Michael Hogan talks Blood & Chrome, Col. Tigh and Galacticon III
MegaCon is in full swing and Michael Hogan who played Col. Saul Tigh on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, is all smiles. The Convention floor is a buzz with the noise of the attendees, vendors, celebrity’s and fans. You can’t help but feel Hogan’s infectious good mood as he has a way of making you feel at ease as I excitedly ask Hogan if he’s seen the new Blood and Chrome?
“I have not seen the new Blood and Chrome. I read the script when they first wrote it.” Then with a big emphasis of expression, “And I loved it! It was like a walk down memory lane.”
“You know everyone that has come up to me and talked about it just loves it!” He exclaims.
Being the fan I am of Blood and Chrome, I was happy to agree with the Hogan. “Oh it was so good! It was an absolute pleasure.” I say. Shaking his head in agreement, Hogan adds, “Fantastic!”
Caught up in the Blood and Chrome moment I add, “And they did so much of it green screen.” Looking at me with a grin as if he knows where I am going with my comment he says expectantly, “Yeah . . .”
“How much of Battlestar Galactica when you were on it was green screen?”
He looks at me almost dead pan and says, “Absolutely none!”
“For me!” Hogan emphasizes this almost on purpose it seems. “Absolutely none, it was all tactile. That’s one of the reasons the series was so popular with folks at NASA and the military, because of the sets.”
I shift focus then, asking Hogan his thoughts on a subject closer to home, “What was your favorite thing about Col. Tigh? Is he like you in any way?”
Tilting his head back as if searching Hogan says, “Well every character that you play is a part of you. It is you, it’s just a different point of view. I’m a research junkie, so I like to get inside the character of anybody that I portray and their walk of life. But my favorite thing about Col. Tigh, there’s no simple answer to that one. What a gift it was!”
“You did a wonderful job!” I add.
“Thanks man, I appreciate it.” says Hogan with a wicked smile
I ask the Galactica’s second in command one last related question about an upcoming appearance of his in Houston Texas , which I created the convention t-shirt artwork for and am also slated to be a guest at.
“The upcoming convention in Texas, Galacticon III.”
“Yes.” Says the California based actor as he perks up a bit.
“It’s going to be a blast!” I say.
“I know, I am really looking forward to it and I think we are all going to be there.”
“It seems so.” I add.
“It’s been a long time since we have all been together. So look out Houston and lookout fandom.” Hogan says with a childish look in his eye and a devilish grin before continuing, “You fellow nerds. See you all there!” He looks at me all smiles as if to say how was that?
I shake Michael Hogan’s hand and thank him for his time to which he lets me know what a pleasure it was. But really the pleasure was all mine because Michael was a quite simply an all-around nice guy, whose genuine nature and fan friendly attitude are a big plus in my book!
I am really looking forward to catching up with Michael Hogan again at Galacticon III, which will be a ten yearen reunion for the cast of the re-imagined series. Wow, ten yearen!!! Where does the time go? Likewise, this year will be a thirty five year reunion for the cast of the original Battlestar Galactica.
Galacticon III is also taking place in conjunction with Comicpalooza and is sure to be an amazing show as most of the cast from both television shows will be there. Likewise, I will be hosting several panels at the show, one of which is titled, ‘Hispanics in Science Fiction and Fantasy’. This panel will be focusing on three amazingly talented Spanish personalities who have contributed greatly to the realm of science fiction, fantasy and comics.
These three individuals are Edward James Olmos, Boris Valejo & George Perez, all of whom will be receiving lifetime achievement awards from Sci Fi Pulse and Galacticon. And I could not be more honored to host this event, so any true fan of Battlestar Galactica had better make plans for Galacticon III on May 23rd through the 26th at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. SO SAY WE ALL!
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Divorce Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit tye on facebook and www.thelightersideofscifi.com.