17 Mar 2009

BSG countdown: 3 days to go...

One of the (many) reasons I really enjoy this show is its wonderful characters and the cast that brings them to life. On the Y-chromosome side we've got the intimidating Edward James Olmos as Admiral Adama, the hilariously sly James Callis as Baltar, the straight-forward Tahmoh Penikett as Karl "Helo" Agathon, the passionate Jamie Bamber as Lee "Apollo" Adama, the brutally honest Michael Hogan as Colonel Tigh, the tormented Aaron Douglas as Chief Tyrol, the wide-eyed loyal Michael Trucco as Sam Anders, the manipulative Richard Hatch as Tom Zarek, the chain-smoking Donelly Rhodes with no bedside manner to speak of as Doc Cottle, Mark Sheppard's mysterious Romo Lampkin...

But what really gets me are the women. Wow! They're smart, strong, know what they want (most of the time) and the actress that portray them bring just the right mix of strength, vulnerability, intelligence and ferociousness. Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin, the "mother" figure, giving her all (to her dying breath) to keep these people together. The amazingly talented Tricia Helfer and Grace Park who usually play more than one iteration of their cylon self in each episode and manage to make each one distinct from the next (Helfer's got Baltar's "head" 6, Caprica 6, Gina, Natalie...; Park's notably brought to life two versions of the same character, Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and Sharon "Athena" Valerii). And the frakkingly awesome Katee Sackhoff as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (more on her another day). Mustn't forget the guest stars!... Lucy Lawless as cylon D'Anna Biers, Michelle Forbes's amazing Admiral Cain, Kate Vernon as the one with all the answers Ellen Tigh...

So here's to the women of Battlestar Galactica! In a day where it's not too frequent to see interesting, passionate, strong, intelligent female characters on TV (and even less in the movies, pathetic!), these ladies are an inspiration!

Addendum on March 18th: someone else has decided to give the BSG guys their fair share of attention! Check out the Film Experience's "HumpDay Hottie" session and share your thoughts on these gentlemen!

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