Katee Sackhoff, Battlestar Galactica
Question: Wow! What a powerful performance by Katee Sackhoff in the March 4 episode of Battlestar Galactica. She has been one of the most interesting characters on TV since the show started. She has problems with authority, alcohol and the people around her. Yet she is the best at what she does, so she is allowed to get away with things that other people wouldn't. Starbuck is quite similar to the character of Gregory House. The question is: Will Sackhoff get the Emmy that her performance in this episode deserves? Unfortunately, she probably won't even get nominated, because every actress on Grey's Anatomy (a show I have never watched, thank the gods) will get a nomination. What are her chances?
Answer: It's not a question of Battlestar Galactica against Grey's — and much as I enjoy what Katee Sackhoff has done with Starbuck, I would deny Chandra Wilson nothing — but more of a question of the Emmys versus sci-fi in general. Sackhoff is hardly alone in doing Emmy-worthy work on the show:
Although the February sweeps officially have been over for several days, Sunday night sure felt like a sweeps extravaganza, with game-changing episodes of two major series. Both pivotal hours, of Sci Fis Battlestar Galactica and ABCs Brothers & Sisters, dealt with the fate of daughters whose respective departure and arrival is setting off shock waves for their unconventional families (the Galactica crew and the Walker clan).The episode that undoubtedly will cause the largest stir in TV fandom was Galacticas riveting and ultimately devastating journey into the metaphysical, as Starbuck (a brooding, tormented Katee Sackhoff) finally faced and embraced her destiny. Which meant, in a series of visions and hallucinations guided by the specter of the not-quite-Leobon as if he were the Ghost of Psychodramas Past, that Kara had to confront the soul-crushing memories of her abusive mother, who instilled in the self-destructive Starbuck a belief that suffering was good f...
Question: There's a rumor circulating about Katee Sackhoff's name being removed from the credits for the last three episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Are they killing her off?
Answer: I haven't heard that. Besides, as one BSG insider points out, "Seems odd that anyone would be seeing credits for the last three episodes of the season when the finale doesn't air until the end of March."
Tricia Helfer and James Callis, Battlestar Galactica
Acting on Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica (Fridays at 9 pm/ET) can be torture. Case in point: Fan favorite James Callis is lying in a beautiful, zen-like chamber on the show's soundstage in Vancouver, but the visual serenity of the locale is repeatedly shattered by his head-splitting screams.
This week's episode finds Callis' character, Gaius Baltar, held prisoner by the Cylons, who suspect he has information about a virus that could kill them. When a full-body electroshock — administered by the ruthless Cylon ringleader D'Anna (Lucy Lawless) — doesn't elicit the desired confession, she chooses a wicked-looking item that pierces the eardrum. His screaming begins anew.
After three-plus hours of this sadism, lunch is called,
Question: Please, please, please give us a hint as to which actress was missing from the BSG set (Ask Ausiello 7/5). Even if it's just in asterisks! Seriously, I'll give you my firstborn for this information!
Answer: It wasn't Mary McDonnell. Or Katee Sackhoff.