Starbuck and Starbuck in a Starbucks

Dirk Benedict, who played Lt. Starbuck in the classic Battlestar Galactica, with Katee Sackhoff, who played Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in the modern Battlestar Galactica, in a Starbucks coffee shop.

Dirk Benedict, who played Lt. Starbuck on the 1978 version of “Battlestar Galactica,” is pictured here with Katee Sackhoff, who played Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in the 2003 reboot, at a Starbucks coffee shop.

This has been circulating for a few months, but I saw it for the first time in an email a few minutes ago.

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  1. Waynester says:

    If either of them had the audacity to actually light their respective cigars all hell would break loose.

  2. Tony says:

    I wonder how they got on, given Mr Benedict’s notorious rant against the horrors of having a female Starbuck.

  3. mantis says:

    Heh. That’s pretty awesome.

  4. James Joyner says:

    @Tony: I actually had much the same initial reaction but ultimately found the reboot quite compelling. It helps that “Starbuck” was merely the call sign of the new character, and thus a nod to the original character rather than a direct replacement. And, if anything, Kara Thrace was allowed to be pretty much everything Benedict wanted the original Starbuck to be.

  5. tps says:

    Richard Hatch had issues with the re-imaged series but was able to put them aside for a small, but important part in it. Too bad Benedict couldn’t because it would have been fun to see him in it.

  6. Steve Verdon says:

    My understanding is that the meeting came before the rant, but my memory could be wrong.

  7. MarkedMan says:

    Benedict’s rant put him out of contention for a guest shot on the show even if he himself ever came to terms with it. It was a 1950’s “a woman’s place is in the home” manifesto, and bitter and self-pitying to boot. If they had let him appear on the screen those in the know would have “broken mimesis” and been unable to stay inside the story. It would be like putting Obama or Palin in there – way too distracting.