Last night was a busy night for this TV Addict, so busy in fact that I had to PVR BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Yet after reading headlines like ‘What to make of Starbuck’s “Galactica” surprise’ and ‘Katee Sackhoff “Shocked” and “blown away when she first read the script’ I knew I had to get my priorities straight, cast aside my ‘real work’ and get to my television immediately (Of course if my ‘boss’ is reading this…. I really am hard at work typing away like a busy bee).
We all knew it was coming. In fact, in an interview with Maureen Ryan months ago, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA masterminds Ronald D. Moore and David Eick essentially told us that “Galactica will suffer a shocking loss and Kara is a key member of the crew.” That said, I did not expect Kara’s ‘death’ to be so sudden. Her ship exploded, the credits rolled and I sat in front of the television in shock.
Kara Thrace can’t be dead. She was the heart and soul of Galactica. Her emotion, anger and constant will to survive always gave this us hope that against all odds, the Cylons would never defeat our intrepid heroes. With Kara gone, will anything ever be the same? Will BATTLESTAR GALACTICA be the same show that it once was? Ronald D. Moore certainly doesn’t think so, as he reiterated to Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune.
“It’s a fundamental and permanent change in the makeup of the show’s cast and of the show itself and how the show operates and what the show is about. It’s a very dramatic change of direction.”
Okay, so we’re getting a fundamental and permanent change to the make up of the show — a dramatic change of direction. What exactly does that mean?
This TV Addict’s theory involves a complex mathematical equation that proves the existence of a third dimensional… okay, who am I kidding — I watch far too much television to be good at math. Here’s my theory: Kara “Starbuck” Thrace is gone from Galactica but not the show itself. She’ll appear in a shocking scene that ends the season on a cliffhanger and make good on David Eick’s promise that, “the reverberations will be felt into the following season.”
Starbuck will be back. As a Cylon? One of the mysterious final five? I honestly have no idea. But mark my words, we haven’t see the last of Kara Thrace. Post away with your theories.