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Commander William Adama - Battlestar Galactica

William Adama from Battlestar Galactica played by Edward James Olmos.

William Adama is a fictional male Kobolian ( 2003 ) commander in the Battlestar Galactica television series who was played on screen by Edward James Olmos. William Adama holds the rank of Commander within the Battlestar Galactica.

In addition to his role in Galactica, Edward is also remembered for his role as Lieutenant Martin "Marty" Castillo in the eighties police television series Miami Vice. He has also appeared in both Blade Runner films as Graf.

Commander William Adama is the re-imagined character of Commander Adama of the original series. He is also referred to as Bill Adama. Adama used to use the call sign 'Husker' when he flew Colonial Vipers. The original series version was known without a first name, the second series added a first name to the character.

Commander William Adama was looking forward to the retirement of both him and his ship, the Battlestar Galactica when news came of the Cylon attack on the twelve colonies. He managed to protect his ship so that it wasn't destroyed unlike the fate of the other battlestars.

Galactica survived partly because it was old, the electronics and computers hadn't been upgraded. When Doctor Gaius Baltar gave access to Number Six to the defence mainframe believing it was for industrial spying rather than sabotage, Six was able to install a trojan horse virus that would enable the Cylon marauders to shut down the Colonial fighters and battlestars making them easy to destroy.

For a long time, he believed that his was the only battlestar until he came across the Battlestar Pegasus captained by Admiral Helena Cain.

Despite theories, Commander William Adama is not a Cylon unlike his Executive Officer, Saul Tigh who was revealed to be a Cylon.

Like a number of actors, Edward did some improvisation in Maelstrom by destroying the model ship in a fit of rage. What no one had told Edward beforehand was that the ship was expensive and on loan. Had someone told him, he wouldn't have damaged it. Wiki

The Adama Family

There were two children of Josephs that was named William. In the Caprica series, for most of it, you see the elder one who is killed off at the end of the series. The second William is named in honour of his brother which he never got to see.

The older William Adama is Tauron by birth but his family moved to Caprica when William was young. The Caprica series showed the older William. Both Williams' father, Joseph Adama was a lawyer for dubious businesses. Uncle Sam Adama was a vicious thug for a Mafia style criminal organisation and was also professional hitman. If Sam had his way, William wouldn't be in the military, instead he would be a hitman like Sam.

Williams' sister, Tamara and mother Shannon Adama were on a train when it was blown up by terrorists belonging to the religious monthestic terrorists, Soldiers of the One. Religion in the twelve colonies were polythesis, believing in there being many gods, similar to how the Greeks and the Romans worshiped in ancient time. A virtual copy of Tamara was created by Daniel Grayson in order to gain the help of Joseph Adama. William never got to meet his sisters virtual clone.

Adama's Wife, Carolanne Adama

In A Day in the Life, we see what married life was like for William. William was married to Carolanne who was the mother to both Lee and his brother Zak Adama. His memories of his and Carolanne one was a happy one. However, Lee shocks wakes him up to the reality when he discovers his father is drinking to get over it. The main cause of the fighting between the married couple was that William was away for a lot of the time and that was causing a strain on their family life.

William 'Husker' Adama in the Blood and Chrome webisodes played by Luke Pasqualino

First Cylon War

There are two Cylon Wars, the one in which the Cylons destroy the Twelve Colonies forcing the Colonials to go on the run is the second. There is no series focusing solely on the First Cylon War, there are numerous flashback scenes and one film. William Adama is a Colonial Fighter pilot in his twenties during the first war. In the flashbacks, William is played by Nico Cortez but for the spin-off film, he is played by Luke Pasqualino.

Blood and Chrome

Blood and Chrome is the only film that is fully set during the first war against the Cylons in the re-imagined series. In the Plan, we do see William on a mission as the armistice is about to be announced but we don't see any context about what he is doing apart from trying to gain access to what seems to be a Cylon research station.

William 'Husker' Adama is assigned to a top secret mission with Coker Fasjovik as the co-pilot. His mission which is his first in the war is to deliver Becca Kelly to an Ice world deep in Cylon territory. The Ice World is probably a nod to Gun on Ice planet episode of the original series.

When the Colonials arrive on the Ice World, Becca is to upload code into the Cylon mainframe. William and Coker believe the code is a virus that will disarm the Cylons but it is actually a message to the Cylons that is essentially a surrender call. Coker is suspicious of Becca but William rejects the accusations that Coker makes until the end.

The actor who plays Adama in the film is different to the actor who played Adama in the film Razor. Although both operations are set on Ice worlds, they are completely different missions.

Zak and Kara Thrace

Zak like his bother Lee and his father wanted to be a Colonial Viper pilot. Zak was in a relationship with his trainer, Lieutenant Kara Thrace. Having a relationship clouded Starbuck's decision making and she passed Zak on a test where Starbuck should have failed him. After "passing" the test, Zak was involved in an accident and died.

In the opening of the series, the relationship between Lee and his father is fraught. Lee holds his dad responsible for the death of his brother. For the retirement ceremony, Lee is invited to take the lead in the flyby which he only agrees to do because he is a colonial pilot and is following orders.

