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.
"You know, sometimes I think that you've got ice water in those veins. And other times, I think you're just a naive little school teacher. I've sent men on suicide missions in two wars now, and let me tell you something. It don't make a godsdamn bit of difference whether they're riding in a Viper or walking out onto a parade ground. In the end, they're just as dead. So, take your piety, and your moralizing, and your high-minded principles, and stick 'em somewhere safe until you're off the rock and sitting in your nice, cushy chair on Colonial One again. I've got a war to fight."
--Saul Tigh to Laura Roslin about the suicide bombings on New Caprica (Precipice)