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We'll discuss Lay Down Your Burdens I and II. At the end of this fabulousest of all seasons, things are very bleak for our heroes. And you know what? I blame Racetrack. Think about it.

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marymary
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Lay Down Your Burdens I and II
RECAP: Chief is having nightmares. Cally finds him, asleep and nightmaring, on the deck. She tries to wake him up and he attacks her, knocking her unconscious and breaking her jaw. He begins counseling with a priest named Cavil, who leads him to admit that he’s having dreams about killing himself because he’s afraid he’s a Cylon. As Cally recovers, she forgives Chief and confesses that she’s always had feelings for him. Chief tries to think of a way to make it up to her. Unfortunately, he does come up with something.

Baltar and Laura begin a series of debates running up to the presidential election. Laura is clearly ahead in the polls, despite the fact that Baltar, under Zarek's guidance, is successfully attacking her as a “religious fanatic”. Baltar’s feeling worried about humiliation; Laura’s feeling confident.

Lee is, quite ominously, eating noodles. Kara is leading a rescue team to Caprica, to pick up Sam and the resistance fighters there. Sharon can now communicate with the navigation system using a very geektastic port in her arm, dramatically reducing the number of jumps it takes to get there. Still, it’s a very dangerous “volunteers-only” mission. The seventeen (?) raptors start their series of jumps and Racetrack jumps to the wrong place on the first one. She discovers a habitable planet and returns to Galactica with the news. (See? I blame Racetrack.) Bill and Lee order recon missions to scope it out.

Zarek identifies the new planet as Baltar’s campaign issue. Chip Six drapes herself all over Zarek and agrees. Baltar takes the public position that the humans should settle the new planet permanently. (No, you’re right; I blame Baltar.) Laura disagrees and it looks like she’ll lose the election. Tory has a secret plan to fight defeat, and she and Laura conspire to steal the election. The election takes place and Tory, Tigh and Dee commit fraud to help Laura win. The conspiracy is foiled by Gaeta. (Gaeta! I blame Gaeta!) Laura confesses to Bill and they give the presidency back to Baltar.

marymary
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Kara, Helo, Sharon and the team reach Caprica and find Sam and his people. They’re pinned down by Cylons, but then the Cylons suddenly stop fighting and disappear. They return to Galactica to report that Caprica is deserted. With them is…gasp!...another Cavil. Chief jumps him. He’s taken into custody and reunited with his fellow Cavil. Caprica Cavil explains that he has a message. The Cylons have been persuaded, by Caprica Six and Boomer, that the occupation and pursuit of the fleet was a mistake. The Cylons are leaving for another place and the humans are free to do as they please.

Sharon is in the brig because she presumably knew what Cavil was as soon as she laid bionic eyeballs on him on Caprica and didn’t tell. Helo begs her to stay with their very long-range plan to win the hearts and minds, but she says she no longer rolls with babykillers. Then she drops the phone, which is con for “we’re done here”.

Kara and Sam practically have sex right in front of Lee, who comports himself admirably. Then Kara insults his girlfriend, pours liquor all over herself and cackles some more. Sam has the good sense to be slightly embarrassed. Lee goes to find more noodles.

Baltar visits Gina on Cloud Nine. She informs him that she won’t be moving to “New Caprica” with him, but she does have a lovely parting gift. No, make that two. Back on Colonial One, Baltar takes office and Gina listens on the wireless. She detonates the nuclear bomb he gave her a couple episodes ago, taking out Cloud Nine and several other ships. Baltar orders immediate settlement on New Caprica. He puts his head down on his desk for a long winter’s nap.

ONE YEAR LATER (I can still hear echoes of the gasp from early 2006) Baltar is in his office on Colonial One, which is parked on New Caprica. He’s taking a lot of drugs and sleeping with a lot of prostitutes. Gaeta is his chief of “staff”. Chief and Cally are married and pregnant. Chief is the head of the workers’ union and advocating a strike. Sam and Kara are married. He has pneumonia. She has extensions. Saul and Ellen arrive on New Caprica to live. Laura and Maya are teaching a surprisingly small number of children for a population of 39,000. Maya still has Hera. Bill has the Facial Hair of Time Shifting; he and Helo and Sharon are still on Galactica. Lee is fat!!!! (I’m still not over that. He couldn’t have grown a beard?) He and Dee are on Pegasus.

As Kara calls to very reluctantly ask Lee for some of his stash of medicine, Dee sees something on dradis. It’s the Cylon fleet. Lee and Bill decide they’re so unprepared they can only jump away, so they do. The Cylons invade New Caprica. Leoben comes to Kara’s tent looking for her. Doral, Boomer and Caprica Six go to Baltar’s office to accept his surrender. Caprica Six and Baltar are moved to tears to see each other again. The Cylons explain that they were a light year away when the nuclear detonation (I blame Gina!) alerted them to the location of the fleet.

