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Lieutenant Kara Thrace ( Starbuck ) - Battlestar Galactica

Kara Thrace from Battlestar Galactica played by Katee Sackhoff.

Kara Thrace is a fictional female Kobolian ( 2003 ) pilot in the Battlestar Galactica television series who was played on screen by Katee Sackhoff. Kara Thrace holds the rank of Lieutenant within the Battlestar Galactica.

One of the biggest changes to the original television series, Starbuck has now become a female. This has upset many fans of the original. Starbuck was a womanising, wheel-dealer and not forgetting his slyness pilot. Enter the new Starbuck, a cigar chomping, a person who has total disrespect for authority, hitting Col. Saul Tigh at the start of the series. Why they made her a woman is beyond me? Were they not aware of Lieutenant Athena or Lieutenant Sheba, couldn't Katee play her and bring her character to the fore ?


There were two times that Kara disappeared, once she was lost in a battle. The second she went through a storm and what she thought was hours was months for the rest of the fleet. During one battle with Cylons', her ship is damaged and she crash lands on a desert planet. Also on the planet is a crashed Cylon Fighter which she uses to escape from the planet and return to the fleet. Kara learns the controls of the fighter and takes it on an unauthorised flight back to Caprica to retrieve an arrow. The arrow points the way to Earth. She has to use all her wits about her as she fends for herself on the Cylon occupied planet. It's not long before she joins up with Helo who's been on the planet for some time.

When an accident wipes out a group of pilots, Starbuck is assigned to train a new group of them up because Commander William Adama regards her as the best pilot the Battlestar Galactica has.


When Katee was captured on Caprica, she was held in a hospital and tended to by a Simon O'Neill clone. He tended to her health and tried to make her feel as comfortable as possible whilst carrying out experiments on her. Kara managed to escape and kill the clone before another one came and so she killed him. During the escape, she witnessed a number of humans linked up to a machine. One of those was someone who looked like Lieutenant Sharon Valerii. It could well have been the real biological Boomer whom they had modelled the Number Eights on. As she was fleeing at the time, she didn't attempt to rescue Boomer.

When Doctor Gaius Baltar as president orders the fleet down onto New Caprica, she goes down with the settlers. On the planet, she is captured by a Leoben Conoy who tries to convince Starbuck that they are married and that they have a daughter together. However both of these are lies and when the settlers are rescued, the daughter is reunited with her mother. Starbuck is both happy and sad that the child isn't actually hers.

Starbuck's Relationships

She was the girlfriend of Zak, Apollo's (Captain Lee Adama brother who got killed in a flying incident before the Cylons attacked. Zak was passed for flying when he shouldn't have. Starbuck is one of the best pilots in the fleet. She is seen as a rebel, always at odds with Tigh, the Galactica's second in command, having to spend time in the brig after hitting him.

There is an element of will they (Starbuck and Apollo), won't they throughout the series. Whilst alone, the two do make love but the next thing that she does is gets married to Samuel Anders, the Pyramid player. Her relationship with Samuel Anders comes under strain when it is revealed that Samuel is actually one of those lost Cylon models. However she sticks with it.

Starbuck has a father - daughter relationship with Commander William Adama. William never had a daughter but he had expressed that he would have liked to have one. Kara is the closest thing he has to a daughter and treats that way. When Lee told William that Kara passed Zack when she shouldn't have, he raged against her but because he needed expert pilots, he didn't sack her, instead told her to get back to the job in hand.

Starbucks' Family

In Maelstrom, we learn a little more about Kara's past. Her mother was in the colonial fleet and was harsh and brutal on her daughter. When Kara came 17th out of 170, her mother was none too pleased, she had hoped her daughter would have got a higher position. Her mother didn't attain much but she still wanted her daughter to be better. Kara ran out on her mother never to return. There is no details about her father in the series.

Kara Thrace Facts

Alien RaceKobolian ( 2003 )
AllegianceThe Battlestar Galactica
ActorKatee Sackhoff
Last UpdatedSaturday, June 22, 2019

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Michael Virginius
I'm pretty cool with Starbuck being a woman. What I would like to see is the original "Starbuck" Dirk Benedict star on the new Battlestar Galactica as Ella Thrace's father!!
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