The First Evil (asta77) wrote,
The First Evil

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The problem with having a late afternoon flight tomorrow? You tell yourself you have plenty of time to pack and thus sit at your computer and write your opinions of the newly released BSG 2.5 deleted scenes. Once again, located at Sci-Fi's Pulse site.

And I know you all know that I’m Lee biased, but, honestly I think his cuts from ‘Black Market’ were some of the unkindest cuts of all.

The underlined titles are taken from the Sci-Fi site.

Black Market

The First Time: Lee isn’t drunk, but he has obviously had a bit to much to drink. A combination of drowning his sorrows and working up the nerve to hire a hooker it would seem.

Lee: I’ve always wondered how this works
Shevon: Everybody says that the first time

OK, as I suspected, this was the first time Lee hired a prostitute. Even though it’s legal in their society and I’m not blind to Lee’s faults, I just didn’t see this as the norm for him.

Lee: Not really sure what I expected
Shevon: Approaches him, sits in his lap, seduces him, for lack of a better word…”That’s what makes it so much fun.”

And Lee kisses her. Actually, Lee seemed much more into the moment here than with Dee later, but I’m getting ahead of myself. ;)

The scene has an overall feeling of Lee being unhappy and aimless and looking for something, but he’s not sure what. This would have served to show that Lee didn’t meet her and instantly pin hopes of redemption on her. I think he was simply seeing her as the means of some instant gratification, both as a sexual partner and as someone to listen to his woes. Which brings me to…

Living up To Dad: Man I wish this scene had been left in. Lee, drinking some more, is confessing to Shevon that he still has a lot of issues when it comes to his father. Honestly, I thought he was getting over his feeling of inferiority and self-doubt at this point, but apparently not.

Lee: My dad says it’s all about commitment…flying vipers, command, life. It’s not just about making the right decisions, it’s about going for it once you’re there.

Hearing those words I was taken back to KLG and Adama criticizing Lee for playing it safe, not losing control. It shows that Lee is still thinking about what he said to him and, even with the stand he took with the president and his various accomplishments, he still feels he’s not the man he wants to be.

Lee: He makes it look so easy. I’m just damn tired of trying to live up to that.

Now, imagine if we had this statement instead of vague images of dead pregnant girlfriend? What if it wasn’t guilt that was weighing him down and made him want to let go, but feeling as if he will never live up to his father’s example? And when he receives the Pegasus command in ‘The Hand of God’ is the expression on his face a reflection of him feeling as if he’s equal to his father?

Transit: Shevon, Paya, and a bunch of kids on a Raptor. Originally I thought this meant they were leaving Cloud Nine (I assumed they died there), but now I recall the last place we saw them was on the Prometheus (that’s the name, right?) so they probably are dead.

Scar - I have to say, the cuts for this ep all made sense to me. We didn’t miss anything, imho.

Late Start: Kat informs Kara she was 17 minutes late for the briefing, thought she was down for the count and, therefore, started the briefing without her.

Gym Talk: More Kara/Helo. Kara wonders why Kat has such a hard on for her (that should launch a few more fanfics ;) and Helo makes the brilliant statement that Kat has to knock the top gun off her pedestal. Thanks for stating the obvious Karl.

Good To Go, JoJo: More of Kat’s pep talk.

Dead Signal: Slightly extended cut of Apollo listening to the pilot’s chatter

Another Auction: Kara informs the pilot’s that there will be an auction of JoJo’s belongings. (The whole auction idea that Ron? David? wanted to play with would have taken too much time.)

Okay to Launch: We watch Kara prep her vipor for launch. Why did they film this?


Two Whole Days: I have really mixed feelings about this scene. As Lee is packing for their getaway (I love his “I hate packing” line, it’s so real :) he asks Dee if she’s talked to Billy yet. I have to agree with sarmoti here, Dee needed to clear the air with Billy before planning on taking up with the next guy. However, I like that we get to hear her feelings about Billy.

Dee: We talk. It’s nice. He’s sweet. He really came through for me after the attack. I’ll always love him for that, but…

Now, being a Lee fan, this is why I’m happy it was ultimately cut. Off of the “We talk” remark, Lee turns to look at her. Lee gives the impression that he’s a bit concerned. Let’s face it, Lee has been avoiding Dee up until this point and he’s refused to talk about much of anything with anybody so he may have felt it was directed at him. And after the “I’ll always love him” statement he cuts her off with a kiss and then says, “You were saying?”. Is Lee worried? His demeanor and actions indicate he still sees Billy as competition, but one kiss from him will eliminate all thoughts of Billy from Dee’s mind and prove he’s the better man! Whatever. That coupled with Lee spending two nights with a woman who still has a boyfriend, he comes off as an ass here.

The Captain’s Hand

Dinner Conversation: Tigh and Adama discuss, over dinner, the problems on Pegasus. Adama sent Lee there because Garner is so inexperienced and he needs a “deeper bench” (sounds too much like a U.S. sports reference to me). And Tigh asks him if he is still thinking about making Lee the Pegasus XO to which Adama replies that Lee will hate to lose his flight status. Tigh had an interesting line - “And we use to think the Pegasus was here to save us.”

Putting aside I don’t think the scene added much, do you know how annoying it is to hear actors speak dialogue with their mouths full? I swear there was slurping!

Winning Is Everything: Tory and Laura discuss the election and the smart vs. the right thing to do. Laura asks Tory, as a woman, what she thinks of the decision she made. Tory responds that she’s not there to be “your friend, or your counsel, or your conscience. I’m here to help you win.” In other words, she’s no Billy or Lee.

I’d also recommend checking out the clip of the acceptance of the Peabody Award. And do not miss the South Park guys shout out to the show in a separate clip. Sure, they said “Battlestar Galactica” about ten times, but the best bit was hearing Jon Stewart say at the end, "’South Park’ just mentioned ‘Battlestar Galactica’. Somewhere somebody’s blog just blew up." :)
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