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September 11, 2005

Battlestar Canadia

So, we've definitely gotten hooked on Battlestar Galactica (the kidz call it BSG), and one thing that we've found... well... just funny is how it is essentially a Canadian production. I mean, beyond being shot in Vancouver, the bulk of the actors are Canadian, and don't try to hide it. I mean, Col. Tigh, played by Michael Hogan, might as well be wearing a toque, and eating ketchup chips, his accent is so strong.

Canadians are definitely proud to have the production in their land.

Anyway, the show's Canadian cast:

Tricia Helfer (pretty evil blond cylon)
Grace Park (pretty clueless Boomer)
Tahmok Penikett (pretty boring Caprica-left-behind Helo)
Kandyse McClure (pretty boring Uhura stand-in)
Paul Campbell (upstanding boy servant to the president)
Aaron Douglas ("chief")
Nicki Clyne (cute chubby-cheeked mechanic)
Donnelly Rhodes (smoking doctor)
Callum Keith Rennie (prophetic Cylon captee)
Kate Vernon (two words: Lady Macbeth)
Jennifer Halley (Seelix)

And on, and on. I've never seen an ostensibly American show so upfront about casting Canadians. I mean, the X-Files, which was also shot in Vancouver, frequently had Canadians in single-episode parts, but for a show's cast to be so Canuck-y. And Canucks who in no way are trying to hide their accents, well, that's new for me.

Special to the Canadians reading peterme: IMDB reveals that Michael Hogan got his TV start as an actor on.... "The Littlest Hobo"! (To Americans: "The Littlest Hobo" is one of those cultural things that makes very clear the distinction between Canadians and Americans. All Canadians know the story of this dog's adventures, whereas you'd be hard-pressed to find an American who'd ever even heard of it.)

Posted by peterme at September 11, 2005 10:35 AM

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Clearly my being Canadian has affected me hearing, as I think that Col. Tigh's accent is sort of like Christopher Lambert's. Where Lambert's has been described as "European", I find Hogan's to be "North American" in a nice, region-neutral way.

Personally I have the most difficulty reconciling Rhodes' Doctor with his character on Davinci's Inquest :)

"The Littlest Hobo"... that brings back memories. Now I have "Hammy Hamster", "Polkadot Door", "Tales of the Green Forest", and "Fraggle Rock" coursing through my mind!

Posted by: Jason Foster at September 11, 2005 11:10 AM

and also Lorena Gale as the priestess. among others, I'm sure -- as they seem to have cast everybody except the big names out of Vancouver.

Posted by: julie at September 14, 2005 03:39 PM

I wrote a review of Flight of the Phoenix here:

Plus I linked to you.

I too am damn proud Galactica is Canadian. :)
I wonder what they think about Vancouver moving out to see this week? 8O

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