23 February 2006
Playing Magazine 23 February 2006
“Downloaded” finally presents us the world of Galactica as seen by the Cylon
androids, the enemies of the human Colonials who are typically our series
leads. It’s an idea that’s been brewing for some time, says executive
producer Ron Moore, and it will feature some familiar yet nonetheless
“The episode is essentially following two Cylon characters,” he explains.
“It’s going to follow the character we’re calling Caprica Six, who is the
Six that Baltar was involved with in the beginning of the miniseries, and
she’s the Six that was killed when his house was destroyed. She wakes up and
is reborn. And then we’re also following Boomer, the Cylon that was shot on
Galactica by Cally. And it’s the same thing. We follow her and she is
reborn. And it’s essentially the story of those two characters. … I don’t
think all the main cast is in the show. The A-story takes place primarily on
Cylon-occupied Caprica, and there is a B-story on Galactica.”
It makes complete sense, of course, that both Caprica Six and the Galactica
Boomer (or Sharon) would be reborn into new bodies – even though audiences
have generally taken it that both characters were dead and gone. But they’re
also changed creatures as a result of the experiences they had in their
former bodies, with Six still lamenting the loss of her love Baltar, and
Sharon refusing to give up on the life she had when she was conditioned to
believe that she was human. Hailed as heroes of the Cylon for their part in
the Colonial holocaust, the two meet on Caprica and take a path by episode’s
end that certainly isn’t expected of them. And “Downloaded” itself perhaps
takes an unexpected path too, as many fans have always believed that the
“Cylon” episode would take place on the heretofore unseen mysterious Cylon
homeworld rather than on plain old Caprica. Moore warns, though, that we
won’t be seeing that particular planet any time soon.
“That episode will not have that, and we still don’t have any plans to do
that,” he says. “My instinct is kind of not to go there. I feel like I don’t
have a great clear vision of it; at this point if we tried to do something
there it would look very familiar and not as interesting as it is in your
Afterall, the Cylon world must be fairly similar to a Caprica or Kobol,
right? The Cylons are, more or less, humanoid. “It still has to be a place
where bipedal creatures can walk around and do things,” laughs Moore. And
that makes sense, too. How disappointing would it be to go to the Cylon
homeworld and find that it looks a lot like the outside of a Canadian
shopping mall? Or that the Imperious Leader still sits in that really high
chair in that really dark room, where the production budget really can’t
afford props? Besides, fans thought they weren’t getting this episode at all
up until a few weeks ago.
“In fact, it was never off track,” says Moore. “I’d seen that speculation
and I was wondering, ‘Why do they keep saying that?’ There was probably some
confusion because we were talking about doing a clip show at one point for
budgetary reasons. They’re much cheaper to produce and we were having huge
cost overruns, but when we split “Resurrection Ship” into two pieces and got
another episode out of it, we didn’t need to do a clip show. So that was the
episode that got kicked out, and “Downloaded” just moved down the line
sequentially because there was an extra episode before it.”
Spoilers for Downloaded
Source: E! Online
Posted By: kristin
Created in: Forum: Watch with Kristin
Posted: Feb 22, 2006 3:19 PM
So, so, so, so, so good.
Big happenings with the wee baby -- and there's a twist you
won't see coming.
And an unlikely friendship forges some interesting developments
regarding Lucy Lawless.
And ... oh, just watch!
Even if you've never seen this show before, you will get this
episode and I really do think you'll love it.
Friday night. Check it.
Spoilers for Downloaded
Source: Cylons' world on 'Battlestar Galactica'
gets complicated - Scripps Howard News Service 23 February 2006
Previously, Lawless' character had pretended to be a
reporter aboard the Battlestar Galactica. This week, D'Anna
uses her leadership role to change the heart of the
resurrected Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valeri (Grace Park) on
Caprica, the world conquered by the Cylons. She wants Sharon
to get back into the spirit of being a Cylon.
But these Cylons are becoming as human as they look.
Sharon, who didn't know she was a Cylon when she served
aboard the Battlestar Galactica, is angry about how the
Cylons used her to try to kill the man she loved like a
father, Cmdr. William Adama (Edward James Olmos). (Sharon
was killed on the Battlestar, and as is customary among the
Cylons, her consciousness was downloaded into another copy
of her body.)
Lawless' D'Anna Biers wants Sharon to get over that
remorse in a plot full of surprises and involving Number Six
(Tricia Helfer). Number Six gained the defense codes that
allowed the Cylons to drop nuclear bombs on Caprica.
