Edward James Olmos is one of the top actors alive today. He has taken on such a wide variety of roles and succeeded at all of them. He is equally adept at comedy, action and drama and now he takes on Science Fiction in the new Battlestar Galactica.
One of the first natural reactions anyone will have to the new Battlestar Galactica is comparing Edward James Olmos to Lorne Greene. While both Commander Adamas provide an overall father figure, Mr. Greene’s Adama was more “Ben Cartwright in Space”. He was a kindly, all-knowing, loving, beneficent leader. Mr. Olmos gives us a reluctant leader, who makes mistakes, is often unsure of himself, but in spite of his own misgivings is still the most competent available leader.
Viewers have the added advantage of “Miami Vice” being released on DVD as well. If you want to see one of the best TV police lieutenants ever, watch “Miami Vice” and marvel at Edward James Olmos’s portrayal of Lt. Martin Castillo.