Lt. Louanne 'Kat' Katraine is a fictional female in the Battlestar Galactica series. The character was portrayed on screen by Luciana Carro. Her allegiance / loyalty is to The Battlestar Galactica. Louanne is a relatively minor character who had a rivalry with Lt. Kara Thrace ( starbuck ) which caused friction amongst the ranks. The rivalry In part was caused when Starbuck returned back from the Battlestar Pegasus after being the C.A.G. there and then resuming the role on the Galactica. Louanne took exception to it.
Originally called Sasha, she was a thief before the Cylon attack on the twelve colonies. Two days before the Cylon attack, she stole the identity of the real Louanne 'Kat' Katraine. She had been known to use to drugs to enhance and improve her importance until they started having a negative effect when she was found out.
Although, she had appeared in a few episodes, The Passage is the episode that focussed most on Louanne. The name of episode comes from the Colonial Pilots providing a safe passage through a star cluster.
In The Passage, her past comes back to haunt her. A Caprican survivor called Enzo recognises Louanne and uses it to his advantage. At first, Louanne denies being Sasha but then later on, she confronts and admits that she is Sasha.
When Kara Thrace notices a heated argument between Enzo and Louanne, Kara confronts Louanne about it and finds out the truth. Instead of reporting the truth to Commander William Adama, Kara decides to keep the truth to herself. Kara recognises the skill and how important Louanne is to the fleet hence why she didn't report her.
During the episode, Colonial Raptors are providing support and cover for colonials ships as they pass through a star cluster. Just before Louanne's fifth journey, she discovers that her hair is falling out and realises her time might be up so she has one last time of passion with Enzo.
On the fifth mission, her Raptor and the colonial ship gets lost but they eventually make it through. When Louanne gets to the Galactica, she is given a round of applause by everyone including Kara Thrace. Louanne collapses and falls to the ground. Louanne is taken to the hospital where William comes to visit her and promote her to C.A.G. (Commander, Air Group). Louanne eventually succumbs to the radiation that she received flying the Raptor. The Viper pilots watch as William Adama swaps Capt. Lee Adama ( Apollo ) for Louanne as C.A.G.
Even though Kara Thrace disliked Louanne, Kara kept Louanne's secret enabling Louanne to carry on being a pilot for the time she had left. At the end, Kara visits the Memorial walls where she sticks up a picture of Louanne, to be watched in the background by Lee Adama.
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