Woman Crush // Kara Starbuck Thrace

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Shows that I love, in the month of love: It is February and you know what that means- Valentines Day. Whatever your personal feelings about February 14th, it is nearly impossible to escape the cheesy commercials, influx of red/pink, and chocolate cravings. In honor of this time of year, I decided to pick 4 shows that I love the most in the world and show some appreciation for them. Come Valentines Day, I hope you spend your evening with a box of chocolates and the shows/characters that you love!

Woman Crush: Kara Starbuck Thrace
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A couple weeks ago marked the 10 year anniversary of the pilot episode of Battlestar Galactica, so in honor of that (and because it is one of the greatest television shows to ever exist) BSG is my 3rd Show I love in the month of love.

Battlestar Galactica is one of those shows that is packed full of incredible, dynamic, kickass female characters. Although, I’m not going to lie, choosing my woman crush for this week was easy. Kara Thrace was my favorite character on that show from the first shot. There are a hundred reasons why, but here’s a few…

Starbuck is god… and she knows it.

She’s confident. From the get go, it is established that Kara Thrace is the best frakking fighter pilot not only of her time, but probably of all time. She is reckless and a little crazy, but she’s the best. The confidence of knowing this comes out in every aspect of her life. Whether that be in beating officers in triad or taking on multiple cylon ships, Starbuck knows she can handle herself and whatever comes her way. And honestly, I think it is part of what saves her every time. She doesn’t freeze up or panic, instead she’s calm and cool headed even in the worst of times because she’s got this.

Starbuck is one of the boys. (Oi, don’t you hate that phrase? I hate that phrase.) But, one of the greatest things about Starbuck is that she’s never struggling to fit into the “boys club” that is the military. She’s a woman, who is extremely attractive and confident, and that doesn’t stop her from doing the exact same things that all the guys do. She drinks and plays cards, she smokes cigars and makes bets, she’s a belligerent drunk: throwing punches and pissing off superiors. She’s the first one in the air, first to make the play, first to sacrifice for the group. Starbuck is a chick, and she’s not about to let you treat her any differently for it, because she’s also just as much of a soldier as any other pilot on that ship.

One of the most interesting things about Kara Thrace is the way other people react around her. For starting out as the crazy, reckless, hotshot pilot, she really does have this level of awe and respect she’s earned from the people of Galactica. And I don’t think this only comes from saving the fleet multiple times or because she demands the pilots call her ‘god’. Starbuck is the light and hope of the ship, if she likes it or not. People look to her, even when other officers are around, they look to Starbuck for what to do. One of my favorite Kara scenes is when they’re all on New Caprica, the Cylons have attacked, the remaining fleet is gone and everyone turns to Starbuck and the Chief says “what now, Captain?” When the chips are down, when everyone is scared and unsure, Starbuck is who people turn to. And part of this has to be Kara’s incredible spirit. She’s such a presence that she draws people in. They want to be apart of her greatness, her destiny. 

Plus, she’s funny. In such a dark and desolate time, Starbuck is still laughing. She’s still the first in for a game of triad, she sings silly songs while she flies, she practices crazy stunts. Her laughter is contagious. She lifts the mood of Galactica and the viewer especially the first few seasons.

Probably my favorite thing about Kara Thrace is how passionate she is. It is one of the perplexing, beautifully complicated things about Starbuck. The hotshot, fearless pilot who cares so deeply, who believes in the almost completely forgotten old ways. She continually risks her life, her relationships in pursuit of the Earth. It seems like all hope is lost, that the human race will never find a home, yet Kara doesn’t give up.  She fights even harder in search of the missing planet. She’s called crazy, thrown in prison, attacked, but nothing makes her waiver from what she knows. In the face of losing everything, Kara Thrace still fights with every ounce of strength she has left.

Something I love about Starbuck is, she’s as tough as nails. Kara Thrace has been through more than any other character that’s ever existed. I mean it’s ridiculous (no really, it is ridiculous. why was all that necessary? it was not) BUT at the end of it all, Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace is still standing. (kind of? Metaphorically?) Regardless, she saves herself. It is her brilliance and her strength and her determination that save her every time. Someone might show up at the end to help her out, but the reason Kara Thrace survives is because of herself. Even through more mental, emotional, and physical things than anyone should have to go through, Kara Thrace is tougher than any and everything she faces.

Unfortunately Battlestar Galactica is no longer on air, so you’ll have to find some alternative means of watching this show but it is absolutely worth it! The female characters, including Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace are some of the best on TV!

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