Colonel Saul Tigh is a fictional male Kobolian ( 2003 ) colonel in the Battlestar Galactica series. The character was portrayed on screen by Michael Hogan. His allegiance / loyalty is to The Battlestar Galactica. Col. Saul Tigh is the eXecutive Office or usually referred to as the X.O. of the Battlestar Galactica. Saul Tigh is the second most senior member of the crew who takes over when Admiral William Adama is unable to do so. He had originally been named Paul Tigh in the first mini-series but they had to change the name of the character to Saul for undisclosed legal reasons.
Col. Saul Tigh is a lifelong friend of Commander William Adama where we see flashbacks of the two in their youth. We see Tigh with a full head of hair and William with a moustache. William trusts his friend explicitly. Saul Tigh is known for liking drinking alcohol which he does with his wife Ellen. Unbeknown to himself and Commander Adama, Tigh is a Cylon who has infiltrated Kobol life. Even when he finds out that hes a Cylon, he remains steadfast loyal to Battlestar Galactica and unlike Tory Foster, doesn't change sides.
When Tigh finds out he is a Cylon along with Cpl. Tyrol, Tory Foster and Samuel Anders, they all agree to keep it a secret but eventually Saul owns up to his old friend Bill Adama. Even though he is a Cylon, Adama continues to trust his friend.
When Adama is shot by a Lt. Sharon Valerii ( Boomer ) clone, he takes over as the commander of the ship. He doesn't at that point in time know he's a Cylon. He calls the Cylons walking toasters as a put down.
When William resigns his commission and leaves the Galactica so that he can wait for the return of President Laura Roslin, Saul who now knows he's a Cylon but William doesn't is given command of the Galactica.
He is married to Ellen Tigh who he believes was killed during the attack on the twelve colonies. They had no children together. Ellen is discovered in the fleet and is reunited with Saul on the Galactica (Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down). During the occupation of New Caprica, his wife betrays the resistance. When the resistance finds out about the betrayal, Saul carries out the difficult task of executing his wife. Saul kills his wife by lacing her drink with poison rather than shooting her in the back of the head. His wife Ellen had been leaking information about the resistance to a Brother John Cavil clone during favours sessions.
Tigh is amazed to find that the twelfth model of the Cylons is indeed his wife and struggles to come to terms with it. Tigh discovers that Ellen is the twelfth Cylon clone. On the nuked planet that they come across, when Saul walks into the water, he has visions of an earlier self when he struggled to save Ellen after an explosion. It is revealed that Tigh and the other final five were from the nuked planet and that they left the plant and went to the twelve colonies. The final models' memories were wiped and they integrated into society.
The Galactica holds a Number Six clone in the brig. After discovering he is a Cylon, Saul Tigh starts to visit the prison a lot of the time. Later Dr. Cottle reveals that the clone is pregnant prompting William to have stern words with Saul but he doesnt not have the evidence to say it is Sauls. The only evidence is knowing he's been seeing the Clone and that when Saul visits the clone, the security cameras are turned off.
In the original series, Col. Tigh was played by Terry Carter. The casting of Michael Hogan to play the Tigh was controversial because the original character was of African-American descent whereas Michael Hogan was white European descent. In the original series, he was just known as colonel Tigh, the first name was added for the new series.
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