It was an amazing experience. 110 enthusiastic Battlestar Galactica fans jammed into LaFontana Caffe in Burnaby, chanting “So Say We All” for the benefit of a live television viewing audience across Canada. I’m proud to say we gave our favourite show the frakkin’ good send-off it deserved.
Space Channel did their first ever fully live, coast to coast event called the “Fandom Forum” after the airing of the final episode of Battlestar Galactica. The discussion was based in their studio in Toronto, but Vancouver provided a number of live interludes, and most of the entertainment value. The 13th Colonists in Vancouver really stepped up. With a little less than two weeks to prepare, we had many people in costume, lots of BSG decorations, and our very own hybrid. Seth had them in stitches in Toronto when he delivered his opinion of the last episode, “Perfection achieved. End of line.” Of course, that may have had something to do with fans wondering just where Natasha Eloi had put her hand when it went into the tub of “goo.”
Natasha impressed all of the 13th Colonists with her wit and enthusiasm. Many of the people who got to meet her seemed as “wowed” as they might have been had one of the actors from the show been present. The night was all about the fans, and none of us will ever forget the experience. Space was thrilled with the Vancouver contribution to their show, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see further collaborations between Space and the 13th Colony in the future.
And yes, the topper had to be when Ron Moore came on and thanked the Canadian fans, including the 13th Colony, for their support of Battlestar Galactica. You are very welcome, Mr. Moore. You and the rest of the cast & crew have given us so many hours of amazing quality television in return. We’ll be talking about this show for a long time, and we’ll keep the friends we’ve made through BSG fandom for even longer than that.
We can rightfully say that the 13th Colony is the biggest BSG fan club in Canada. The last episode may have aired, but we’re not going anywhere. Caprica, The Plan…we’ve got plenty to do.
“So Say We All!”