Monday, 24 January 2011

Interviews with Alessandra Torresani, Jane Espenson and Kevin Grazier

A few interviews in this round. More updates coming later.

Jane Espenson did a couple of interviews recently. One appeared on the Italian site (scroll down for the English version). In it, she talks about her work on Buffy, Torchwood, Firefly, Warehouse 13, Game of Thrones, and Caprica. In case it the finale ending wasn't clear to everyone, here is the relevant bit:

Even though it was canceled, it sort of had a real end. Was it the end you had in mind for the first season and you originally wanted to show us what would happen after that in following seasons, or did you speed things up to show us the series' real end?

We did accelerate the story a lot at the end, but not because we had any notion of trying to give viewers a conclusion to a canceled show. The cancelation (actually it was simply not renewed) happened long after the episodes were written. Instead, it was just the result of a sense that we wanted to get to the good stuff, that we should pick up the pace a bit for the good of the show.

The other interview is also with Caprica and Battlestar Galactica science consultant Kevin Grazier and it includes a detailed map of the Colonies. It appeared on earlier today. Here are a couple of snippets:

I didn't realize there were four different stars in the Cyrannus star system. I had always wondered if there were just 12 habitable planets clustered around a single sun. Where did the idea of four different stars come from? Was this in the show bible someplace? I'm especially curious about Leonis, the "heart of the colonies," which I don't think we ever heard about. Also, Scorpion, the "playground of the colonies." Is that the colonial version of Risa?

Jane: Even back before Caprica the show existed, I believe Kevin and I had talked a bit about the configuration of the colonies. All the work on that is his. I instinctively loved the idea of a star cluster. The idea of 12 habitable planets all orbiting one star just seemed unworkable. And crowded. This group of stars makes so much sense. Kevin was at work on the configuration of stars and planets long before we shot a single frame.

Kevin: Indeed, the instant Ron hired me on BSG, I was so excited, I went home, read the series bible and the first two scripts for "33" and "Water", then proceeded to hack out a document on the astronomy of the Twelve Colonies – how might we get twelve habitable planets in one star system (which is stated in Ron's series bible). (...)

I know that Caprica was going to show us the twelve colonies growing closer together. Would we have dealt with the challenges of having four different stellar systems coming together?

Jane: Probably not. This was clearly a stable system, taking for granted by the people who lived there. It doesn't immediately suggest an emotionally-charged story to me. At least we didn't have anything planned along these lines. -- Space porn continues at

And here is a recent interview with Alessandra Torresani, from the Golden Globes Awards Give Back Hollywood Gift Suite. She talks about Caprica, the best things about working on the show, and about her new pilot, Circling the Drain (no real news on that front, so fingers crossed). There is a message for Caprica fans at the end.

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