Cassiopeia is a fictional female Kobolian in the Battlestar Galactica television series who was portrayed on screen by Laurette Spang. Cassiopeia is a socialite, you could say she was an escort or geisha, to go far as calling her a prostitute might be pushing it a little. In the second half of the series, her character's hair style changes dramatically and her role changes too. In the second part of the series, Cassiopeia is a medical professional and takes part along with Lt. Sheba on assaulting a military base on Gamoray with Starbuck and Apollo. Cassiopeia is one of the many love interests of Lt. Starbuck in the original series. Her character doesn't appear in the new series.
Her character comes to the attention of Starbuck when Starbuck is inspecting the Gemini space carrier. Cassiopeia makes herself known when the colonial pilots are in need of someone to translate what someone from Gemini is saying. Starbuck manages to remove her from the Gemini craft and take her to the Battlestar where he injuries are seen to.
When the Pegasus joins the fleet, Starbuck discovers that Cassiopeia had a relationship with Admiral Cain which Cassiopeia wishes to continue much to the annoyance of both Starbuck and Lt. Sheba. Lt. Sheba is Admiral Cain's daughter.
Before the war, she was romantically involved with Commander Cain, the living legend. When Cain comes onboard the Galactica, Starbuck reveals that he's onboard and she goes off to see him. They rekindle their love for one another much to the disappointment of Sheba. Sheba doesn't approve of the romance partly because of the age difference between the two.
In the assault on Gamoray, the episode with Cain, we find out that Cassiopeia has a use on board the Galactica and not just as Starbuck's love interest. Cassiopeia has medical knowledge which she puts to use on the ground assault when colonial Bojay is hit.
Cassiopeia is also the name of a constellation that was introduced during the Ancient Greeks. Cassiopeia is the vain queen, the mother of Andromeda who was saved from being sacrificed to be eaten by the sea creature, Cetus. Andromeda was saved by Perseus using the severed head of Medusa, the snaked headed Gorgon whose look would turn anything to stone.
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