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Home, Part I
Home, Part II

In which half of humanity throws in a drink in the face of the other half and calls a cab. Then the guy half shows up on her doorstep with flowers and guns and is all, "I can't live without you. No, seriously. I'd be dead. Not metaphorically, literally dead." And the girl half is like, "I want to believe you, but first you must do one thing for me. You must admit that you are lost and ask for directions."

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marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Recap: Home Part I
See, I'm starting out right this time.

Laura and company are getting ready to go down to Kobol and look for the tomb of Athena, as soon as Starbuck arrives with the arrow. Which she does, but she also brings Sharon, who is not welcome. Sharon promises to help them find the tomb and the map to Earth. Zarek and Meier plot to kill Lee, so Zarek can be the military commander alongside Laura. The whole bunch lands on Kobol and starts for the tomb. The priest is killed by a landmine. On Galactica, Bill is pissed at Laura and all of her followers, until he talks to Dee. He then decides he's going to Kobol to make up with Laura and put the fleet back together.
tomfoolery815
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
BWAH! That's your best thread opener yet. :-)
marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
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marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
They really start Bill off in the same pissy place about Roslin and Lee.

(to Dee and Saul) "What have we lost?"
Dee starts reading soul-counts on the 24 missing ships.
Bill: "Not ‘who’. ‘What?’."
He says he doesn’t care about people who would choose to follow "a religious fanatic and a terrorist."
marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
Ironic and poignant that the priest is the one who quotes the scripture: “Any return to Kobol carries with it a cost, in blood.” She’s the cost in blood; she’s the one who will die.

Laura: “If there is anyone there who does not have the stomach for this mission, you are welcome to join Commander Adama’s fleet.” This is a common scene in dramas, especially military dramas. The Big Out. The way the line is always written, the character might as well say, “If any of you wimps and cowards would like to save your skins and leave the saving of the universe to the real heroes, like us, please signify by saying, ‘Waaaaaa!’” Ha. It’s almost never stated as a reasonable choice --- there’s always some poorly hidden derision in there. If you’re not convinced, I refer you to the words “stomach” and “welcome”.

I like the scene where Meier and Zarek are looking at a bogey on dradis. (Jeez, listen to me.) Meier talks about shooting it down. Laura comes into the room. “Shoot what down?” No one answers. “Do I have to repeat myself?” Ha! This is the way to be the president. I’ll come back to this later.

As they look at the incoming ship, Starbuck’s voice comes over the wireless. I love the look on Lee’s face. So ecstatic and amused at the same time. I have to stop and say that I love how Bamber acts from the inside out, especially when it comes to the Lee/Kara stuff. It really feels like he's trying to contain some emotion and it bursts out. In this case, relief and happiness.
amycurl
Jun. 24th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
It really feels like he's trying to contain some emotion and it bursts out. In this case, relief and happiness.

It's the look of a man whose emotions are usually so tightly controlled...and he just can't, for the life of him, control how he feels about Kara. His expressions, his looks, and big, fat smooches...all coming from the same place. And he probably spends some nice time alone beating himself up for it, too. Poor Lee. :-(
tomfoolery815
Mar. 6th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'll call this one Everything I Think I Know About PTSD I Learned from "Noel," Then A Little Personal Experience

Bill in this ep:
-- The moment with Dee Mary alludes to above, complete with "Don't talk to me about family."
-- Cracking open walnuts ... with his hands.
-- Obsessing about his feelings of betrayal to the point of valuing loyalty over skill:
-- At his press conference: "We have lost no one that cannot be replaced by someone loyal, who has chosen to remain with us. This is the fleet. Thank you." His son is in that "lost no one that cannot be replaced" category. That's how far down the hole Bill is.
-- With the promotion of Roger Birch to CAG, Saul's irritated about Bill paying lip service to Saul's opinion, only to find out that Bill was testing Saul about being on the same page. No, really, Saul Tigh! Saul's hurt by this, but says "It's your call, I'll support it."
tomfoolery815
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
This is a common scene in dramas, especially military dramas. The Big Out. ... It’s almost never stated as a reasonable choice --- there’s always some poorly hidden derision in there.
Totally. In "Michael Collins," one of my favorites, Collins tells his young recruits it's about to get rough, and says if anybody wants out, "There's the door." No one leaves, and one asks "Would we have got past the door?"