Kara awesomely quotes herself. “Same thing we always do. Fight ‘em till we can’t.”
tomfoolery815
Oct. 16th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
And you know what? I blame Racetrack.
By gods, you're right. :-) She gets the jump coordinates right ... no President Baltar, no New Caprica, no Fat Lee.

ONE YEAR LATER (I can still hear echoes of the gasp from early 2006)
I noticed something at epguides.com: "Lay Down Your Burdens Part II" aired two nights before "The Cold." So, Mary, Gatz? Quite a weekend, eh? :-)
tomfoolery815
Oct. 16th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
Sorry. That should read: Mary, Watsy.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 16th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Lee is, quite ominously, eating noodles.
Hee! I noticed that this time. :-)

Outstanding recaps, Mary. Thanks.

Bossy Blonde Bookends:
SIX: ... if you have faith, everything will turn out as it should.
BALTAR: I don’t like to lose.
SIX: Have faith.
But she drops voice in a manner that suggests “You will have faith right now or I will beat it into you.” Clearly she's getting frustrated with the lack of room in Baltar's big brain for embracing God's Plan.

Then, a few minutes later, there’s some angry murmuring as Sharon walks in, but Kara’s not tolerating any crap about “toasters” or “it” today: “She’s here to help us! … Does anyone have a problem with that?” And her tone says “You, in fact, do not have a problem with that.”
tomfoolery815
Oct. 16th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
One more from me tonight, then I'll retire to Joe's Bar.

Cute, completely realistic scene with Bill and LR before the debate. It’s a real showpiece for Mary McD as she conveys Laura’s “pre-show” nervous energy. She’s so overcaffeinated, figuratively or literally, that she tries Bill’s father’s pencil ritual, completely with exhale and “ta-da!” hand movement. But Bill has already sensed that she’s a little too nervous, so when she asks “But what happens if the, uh, moderator doesn’t have a … pencil?” he knows he has no choice but to answer “Then you’re pretty screwed.” It takes another second or two for Laura to feel that pull at her leg. Such fun, these two together.
amycurl
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Hello, everybody!

First things first, why does Mary's LJ *still* not show up on my Flist? Riddle me this, batman. :-P

Now, onward and upward...

I knew Cavil was a Cylon, so that reveal was not quite so revealing....if they had used a lesser star, than perhaps. But the star power combined with a new character combined with the attitude.....totally called it. Just sayin'. It's the one thing that's a little formulaic on this show.

Also. Loved, loved, loved Lee eating noodles. "Adama eats noodles": it's like the food of Battlestar champions. :-)

Okay, back to reading what ya'll wrote. And I might not post again until tomorrow, when I'm, you know, a little more sober. :-P But then I could be totally lying. Could go either way.
amycurl
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
He’s taking a lot of drugs and sleeping with a lot of prostitutes.

Maybe I've mentioned this before, but this depiction, when I first saw it, struck me as the visualization Republican's had of Clinton during his presidency. You know, with the peace and prosperity and the women and the smartness...Completely unprepared to deal with the impending evil.....
amycurl
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Lee is fat!!!! (I’m still not over that. He couldn’t have grown a beard?)

I know!! Too many noodles, not enough adrenaline?
amycurl
Oct. 18th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
The Cylons explain that they were a light year away when the nuclear detonation (I blame Gina!) alerted them to the location of the fleet.
Okay, so they started to come to the humans *immediately* (or almost so) after leaving Caprica. The bomb goes off, the Cylons start to try to get to the humans, they're one light year away, so it takes them a year to get there....I know we've talked about it before, but it's such a huge thing from me to get from Cavil's speech about the influence of Caprica Six and Boomer, to the bomb going off, to the search for the fleet, to Caprica Six and Boomer being at the vanguard of the occupation.

/Shutting up about this now
marymary
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Okay, so they started to come to the humans *immediately* (or almost so) after leaving Caprica.

I'm certainly no astrophysisist...:-) so I could be really wrong about this. I assumed that it was the other way around. That it took a year for evidence of the blast to get to where the Cylons were (kind of like scientists here say "We found a new planet --- well, it was there 100 years ago; the light just reaches us now.."). So once the Cylons "saw" the blast, a year after the blast, they jumped to its location (New Caprica). Does that make sense to anyone else? Because you're totally right, amy: it makes no sense for them to reverse themselves that quickly.
marymary
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm certainly no astrophysisist...:-)

...because astrophysicists know how to spell "astrophysicist"...for one thing.
marymary
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
but this depiction, when I first saw it, struck me as the visualization Republican's had of Clinton during his presidency. You know, with the peace and prosperity and the women and the smartness...Completely unprepared to deal with the impending evil.....