Things between the son and father are slightly repaired when Starbuck confesses that she should have failed him as she is about to head off to fight the Cylons. Lee tells his father the truth. When Adama confronts Starbuck, he is understandably angry but believes that the fight against the Cylons is more important now than to punish her.

In the original series, Zak was killed in the opening episode by the Cylons. Zak had been eager to go out on patrol, his first ever. Starbuck knew how much it meant to Zak so he allowed Zak to take his place. During a routine patrol, Zak was unable to make it back to the Galactica. Apollo had to go on his own and leave his brother to the Cylons. Zak never made it back. Apollo had a close brotherly connection with Starbuck, the two of them were never far apart from one another.

Adama's Friendship with Saul Tigh

William has had a long and close friendship with Saul Tigh since the war times. When William stood down from commanding the Galactica, William had no hesitation to promote Col. Saul Tigh to leadership of the Galactica. William was unaware until the end that Saul was a Cylon. Given that he had trusted Athena and was willing to agree a pact with the Cylons meant he was willing to see people as individuals and not collectively.

In Scattered, there is a scene where both Saul and William are seen drinking in a bar and getting drunk. William has a moustache and Saul is wearing a wig to de-age him. The producers try to make him look like when he was Lieutenant Martin Castillo.

Although Saul Tigh is a Cylon and despite what other people might think, Adama is not a Cylon. Adama is a human like all the other Colonial characters in the series.

Adama's Relationship with Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii

Lieutenant Sharon Valerii was a senior Colonial Viper pilot who throughout the first series had doubts as to whether she was human or Cylon. After solo destroying a Cylon Basestar by planting a nuclear bomb inside, Sharon returns to the Galactica and then shoots William. During Williams time recuperating, Saul Tigh takes control of the fleet. Sharon is later shot dead by Cally as Sharon is being led along a corridor.

When Lieutenant Helo returns to the fleet with a pregnant Valerii clone, William finds it hard to accept Sharon but eventually does. The clone that came back with Helo is renamed Athena, a nod to the character in the first series. Over time, Athena gains the trust of Adama and they become trusting of one another.

William would come face to face with Boomer when a Number Six clone tips Adama off that the clone in front is Boomer. Adama attacks Boomer.

Adama's Relationship with President Laura Roslin

William and President Laura Roslin agreed that matters relating to military would be taken by William and everything else would be dealt with by Laura. When Kara disobeys William and heads back to Caprica to collect an Arrow of Apollo, William orders the arrest of Laura and puts her in the brig, causing a crisis in the fleet. Over time, the two of them grow close to the extent that they end up sleeping together.

When the Galactica fleet eventually reach the new planet of Earth, that is our planet, the colonists spread out across the planet. On his way to a new location, Laura finally succumbs to cancer and dies with only him as company.

Adama's Friendship with Admiral Helena Cain

When the Galactica found Battlestar Pegasus, Helena took control of the fleet much to the disappointment of William because she outranked him. William plotted with Kara to kill Cain so he could gain control of the fleet. Admiral Caine plotted with Colonel Jack Fisk to kill Adama. At the end of the successful joint mission by both Battlestar crews to destroy the Resurrection Ship, both decided to no go ahead with the assassination plans. However, for Cain, it was not going to end well, Doctor Gaius Baltar released a Number Six clone who was being held in brig and was being tortured for information.

After Admiral Cain was killed, William assumed command of the fleet. William was determined that command of the Pegasus would come from within, first he promoted Colonel Jack Fisk. Fisk was a bad choice for the command as he was heavily involved with the Black Market on board the Pegasus. The next one in charge was the Chief Engineer whose command didn't last long. In the end, he assigned his son Lee to command the Pegasus until someone could be identified and promoted to the Captainship.

Admiral Adama

After Admiral Cain was killed, it was not long after that President Roslin decided that she would promote Commander Adama to role of Admiral. He would stay at that rank for the rest of the journey.

Galactica Mutiny

When Adama agrees to a pact with a group of Cylons, not everyone accepts the pact. The Cylons will upgrade the Galactica and the two will try to find Earth together. The mutiny leaders are Tom Zarek and Lieutenant Felix Gaeta. The Mutiny Leaders arrest Adama and put him on trial in a kangaroo court.

The judge in the mutiny court is Tom Zarek so the result is already known. Lee Adama who is a politician now leads the fight back against the Mutiny and restores his fathers command of the ship. The mutiny leaders are released out into space.

Up and until the pact with the Cylons, Felix had been a loyal, senior and dependable member of the Galactica crew. Tom Zarek had been a released Sagittaron terrorist who became a politician but who then attempted to assume the presidency through the coup. When the leaders of the Colonials refused to give their blessing for President Zarek, Zarek had them assassinated.

William Adama Facts

Alien RaceKobolian ( 2003 )
AllegianceThe Battlestar Galactica
ActorEdward James Olmos
Last UpdatedSaturday, June 22, 2019

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Yeah he played Martin catillo the lieutenant in charge of them,but he ROCKSSSSSSSSSS In BSG WAY TO GO EDDIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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