I realized after writing up this post I hadn’t talked specifically about Kara. I felt she had some of the most powerful scenes in the episode. Her actions, which came off as out of character, even crazy last week made sense taken in context with ‘Six of One’. She even addressed what many have questioned – Laura’s unwillingness to trust Kara’s visions, when Laura has been leading the fleet based on visions of her own. But whereas the other characters seemed more in conflict with themselves, Kara’s feelings and motivations were quite clear to me. Which is why I have nothing much to add about her. ;)
I still understand Laura’s choice to doubt Kara’s claims. Laura’s visions are hers, they are her personal experiences, and ones she feels she can trust. She can also refer to prophecy and scripture to help substantiate her beliefs. And she hasn’t mysteriously returned from the dead. Added to all this is Laura’s perception of the value Kara places on her own life. She states to Adama that Kara placed herself in front of a bullet as if her life had no meaning. For someone doing whatever she can to sustain her life for as long as possible, to complete her mission, it puts into question Kara’s sincerity. But Kara’s asking to be shot is not suicidal behavior. Kara lists her personal failures, yet makes it clear that above all else the people she serves with she considers her family and their survival is the most important thing to her. Kara would die to save them all and if her mission, her destiny, is to be stopped by this one person, than that person might as well take the shot and end this.
I was a little unclear initially whether Laura really intended to shoot Kara, but she later makes it clear she did. I’m still processing her choice. It doesn’t quite sit right with me, yet it doesn’t feel out of character either. This is not the same woman who refused to touch a gun in ‘Valley of Darkness’. I was seeing a different Laura Roslin in this episode. Experience has made her tougher, harsher, and more desperate as she confronts her mortality. I think her mortality may be the key. In ‘Crossroads’ she informed the press that they were still accessing her condition and coming up with treatment options. Here, she tells Adama she is dying. Is she falling back to prophecy or has Cottle given her a dire diagnosis? Either way, she is convinced time is running out.
Kara’s return and declarations that she knows the way to earth has the potential to cause derision within the fleet. Laura knows this because she, herself, split the fleet based on her visions. But as Adama would later point out to Kara, Laura has been right up until now and Laura remains convinced they are on the right path. So Kara becomes an impediment. I don’t mean to paint a murderous portrait of Laura Roslin, that she’s come to a point where killing her ‘enemies’ is merely the quickest, easiest solution to her problems. Her choices are more complicated that that - a result of fear and desperation that she will die without achieving her goals. Yet it still scares me that Laura has the mindset to achieve her ends, set things right as she likely sees it, at any cost. She’s taken a child from her parents and did what she could to make Baltar pay, seeing that she believed killing Kara was the right thing to do isn’t hard to grasp.
Another interesting thing the show addressed about Laura was her identity. Adama points out she’s wrapped up in being the dying leader. I wouldn’t label Laura as egomaniacal, all of us have a strong desire to be remembered for something when we are gone, and Laura sees her legacy as the person that leads humanity to their new home. It’s the good she’ll be remembered for, outweighing the questionable choices she’s made along that journey. But Adama confronts her with the possibility she may not be the dying leader she believes herself to be, maybe it is Kara that is the key to finding earth, and her death may be as meaningless as everyone else’s. It’s after those words that Laura pulls out a clump of her hair and breaks into tears. I can’t help but feel sorry for her in that moment. She is a woman very much alone. She has no family, no friends, and the currant state of her relationship with Adama seems to echo his marriage in some ways. Now she’s confronted by both Kara’s return and Adama’s words that the choices and sacrifices she has made may be for nothing. She may not be remembered at all.
I thought my Adama hate was going to return after his initial scene with Kara. Kara frakked up, she disappointed him, and, once again, he cuts her out of his life. I could have done without the pushing, equating physical violence with a show of affection is becoming increasingly disturbing, but I’m setting that aside for the moment because, at least this time, Adama’s anger wasn’t based on personal disappointment, it was based on fear. Had Kara pulled the trigger, he couldn’t have protected her. He was confronted with losing her again and again being unable to stop it.