I love the look on Lee’s face. So ecstatic and amused at the same time.
I love their reunion, the first time they've seen each other since the confrontation that was about so much more than Kara having sex with GB:

Lee kisses her on the mouth. She's surprised ... but she closes her eyes, too. Then, she tries to brush it off with "Good to see you too, Captain." He tries to do the same with "Remind me to send you to the brig later." And you have to wonder whom they think they're fooling. :-)
tomfoolery815
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ha! This is the way to be the president.
Not this is necessarily your point, Mary, but I loved this exchange after Bill's press conference goes badly:

BILL: Remind me not to do that again.
SAUL: Always looked easy enough when Roslin did it.

Yes, boys, turns out Laura's outstanding at what she does, too. :-)
ok_with_that
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Always looked easy enough when Roslin did it.

Josh? Is that you? :)
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marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, the scene where Kara and company from Caprica come on board is awesome. You can spend an hour right there. When Kara turns the corner she sees only Lee. (Check it out, she does!) She can’t keep the grin off her face. They hug each other hard. Like you, Tom, I was thinking about the last time they'd seen each other. For me their last moment was when she just disappeared off dradis on her mission to Caprica. Totally unexpected, totally devastating to him. His face, his voice when she was just “poof!” gone, was (as always) heartbreaking.

Anyway…she’s back. He just kisses her, her funny, awkard line, and they pull back, but he’s still looking at her mouth. (This is THE "I want to sleep with you" indicator. They must teach that in acting school, in cases where you're not actually attracted to your the person you're playing the scene with.)

Lee: “Remind me to send you to the brig later.” And she sort of tips her head and breathes “yeah”. Like both, “You’re cracking me up here” and then “You have no idea how the brig is not scaring me at this point in my life.” SO adorable. This is the cutest reaction in the history of reactions.

Then Sharon appears. Lee gives her the dagger eyes. And flashes back to Boomer shooting Bill. (We REALLY didn’t need that flashback!) Caprican Standoff: Lee’s got a gun on Sharon; Helo’s got a gun on Lee. Roslin tells them to stand down, promising Helo that Sharon will not be harmed. They drop the guns. Then Roslin turns all crackly Ice Queen and tells the guards to put Sharon out the airlock.

Now here’s where I didn’t remember hating Kara, but I do this time. Helo’s yelling, “Kara, for gods’ sake! Sharon…THIS Sharon saved our lives back on Caprica. Tell them!” Sharon does nothing. Was she not just insisting that Lee not kill Sharon? Does she not remember Sharon saving her from Centurions outside the hospital like one fucking day ago? I’m saying she not only has the reason, but the demonstrated inclination to save Sharon. So why doesn’t she open her mouth and simply say, “Madame President, he’s right. This Sharon saved our lives several times.” I don’t get that part.

Anyway, Sharon yells as she’s dragged away, promising that they’ll never find the tomb of Athena without her. Kara, ducking the ultimate “I’m so disappointed in you” look from Helo, presents the arrow to Laura. And Mary McDonnell, in what might be the greatest line delivery in the series, says, without turning from the arrow, “Tell them to wait a minute.” The reason I love this line is that it demonstrates that thing I love about Roslin. Just like, earlier, when she said, “Do I have to repeat myself?” Since Day One, she has absolutely embodied the presidency. Disparaged, deposed, mistrusted, on the lam, whatever. When she’s in the room you’re in the room with the fucking president. She doesn’t raise her voice or identify anyone by name or even look at the person she’s talking to. When she speaks, she speaks as if everyone is listening and someone will act on it.

Lee gets pissy. “It’s great to see you, Kara. Thanks for bringing in the trash.” Ha! False, lame, and ineffectual. Sometimes I love the drama queen in him, cause he tries so hard for it. The noble stuff comes easy, but this is a push, and it’s almost cute.
marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
While we're on the subject...

Lee shows up to offer Sharon the business end of his sidearm. Kara pulls him off. He’s still pissed about her jump to Caprica and can’t believe she’s challenging him. “After the shit you pulled?” (Did he really say ‘shit’? That’s what I wrote down…) Kara: “Yeah, cause you’re clearly the poster boy for military discipline.” Ha.

Later, Kara’s in the gym and very, very blue. Making like Toby with the Pyramid ball. Lee comes in and catches it and bounces it off her forehead. (That was one of the cutest things I have ever seen.) Kara: “Can I have my ball back?” (Cause it’s about Sam and love and sex.) Lee: “What, I can’t touch it?” (Oooh, it IS about love and sex!) Kara: “Can I have my ball back, please?” She’s miserable and mad at him.

