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Encyclopedia > Helena Cain
Helena Cain

Rear Admiral Helena Cain in the Pegasus CIC
Race Human
Gender Female
Portrayed by Michelle Forbes
First appearance "Pegasus"
Last appearance "Battlestar Galactica: Razor"
Callsign Pegasus Actual
Rank Rear Admiral
Colony Tauron
Affiliation Colonial Fleet

Rear Admiral Helena Cain is a fictional character in the reimagined science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica, portrayed by Michelle Forbes. The Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, which began as a 1978 TV series, was reimagined in 2003 into the TV miniseries. ... Lloyd Bridges as Commander Cain in Battlestar Galactica Commander Cain is the commander of Battlestar Pegasus. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1450x964, 262 KB) Summary Nelana Cain. ... This article is about modern humans. ... For other uses, see Female (disambiguation). ... Michelle Forbes (born Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo on January 8, 1965 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress. ... Pegasus is an episode of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series. ... The term Rear Admiral originated from the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons, and can trace its origins to the British Royal Navy. ... The flag of the Twelve Colonies in the reimagined series The Twelve Colonies of Man or Twelve Colonies of Kobol constitute the main human civilization in the fictional universe of the original 1978 science fiction film and television series Battlestar Galactica, and in the subsequent miniseries (2003) and series reimagining... // Original Series There is no canonical list of rank insignia for the Colonial Forces in the original series. ... The term Rear Admiral originated from the days of Naval Sailing Squadrons, and can trace its origins to the British Royal Navy. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about the 2004 television series. ... Michelle Forbes (born Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo on January 8, 1965 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress. ...


As a young girl on her home colony of Tauron, Helena witnessed her parents' deaths during a Cylon attack on the final day of the first Cylon War. She fled with her sister, Lucy, but the younger sibling stumbled in the rumble. Too injured to continue, Lucy pleaded for help from her older sister, but Helena froze and, seeing a Cylon landing party, run away and hid in a nearby storage container. She was discovered there by a Centurion sentry. As it targeted her, she picked up a switchblade knife and prepared to defend herself. Before the Centurion could strike, however, it received new orders, that a treaty had been signed and the war was over. Old Cylon Centurion shown in a museum display in the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries The Cylons are a cybernetic civilization at war with the Twelve Colonies of humanity in the Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, in the original 1978/1980 series and movie, as well as the 2003 reimagining. ...


Now safe, Helena returned to where she left her sister, but the younger girl was missing. Only her doll remained. In the aftermath, Helena vowed to do whatever it took to survive.


Cain later made a name for herself as a smart and ambitious officer in the Colonial Fleet. She was something of a rising star: Commander William Adama later remarks that she was promoted "to Rear Admiral over half the Commanders on the list".[1] // Original Series There is no canonical list of rank insignia for the Colonial Forces in the original series. ... William Bill Adama is a fictional character portrayed by Edward James Olmos in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series. ...


Prior to the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Cain's flagship, the Battlestar Pegasus, was docked at the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards for a major refit. The refit team included a civilian network analyst, Gina Inviere, with whom Cain initiated a lesbian relationship. At the time of the attack, Admiral Cain, like many of her crew, was preparing to leave the ship on shore leave. The initial Cylon strike destroyed five Colonial vessels in Pegasus' immediate vicinity and severely damaged the Pegasus herself, killing 700 crew members. In a desperate gamble, Admiral Cain ordered a "blind jump" that took the Pegasus out of the combat zone. The stress of losing so many crew members appears to have contributed to Admiral Cain's later extreme behaviour and possible alcoholism.[1] The Destruction of the Twelve Colonies was a fictitious interstellar holocaust first depicted in the 1978 motion picture Battlestar Galactica, which set the stage for the subsequent original television series. ... The Battlestar Pegasus is a fictional spacecraft that appears in the original Battlestar Galactica television series, and its subsequent ongoing re-imagining, in which it first appears in the second season episode, Pegasus. Spoiler warning: // An original series Battlestar The Battlestar Pegasus appears in the original series two-part episode... Number Six refers to a fictional model for characters portrayed by Canadian actress Tricia Helfer in the television re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. ... This article is about same-sex desire and sexuality among women. ... Shore Leave is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Cain addressed her crew, promising revenge against the Cylons through a guerilla-style war. Among her inner circle, however, she said she was not willing to foolishly risk lives in the pursuit of vengeance.


During the attack, Cain became impressed by the fortitude of her new aide, a young officer named Kendra Shaw, and quickly took the young girl under her wing, giving her the knife she found as a child. Shaw worked with Gina to restore the Pegasus computers, and they discovered a Cylon communications relay nearby. Cain saw this as the perfect opportunity to strike back at the Cylons and ordered an attack. After jumping into the range of the relay, a fleet of Cylon Raiders jumped in and attacked Pegasus. Pegasus first officer Jurgen Belzen suggested a retreat, fearing the relay was a trap. Cain doubted his judgment, instead preferring to launch a full counterstrike, hoping it wold catch the Cylons offguard. When Belzen questioned the decision and refused to carry out the order, Cain took his sidearm and shot him in the head. She then appointed Colonel Jack Fisk as executive officer and ordered him to launch the attack. Shocked by Belzen's execution, Fisk immediately agreed to carry out the order. For other uses, see Colonel (disambiguation). ... Colonel Jack Fisk is a fictional character from the 2004 TV series Battlestar Galactica. ...


The Cylons attempted to board Pegasus during the attack, leading to the discovery of Gina as a Cylon. With the betrayal heightened by her relationship, Cain ordered Lt. Alastair Thorne to rigorously interrogate the prisoner.


