The reimagined version of a 70s cult favorite sci-fi series ‘Battlestar Galactica’ took the world of science fiction by storm. The space opera is about the war between humans and a race of their own creation, known as the Cylons. The new series first aired in 2003 ended its run on in 2009 and features round two of the war, with Cylons no longer looking robotic, but hyper-realistic androids.
The series begins with a surprise attack in which the Cylons almost wipes out all of humanity, out of a population numbering in the billions, only approximately 50,000 humans survive. Most of whom were aboard civilian ships that avoided the destruction, the colonial fleet.
Of all the Colonial Fleet, the eponymous Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military capital ship that survived the attack and under the leadership of Colonial Fleet officer Commander William “Bill” Adama (Edward James Olmos) and now-President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), the Galactica and its crew take up the task of leading the small fugitive fleet of survivors into space in search of a fabled thirteenth colony known as ‘Earth’.
Even though the framework of the show is its science fiction setting, the show incorporates real-world science, historical context, and emotionally draining conflicts among characters for a much more colorful and deeper experience and core. This is probably the reason why the show gained so much acclaim and why so many non-sci-fi fans end up watching and loving it.
The characters are all very well thought-out and well written. One of those characters is perhaps the most important of them all, ‘Admiral William Adama’ portrayed by ‘Edward James Olmos’. It is perhaps the best performance in the show. Edward James Olmos’s excellent commanding presence and his stern face is just a perfect fit as the commander of the fleet with a very strong on-screen presence and charisma.
Admiral William Adama was an officer in the Colonial Fleet. Born to a Caprican family of Tauron heritage, Adama was conscripted into military service during the Cylon War, in which he served as a Raptor and Viper pilot under the callsign “Husker”. Following a career in the merchant navy, Adama’s connections allowed for him to be remobilised. During this second career he rose to become a Commander, the lowest rank possible to command a Battlestar. Although serving on such ships as Atlantia and Valkyrie, Adama’s career went through a period of winding down when he was assigned to Galactica, which was to be decommissioned. Due to his refusal to network the ship, Galactica survived the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, and Adama worked with the civilian President Laura Roslin in leading a refugee convoy in search of Earth.
Source: Galactica Wiki
It’s not unknown. I know where it is! Earth – the most guarded secret we have. The location was only known by the senior commanders of the fleet, and we dared not share it with the public. Not while there was a Cylon threat upon us. For now we have a refuge to go to. A refuge that the Cylons know nothing about! It won’t be an easy journey. It will be long and arduous. But I promise you one thing. On the memory of those lying here before you, we shall find it. And Earth will become our new home. So say we all!
– Admiral William Adama