Sunday, 30 January 2011

Why won't you die?! #002: Starbuck

Another great sci-fi show in the spotlight this week, with Battlestar Galactica's Kara Thrace (aka Starbuck) coming under scrutiny in the Top Trumps fashion. It may not be obvious but HUGE, MASSIVE spoilers are contained within this post!

Kara Thrace (Battlestar Galactica)
Died: Season 3 Episode 17 'Maelstrom'
Returned: Season 3 Episode 20 'Crossroads Part II'
When Season 3 was rolling to a close even die hard Battlestar Galactica fans must have felt a little worn down by the constant utter depression of the culmination of 3 years of death, sacrifice and sorrow. New Caprica was a major wound to the story which bled out victims in it's path, but when they left, the dying didn't stop, and Starbuck was only the latest in a long line of victims of the war. While anyone could have called it that her Viper exploding into thousands of tiny pieces wasn't the last time that we would see her, quite what her storyline meant to the series as a whole could never have been guessed. When she returned, it was truly a brilliant and uplifting moment for the show.

Did she deserve to die? 5
Actually, she really did. At that point Starbuck's character had become a little annoying and finding more out about her didn't work in her favour. She really needed a good boot up the arse to become the Starbuck she deserved to be. Steering her into a storm and blowing her up was a bit extreme but it did the trick!

What was the effect of bringing the character back to life? 9
Absolutely massive. Upon her return she seemed a bit nuttier than usual, but through that she ended up leading the humans to earth, while one could argue that the final five did have a big role in that, without Starbuck they would have had zero success. Arguably, Starbuck was the most important human in the show, which is a big frakkin deal! Of course she was really dead all along, but it was definitely worth it.

Was it worth it? 25
Completely. Not only did it take a self destructive character to her demise but it brought her back with a better attitude and a new, more focussed, outlook on the problems faced by the humans. It let the bad things about season three die with her and heralded in the greatness of season four with her rebirth. However, she did just kinda disappear though, which isn't a nice ending for anybody is it?

Should she have stayed dead? 1
This is almost the opposite question from what it was last time around, as it maybe should be 'Should she have stayed alive?' and the answer I would give is that it seems unfair for her character to come back, and lead everyone to happiness, when her own fate was so cruelly finished. So, no, I do not think she should have remained dead, and a happy ending for the Battlestar's saviour can now only exist in fan fiction.

Carl England

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