I definately was one of those people who sat around scratching my head when I heard that Starbuck was going to be a female in the new BSG. I was a doubter, and I was proven wrong.
By a combination of great writing and great skill, Katee has taken the role of Starbuck and run with it. She has the same cavalier attitude that Dirk Benedict had in the original BSG (sans the womanizing), and then some. Her character is an interesting blend of courage, confidence and emotion and she portrays that excellently.
She's a great young actress that probably has a pretty good future ahead of her if she plays her cards right. I look forward to continuing to see her in BSG and in her projects after.