Lee’s trying to reach out to her, but he has no idea what happened on Caprica and he’s grasping at straws: “I’m sure you saw some pretty tough things ….I just want you to know that I’m your friend. I love you. And if there’s anything you want to talk about…then I’m here for you.”

And just after he says the “I love you” she blinks and a tiny smile slowly creeps onto her face. Because, of all the things he was trying to say, the thing he didn’t really intend to say is the thing that saves her. “What was that middle part again? You love me. Lee Adama loves me. No, it’s sweet. You love me. You love me.” He’s embarrassed, but he’s smiling as he protests. The levity of it breaks her funk. And, I like to think, it makes her happy because, deep down, it’s exactly what she wants to hear from him. (And please note the phrasing “Lee Adama loves me.” for future reference. :-)
amycurl
Jun. 24th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
I loved, loved this whole scene. And if you weren't in love with both of them before this, you were after this.

I also thought Lee's desperation comes through here, too--just when he thinks he's got her back, she's a million miles away, emotionally. And you can see his thought process: "WTF? I just kissed you in joy and happiness and now you're acting all pissy with me! It's not fair!"

Making like Toby cracked me up...especially when followed by the phrase Cause it's about Same and love and sex, and it took me a second time to read that in the correct manner. :)
tomfoolery815
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
When she’s in the room you’re in the room with the fucking president. She doesn’t raise her voice or identify anyone by name or even look at the person she’s talking to. When she speaks, she speaks as if everyone is listening and someone will act on it.
Gods, you're SO right about this. I hadn't gathered my LR thoughts together in that form, but you're absolutely right.

Lee’s got a gun on Sharon; Helo’s got a gun on Lee.
This scene brought to my attention just how isolated Helo has been, and for how long. We've watched him and known he's on the Colonials' side, but a LOT has gone down since Boomer and Baltar got on the Raptor. I mean, I knew it, but here's a demonstration.

LEE: I thought you were dead, Helo. You a Cylon, too?
HELO: Don't even.

Which seems ridiculous and paranoid to the viewer who knows Helo really ought to be in tights and a cape, but given what Lee's been through -- and his capacity for pissiness -- it's not so far-fetched.

HELO: Shall we do what the nice lady says?
LEE: She's the president of the Colonies, you moron.

Which is really further pissiness, because as the TWoP recapper points out, Helo's not had much access to Colonial media the last few weeks.

I don’t get that part.
Good point. Kara owed Sharon that much.
tomfoolery815
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Later, Kara’s in the gym and very, very blue.
I love the staging of this scene. For whatever reason, there's a chain-link fence in the middle of a gym. It didn't look big enough to hold a Pyramid court, but it is dramatically convenient. Since Kara and Lee end up on opposite sides of the fence, literally leaning on each other.

He’s embarrassed, but he’s smiling as he protests. The levity of it breaks her funk.
The chain-link fence then becomes symbolic, I suppose, since they start acting like kids on a playground.

KARA: Lee Adama loves me ... you love me ... no takebacks!
LEE: Dreamer!

It's thoroughly funny and charming ... but as he's walking away, we get the Kara Thrace Eyes Pop that KS does so well.
marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
The chain-link fence then becomes symbolic, I suppose, since they start acting like kids on a playground.

Ooh, good catch. I hadn't thought about that.

I liked that too: "You can't take it back. There are no take-backs."
marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Tom, to your point about Helo's isolation. I think at one point he calls Lee "Adama", which really shows how little they know each other at that point.
marymary
Mar. 6th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
You a Cylon, too?

She's the president of the Colonies, you moron.


These are two more great examples of the thing I was saying about Lee. (Thanks, Tom; I hadn't even thought about these lines.)

I believe that Lee is one of the most noble characters in the series, not because he's always right or always good, but because it's in his nature to try. He wants the right answer, the good thing. His mind is not as complex as some, and his reactions are formed by a bad childhood, but his essence is goodness and giving. So when he gets all "you wanna piece of me?" it's not like he can't back it up, but that's not really his thing. It's not his groove. So it always looks a little silly on him, to me. But when he's doing something like reaching out to Kara in her pain, or risking his ass to save someone, or being open and loving to his dad when Dad's serving nothin' but a big bowl of gruff and cranky, that's when the character sings.
marymary
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
This is the part where Tom and I order another drink and wait for other people to show up.
tomfoolery815
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Cheers!

And ... nice GP icon. :-)
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