day my work recently wrapped on Battlestar Galactica. According to the date stamp, I created my very first scene for the show on May 12, 2004 (a shot of Starbuck, Apollo and Boomer approaching the Olympic Carrier for “33”). It was quite literally a dream come true; not only had the impossible happened and my favorite show was coming back, but I was working on it. Of course that was no accident – believe me, I wiggled and wormed and begged and pleaded to get that job. But now that it was coming to an end, how did I feel?
I daresay everyone involved in the production of Battlestar Galactica would eventually settle on “proud” as being the emotional touchstone of their time on board. This stems from it not only being such an outstanding example of television, but because it began as such an underdog! Who would ever have thought that anyone could have turned a one-season wonder from 1978 that even sci-fi fans snickered at into one of the most relevant and critically acclaimed shows of all time.
I think all my comrades would agree that, five years ago, we were kind of embarrassed when we told someone we worked on Battlestar Galactica.
Now we say it with pride, and perhaps even the slightest air of superiority. For frak’s sake, we earned the right to gloat!
But in a scant ten weeks, all of you are going to have to find a word that expresses your own emotions over the bittersweet farewell. Will you be sad? Angry? Live in denial that it’s going to come back after all? Actually, I think all of you have every right to the same sense of pride the people who made the show feel.
All of you had to secretly hide and watch in the early days, too embarrassed to admit to your friends and family that you were tuning in. All of you kept the faith and spread the word, telling people this BSG was different and something they had to experience before they could roll their eyes at you again. All of you spent the last four years watching and discussing and blogging and sharing the same passion and enthusiasm for the program that anyone making the show could lay claim to.
So say we all.
Here’s a spiffy image of the season three Baseship I rendered sometime last season. It’s coincidentally wallpaper sized, so feel free to display it with pride!
Model: Pierre Drolet – Render: Mojo