Adama is the commander of the battlestar Galactica, one of twelve ships guarding the Colonies as the story begins. He realizes that the truce under which the Cylons are approaching is a ruse—but by then the Cylons have launched their devastating attack on the human worlds. It is too late. Once the massacre is over, Adama is the only battlestar commander left (until they later meet up with the battlestar Pegasus, lead by Commander Cain). His youngest son, Zac, is the first warrior casualty that alerts the fleet to the menace. His wife dies during the attack on Caprica.
Adama’s vision and eloquence persuade the refugees to leave their home planets. With allies such as his surviving children, Apollo and Athena, he leads the last battlestar and the remnants of the human race toward the planet Earth—and, he hopes, salvation.
Captain Apollo is the son of Commander Adama and brother to Athena. Like everyone from the Colonies, Apollo suffered great losses during the Cylon attack—but his duty and dedication to the fleet give Apollo a sense of purpose. Early on he loses his brother Zac during a patrol. Then Apollo meets and becomes sealed to the newswoman Serina, but their time together is short. After she dies, Apollo is left to care for her son, Boxey, as a single parent.
Serina’s death leaves a hole in Apollo’s life that he fills with one-way missions and pilot banter. When Commander Cain’s daughter Sheba joins the crew, Apollo feels attracted to her but won’t admit it to himself—until she makes the first move.
As a child, Starbuck was found with other orphaned children after a Cylon attack on a Caprican agro colony. Legendary among the warriors for his womanizing ways, flying prowess and smart mouth, Starbuck is often seen smoking a fumarello and utilizing his skill at the game of pyramid. Although Starbuck’s rule is never to volunteer for anything, he still somehow manages to get all the dangerous missions, thanks to his best friend Apollo.
According to the final episode of Galactica 1980, Starbuck is marooned (possibly for good) later on after a Cylon ambush strands him on a small planet. It is then revealed in a dream that Doctor Zee is his offspring.
Serina's only son, six-year-old Boxey lost his daggit in the Cylon attack on Caprica. He and his mother were quartered on the Galactica, but Boxey fell into depression at the loss of his little dog-like creature. Serina sought help for him from a handsome pilot named Apollo, and it was Apollo who arranged for a droid daggit, Muffit, to be given to Boxey. Apollo marries Serina, and when Serina dies, becomes Boxey's only parent. Boxey expresses interest in becoming a pilot when he's older, and spends time with his aunt Athena and his grandfather Adama when Apollo is out on patrol. He often worries that his father won't come home from a mission.
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