After GWCtD aired, I posted a brief reaction to a few scenes in the promo for the next episode, 'Sine Qua Non'. Today, looking at the SciFi site and the one line summary for the episode it made me rethink my initial speculation in regards to Lee. I'll only be referring to the promo and the blurb, but if you consider that spoilery, move along!
At the end of GWCtD, Laura Roslin is gone and Tom Zarek, as the vice president, should, rightfully, be sworn in as the next/interim president. It's logical that Zarek would nominate Lee to fill the position he is vacating. He nominated Lee for Quorum seat and he still harbors a belief, imho, that Lee can be manipulated. Having Lee by his side would, in his mind, strengthen his position. The Quorum would support the decision to make Lee vice president, even though a junior member, because they have a great deal of respect for him. This past week, they pushed him to confront Laura because he had already challenged her publicly and felt he was perhaps the one person who could get through to her - something he did succeed in doing. So when I saw the clip of Lee being sworn into office, with Adama and Zarek present and seemingly few others, it made perfect sense that he was being sworn in as the vice president.
I've presumed since Season 1 that Lee Adama would, someday, be the president of the Twelve Colonies, but not now with Laura still alive and Tom Zarek still the VP. Not to mention, Lee Adama rising from the CAG to Quorum delegate to President, leap frogging over many people in the process, in a matter of months, seemed to stretch credibility, even by this show's standards. Or does it? This blurb on the SciFI site made me wonder:
President Roslin's abduction by the Cylon Hybrid triggers a bitter power struggle within the colonial fleet.
My initial reaction to the "power struggle" reference was that Zarek and Adama go head to head as to who is in charge during Roslin's absence. I could see Adama arguing Laura is still alive and while a military operation is underway to rescue her, he's in total command of the fleet. Zarek would argue (and I'm certain Lee would support him) that the civilian branch of government must be maintained. After all, we don't know when she'll be back.
But what if the power struggle is not between Adama and Zarek over control of the fleet, but of Zarek having any real power? Zarek, when resigning the presidency in 'Collaborators', stated he believed that if he remained in power Adama would withhold military support. And what if the Quorum doesn't support the idea of President Zarek either? Could Lee Adama be fast tracked to becoming President Lee Adama? Not only would he presumably be a popular and non-controversial candidate amongst the general population, he'd be a popular choice of the military as well. Adama would likely support the nomination, not just because it's his son, but because he would believe he'd have some influence over him, though we know better.
Lee's sudden and unexpected rise to the presidency would also make a nice parallel to Laura's own unexpected rise to power. Lee might even have a slight advantage having learned a lot from her, from both her successes and her failures. And there was heavy foreshadowing this past week with Laura making repeated references to Lee being in her position, facing the burden of shepparding humanity to their new home and ensuring their safety, "What if it was you instead of me?"
So, will it be Vice President Lee Adama or President Lee Adama in two weeks?
And since I am talking about BSG, a belated Happy Birthday! to _wisteria. I'm glad you received such a nice surprise. ;) And another belated Happy Birthday! (hey, it was a busy weekend!) to treacle_a. I hope you had a lovely day. :)