The Characters Portal
Characters make the story interesting in all three of the Battlestar Galactica series shows. Each series has no shortage of characters to make every show that has been produced interesting and dynamic. Dramatic changes have been made to the characters of the Original Series for the Re-imagined Series. Boomer in the original Battlestar Galactica was a black man, whereas Boomer in the Re-imagined Series is an Asian woman (and a Cylon). Religion, sexuality, and even nationality are now part of each characters' motives, making Galactica a place that is influenced by real-life situations.
Characters in the Original Series
Characters in Galactica 1980
Characters in the Reimagined Series
Characters in Caprica
Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson is a female Raptor ECO aboard battlestar Galactica, and due to manpower shortages often moonlights as a Raptor pilot. Racetrack tends to have a dark, fairly cynical attitude after the Cylon attack. Racetrack accompanied Galactica-Sharon on a mission to destroy a Cylon Basestar in orbit of Kobol by sneaking inside with a nuclear warhead, and soon after witnessed Boomer's attempted assasination of Commander William Adama. Racetrack has unresolved tensions with fellow Raptor ECO Karl "Helo" Agathon. Later, it was Racetrack who discovered the habitable planet New Caprica, when her Raptor strayed from a rescue mission.
Did you know...
Grace Park, who currently plays Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, originally auditioned for the role of Dualla, and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace? Park originally tried out for Dualla and didn't get the role, but director Michael Rymer liked her performance, and asked her to return and audition for the role of none other than Starbuck. Park was actually one of two finalists for the role, the other being Katee Sackhoff, who ultimately got to be Starbuck.
However, Rymer and the writing team were still so impressed with her that they asked her to join the cast to play Boomer. Grace Park actually never gave an audition for the role of Boomer, because she had already done ones for Dualla and Starbuck and the production team already knew her acting range, but as a result she didn't actually sit down and read the parts of the Miniseries script containing Boomer until after she was cast in the role, so she was surprised by Boomer's revelation as a Cylon at the end.
"Let me tell you something. I've had to watch a lot of kids be put into body bags. They're covered with flags and they float out that airlock. You think I don't understand his feelings towards his men? Sometimes terrible things have to be done. Inevitably, each and every one of us will have to face a moment where we have to commit that horrible sin. And if we flinch in that moment, if we hesitate for one second, if we let our conscience get in the way, you know what happens? There are more kids in those body bags. More kids floating out that airlock. I don't know why... but I have a lot of faith in you. And I want you to promise me that when that moment comes you won't flinch. Do not flinch."
--Admiral Helena Cain (Resurrection Ship, Part II)