Caprican Brain Surgery Is One Of Hodgman's Areas of Expertise

Wondering just how professional expert John Hodgman ended up using his medical expertise on Friday's Battlestar Galactica? Showrunner and producer Ronald D Moore explained on the show's official podcast.

Talking about the comedian and writer's surprise appearance on last week's episode, Moore said:

John's a friend of ours, and a friend of mine and my wife, and we've known him for a few years now. Of course, he has his own very successful career and John was a fan of the show. It was, we really wanted to find something for him to do [on the show]. I think we almost had a role for him to do, I think it was some point last season, I want to say... And then that fell through for scheduling reasons or whatever. And then this [role as Anders' surgeon] came up, and I think it was Jane's... I think it was [producer] Jane Espenson's idea to tap him for this role and I jumped on it, and thought it would be great to have him in this small [role] because it's such a fun little beat as the brain surgeon... Sort of give him just a... taste of something comedic in all of this.

Also mentioned in the podcast commentary: Cavil will play a large part in The Plan, the final BSG TV Movie, which will shed some more light on his behind-the-scenes machinations against the final five cylons, and "Daniel," the newly revealed eighth cylon isn't necessarily important to the remainder of Galactica, but may be part of spin-off Caprica.

Battlestar Galactica Commentary Podcast [Scifi.com]