Battlestar Galactica (2003)/Tom Zarek

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Tom Zarek
Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Tom Zarek.jpg
Actor Richard Hatch
First Appearance 1x03 Bastille Day
Last Appearance 4x14 - Blood on the Scales
Series Billing 1x03 - Bastille Day to 2x07 - Home: Special Guest Star

2x14 - Black Market to 4x14 - Blood on the Scales: Guest Star

Episode Count 22
Notable Episodes 1x03 - Bastille Day


Basic Information

Tom Zarek is the Quorum representative for the colony Sagittaron. He is an opponent of President Roslin, and an advocate of ceasing what he sees as an obsession with continuing life as if nothing happened, people working and doing things in the fleet for no compensation or reason other than it is the job they performed before the Colonies were destroyed. He was jailed for the destruction of a Colonial government building and the murder of several Colonial government workers, claiming that he was fighting for the rights of the Sagitarron colony. As with any demagogue, he attempts to gain power in the Colonies by impassioned appeals to the emotions of his followers, and while many follow him and see him as a visionary leader, many, even some of those from Sagitarron, see him as a terrorist.

Zarek was being transported on the prison ship Astral Queen to a parole hearing at the time of the Cylon attack.

Character History

Memorable Moments


The actor who portrays Tom Zarek, Richard Hatch, played the character of Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica series.


  • Colonial Day: "That's a shame. I shaved very closely in anticipation of being smacked by you."