Gender in the Aftermath: Starbuck and the Future of Woman in Battlestar Galactica

  • Tracey Raney
  • Michelle Meagher


In this chapter we read the post-apocalyptic speculative fiction television show Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009) as a critical metanarrative within which contemporary anxieties around gender, gendered identities, feminism, and post-feminism cohere. Originally conceived for television in 1978, Battlestar Galactica was a science fiction series that followed the human survivors of a 1,000-year war with the Cylons, a race of warrior robots. Though there have been several spin-offs, the most successful reiteration of the franchise is the 2004–2009 Syfy Channel television series called Battlestar Galactica (or BSG, as it is commonly referred to by fans). The series begins with a devastating attack by the Cylons on the human fleet; it is an attack that results in mass casualties, the destruction of the human home planet, Caprica, and the displacement of survivors onto several spaceships—one of which is the Battlestar Galactica.


Gender Identity Female Character Gender Nonconformity Mass Casualty Nuclear Bomb 
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