Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

A couple of years ago while watching all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica on DVD, I developed an insane, psycho obsession with the enigmatic BG character Kara “Starbuck” Thrace (played brilliantly by Katee Sackhoff). She was a fighter pilot with a death wish!  Tough, yet so, so vulnerable!  Self-hating, but adored by many, many men!  Bitchy, slutty, badly behaved — an alcoholic — and still, so lovable!  How could I compare? How could I go on living a semi-sane, responsible, sober existence when a whole mess of destructive behavior (on a spaceship!) beckoned?!

Here’s a fave scene from BG.  Starbuck beating the #$@%! out of her beloved, Lee “Apollo” Adama:

Sweet romance!  This episode nearly killed me.  Soon after, I started searching for something to undo all my craziness.  No more loony jealousy!  I imdb-ed and googled the crap out of Katee Sackhoff, and thankfully, at long last, found this:

Amazing.  So incredible.  I actually watched this whole thing on Lifetime one sunny Sunday afternoon!  And you know what?  After months (months!) of feeling absurdly envious of a totally made-up TV character (!),  I was finally, finally, free.

  1. Amanda
    Sep 21 / 10

    What I am grateful for is your willingness to be vulnerable in your blog. It makes me feel better about all the insane obsessive anti-crushes I have developed over the years. Thank you.

  2. Lauren Strasnick
    Sep 21 / 10

    You’re welcome. ;P

  3. Alisa M. Libby
    Sep 21 / 10

    Crushes! Obsessions! I love them in all of their hideous glory. I like to think that they make us better YA authors. I just got a book from the library: OBSESSION, a history. I’ll check for a chapter on Starbuck. And Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (don’t laugh at me).

  4. Lauren Strasnick
    Sep 21 / 10

    Ah! Must read that book! Also, your Spike obsession?! Yes, hello, you and me, both, Al! Spike! So tortured, complex, dynamic! Remember the Buffy bathtub scene?