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Ron Moore explains how ‘Battlestar Galactica’ would be different if it was on now

David Eick, Ron Moore and the "Battlestar Galactica" cast at the show’s reunion panel at Comic-Con.

“Battlestar Galactica” was a product of its time.

On Thursday at Comic-Con, eight years after the series finale, "Battlestar Galactica” executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick joined cast members Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Trucco and Aaron Douglas for a reunion panel. The gathering reinforced the show’s particular place in television history.

During a conversation peppered with references to VHS tapes and Internet message boards before the prevalence of social media, Moore was asked how different the show would be if it was airing right now.

“It would be fundamentally different because we wrote the show and made it at a very specific time in the country’s history,” said Moore. “We were reflecting things that were going on around us and watching through a science fiction prism.”

Moore explained how a "Battlestar Galactica" created in 2017 could not possibly ignore the current events and divisive political climate that dominate headlines.

“If you were doing it today, yeah, you would have to take into account this world that we live in now and find a way to not just mock it, but try to find some way to talk about it in a way that was different,” he said. “One of the things we did successfully on the show, I think, was to look at issues from different points of view that weren’t the obvious parallel for what was going on.”

What would remain the same, Moore continued, would be how the show approached these current events.

“If we were doing it today we would want to find similar off-the-notes ideas and ways of coming at issues that are all around us by doing it with some interesting analogy.”

One topic fans could probably expect this hypothetical show to address? Probably a "crazy, unqualified captain" and themes about colluding with the enemy.

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