SFF Heroes: Kara Thrace


Ripley was the trail-blazer; but Kara Thrace (call sign ‘Starbuck’) is, for many of us, the quintessential female SF action hero.  She’s a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, maverick daughter-of-a-bitch who hates authority and always breaks the rules – but is, just, the best.  The bravest, the boldest, the best at piloting, the most-tattooed – what’s not to love?

By the last season of Battlestar Galactica, the show which made Kara famous, the plot twists were so complex and so numerous that any actor who dared to ask ‘Er, what’s my motivation in this scene?’ would receive a 400 page email in response.  Kara’s character suffered more than any other from this plot-monster syndrome – her character arc was abandoned in favour of a narrative twist so immense it actually squelched all the drama.  But before then..Kara’s on-off relationship with Lee Adama, her daughter-father relationship with Admiral Adama, and her open contempt for Colonel Tigh (who she punches in, I think, the pilot episode), all these are compelling and bewildering – in the way that real people ARE bewildering.  Kara is brave – but she’s also a mixed up kid.

So frak all detractors; Kara Thrace (played by actor Katee Sackhoff) is my SFF Hero of today.

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