Why Battlestar Galactica Is My Favourite Sci Fi TV Show
I can't recall ever watching a show where almost all of the characters were seriously flawed or had serious issues. The above picture a la "Last Supper" should... no, does say it all. The characters are all inexplicably tied to one another, have issues that affect one another giving the show a family feel despite the fact there are two sides out to destroy the other.
Anyone who had a grumpy old grandfather or uber serious old uncle that rarely cracked a smile, was chief of keeping everyone in order when parents weren't around or just didn't care about the little things... that's Ewdward James Olmos' portrayal of Commander Adama. Adama admitted himself that he wasn't the best father and was a lousy husband, but he was a soldier first and foremost.
A battle hardened veteran and combat pilot, colonial citizen from Tauron (we don't get the in depth until the spin off Caprica, but as his back story relations between the diverse worlds were contentious with discrimination being very pervasive) the colony of his origins was at the bottom of the class ladder.
Approximately three years before the Destruction of the Twelve Colonies, the Colonial Admiralty ordered then-Commander Adama and the Valkyrie to test the Cylons' military disposition with a covert (and illegal) surveillance mission across the Armistice Line. When the Stealthstar reconnaissance craft was discovered by the Cylons and damaged; Adama ordered the Valkyrie's weapons batteries to shoot it down to prevent its capture. These events precipitated his transfer to the fifty-year-old Battlestar Galactica as a graceful swan-song to his career before returning to haunt him three years later.
Since Adama fought in the first Cylon War, his past experiences with the Cylons left him with a healthy distrust of sophisticated computer systems and heavy automation, knowing the Cylons could use electronics as part of their offensive repertoire. He decreed that Galactica's computer systems were never to be networked, and even though Galactica had Baltar's CNP program installed on its systems
In the first episode, we learn the Battlestar Galactica is in the midst of being converted into a museum ship, complete with decommissioned Viper star fighters.
While serving as a public relations executive, the Cylon clone Number Five mockingly mentions that the reason Adama didn't allow computers to be networked was due to the throwback to the old fears, siting Galactica as antiquated, but thanks to Adama's standing orders, the outmoded, aging Galactica was spared from Cylon infiltration attempts that crippled and subsequently destroyed much of the Colonial Fleet
on the morning following the decommissioning ceremony, when the Cylons launched a surprise attack bombarding the Twelve Colonies with nuclear weapons and destroying the majority of the Colonial Fleet (who were unable to mount an effective counterattack due to Cylon infiltration of the Colonial ships' Command Navigation Program (CNP)
PRESIDENT LAURA ROSLIN
Right from the start, Apollo appears as the uptight Caprican (higher class)Officer who gets on the Chief for having to pilot his ship in manually, when the Chief advises Apollo that most of the automated (networked) systems had been disabled by order of the Commander, his reaction to the very mention of his father lets viewers know he is a man with father (and grandfather) issues.
His father (Adama) strongly encouraged both he and his brother Zak to enter the Colonial Fleet and become Viper pilots. Unfortunately, Zak was not a natural pilot like his brother and father, and was killed in an accident after being awarded flight status, for which Lee held his father responsible and never forgave him for.
With Kara, the uneasy longing that couldn't be pursued even after his brother's death was a constant source of friction in their "Moonlighting" style 'you know they're going to eventually get together but don't want that arc to be used up too quickly' relationship. Lee's strained relationship with his father also caused him to become a strong supporter of Colonial President Laura Roslin, who often butted heads with William Adama. Roslin, unfamiliar with the military, appoints Lee Adama to be her personal adviser.
Upon joining Galactica's crew as CAG (Commander of the Air Group) Apollo was a bit of an outsider but proving himself as more than just the "old man's son" after several missions earning the respect of his fellow pilots and soon becoming a respected member of the crew. It's not until his father is shot by sleeper Cylon agent Boomer that his love for his father ever becomes clearly evident.
Afterwards, residing in Baltar's head since the destruction of the colonies, "Head Six" appears as a figment of his imagination, invisible to everyone else. She often appears suddenly and without warning, often advising and instructing Baltar. While she usually appears to him as part of the real world, occasionally he interacts with her in an imagined but persistent dream-like setting within his mind, and also appears able to physically affect him in the real world, suggesting this phenomenon might be caused by either a computer chip implant or insanity over his guilt.
After an MRI-like "brain scan" reveals no sign of a computer chip or any other foreign object in his brain, this briefly leads Baltar to think he has gone insane, but concludes this is impossible given Six's knowledge of events unknown to him.