Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck's Father Is...
Monday, March 02, 2009
On Battlestar Galactica, Starbuck is easily the toughest character. She can beat any man either in a fist fight or a drinking contest. So it’s always strange when the episodes that focus on her are beautiful and emotional.
When Starbuck is put center stage, it’s because Battlestar Galactica is dealing with her emotional struggles. Episodes like “Scar” highlighted the cracks in her tough exterior as she did battle with a Cylon Raider to defend the memories of all the Viper pilots who had died. In Friday’s episode, the focus turned once again to Starbuck, and fans were dealt an unbelievable revelation.
In “Someone to Watch Over Me,” Starbuck played the piano with a mysterious man. They played a tune she learned from her father as a young girl, and that melody was “All Along the Watchtower,” the same Bob Dylan song used to trigger the Final Five Cylons. Figuring out what this means was left for fans to decide.
For me, it seems obvious that Starbuck’s father was Daniel, the recently revealed Number 7 Cylon model who Brother Cavil had permanently disabled. Starbuck lamented the fact that her father mysteriously and suddenly vanished, and in “No Exit” we learned from Ellen Tigh that the entire Daniel line was destroyed, not just boxed, by Cavil, and that Daniel was artistic. Given that Starbuck’s father was a pianist, it’s very likely that he was Daniel.
If this is true, then it would mean Starbuck was the first half-Cylon, half-human child, making her, in some way, Hera’s sister. This would definitely help to explain why Starbuck’s father knew the same song that the Final Five remembered from their days on Earth.
This still doesn’t completely explain why Starbuck found herself dead on Earth, but it would be a big start. If Starbuck really is half-Cylon, she may have resurrected or done something else. While we know a lot about the skinjob Cylons and the original Final Five Cylons, half-breeds are a completely new race, with Hera being the only other known one in the universe. Do regular Cylons rules apply to them?
With only three episodes of Battlestar Galactica left, there are plenty of questions still unanswered, but this episode was definitely a step in the right direction.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of the Sci Fi Channel)