For a change, almost immediately you sense Adama actually regrets his actions. There was no visible anger when Lee salutes “absent friends” and he turns to acknowledge the picture of Kara. And Laura is witness to his increasing tendency to drink, a habit that seems to arise in emotionally stressful situations, usually involving his children. I wonder now if his drinking in ‘Crossroads’ had less to do with Tigh’s unraveling on the stand then Lee’s perceived betrayal?
Adama is in a difficult position. He has to protect the fleet and there is nothing to indicate that Laura’s course is the wrong one. Yet, he wants to believe Kara because, well, she’s Kara and because as much as she’s frakked up she has saved them. While I loved Laura calling him “Admiral Atheist”, I don’t know that believing in the gods and in a miracle should be mutually exclusive. After so much death, destruction, loss, and uncertainty it’s understandable to want to believe that miracles can still happen because to believe in miracles means hope still exists.
I haven’t agreed with many of Adama’s military decisions, but his decision at the end struck me as an excellent compromise that allowed him to remain true to his personal beliefs as well as his sworn duty to protect the fleet. He doesn’t discount that the president may be right and that Kara may be wrong, but the fact that Kara is willing to die before she is willing to stop trying is a powerful statement as to how convinced she is that she is right. How can he discount that? And he can’t deal with losing her again. She’ll either fight until she dies or simply slip out of his life.
The Lee scenes weren’t pivotal to this particular episode, but lay the groundwork for things to come. And while I thought there were many outstanding performances in this episode, being a Lee Adama fan, the moment Lee enters the deck and encounters his comrades, called to attention by Tigh to salute him, and the tears start to form - that moment killed me. Great acting by Jamie and the scene has been added to the list of my favorite moments of the series.
I appreciated the scene for many reasons. Lee leaving the military and the Galactica is a HUGE moment and I’m glad it was recognized as such. It almost felt as if Jamie was leaving the show. And while the party in Lee’s honor gave a good sense of how much the men and women who served under him respected him, his talents and leadership ability, the send off on the deck really drove home the impact he has had on their lives. I also have to say, after seeing the character kicked around by the writers the past couple of years, it was a nice show of respect by them as well. There were many times I wanted Lee to get the praise he deserved and he didn’t. This really helped make up for it.
Within the grand gesture, there are some really nice character moments. Lee shaking Athena’s hand and smiling at her - it doesn’t seem like that long ago he was pointing a gun at her head. Lee passing the duties of the CAG to Helo, wishing him luck, and the hug! (Btw, between the hug and grabbing him by the arm at the party, if anyone wants to write some Lee/Helo fic I wouldn’t object. ;) I wish we had seen more of their relationship develop, but these two have obviously become friends.
And then there is Lee and Dee. Initially, I thought their encounter was a bit odd. It doesn’t seem as if they have talked since she walked out on him. Lee chooses a lighter approach to their parting, “Looks like you got the house.” Dee smiles, but ends the moment with a solemn, “Goodbye, Lee.” But the more I thought about it, the more the way they end the relationship makes sense. I’ve wondered for a season and a half what these two have in common. Why are they together? One pretense was stripped away and they were forced to talk about the things they were avoiding, there wasn’t much to say to each other. The final nail in the coffin was the trial, which wasn’t just a trigger for Lee to make a career move, it also triggered the realization in Dee that she wasn’t married to Apollo. So, what more was there to say to each other? The marriage was a mistake, they both know that, and they are moving on.
Here I vent about the one thing that pissed me off about the episode. They cut the Lee/Laura moment! Not only have I seen the promo picture where they shake hands, but I read the exchange between the two in a recent SFX article. To have an idea of what is missing, here’s the excerpt from the article:
But Lee is most surprised to find President Laura Roslin – once again stricken with life-threatening cancer – front and center. “Madame President,” he says, a look of incredulity upon Bamber’s sharp features, “I didn’t expect to find you here…” “Where would you have me,“ says a beaming McDonnell. Giggling at her suggestive flub, she tries again…”Where would you have me be?”
