I was watching last Friday’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica,” and it finally hit me: Only 3 more episodes to go before this landmark series comes to a close after 4 spectacular seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel. It may not have been a huge ratings hit (like, say, “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars”), but “Galactica” – or “BSG,” as it has come to be known – was thought-provoking TV at its finest, thanks to great stories and complex characters.
Of course, I still have the DVDs, which I plan watching again from the beginning. Then there’s “Caprica,” the prequel series that will turn back the clock to depict how the 12 colonies of humanity sealed their fate by creating the dreaded Cylons in the first place.
But the process of having brand-new episodes of “BSG” to look forward to will be gone, which means my Friday nights will be free again. At least there’s solace to not being able to see “Galactica’s” finest in uniform, since I’ll be able to see their work on other shows.
Katee Sackhoff (Kara “Starbuck” Thrace): Talk about screen presence, Sackhoff stole NBC’s “The Bionic Woman” from her own short-lived show. She also did a great guest-stint on FX’s “Nip/Tuck,” and her pilot for “Lost and Found” was picked up by NBC (presumably for the fall) – she plays a female police detective who’s demoted to her department’s John Doe division.
Tricia Helfer (Caprica Six): Helfer has a recurring role on USA’s hit series “Burn Notice,” which just finished its second season. She recently turned up on NBC’s “Chuck,” and she also filmed the Fox pilot “Inseparable, “ in which she plays a psychiatrist that evaluates suspects for a police department. (Hmm, if it gets picked up, maybe they’ll do a crossover with Sackhoff’s new show!)
Jamie Bamber (Lee “Apollo” Adama): Just when you thought there wasn’t enough “Law & Order” on TV these days, Bamber plays Detective Matt Devlin on producer Dick Wolf’s latest installment of the long-running franchise, “Law & Order: London,” which airs overseas.
Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin): McDonnell’s a seasoned actress who will never have a problem finding work on TV or in movies, but she’s got a great recurring role as Dr. Virginia Dixon on ABC’s hit series “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Tahmoh Penikett (Karl “Helo” Agathon): Penikett jumps from one Friday night series to another, co-starring with Eliza Dushku on “Dollhouse” (created by “Buffy” mastermind Joss Whedon). The show isn’t doing so hot in the ratings, but it’s making a stronger presence on DVRs and TiVos.
Aaron Douglas (Chief Galen Tyrol): Douglas guest-starred on “The Bionic Woman,” and his new series, called “The Bridge,” debuts on CBS this fall. It’s – you guessed it – a police drama.
Grace Park (Sharon “Boomer” Valeri/“Athena”): After playing so many roles on “BSG” (gotta love those Number 8 models!), Park would be forgiven for taking a break. But she just wrapped the first season of A&E’s “The Cleaner” (with Benjamin Bratt), and season 2 premieres later this year.
Michael Hogan (Col. Saul Tigh): Hogan doesn’t have anything lined up at the moment, which is surprising. As the tortured, conflicted and deeply troubled Col. Tigh, Hogan took the proverbial bull by the horns and ran with one of the most fascinating characters to ever grace the small screen. So if anyone deserves their own frakkin’ show, it’s him.