The episode is a strong one because of the writing and
the performances by Helfer, Park and Lawless. The Cylons,
whose entire culture is based on total agreement on their
mission, are now faced with a question for which they
weren't programmed: individuality. Friday's episode is
powerful because it shows that individuality in action. And
that could change the whole dynamic of "Battlestar
Lawless will return next season as a regular cast member,
and her presence will add another layer to one of the most
complicated and genuine sci-fi shows on TV.
22 February 2006
SciFi February 2006 -
Inside SciFi Friday
Full article can be read here:
http://reedfem.livejournal.com/158883.html?page=1 (click on
the BSG article link)
Will there be a new "evil" Sharon copy introduced back on
Caprica? We saw one briefly in "Final Cut"
Grace Park -- Sharon "Boomer" Valerii: Hmm... Do i detect
some racial profiling? Tricia and I specifically played that
scene with no "evilness," yet we can never get away from the
fact that one short year ago we obliterated the human race!
Actually you are going to see an episode where Number Six and
a Sharon both "resurrect" or download into new bodies, but there
is a systems glitch, and we mistakenly switch bodies! So she has
to act like Sharon, and I have to have visions of Baltar in my
head. Now that I've told you, I have to kill you.
The episode is purported to be the "Cylon point of
view" episode mentioned by producer Ron Moore in several interviews and
blog postings. It is rumored to show what happened to the soul of
Galactica Boomer after she was killed by
This episode suposedly gives new insight to the Cylon religion and the
basic structure of Cylon society.
Lucy Lawless makes a return appearance as reporter/Humano-Cylon
D'anna Biers. Source:
The Patriot Resource
Caprica-Sharon's Cylon-Human Hybrid daughter is born
prematurely in this episode. Galactica-D'anna may try to gain access to
it. We will see an extended flashback of Galactica-Sharon's
consciousness being reborn in a new body immediatelly following the end
(thanks to the
Resurrection Ship, which wasn't destroyed until eight episodes later
Ship, Part II").
Source: Battlestar Wiki
11 February 2006
The following is from
My Tea Party
tv guide blurb for
"Lucy Lawless portrays a member of the cylon leadership, who honors
Number Six & Sharon as heros on Caprica. Elsewhere Kara's lover,
Samuel Anders, plans an attack on the cylons."
4 February 2006
From Entertainment Weekly. Former Xena, Lucy Lawless, will parlay
her second appearance (on Feb. 24) as sentient hottie/brassy TV reporter
D'Anna Biers into a full-time gig on Sci-Fi's Battlestar Galactica. The
10-epicode arc, starting next season, will detail D'Anna's emergence as
- SPOILER ALERT - leader of her human-hating
species, the Cylons. "I'm disinterested in playing a bleeding-heart
Cylon," Lawless giggles. Besides, she points out cryptically, "no evil
person thinks they're evil."
January 2006 - Lucy is interviewed on Hollywood.com and let's slip a
tiny spoiler about Downloaded:
"I was on Battlestar last week and Trisha who plays Number Six on the
show, she whacks me on the head with a rock, repeatedly..."
Click here to view video clip
Lucy's upcoming episode "Downloaded"
I've seen some speculation out there that we dropped the Cylon POV
episode from the lineup this season, but I'm happy to report that
it's untrue. The episode, "Downloaded" will be broadcast as number
18 and I just watched it last night. It's a good show and a very
different spin on our story thus far, in that we're telling the
A-story entirely through the eyes of the Cylons for the first time.
This was something that I'd been wanting to do for a long time but
it took a while to come to fruition. The confusion probably came
from the fact that we had initially planned to do a clip show as ep
18, but then dropped those plans once we made the decision to split
"Resurrection Ship" into two parts, thereby giving us an extra
episode and obviating the need for the clip show (which was being
planning for budgetary reasons).
Chicago Tribune interview with Ron Moore 4 January 2006
“There’s an episode down the line that we’re really
excited about, the entire episode is told from the Cylon point of view:
what their society is like, what they go through during reincarnation
and when they’re born again. We really get inside the Cylon [society]
and get to view that for the first time. [In another story in this
episode, something really important happens, but I’m not going to give
it away, dear readers. It’s just too good].
The episode is partly set on Caprica and shows what has
happened to Galactica Boomer upon her "rebirth" in the Cylon fleet after
she was killed by Cally. This is the Cylon point-of-view episode. Lucy
Lawless appears as D'Anna Biers. She also is slated to appear in another
episode, either the one just before this one, or the one following.
Patriot Resource Site