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Spoilers for season 3 & 4 of Battlestar Galactica:

Kara Thrace, a prominent character of the famous sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, or more famously known as Lt. Starbuck was purportedly dead while fighting Cylon battle ships amidst a solar storm along with Lee Adama or Capt. Apollo and others. Starbuck was assumed dead for months until the beginning of season 4 where she re-appears aboard Galactica, all well and with a new (factory painted) battle ship, believing she was gone for 6 hrs and claiming to have seen Earth.

I know that there may not be a "Correct" answer to this question, but - If she was really dead then was the new Starbuck an astral projection of herself ? (even more so since she vanishes in the end?) What happened there that made her come back all well with a new ship? Or was there a possibility that she was a cylon herself?

How did she come back? What was she?

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I don't remember there being a solid explanation for her new state/resurrection. An astral projection is one possibility, but I'd like to go even further to explain her pivoting role regarding the location of earth. It could be she was some sort of angel, sent out to guide the humans, as she disappears in the end when she has fulfilled her purpose. She is quite heavily involved in the faith/god storylines so I always assumed her resurrection to be faith related. Something brought her back in a grand scheme.

Her being a cyclon is a bit harder to believe as no real supporting evidence is given (but then again, there is no real explanation) and it would not really fit to here personality. It would also not explain how she vanishes in the end.

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Yeah, there was always a spiritual connection (but not in a Gaius Baltar sense ;) –  Annjawn Oct 13 '12 at 21:42
    
The only given explanation in the show is when Lee asks her what she is and she replies with "I'm an angel," and disappears. That's all you get. –  Adele C Oct 15 '12 at 6:16

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