Presented by James M. Tate / 10/29/2013 / No comments / science-fiction , seventies , zeroes
RICHARD HATCH ON THE OLD AND NEW BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
What’s your favorite episode of the original series?
|from THE HAND OF GOD|
You’re prominent in the episode “The Lost Warrior,” where Apollo’s forced to land on a planet and helps a mother, her son, and their small town against a lone Cylon and his human master…
|Lost Warrior episode|
And one of the things I thought would open up at least an area of interest was to have a son, which nobody else on the show had, so, I really wanted them to keep Noah Hathaway in the show, even though I think they were talking about exiting that character... I asked them to keep that character in.
But I did think the original show needed to get more into exploring the life and death challenges of surviving in space, every day, and get into the community of Battlestar, rather than just being on the ship and running down to this planet or that planet, which is fine to do but I think the best shows in the beginning, that I loved the most, are where we were trying to help people survive, and dealing with the ups and downs of trying to rebuild communities, and trying to deal with the logistics of surviving and all the stories that would come from that.
|Starbuck & Cylons|
And so those early shows allowed the Apollo character to blossom a little bit, and you could appreciate that character more in those original episodes.
|Starbuck & Apollo|
And I had multiple lunches with the writers; it wasn’t about being the star of a particular episode, as much as it was having interesting themes to play and interesting dramatic situations that would challenge the Apollo character and bring challenge for everybody in the show.
|Starbuck & Apollo|
Why do the girls always go for the bad guy or the naughty guy? I think writers love to write for deliciously bad characters or flawed characters, and when a character is kind of the, you know, good guy, they’re not as interested.
But unfortunately, the good guys, or good girls, are so overlooked and unappreciated and it’s an interesting kind of thing that people are always, in a sense… They want more of the bad thing, they’re always attracted to the dark side, and I guess that’s where our culture is.
Onto the new “Battlestar Galactica,” in which you played an important character, "Tom Zarek"… What are some differences between the two shows?
|Hatch in New Series|
And that’s the whole story arc of drama: that you create controversy, you throw gasoline on the fire because you want to build the drama – so you’re always looking for conflict.
The new show kind of had every character being complex, very flawed, morally conflicted, and it took a while to get into those characters and like them because they seemed to have so many issues and problems. But as the show went on, we got to see their humanity, we got to see a deeper part of who these characters were, and then we slowly bonded to these characters, and fell in love with these characters as well...
So in a sense they started out making the characters very conflicted, and in some cases unlikable, and then we grew to love them, and we grew to love the relationships. Whereas the original show started out with us loving these characters, they were not so flawed, and we could bond with them immediately.
|Jane Seymour & Richard|
Although both stories obviously had different mythology and backgrounds but, again, I love both shows.
|Apollo & Boomer|
There was a court, it looked like a basketball court; it was a combination of football and basketball and soccer and there was a whole thing of trying to get it through and we figured out the logistics of it... We kind of played with it with the stunt guys and we evolved the way the whole game’s played, so that was fun to be part. And the spandex was a little painful, but other than that…