WOULD IT HAVE KILLED YOU TO LEAVE THAT IN, RON??? Sigh. Back to the episode love…
I’m doing this a bit out of order and, no, I’m not avoiding the Lee/Kara scene. ;) This is actually one of my favorite scenes between the two - no hitting! But, seriously, the scene conveyed a lot about their relationship as well as Lee as a person.
We now know Lee is filling a vacant quorum position (which admireddisorder called weeks ago. :) and was nominated by Zarek. This isn’t a surprise. Zarek has always perceived Lee as a bit vulnerable and capable of being influenced, even if experience should have taught Zarek that Lee is not a follower accept of his own ideals. What intrigues me is that Lee says he’s willing to accept Zarek’s help because he’s new to all this. Zarek is the more experienced politician and perceives himself to have the ability to manipulate the media, the government, and the public as a means to his ends. But is the student going to turn the tables on the master? Will Lee end up using Zarek for his own agenda?
As for Lee and Kara, I won’t say Lee was ever dismissive of Kara’s talk of destiny, but his decision to alter his life has him pondering the significance of her beliefs more. He may not believe in a higher power directing their fates, but he’s beginning to feel they may both have destinies. Unfortunately, no matter how much they may love each other, right now, they each have a personal journey that lies along a different path. The kiss was passionate and full of emotion, but it was also a goodbye. Will they reconnect later? I don’t know. It depends on who they discover themselves to be after they do what they need to do. Most importantly, Lee leaves her telling her he believes her. She needs the knowledge that she has an ally to keep her going.
I’m still not certain the Cylons, or Ron, have a plan, but things presented to us over the past three seasons are beginning to make a lot more sense. “This has all happened before and will happen again.” Are we seeing the cycle once again begin to repeat itself? The Centurion models revolted against their human creators for being treated as slaves. Again, they discover they are being oppressed by their creators and turn on them. Three models are safe because they freed them and support them in their independence, but what if they, too, are eventually deemed a threat? Could the Centurions decide to slaughter every Cylon and human and start over? To try to improve the evolutionary process once more?
The Leoben model is fascinated by the possibility of talking with the final five, finding out what they have witnessed over time. That comment really struck me. Were the final five models created to be one of a kind with an ability to live indefinitely? And why? There is no sign that they have their own special resurrection ship. And the fact that the five’s experiences are not part of the collective conscious also makes them unique. I didn’t get the sense that Leoben saw them as gods, but something to be revered.
Caprica was the first Cylon to ‘kill’ her own kind, now Boomer is the first to vote against her model. We now have two instances of Cylons acting as individuals rather than part of the collective - two Cylons who spent a considerable amount of time among humans. And it can’t be a coincidence that the Cylon lines that voted against lobotomizing or dumbing down the raiders are of the same line of the individual Cylons who feel a particular affection for humanity.
After spending years analyzing the traits of the various Cylon models, it was nice to hear that, yes, each model is designed to be unique with their identity determined by the model. It also helps to explain why the idea of procreation fascinates them. It means identity is no longer predetermined, a life can be completely unique as the result of a combination of genetic material from two individuals.
Baltar and Tory
I’m still not sure what to think about Tory. I don’t actually think she took one for the team as Tigh was suggesting (which he was suggesting contrary to his claims) by sleeping with Baltar. I’m not saying she likes him, but she’s intrigued by him and his ideas are appealing to her. It also helps to explain her relationship out of nowhere with Sam. If she is drawn to Baltar out of a belief that he can provide her with some answers as to who she is, she may have been drawn to Sam sensing a connection with him.
Wasn’t Baltar supposed to be in hiding last week? And now he’s eating lunch with the rest of the masses aboard Galactica? Anyway! I like that Baltar’s seems annoyed with Baltar. Heh. It’s interesting that as Head Six encourages Baltar to focus on himself and the possibility he may be some divine leader it’s Head Baltar that is trying to get him to look beyond himself, cluing him into what he may be missing.
Baltar’s belief in a single god, a single higher power at the end of the string controlling both man and machine, seems sincere. Maybe that’s going to be Baltar’s role this season, trying to bring unity amongst the humans and Cylons, succeeding where the Cylons failed on New Caprica.