It's safe to say that Syfy's Battlestar Galactica is one of the best television shows of all time, so it isn't a complete surprise that any role that a veteran of the show takes seems like a downgrade. Still, some of the cast members have fared better than others following the show's end. With one of the key players now starring on fall's much-hyped Hawaii Five-0, we were inspired to rank all of the major actors' post-BSG stints. Who is still flying high and whose career has turned into a pile of space detritus? See our list below, ranked from best to worst.
The sexy former Cylon has done pretty well for herself, with roles on The Cleaner, Canadian series The Border and now the high-profile gig of tough but bikini-clad Kona on the Hawaii Five-0 remake. She's playing a role originally played by guy, which worked pretty well for Katee Sackhoff on BSG, so we've got really high hopes here. [And yes, her Boomer was also originally male, so she's got experience there as well!]
Sure, her most regular gig is on Dark Blue, which we mostly forget exists, but she's proven herself to be a guest star extraordinaire doing stints on everything from Chuck to Two and a Half Men. She's definitely carved a steady career for herself post-Caprica Six.
Here's where it gets interesting. Sackhoff's actually had some high-profile roles since her days as Starbuck: she was on the final season of 24 and just landed what might be a recurring gig on the much-watched CSI. That said, her character on 24 was horrible and CSI is quite a bit past its prime. People might watch her, but quality-wise, she could probably do better. Props to her, though, for her cameo in the recent "Geek and Gamer Girls" parody video. When in doubt, remind people of the awesome thing you did once.
The former deluded Baltar had a guest stint on the gone-too-soon FlashForward and ditched his British accent for a role on SyFy's Eureka. It's not the most groundbreaking of work, but we're glad he stayed in the sci-fi realm.
Some American folks might think that the easy-on-the-eyes Apollo disappeared into another dimension, but really, he was just back in the UK filming their version of Law & Order. Sounds kinda dull, but he was joined in that cast by Doctor Who's Martha Jones, so it can't be all bad. Or can it? We'll be the judge when BBC America airs the show in October.
The bloody Starz show Spartacus: Blood and Sand isn't necessarily our cup of tea, but it's a pretty big hit, she's got a huge role and it looks like it will be sticking around for a while.
It's just a guest gig on Castle, but that show is a haven for geeky refugees, most notably Castle himself, Nathan Fillion of Firefly fame. And the former Anders isn't just another cop -- he's playing a cop embroiled in a love triangle with the two leads, and he's pretty charming on the show.
Currently he doesn't appear to have any TV gigs, but post-BSG he did have a major role on Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. While the show had its share of troubles -- and was ultimately cancelled -- our beloved Helo was consistently one of the best things about it.
Her atrocious Grey's Anatomy stint actually aired during BSG's run, so we can't hold that against her. Afterwards, the former president of the Twelve Colonies did a few episodes of The Closer and has landed herself a part in Scream 4. A buzzy movie sounds like a good thing, but she's replacing Lauren Graham. No one likes to be sloppy seconds, unless she turns out to be the killer... in which case we'd totally upgrade her.
Edward James Olmos
He was the lead on BSG but has mostly stayed behind the scenes since then as a director. His only recent on-screen role (not counting the BSG TV movie The Plan) is a seemingly small part in the upcoming Green Hornet movie. We really want to see a lot more of him.
Let's see, a role on Smallville? That's not really something anyone wants to brag about these days. Even a mutineer like Gaeta.
Worse than Smallville? A gig on Hellcats... and not even in a major role. We're embarrassed on your behalf, Chief. Sorry The Bridge didn't work out in the U.S.
Watch TWoP's editors discuss Hawaii Five-0 and more of this fall's best action and sci-fi shows in this segment airing on the New York Nonstop cable news channel:
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