She's #3 on their list (behind Ripley and before Scully):
3. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace (Katee Sackhoff), Created by Ronald D. Moore; based on a character created by Glen A. Larson; “Battlestar Galactica” – It’s one thing to change a character’s gender before the project hits the screen. But Ronald D. Moore’s decision to make Dirk Benedict’s handsome, womanizing viper pilot into a hard-drinking insubordinate woman for his reimagining of “Battlestar Galactica” was nothing short of of fanboy anathema—and that’s not an exaggeration. Katee Sackhoff got death threats for agreeing to take the role, not to mention getting booed when she took the stage at the 2004 San Diego Comic Con. Little did they know that the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot would become a huge success, largely in part to Sackhoff’s memorable performance. As my mom always says, hindsight is 20/20, mother-frackers.
Despite the fact that Starbuck could drink most of the guys I know under the table and still be able to kick their asses, she never compromises her feminine mystique. In one of the most gut-wrenching events in the series, Leoben the Cylon tricks her into thinking that they’ve had a child together. Her maternal instincts kick in only to see that their "daughter" actually belonged to someone else. This moment, along with many others, show how her character evolved in very believable ways throughout the course of the series.
Women Behaving Badly: Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace, the Cocky, Troublemaking Pilot From 'Battlestar Galactica'
READ THE REST AT THE SOURCE Ed: I don't think Alyssa's column was wrong at all in not counting Starbuck, as she isn't a true lead the way Walter White is on Breaking Bad or Tony Soprano is on The Sopranos, but yay for more praise for our girl.
By Erik McClanahan for Indiewire.com
Katee Sackhoff in 'Battlestar Galactica'SYFY
Editor's Note: The TV landscape is filled with male antiheroes, from Nicholas Brody to Walter White, but what about the women? This is part two of a series of five articles exploring flawed female protagonists and how their bad behavior makes them so interesting to watch. It's presented in partnership with Netflix and its new original series "Orange is the New Black" (all episodes available July 11th, only on Netflix).
Before it ever aired on TV, Syfy's reimagining of "Battlestar Galactica" had an uphill battle to fight. Many fans of the original, 1978 version -- a rote and admittedly cheesy "Star Wars" knockoff -- were not happy when it was announced that one of the show's most popular characters would go from a womanizing, anti-authoritarian, cocky, cigar-chomping gambler, drinker and all around badass fighter pilot dude to a (wait for it)... anti-authoritarian, cocky, cigar-chomping gambler, drinker and all around badass fighter pilot woman who digs sex with no strings attached. How dare they!
Series developer Ronald D. Moore explained why the convention was turned on its head in a piece in Wired: "Making Starbuck a woman was a way of avoiding what I felt would be 'rogue pilot with a heart of gold' cliche." He was right. By keeping the two characters pretty much the same except for their gender, the newer, smarter, better version of "BSG" gracefully paid respect to the original while boldly moving into a more modern, subversive sphere of television. As exciting as the grand mythology, narrative and world-building was in "BSG" 2.0, it was the characters that made it work, and this new Starbuck, despite the initial fan outcry, proved to be its most complex and flat-out cool figure.
In a recent piece on Slate titled "Why We'll Never Have A Female Tony Soprano," writer Alyssa Rosenberg states that "[women] get penalized rather than rewarded for displaying masculine traits like aggression, physical force, ambition or selfishness. Efforts to create female antiheroes with masculine qualities... have failed because those characters are initially seen as evil rather than admirable." Funny thing is, that's pretty much exactly what actress Katee Sackhoff, Moore and his writing team succeeded in doing with their version of Starbuck.
Sackhoff took what was so well written on the page and brought it to life, playing Kara Thrace, callsign "Starbuck," as the toughest, most macho, self-destructive person on the show. She acts like a man, is flawed in the way most male antiheroes are, she does stupid, misguided things, almost proves to be the harbinger of death to the sole remaining humans in the galaxy -- and yet, we love her. I'd even argue as a cherry-on-top bonus that this Starbuck also gets to be sexy as hell -- and in control of her own sexual agency -- even though she rarely was made up or dressed as a traditional pretty woman on TV. How many of the popular modern male antihero characters can claim all that?
Not exactly Kara news but since most of you are Katee fans and I just saw the Sexy Evil Genius info...thought I'd share here.
Katee projects releasing in 2013:
FEB 1 -- in select theatres and via video on Demand: The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
Exclusive movie clip of Katee
APRIL 9 -- via DVD and video on Demand: Sexy Evil Genius (source)
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and one woman will get her revenge this April whe Sexy Evil Genius rrives on DVD, Digital Download and Video On Demand on April 9 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Seth Green (Austin Powers ranchise), Katee Sackhoff (TV's "Battlestar Galactica"), William Baldwin (Backdraft), Michelle Trachtenberg (TV's "Gossip Girl") and Harold Perrineau (HBO's "Oz"), the sexy, crime thrillerwill be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
A group of people are lured to the same bar in downtown Los Angeles by Nikki, an ex-girlfriend they all have in common. Beautiful, conniving and downright insane, Nikki has one last surprise in store for her ex-lovers....DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
JUNE 2 -- Longmire Season 2 begins airing on A&E
- "jujitsu-ing reality" A documentary about the film's writer and his struggle with Lou Gehrig's Disease
(DVDs of S1 should release sometime in April/May -- Katee tweeted about doing a special interview for them last week. This is probably not the legit cover below, but...I found it online)SEPT 6 -- in theatres nationwide Riddick 3: Dead Man Stalking
(...your guess is as good as mine)Lockdown
(Will this ever see the light of day with the more recent school shootings? IDK)Occulus
The Fandom Strikes BackAuthors:
A pair of madwomen.Summary:
“In the course of the afternoon, Zak counted nine Slave Leias.” Dragon*Con, here we come. Characters/Pairings:
Kara/Lee, Zak/Dee, Billy/OFC, Sam/OFC, Bill/Laura.Rating:
Teen, because Kara likes her swear words.Wordcount
So, an age ago olga_theodora
wrote If Not, Winter. Then miabicicletta
wrote The Book of Pythia. Then, somehow, we tangled the two into one ridiculous AU. (Don’t judge.) It is about to get even more ridiculous. Story includes allusions to some real-life events, some of which may or may not have happened at D*C 2011.
Take pity on our alter-egos, for they are subject to our great and threatening madness. ( Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday night )