Hall of Faces: Who’s the Greatest Character on Battlestar Galactica?

Battlestar Galactica

Adama? Roslin? Starbuck? Baltar? Four TV critics hash out which character from Ronald D. Moore’s political sci-fi drama deserves a spot in our pantheon of great TV characters.

Hall of Faces

Deep in the bowels of The Spool Studios, there lies a chamber only the greatest TV characters can enter – the funniest, the grumpiest, the maddest masks the television medium has to offer. There, we honor the breakout comic relief, the magnetically flawed protagonist, the one-time guest character that defines an entire series. This is where we hoard TV’s most valuable visages. This… is the Hall of Faces.

Welcome to the Hall of Faces, The Spool’s monthly TV podcast! A spinoff of the short-lived Consequence of Sound podcast TV PartyHall of Faces sees hosts and TV critics Allison Shoemaker and Clint Worthington build up a pantheon of television’s greatest characters, one show at a time.

Ten years ago, in March of 2009, a little show called Battlestar Galactica aired its final episode, “Daybreak” – a big, sprawling, controversial finale to the politically charged sci-fi drama that captured the imaginations of a post-9/11 America and helped legitimize science fiction television as legitimate prestige media. Developed by Ronald D. Moore as an update of the campy, short-lived 1978 space series, Galactica (which ran from 2003 to 2009 between a miniseries, four seasons and two direct-to-DVD movies) was never a huge ratings hit, but its combination of innovative space action and War on Terror allegories made it one of the most seminal and influential sci-fi shows of its era.

But it’s the characters who made the show really sing, and Allison and Clint are joined this month by The Televerse’s Kate Kulzick and USA Today’s Kelly Lawler to discuss which character from the gritty space opera deserves a spot in the Hall of Faces. Is it Edward James Olmos’ stoic, taciturn William Adama? Mary McDonnell’s pragmatic Laura Roslin? James Callis’ duplicitous Gaius Baltar? Katee Sackhoff’s admirably flawed Kara Thrace? Or someone else in the Colonial Fleet’s stellar ensemble?

Sit down with some ambrosia and hear out our arguments, as well as the best TV of February and what we’re looking forward to in March. So say we all!

Hall of Faces is a proud member of the Chicago Podcast Coop. Thanks to Cards Against Humanity for sponsoring this episode!)


Hall of Faces art courtesy of Jesse Miller.

Podcast logo by Josh Hollis.

Podcast theme by Jon Biegen.

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Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Spool, as well as one of the founders of the website/podcast Alcohollywood in 2011. He is also a Senior Writer at Consequence of Sound, as well as the co-host/producer of Travolta/Cage. You can also find his freelance work at IndieWire, UPROXX, Syfy Wire, The Takeout, and Crooked Marquee.

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