When SyFy ran with the reimaged ‘Battlestar Galactica’ series, it reached new heights of acclaim with both fans and critics. However, for as much as people loved or hated the show there was one thing that will forever bother the fans. What the hell happened to Kara Thrace?
Warning: There are spoilers below
Kara “Starbuck” Thrace was always one of the main characters of the series. She was always one of the strongest and most delicate female characters on screen and, to an extent, in science fiction on the whole. The problem with her? Near the end of season 3 of ‘Battlestar Galactica’, her plane went down and she had apparently died. Yet a season later she returned, though different from the experience.
Gone was the cocky know it all Starbuck we had come to love throughout the show and in her place was a woman who knew the one thing they had to do. She was a little crazy (and not in the fun way she had been before) and she was on a mission. In the final episode as she was saying goodbye to Apollo, the one man who would always love her, she disappeared as he was saying his goodbye.
No one ever was able to get a clear answer on what happened to her and two of the show’s producers, Michael Taylor and Paul Leonard, recently chimed in on the subject. It turns out they didn’t really know what was going on with her either according to some recent quotes covered in Blastr.
When asked what they thought happened to once cocky pilot, Taylor jokingly answered:
“Well, she was either an angel, or she ducked down really low beneath the tall grass. You just couldn’t see her, you know?”
I have to admit I do like the idea of Starbuck hiding in the grass ready to jump out and yell “Boo!” as it just seems fitting for her character. Leonard had a much more direct and better answer that still left things up in the air:
“I’m pretty sure Starbuck died near the end of Season 3…. Walking Dead Starbuck was what all her dialogue was under after that,”
Leonard also added that Sackhoff herself didn’t always understand what her character really was from Season Four onward.
Has that helped answer anyone’s thoughts on the matter? It would really appear that both seemed to think she had died, so I’m pretty sure the general consensus of her passing away at the close of Season 3 was true and whatever came back wasn’t quite her.
What do you think? Do you think she somehow survived? Was she given a second chance by ‘God’ or was this an angel? Or has it all happened before and it will all happen again because the entire world of ‘Battlestar’ is just a setup in a VR environment as was being created in it’s prequel ‘Caprica’? No matter what we all think happened to Starbuck, the show will forever go down as one of the best pieces of science fiction on television. So say we all!