June 7th, 2007

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BSG All Access Event, Part I (getting there)

What a day I had yesterday!  At 11:45 am, I was still struggling with the decision whether or not we should drive all the way down to LA for the BSG All Access Event.  I was facing up to 6 hours of driving each way with no garentee of admittance to the event.  In the end, it was hubby who took the decision out of my hand--"Let's go!" he said, "What the hack, you can be crazy once."

But I still had a work meeting at noon, so by the time we were on our way, it was almost 2:00 in the afternoon.  Hubby drove all the way to LA, and he drove like a mad man--it took us less than 4 and half hours to get there!  Fortunately, We didn't encounter traffic in the direction we were going until the last mile, and even that wasn't all that bad.  The Cinerama Dome was right off Hwy 101 on W. Sunset Blvd--easily accessible.  Hubby dropped me off in front of the theater (quite illegally) and went to park the car.  It was a little after 6:00 pm.  As I approached the line, a guy there with a handful of green wrist bands put one of them on me.  I was excited--does this mean I get to go in?!  I asked one for hubby saying he would come momentarily, but the guy said no--one for each guest only!  As I stood in line, anxiously looking for hubby, I caught a brief glimpse of a guy in black suit walked past me (all by himself).  I thought gosh, he looked just like Romo Lampkin! But I quickly dismissed the idea he could be Mark Sheppard.  Anyway, the line moved quickly towards the entrance.  Fortunately, hubby showed up right after I got in the theater.  We ended up being seated at the center section of the second to last row (of the occupied ones, there were some empty ones at the very back of the theater).

To my surprise and delight, at 6:45, they showed Crossroads II on the big screen in HD.  I can't begin to describe how wonderful it is to view the show on the big screen.  The audience clapped for the first time after Lee delivered his big speech on the stand.  From that moment on, other big moments received the same "nod" as well--i.e., Romo telling Baltar the cat metaphor, Tigh declaring he wants to be Saul Tigh, Starbuck showing up at the end...  When the show was over, it got a BIG round of applause.

Then it was a waiting game for the panel to start.  We tested our camera and I schemed with stilettos81  to leave the cell phone on so that she could hear what's been said.  However we were informed cameras and other "recording" devices, including the cellphones were strictly forbidden.  Violators would be escorted out of the theater.  I argued but this is supposed to be an "ALL ACCESS" event, why the restrictions?!  Anyway, we had to put away the camera and cell phones.  Hubby was not going to let me risk being kicked out after all the trouble of getting here!  I was so bummed out about not being able to take pictures of Jamie, Katee, EJO, and Mary!  So the only picture I have to show for the evening is a picture of the venue I took after the event:

With that, came to the conclusion of the first part of my report--crap, I have another meeting to go to right now, and I'll update the next part soon...

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BSG All Access Event, Part II

At around 8:15 pm, host Lucy Lawless walked on stage.  Her hair was styled in a no-fuss chignon, and she was wearing a black floor-length gown.  She started the introduction with the customary accolades BSG had received recently.  I think the audience was particularly impressed with the show receiving second place at the "best Scifi show" from Entertainment Weekly, wedged between Matrix and Blade Runner!  After the brief introduction, Lucy welcomed her guests amidst a huge round of applauses.

The guests filed on stage in the order of Ron, David, Eddie, Mary, Jamie, and Katee.  Ron and David appeared to me dressed in the same "uniform" they seemed to be wearing in most of their public appearances.  Eddie was wearing a sports jacket with dark colored shirt and jean.  Mary was in a gorgeous turquoise blue dress with white (maybe patent) leather heels.  With her fiery red hair, she looked stunning!  Next to her was Jamie--boy, was he hot!!!  After seeing picture after picture of him having longish hair and a fuzz on his face, it was really nice to see him once again with short hair (similar to the style in season 2 promo shots I think) and a clean-shaven face (although he might be sporting a 5-o'clock shadow, I was too far to be able to tell for sure.)  Jamie was wearing a white shirt, a light colored (white I think) blazer over a medium-washed vintage looking jean.  Maybe it's the clothing, but Jamie appeared even slighter and leaner in person.  Next to Jamie was Katee dressed in a low-cut white cotton dress with a pair of boots.  The dress IMHO was not the most flattering dress for someone like Katee--it had split puffy sleeves with extra bows at the edge that just added bulk to the arms, and the chunky heeled knee-high boots were at odds with the dainty dress.  But despite that, Katee looked adorable to me--she had that dewy complexion of youth that's so pretty.

The guests walked on the stage and all took their seats.  The stage crews clipped microphones on each of the guests.  At one point, Jamie got up and went in front of the stage to grab a water bottle.  Following his lead, Katee did the same as well.  After everyone was settled in, Lucy began conducting "interviews" of her guests.

A disclaimer:  from this point on, what I write is to the best of my recollection of what's been said.  I'm sure I would omit things, get the orders mixed up; and not remember how some of the questions were asked.  I tried very hard to stay focused and remember everything.  But in all honesty, I was a bit distracted by the fact I saw Jamie in person--even though he was seated so far away!

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To be continued...

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BSG All Access Event, Part III

Lucy brought up the big deception of Starbuck being killed.  The story is what we are all familiar with by now, so I'm not going to repeat it again.  Suffice to say Katee ended the tale with the fact she got a case of free booze, and Jamie made the comment "It's never good to lie to your friends."  (Thank you Jamie!)  Mary concurred (with Jamie) "They never seem to work."

