Battlestar Galactica: Razor, a two-hour TV movie that aired last Saturday, introduced a significant same-sex relationship to the critically acclaimed series by revealing that Admiral Helena Cain (Michelle Forbes) was intimately involved with Gina, one of the copies of Cylon model Number Six.
Tricia Helfer, the actress who plays Number Six, and series co-executive producer Michael Taylor, who wrote Razor, recently answered a few questions via email from AfterEllen.com about Razor, the character of Admiral Cain, and sexuality in the Battlestar Galactica universe.
AfterEllen.com: When shooting the Season 2 episodes “Pegasus” and “Resurrection Ship,” did you know about Gina/Six’s relationship with Cain? If not, how did you understand Cain’s treatment of your character when you were shooting Season 2?
AE: Gina in “Razor” seemed to genuinely care for Helena Cain, but she was also clearly doing the work of the Cylons. Do you think Gina had genuine feelings for Cain?
AE: The character of Gina seems to differ somewhat from Caprica 6 and her other incarnations. Who is Gina in comparison to the other copies?
AE: All of the copies of Number Six seem quite open in their sexuality. What do you think her sexual orientation is, and do you think all Cylons are similarly open?
During the third season of filming, Ron Moore gave the Cylon actors a briefing on “Life on a Cylon Baseship.” In it he states that, among other things, nudity and sexuality are not an issue or taboo for Cylons. I assume then that all the Cylons are similarly open.
AE: When the Season 2 episodes “Pegasus” and “Resurrection Ship” were written, was Admiral Cain’s relationship with Gina/Number Six already in the backstory, or was that relationship created for Razor? If so, why?