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Captain Apollo (Original Series) - Battlestar Galactica

Apollo from Battlestar Galactica played by Richard Hatch.

Apollo is a fictional male Kobolian in the Battlestar Galactica television series who was played on screen by Richard Hatch. Apollo holds the rank of Captain within the Battlestar Galactica.

Captain Apollo is one of the lead characters in the original series of Battlestar Galactica.

Unlike in the re-imagined series, there was no Earth name like Lee. Apollo was one of the senior Colonial Viper pilots in the Galactica crew alongside Lieutenant Starbuck and Lieutenant Boomer. In addition to being the son of Commander Adama, he had one brother, Zak Adama and a sister, Lieutenant Athena.

Apollo's Family

Apollo and Zak Adama

Apollo had a brother Zak who when the peace treaty was being signed had just qualified as a pilot. Zak was eager to get out there and do some fighting. Lieutenant Starbuck feigned an injury so that Zak was able to have the opportunity to do his first flight.

Apollo and Zak's first reconnaissance mission discovered a large contingent of Cylon fighters hiding, ready to attack. Zak's viper was damaged and therefore wasn't able to outrun the Cylons and was killed. Apollo had to get back to the Galactica to warn the fleet otherwise the Galactica and Colonials would be dead.

Apollo and his Father, Commander Adama

The relationship might have been strained at times, it was not as strained as it was in the re-imagined series. In the re-imagined series, Zak Adama was killed before the series began and Lee Adama held his father responsible for the death. In the original series, Zak Adama died during a patrol in the first episode.

Apollo's Relationships

Apollo and Serena

Apollo would become romantically involved with Serena who was a survivor from Caprica after the Cylons attacked. Serena was a widower with a son, Boxey.

Serena wanted to become a colonial viper pilot like Apollo but Apollo was against the idea. Apollo couldn't stand in her way and her dream was fulfiled. When the male pilots became ill, it was the turn of the women to take up arms. During a patrol, Serena would be hit and die after making it back to the Galactica.

Apollo would undertake the duties of a step-father and continue to look after Boxey for the rest of the series.

Apollo and Lieutenant Sheba

During the middle of the original series, the Galactica found the Battlestar Pegasus. It was still under the control of Admiral Cain, the legendary Battlestar Commander. Cain had a daughter, Lieutenant Sheba who was assigned to the Galactica for a mission to attack Gamoray.

After the mission was a success, the Pegasus disappeared although not believed to have been destroyed. Lieutenant Sheba was left behind on the Galactica. Over time, Apollo and Sheba would feel an attraction for one another and become close. Apollo would marry Sheba but that would only be revealed in the extended Universe in print.

Apollo's Friendships

Apollo and Lieutenant Starbuck

Lieutenant Starbuck was the second most important Colonial Viper pilot after Apollo. Starbuck was Apollo's closest friend and the two were inseparable. At one time it might have seen them become brothers-in-law before Starbuck took interest in Cassiopeia instead. Who Apollo was interested in wasn't much of a concern for Apollo and didn't affect their relationship.

Lieutenant Boomer

Apollo wasn't as close to Lieutenant Boomer as he was to Starbuck. Lieutenant Boomer's appearances dropped in the second half of the series. Lieutenant Sheba took over the lead role which Lieutenant Boomer seemed to have vacated.

Richard Hatch / Tom Zarek

Richard Hatch was synonymous with the role. He had tried to get the series updated in the nineties, producing a short film to try to sell the idea. The idea failed to sell and wasn't taken up. The updated version was known as "The Second Coming". It can be view on You Tube. The graphics are nothing compared to the quality that you get now.

He had also written a number of Battlestar Galactica books tied in with the franchise. When the series was rebooted, he took on the role of Tom Zarek, a Sagittaron terrorist who after being released from prison became a politician.

Apollo Facts

Alien RaceKobolian
AllegianceThe Battlestar Galactica
ActorRichard Hatch
Last UpdatedSaturday, June 22, 2019

Copyright: Vivendi Universal

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