Battlestar Galactica originally ran in 1978 for one season; it was about as campy as you'd expect. Still, the basic premise of the series was there: humanity creates robots, called cylons, which rise up and try to destroy them. In 2003, the series was rebooted as a miniseries, and ran for four seasons on what was then the Sci-Fi Channel. Only this time it had a twist: while the metallic cylons of the 70's were still around (albeit with a sleek new look), cylons could also look completely human.
Needless to say, there's a lot of drama in the show. But it's also a story about politics, war, religion, ethics, and morality, and the series raises a lot of questions about what it means to be human. There are no aliens, no lasers, and no technobabble; there are heroes, but it's a stretch to call anyone on the show truly "good." Instead, there's a lot of gray. It's one of the best shows I've ever seen, and I highly recommend it.
Kara (callsign Starbuck) is the Galactica's ace pilot. In the original series, Starbuck was played by a man, and in the reboot Kara never got the memo; she sleeps around, she smokes cigars, she drinks to excess, and she gets thrown in the brig in the miniseries for punching her senior officer. If the show has an action hero, it's Kara: she's far and away the star and she's one of the best developed characters we see over the course of the show, in an already well-written cast.
Anything further drops right into heavy spoiler terrority, so I highly recommend you check out the show if you have any interest in science fiction: BSG is one of the best TV series ever.
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