INTERVIEW: Battle Briefing

Battle Briefing
By: Steven Eramo
Date: September 2006
Source: TV Zone #205






We hear about Season Three from the cast members, including James Callis, Jamie Bamber, Nicki Clyne and Aaron Douglas, who drop a few hints about the missing year, the terrors of Cylon occupation, and the trials of ‘fat suits’…

Along with Baltar, another Galactica character who has had plenty of dealings with the Cylons, albeit completely unknowingly, is Chief Tyrol. He fell in love with Lt. Sharon ‘Boomer’ Valerii, who turned out to be one of several Boomer / Cylon models. The chief also confided in a priest, Brother Cavil, who is later exposed as a Cylon. Working with Dean Stockwell during Cavil’s scenes has been a treat, explains Aaron Douglas, who plays Tyrol.

“First of all, Dean Stockwell is unbelievable”, smiles Douglas. “What an amazing actor and just a really neat and congenial guy. I remember the two of us were halfway through the day’s work on the second season finale and Dean said to me. ‘I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying myself. I really like the writing as well as being up here in Vancouver and working with this cast and crew. Too bad I get killed.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean you get killed?’ and Dean said, ‘They shoot my character out of an airlock in episode 20.’

“I said to him, ‘You’re a Cylon,’ but he didn’t know what that meant. So I went on to explain to Dean that there are 12 Human Cylon models and an infinite number of each model. I told him, ‘That means they just keep making more, so if you want, I’m sure they’d be happy to bring you back.’ Dean said ‘Jeez, I’d love that.’ Not long after, I was talking with David Eick [Galactica’s executive producer] and I happened to mention to him what Dean had said to me. I’m pleased to report that Dean returned at the start of this year and he had a ball. Hopefully, we’ll see more of Brother Cavil later in Season Three.”


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