- Louanne Katraine
caption = Capt. Louanne Katraine in "Torn"
bgcolor = #fc0
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name = Louanne Katraine (Sasha)
callsign = Kat
rank=Lieutenant (Episode 1.05 - 2.20)
Captain (Episode 3.01 - 3.10)
affiliation = Colonial Fleet
first = "Act of Contrition"
last = "The Passage"
Louanne "Kat" Katraine is a character from the reimagined "Battlestar Galactica" television series, portrayed by
In her first appearance in the series, Kat is a rookie Viper pilot or "nugget" aboard the Battlestar "Galactica", part of a group being trained by then
LieutenantKara Thrace (Starbuck).cite episode| episodelink=Act of Contrition (Battlestar Galactica)| title=Act of Contrition| series= Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)] Although a rookie, she is very sharp and talented, and quickly becomes a hot-shot pilot, taking part in a vital operation to attack a Cylon tylium refinery.cite episode| episodelink=The Hand of God (Battlestar Galactica)| title=The Hand of God| series= Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)]
As the fatigue and stress of weeks of continuous duty without relief mount, Kat turns to stimulants to keep her senses sharp. Ultimately, she overdoses on stims, becomes hysterical, and finds herself unable to safely land her Viper. She is talked down into a near crash-landing by her former instructor, Starbuck, and is temporarily hospitalized.cite episode| episodelink=Final Cut (Battlestar Galactica)| title=Final Cut| series=
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)]
After Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama and Starbuck are transferred to the Battlestar "Pegasus" by
Admiral Helena Cain, Kat becomes "Galactica" 's senior pilot, leading the "Galactica" Air Wing in what amounts to a game of "chicken" with the "Pegasus" Air Wing.cite episode| episodelink=Resurrection Ship (Battlestar Galactica)| title=Resurrection Ship| series= Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)]
The rivalry between Kat and Starbuck, arguably the two best pilots on "Galactica", intensifies with the passage of time. Kat comes to disdain her former flight instructor on account of her drunken and irresponsible behavior; Starbuck considers Kat to be an upstart with a too-high opinion of her own abilities. Circumstances lead to Starbuck and Kat flying as a pair on a
Combat Air Patrolduring which they encounter the ace Cylon Raidernicknamed "Scar". Starbuck is the first to spot "Scar", and comes close to trying to kill "him" in suicidal head-on pass; at the last moment, she breaks away and lures "Scar" into Kat's line of fire. As Kat is the one who fires the killing shots, she earns the title of "Galactica" 's "Top Gun", thereby also winning a personal bet against Starbuck.cite episode| episodelink=Scar (Battlestar Galactica)| title=Scar| series= Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)]
During the settlement of
New Caprica, with Commander Lee Adamain command of "Pegasus" and Starbuck down on the ground, Kat becomes the CAG of "Galactica", leading the decoy attacks that lured the Cylons away from New Caprica, clearing the way for "Galactica" to jump in and deploy the real strike force.cite episode| episodelink=Exodus (Battlestar Galactica)| title=Exodus| series= Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)] Following the successful recovery of the civilian population from New Caprica and the destruction of the "Pegasus", Lee Adama resumes his old post of CAG: however, Kat remains a senior member of "Galactica" 's Air Wing as a squadron leader.cite episode| episodelink=Torn (Battlestar Galactica)| title=Torn| series= Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)]
As the "Galactica" and its Raptors guide the civilian fleet in relays through a treacherous stellar cluster, it is revealed that the real Louanne Katraine was a woman who died two days prior to the Cylon attack on Caprica. A drug runner by the name of Sasha, seeking to change her life, took the deceased's identity and became the individual known thereafter as Louanne "Kat" Katraine. After Starbuck discovers this, Kat begs her not to inform Admiral
William Adamabut instead to allow Kat to do so herself. On the fourth and penultimate relay through the cluster, Kat receives a dose of radiation that would be sufficient to have her removed from flight status, and begins losing hair. She chooses to accept her past and present life: she has a sexual encounter with her former associate Enzo, swaps her radiation badge for that of Captain Karl "Helo" Agathon, and boards her Raptor for the last time. She stays in the cluster after Admiral Adama issues the jump order in order to see her assigned ship, the "Faru Sadin", safely to the other side. In doing so, she receives a fatal dose of radiation. Admiral Adama visits her deathbed. He later promotes her posthumously to CAG on account of her bravery.cite episode| episodelink=The Passage (Battlestar Galactica)| title=The Passage| series= Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)] Although it was not made explicit in the scene, "Battlestar Galactica" showrunner Ronald D. Mooremade it clear in his podcastfor "The Passage" that it was intended that Adama should look on Katraine, like Kara Thrace, as an "adopted daughter" of sorts.
List of Battlestar Galactica (2004 television series) episodes
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