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Feature: Battlestar Galactica (2000s)

The (Not So) Perfect Soldier

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber, better known as gallant Captain Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama, discusses character dynamics and Season Two

Romance, jealousy, action/adventure, suspense, tension, grief, regret; Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber has seen all that and more over the past few days in his role as Captain Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama, and the week isn’t over yet. Coming into the show’s Vancouver production office on his day off for a costume fitting, the actor very kindly sits down to chat about what’s going on with Apollo in Sacrifices, the Season Two episode that he and the rest of the Galactica cast and crew are currently filming.

“Apollo finally gets together with a certain someone on the show who he’s had sort of an on and off relationship with for a while. Funnily enough, for the past few weeks, my character has suddenly had a reason to kiss every woman under the sun, which has been a little crazy, but also rather fun,” chuckles the actor. “There’s been a bit more back story revealed about Apollo. He’s had some encounters that either should or should not have happened, and as a result we’re seeing a clearer picture of who this guy is because he’s experienced some fairly gruelling moments that have slightly rattled him. So you’re getting more of a personal response from Apollo, and that’s been great to play.

“In Sacrifices, my character and his friend go for a break on Cloud Nine, and not long after arriving they’re having a drink in this bar and a few of the people there are behaving oddly. Sure enough, a hostage situation ensues, and among those they take captive are members of the Galactica crew. These people have heard that a Cylon – Grace Park’s character of Boomer – is being kept alive on board the Galactica, and they can’t condone anyone harbouring one of the enemy. Of course, things soon start to go wrong… a lot happens in this episode.”

In the episode Resistance, Apollo helped President Roslin escape and they hid amongst the fleet. Roslin’s plan was to get to the planet Kobol and, using the Arrow of Apollo, locate the Tomb of Athena, which supposedly pointed the way to Earth. In the two-part Home, military and political sides came together in this search, with Roslin and her supporters, including Apollo, eventually returning to the Galactica.

“By the time we get to the end of Home: Part 2 there’s this sense of we’ve all been through so much, and just the physicality of us being assembled on the same ship again is a huge relief,” says Bamber. “Even though differences really haven’t been resolved – there are a number of issues that have just been papered over – there’s such a will amongst everyone that things can be worked out in the right way. So everyone just throws themselves back into their previous responsibilities, including Apollo who resumes his role as KAG [Captain of the Air Guard]. The stories from this point on are also slightly different and take on a new energy."

by Steven Eramo

Read the full interview in
Starburst #333

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