The next question I can remember was Lucy wanting to know what was the actors' most memorable scene.  She offered her own as being the first scene she shot for BSG in which she ran into an almost naked Lee!  The audience bursted laughing and cheering.  Seemed to me it took Jamie a second to realize what Lucy was talking about.  Then he tilted his head and laughed heartily, followed by making an embarrassed gesture--so very cute.  He then said it was in fact one of the most intimidating scene he had to do--getting almost naked in front of Xena, the Princess Warrior!  Lucy further teased Jamie how did he manage to do the scene--the towel slipped promptly and only so far--was there a rubber-band involved?  The people sitting behind me squeed quietly: "Oh, she's good!" ::teehee::

While people were still laughing and cheering, Lucy moved onto Katee, and wanted to know what was her most memorable scene.  As Katee was considering the answer, Ron (or was it David?) suggested to her the scene with Callum Keith Reinnie--the "pasty" incident.  It was Katee's turn this time to throw back her head and laugh heartily:  "Oh yeah, the pasty incident!"  In between the giggles, and ignoring the fact her "publicist probably would shoot her", Katee began to describe a funny little interlude during the filming of the beginning sequence in Maelstrom.  Apparently in the scene where Leoban had Kara cornered to the wall, whilst they got physical, Katee's clothes slipped, and she was told her breast was showing.  "Not any more!"  She said Callum answered.  Katee made the gesture with her hands as if she was dipping them in an imaginary  bucket of paste, then raised them up.  She explained after grabbing hands full of paste, Callum smeared them all over her exposed breast.  But then he just left his hands there--on her boobs!

I forgot what led them to joke about the amount of money they could get by auctioning off the props.  Katee joked on her last day of shooting, she would just drove home with her flightsuit and helmet and sell them on ebay--she said she'd put her kid through college with the money she would get.

I think it was Lucy who asked when Admiral Adama and Laura Roslin were going to get laid!  Again, audience bursted out laughing and cheering.  Jamie joked "What make you think they haven't done so already?"  Mary pointed out that something seemed went down that night on New Caprica!  Someone (I don't remember who, probably Mary) said all those shaving Adama did amounts to something--maybe he was getting himself ready for action!  Jamie joked his character doesn't seem to have them anymore, where did all his go?!  Heh, I think he was talking about his facial hair, but he could also be insinuating on getting a piece of "action"?!

Next, they discussed how BSG became the social commentary that it is.  Ron explained that David had him watching the pilot of the original Battlestar not long after 9/11.  After watching it, he felt the basic setup of the original series resonated with what was happening in real life--the apocalyptic attack, a group of the last survivors, the enemy in hot pursuit.  That was when he and David seriously decided on doing this show, and they planned to have the show reflect the real social experiences of our time.  Ron said the network was behind them and pushed for the idea of setting BSG apart from the other scifi shows on TV (such as Stargate, Farscape, etc.)  Ron added that it was the network's idea to give the show the religious aspect.  It was Michael Jackson (no relation to the other one) from the network who picked up the line "God is love" spoken by Six to Baltar.  Mary interjected John McCain said the exact same thing just the other day!  Ron said although he wanted BSG to have a contemporary feel, he still wanted the super-structure of the show to base on the original series--it's about a Commander named Adama, his son, and the rag-tag fleet.  There's Apollo, and his best friend Starbuck, whom he probably has the hots for.  (I can't begin to describe how happy I was upon hearing RDM say the show is about Adama and his son!!!)

The next thing I can remember was Lucy's comments that aside from the incredible cast, writers and directors, BSG also has an amazing crew.  She specifically singled out the music was phenomenal.  I was silently cheering "Yay!  Bear McCreary!"  Ron concurred and he also added a little fact that back in the mini series, when Adama "gave his benediction, or farewell", when the Viper squadron did its flyby, you hear this fanfare which was their nod to the original series for nostalgia.  He also mentioned they chose percussion music such as Taiko drums to set the series apart from other scifi dramas.  I have to say I really love the music from BSG, especially those drums.  They are so pulsating, and in some cases even ominous.  I think they befit the theme of the story perfectly.

As they were on the subject of music, Mary told a story of Eddie bringing a piece of music on the set during the mini series that ended up having a great effect on the cast and crew.  She described the piece as being very organic.  She was struggling to remember the name of the artist who did it, a voice in the audience readily supplied her with the answer.  I'm pretty impressed with the knowledge base of the fandom here!  Mary very charmingly told Eddie to "shut up" because she's telling something nice about him, and if he interrupted her, that would be rude!  Anyway, she described how Eddie gave the music to everyone and played it all the time.  The entire cast and crew all got into the music, and through it, they all bounded with each other at the very beginning.  Her tale drew a round of applauses.  It's so nice to hear these people who are making the show have such fantastic relationship with each other.

Lucy put in how nice it was for Eddie and Mary to look after everyone on the set.  They are sort of like the leaders who set examples and protect everyone.  Ron chimed in that Eddie in fact commands CIC.  Even when he walked on the set there, he had to listen to Eddie's directions!  The same goes to Colonial One--that's Mary's domain.  I think it was David who added they were very fortunate to have a great ensemble here.  He said they are lucky that no actor has refused to come out of his/her trailer yet that would cause problem for the production!  Ron commented that when Eddie and Mary, two world renowned actor and actress demonstrated they value what they are doing, put their passion into it, the other actors all followed suit.

Lucy then asked the actors what drew them to the project.  Mary answered:  "Writing!"  The audience cheered.  Eddie then mentioned the three paged "prologue", or what's commonly known as "the bible," was what caught his attention.  Ron jokingly said it (the bible) was "an act of desperation."  He said it was David who made him write it.  It was David's idea that they needed a synopsis of what they were going to do to get people pass the first page that says "Battlestar Galactica."  Hubby was very impressed at David upon hearing that.

To be continued...