Whoa, I never thought of it that way. Great analogy, a.
marymary
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Tom, I also love the pre-debate scene. I feel like I keep saying "this is my favorite Laura scene"...this is certainly one of them. So adorable! My favorite parts: When she first gets the giggles and has to grab Bill’s arm for support as she leaves the room. Also, when she can’t stop laughing as she walks down the hall. Tory, walking in front of them, rolls her eyes and says, “Great.” Ha! The beleaguered campaign manager. (I picture Josh Lyman in some hotel, running a hand through his exasperated hair, sighing, "Senator....)

Yes, his hair.
marymary
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
“She’s here to help us! … Does anyone have a problem with that?” And her tone says “You, in fact, do not have a problem with that.”

Yes, Tom, I really like how Kara is sort of on Sharon’s side now in the ready room. From Kara's perspective, she's now got 1) her best friend Helo's endorsement, 2) the fact that Sharon is absolutely making Kara’s dream come true and of course 3) that Sharon’s done nothing but support the humans. It’s a really nice moment to see Kara cross the line over to the pro-Sharon side. And Sharon is sort of heartbreaking at the end there. When the briefing is over, her head is down and she looks up at Kara just with her eyes. “Can I go now?” Because she’s been standing there the whole time like a chained animal on display.

How awesome is it that Sharon solves the problem of the 324 jumps necessary to reach Caprica and save Sam? And how awesome is that port in her arm? I don’t often truly geek out about things, but I think I squeed a little the first time I saw that. Cause that’s totally what you’d do, instead of cutting into her again.
marymary
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Well you know I have something to say about these two. :-) Before Kara leaves, she goes to see Lee and he wishes her luck. First...guh. He looks so good in that scene. Second, he’s very cute --- he’s really worried about her so he’s all tongue-tied and then with the nervous talking. Lee: “It’s a good plan, it's a good plan. Sharon should be able to jump you in a couple clicks above the surface...” Kara: “I know the plan, Lee, I wrote it.” But the thing is, he’s talking to himself. He wants her to succeed, but it’s so FAR and so dangerous and he doesn’t want her to leave and part of him doesn’t want her to bring Sam back and be with him. “I hope you find him Kara, I really do.” He’s talking to himself again.

Having seen these episode a couple times through now, I’m reflecting on their arc in in the upcoming timeline. Last we saw them was in Captain’s Hand, where they ended with all that sweetness and solidarity and forgiveness. So they’re solid. Now she’s going to Caprica and that’s hard, and Sam is still sort of looming between them a little. But they’re still sweet with each other. Next Lee sees her is when she's back from Caprica and she’s being all gross with Sam and barely acknowledging Lee’s presence. Not that I blame her one bit for being over the moon about Sam! But the fact that she can’t rein it in for two minutes while Lee’s standing there is pretty appalling. We don’t know what happens next, exactly, but the next time we see them, chronologically, is Unfinished Business (Season 3). And that’s pretty amazing, if you think about it. Their relationship swings wildly back and forth here. Not their feeligns for each other so much, just their behavior and the status of their relationship. After that, chronologically, is LDYBII (the end of this episode) --- one year later --- where she and Lee are completely apart. They’re not only separated, they’re completely estranged. Flash forward to Season 4, and most of us know what's happened by then.

What strikes me is that they’re so intertwined. It’s not so much that they can’t stay away from each other, it’s almost like they can’t get away from each other. If we believe that this show’s mythology includes Special Destinies, I think this is one of them. It is like those two are destined to be two halves of...something. In my head, to this story...they're like those two keys that you have to turn at the same time to launch the missiles. You know, those keys? (Sorry...astrophysicist stuff. You wouldn't understand. :-)

Though Kara is totally icky in front of Lee, she’s pretty cute introducing Sam to Bill. Kara: "Um...wow. Uh, Commander, this...is Samuel T. Anders." Totally “Meet my dad.”
tomfoolery815
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
(Sorry...astrophysicist stuff. You wouldn't understand. :-)
Hee! I especially like the way you flipped it.

What strikes me is that they’re so intertwined. It’s not so much that they can’t stay away from each other, it’s almost like they can’t get away from each other.
I completely agree. And I'm reminded of where they stood before the attacks: They knew each other through Zach, but to call them estranged would be to suggest that they had spent much time together previously.

I have to think that Lee knew, as the miniseries began, that there was a special bond between Bill and Kara -- you're spot-on about "Meet me dad," too, Mary -- and that played into his own Daddy issues. "Dad always liked you better."

But as with Josh and Donna, this is the thread that runs through the entire series. From Day 1.
tomfoolery815
Oct. 18th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
"Meet me dad?" What, did Kara become Cockney? A pirate, perhaps?
*facepalm*
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