Dragon*Con 08: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Final Episodes May Be Delayed Til April 2009

The final episodes of Season Four of Battlestar Galactica may air as late as April 2009, according to the show’s star Aaron Douglas at a cast panel discussion Sunday at Dragon*Con 2008.

Douglas, who plays Chief Tyrol, said that the SCI FI network has completely ignored arguably their biggest hit, adding “and the SCI FI Network sucks,” which got a big applause from those in the audience.

“Ten episodes is not a season,” said Douglas, referring to the first half of the season, which aired from April to June 2008. In June 2008, the remaining episodes, which will conclude the storyline for the series, had not yet been scheduled.

Michael Hogan, Richard Hatch, and James Callis seemed to echo their castmate’s feelings. In an earlier panel, Edward James Olmos riffed on the split saying, “… of course they didn’t pay us for five seasons.” Season Four was originally slated for 13 episodes, but was extended to 22 (which included a 2-hour movie).

The series finale is said to be a tear-jerker, according to science adviser/consultant, Kevin Grazier.

“I don’t know anyone who hasn’t cried after reading the final episode script,” Grazier said.


  1. ypu really thought it would last? i’m surprised it got as far as it did. most non trek space operas don’t make it for long.

    Comment by KOROLLOCKE — September 1, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

  2. Frak me. This show absolutely rocked. Some episodes were better than others, which is common in shows that are serial in format like Lost.

    Writers and Actors on BSG, my wife and I love you. You guys all pulled us into the BSG universe everytime we watched. It is amazing.

    Best of luck.

    Comment by A Friend — September 2, 2008 @ 1:28 am

  3. KOROLLOCKE: “thought it would last”? This is about the final episodes being delayed, not that the show is ending. Everyone knew the show is ending; it’s a remake. The show ending has been planned for quite a while.

    Also, “surprised it got as far as it did”? BSG is only one of the best shows on TV currently. I guess go back to Project Runway and voting for your favorite Idol while the adults watch quality television.

    Comment by Niro — September 2, 2008 @ 2:29 am

  4. The Sci Fi Network does suck!

    Comment by Insane — September 2, 2008 @ 2:59 am

  5. This show should never have been cancelled (or “not renewed” as the suits say) – losing the best thing on tv.

    Comment by Lazarus! — September 2, 2008 @ 3:18 am

  6. Damn “SciFi” channel has little or nothing to do with Science Fiction and ought to be called “Cheapo Monster Movie Channel”.

    I have ZERO respect for them, and they have ZERO credibility with me.

    The fact that they managed to host the best SF show in recent years is a fluke, nothing more than Hollywood politics.

    Screw ’em. Once we get channel-by-channel selection of cable channels, they’re so far out of my loop, tey won’t see me (in Keplerian terms) for millions of years. I’ll just download their (inevitably pirated) movies off the ‘net that I actually have an interest in and be done with them.

    I’m sick this nonsense.

    Comment by spincycle — September 2, 2008 @ 3:25 am

  7. It’s not that it should or needs to be extended; it’s that the property has been overlooked, underfunded and poorly handled from the start when it’s pretty much the only worthwhile thing aired on SCIFI (definitely in terms of original content) and in fact is one of the best-written and executed shows on TV in general (especially when you take HBO & Showtime premium content out of the equation. NBC UNI is an obnoxious parent company. I’d also like to comment that BSG is not a space opera, certainly not in the traditional sense, which is what made it successful and what prevents other Space Opera stories from being timely (that being a lack of evolution and originality). The only surprising thing about it is that they found a showrunner who took an old license and managed to make it hugely compelling and modern. Once that happened the business plan should have bolstered the work, but the network failed the content.

    Comment by JM — September 2, 2008 @ 3:35 am

  8. aahrg! i can’t wait that long!

    Comment by Rachel — September 2, 2008 @ 3:47 am

  9. KOROLLOCKE has no idea what he’s on about ;)

    I’ve gotta agree on “the SCI FI channel sucks”, I can’t wait to see what happens, this is just pissing me off.
    It blows my mind how big company’s purposely push themselves off a cliff.

    Comment by RooZ — September 2, 2008 @ 6:50 am


    Comment by 4:20 — September 2, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  11. it’s not a space opera

    Comment by jd — September 10, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  12. I honestly felt the finale was pitiful at best. All the useless flashbacks, the Starbuck screwup, Abandoning their technology, Chief Tyrol becoming a Scot Highlander and passing on resurrection to the Klan Macleod…..wished I had wrote this article about why it was aweful, but someone beat me to a spot on review of why it sucked.


    Comment by Carrie — March 23, 2009 @ 12:42 am

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