|“||How does the chancellor vote!||”|
|— Senior Council Member to Jaha|
Cole, Kaplan, Muir, and Fuji were recurring characters in the first season. They were portrayed by cast members Freda Perry, Catherine Lough-Haggquist, Sharon Taylor, Hiro Kanagawa, and Bill Marchant and debuted in "Earth Skills".
Cole, Kaplan, Muir, and Fuji were four of the council members during the first season. The other three members were Thelonious Jaha, Marcus Kane, and Abby Griffin (who was later replaced by Diana Sydney). The four were killed during the Unity Day Bombing.
While the four councilors were named in "Unity Day", the credits only listed them as "Council Member #1", "Council Member #2", "Council Member #3", and "Senior Council Member", thus there is no way to put name to face.
They were born on the Ark and at some point became a council members.
Throughout the Series
Later the council meets. When Marcus Kane says that they should vote on the culling now, Council Member #1 seconds the motion. The Senior Council Member leads the proceedings and summarizes what they are voting on. Kane, Senior Council Member, and Council Member #1 vote in favor of the culling while Abby, Council Member #2, and Council Member #3 vote against. Senior Council Member then asks Thelonious Jaha, the Chancellor, to vote to break the tie, but Jaha chooses to abstain. Senior Council Member tries to convince Jaha to vote but Jaha refuses frustrating those in favor of the culling.
In Contents Under Pressure, the Council meets regarding Abby Griffin's crimes. Abby is told that even though she had broken laws and should be floated, they need her medical expertise too badly so she's received a stay of execution. According to Jaha, the Council vote was nearly unanimous. However, Abby is stripped of her council position. Then, they hear Raven calling over the Ark-wide channel and the meeting breaks apart.
In Unity Day, the councilors attend the Unity Day pageant. Council Member #1, #2, and #3 can be seen standing behind Jaha during his remarks. Midway through the pageant, a bomb goes off and it kills Councilors Cole, Kaplan, Muir, and Fuji. Later it is revealed that the bomb was planned by fellow council member Diana Sydney (who replaced Abby on the Council).
Senior Council Member had grey-white hair and a beard. He appeared to be in his 60's.
|Twilight's Last Gleaming||Appears|
|His Sister's Keeper||Absent|
|Contents Under Pressure||Appears|
|I Am Become Death||Absent|
|We Are Grounders (Part 1)||Absent|
|We Are Grounders (Part 2)||Absent|
Senior Council Member: "How does the Chancellor vote?"
Jaha: "I don't."
Senior Council Member: "Sir, if you abstain, the vote ends in a tie to be automatically taken up again in ten days."
Kane: "That's ten more dead for every day."
Senior Council Member: "I ask again, how does the Chancellor vote?"
Jaha: "The Chancellor abstains."
-- Earth Skills
- As members of the Council, they were indirectly responsible for various executions on the Ark, including:
- 320 Arkers (indirectly, Culling)
Notes and Trivia
- "Council Member #1" is the first character to be recast. She was played by Freda Perry in "Earth Skills" and by Catherine Lough-Haggquist in her other three appearances.
- Muir may have been named after series writer Lauren Muir (Jason Rothenberg's assistant in season 1).
- Cole may have been named after series writer/producer Heidi Cole McAdams.