Who would send more Mogadorians packing: Starbuck or Ripley? In this Mogadorian Fighter Challenge match, it’s Sigourney Weaver in ALIENS vs. Katee Sackhoff in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.
Rob: This one is harder.
Dan: I have had this dream so many times. Oh my goodness. Where do we start. Obviously, if we have a situation that requires a fighter pilot, Starbuck takes it. But down on the ground, Sigourney Weaver is going to pull this out.
Rob: You think so?
Dan: I do. Starbuck has never faced anything as scary as the Aliens and the Alien Queen. Even in the episodes of BSG where the Cylons get on board the ship, you could shoot them and they would die, and in the process of dying they wouldn’t melt through the decks with their scary alien blood, and at no point did they ever take over your friends and lay eggs in your throat, and Weaver had to deal with all of that stuff.
Rob: True, but let’s look at the overall package: does Weaver’s on-the-ground toughness beat out Starbuck’s strategy? She won her character for being an excellent strategist.
Dan: Granted, but here I want to point to Starbuck’s inherently self-destructive personality. There were many episodes of the show where even Kat, who was a druggie, ended up being more reliable than Starbuck, because Starbuck was so screwed up emotionally. Sigourney Weaver, on the other hand, is an absolute rock.
Rob: Weaver actually gets tougher as things get harder.
Dan: And Starbuck keeps catastrophically burning out.
Rob: All right, I’ll give you Weaver.
WINNER: Sigourney Weaver
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