Pegasus then found 15 refugee civilian ships, but rather than protecting them like Galactica did, Admiral Cain opted to strip these civilian vessels of any useful parts and supplies, draft any civilians who had valuable technical experience into her crew, and then leave the remaining civilians aboard their ships, defenseless. If any civilians refused to join the Pegasus crew, Cain ordered their families shot. Overall, two families were killed under her orders until the draftees relented.[2] The Battlestar Galactica is a fictional spaceship and the primary setting in the original Battlestar Galactica television series and film, and its subsequent ongoing re-imagining in 2003. ...


Six months after the Cylon holocaust, Pegasus was tracking a Cylon fleet when it accidentally encountered Galactica and her civilian ships. Taking over from Commander Adama as military commander of the fleet, Admiral Cain quickly arranges for Galactica's stores to be replenished from Pegasus's own, but neglects the civilian fleet, even going so far as to ignore President Laura Roslin's representations on the civilians' behalf.[1] In the fictional universe of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, Laura Roslin is the former president of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. ...


Cain's chief military objective became identifying a mysterious Cylon vessel sighted in the fleet pursuing Galactica.[1] Cain gives Dr. Gaius Baltar access to Gina to continue the interrogation and learn more about the ship, which is identified as a Cylon Resurrection ship. The strategic value of knocking out the Cylons' means of avoiding death is not lost on the Colonial military commanders, and so Pegasus and Galactica plan a joint operation to engage the Cylon fleet and destroy the Resurrection ship. Cylon resurrection ship This article deals with the Cylon ship from the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. ...


Concurrently with this operation, Admiral Cain and Commander Adama come into conflict over the treatment of two Galactica crew members, Lt. Karl Agathon and Chief Galen Tyrol. Admiral Cain sentences the pair to death for the murder of a Pegasus officer, Cylon interrogator Thorne. In matter of fact, Thorne's death is accidental: Agathon and Tyrol are simply trying to prevent the rape of the Cylon prisoner Sharon "Athena" Agathon. Cain and Adama come to the brink of firing on one another's vessels[1] before standing down and agreeing to postpone their disagreements until the Resurrection ship has been destroyed. Nonetheless, each makes plans to have the other assassinated following the successful conclusion of the operation. Neither plan is carried out, much to the relief of the respective assassins: Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace and Colonel Fisk.[2] Karl C. Agathon is a fictional character on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series, portrayed by Tahmoh Penikett. ... Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol is a character on the television series Battlestar Galactica. ... Spoiler warning: Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharon Valerii, aka Number Eight, aka Sharon Agathon, is the name of two characters on the television series Battlestar Galactica, a reimagining of the classic show of the same name. ... Kara Starbuck Thrace, played by Katee Sackhoff, is a fictional character in the television series Battlestar Galactica, a reimagining of the classic series of the same name. ...


Unknown to Cain, Baltar also once had a relationship with a Six, and still had visions of one influencing his decisions. As he interrogated Gina, Baltar fell in love with her. After the Resurrection Ship is destroyed, Baltar tells Gina she deserves revenge and helps her escape. Gina kills the guard, steals her gun and makes her way to Cain's ready room. Staring down Gina's gun, Cain tells her to "Frak you." to which Gina ironically responds "You're not my type," further cementing the ruse of their relationship. Gina then shoots Cain in the head.


After her death, Cain is eulogized by both Colonel (later Commander) Fisk and Captain Thrace, who says they are weaker without her.[2] She leaves considerable disciplinary problems in her wake for later commanders of the Pegasus to deal with.[3][4] Look up eulogy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The ripple effect of Cain's death has nearly immediate negative effects on the fleet. Without Cain's overt military presence, the colonial fleet continues its pursuit of democracy by staging elections, which Baltar wins. President Baltar decides to lead the fleet to a lost planet to create a new settlement. Still feeling guilt over Cain's treatment of Gina, Baltar smuggles Gina a nuclear bomb to use to negotiate with Adama and Roslin. Instead, Gina activates the bomb, destroying the Cloud 9 and other ships. The destruction created a radiation signature that allowed the Cylons to find the fleet. Months into the occupation, the humans revolted and escape, but not without a huge loss of life, harkening back to Starbuck's eulogy.


References

Pegasus is an episode of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series. ... This article is about the 2004 television series. ... Resurrection Ship, Part I and II are episodes of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica televison series. ... This article is about the 2004 television series. ... Black Market is an episode of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica televison series. ... This article is about the 2004 television series. ... The Captains Hand is an episode of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica televison series. ... This article is about the 2004 television series. ...

External links

  • Michelle Forbes on Galactica, Season 2
  • Helena Cain at "BattlestarWiki"

  Results from FactBites:
 
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Helena Cain (1100 words)
Cain is the commanding officer of the Battlestar Pegasus when it meets the Battlestar Galactica in the episode "Pegasus".
Cain is ambitious and authoritarian, and displays ruthlessness in her command decisions following the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies.
Cain, born 100 yahren before the Battle of Cimtar, is considered the "greatest military genius of the modern age", dominating the Intercolonial Strategic Council in the years prior to his disappearance at the Battle of Molecay.
Cain (1821 words)
Admiral Helena Cain, hailing from the colony Tauron, is commander of the Mercury class Battlestar Pegasus during the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.
Cain is more interested in fighting the Cylons, seemingly oblivious to the point that she and the ships around her are all that was left of the human race, whose survival is more paramount than offensive assaults.
Cain survives Adama's plan, ironically, because Adama solicits advice from the second copy of Sharon Valerii, who reminds him of his decommissioning speech that asked whether humanity asked itself if it deserved to survive (Miniseries).
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