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BSG: Daybreak Part 1

Let’s cut to the chase as the episode did.

It’s difficult to discuss ‘Daybreak’. It’s very much the beginning of a really long episode. There was a great deal of emphasis on character, which I loved, and it seemed like very little advancement of the plot. I would put emphasis on seemed because I believe there was significant plot development, we’re just unable to see where the pieces of the puzzle fit at this point.

Previously, there have been flashbacks to the characters lives before the attacks, but never so long or involved. Why are we just now seeing Baltar’s strained, to put it mildly, relationship with his father? (Or that Baltar, apparently, never learned Six’s name. Heh.) Why is Ron returning to the show bible and to show us that Laura’s father and sisters died in a car accident? And it’s now canon that Kara met Lee after she was already involved with Zak.

ZAK! We haven’t seen Zak since Season 1, though his presence has been always felt (sometimes less so than it should have been). Seeing Zak and Lee together for the first time, I was struck by the family resemblance. Though, the actor who plays Zak actually looks more like Adama. Not that I would change any casting. ;)

There were so many little nods to history in that scene between Zak, Lee, and Kara. Kara suggesting to Lee they play cards some day. Zak joking about Lee stealing his girlfriends. And good job Jamie for, in such a short period of time, conveying the Lee Adama we first were introduced to who was far less sure of himself. That Lee stood in stark contrast to the man we saw helping organize the desertion of Galactica.

Then there were the signs and portents. Maybe? I feel I do a good job of deducing symbolism and metaphor. The water and the pigeon must mean something, but I’m at a loss right now as to what. (On a side note with the pigeon scene, you all know how much I love Jamie, but the guy cannot play drunk. This is the second time in the history of the show I’ve had to half watch a scene involving him.)

From the very beginning, it was clear this episode was going to be different. There was no teaser. No drums accompanying a series of clips from what was about to unfold. It was a bit unsettling, though not in a bad way. It made me very aware that this is it. This is the beginning of the end and they needed to jump right into the story. It also paralleled nicely with the chaotic atmosphere of Galactica and no one really certain what they will do next.

Tricia Helfer has been a bit sidelined in the back half of the season. I know this is due, in part, to her simultaneously shooting Burn Notice. But she was given some great material in ‘Daybreak’ and Ron is proving a theory that many of us have – if the finale is really as good as promised, we’ll forgive quite a lot.

It was fascinating to see the old Caprica and how effortlessly Tricia became her again. This is Six, the manipulator, the woman on a mission. She quickly is able to read Baltar, “You like having things done for you”, and sees the opportunity to insinuate herself into his life when she meets his father. She solves Baltar’s problem by finding a place to take his father where he’ll be happy. (And, I really believe she did find a place to take him. No neck snapping and dumping of the body. ;) Baltar could have done it himself had he taken the time to talk to and listen to his father.

How heartbreaking was it to hear Caprica say,” I prefer not to rely on others as much as possible. There’s less chance of being let down that way.”? That was one of the big character shifts for Caprica – relying on others. She fell in love with Baltar, despite his numerous flaws. She teamed up with Boomer, hoping to change the way the Cylons viewed humanity. She came to love and trust D’Anna. Then there was Tigh. So many people have let her down. Yet, when she could have stayed on the other side of the line, she crossed it. Yes, Hera is very important to her, but, as much heartache as they have caused her, so are all the people in that room.

And this is where pieces of the puzzle are being laid out for us. We see that Baltar has never taken the time to get to know people, to see their problems and pain, unless it can benefit him in some way. As Lee pointed out in both confrontations with Baltar, when has Baltar been anything less than self-serving? Yet, as Lee lays out legitimate reasons for not wanting to give Baltar a voice in the government, Baltar knows there is also a personal basis for Lee’s animosity – Kara Thrace. Lee never had to bring up the incident on the hanger deck to know that Kara is a sensitive subject. I’d even go so far to say that Kara sleeping with Baltar back in Season 1 is still a sore spot. I half expected Baltar to bring it up.

I’ve asked before, I’ll ask again, why does Mary McDonnell not have a room full of awards for playing Laura Roslin? While she handled the scenes of Laura on her death bed very well (I’ll even hand wave that there is no way she could have walked to the hanger deck), it’s her scenes on Caprica that really moved me. We’ve never seen that Laura Roslin on Caprica. She’s never been as joyful as she was with her sisters. This, for me, totally contradicted her statements to Adama last week. She had a home and lost it.

The death of Laura’s family is a life altering experience, not just for her, but for humanity. In her quiet devastation, in the midst of tragedy, Laura Roslin is reborn – just as she was in the mini series. Had her family lived, I hazard to guess she never would have become part of Adar’s presidential run. She would have had other, more important, focuses in her life. I even suspect with her family, with a niece or nephew to watch grow up (damn you, Ron, you had to make the sister pregnant?), she would have gone to the doctor sooner. There would be no dying leader.

I can say that Adama did not totally fill me with rage this week. Not that there wasn’t some anger. Hera’s abduction becomes about him. He wouldn’t let Helo take a raptor to go look for his daughter, but he’ll lead a suicide mission that will cost a lot of lives, possibly even his son’s, to get her back. Sigh. (On a side note, I was confused about the picture of Hera and Athena being on the memorial wall. I was likely just a plot contrivance, though given the state Athena was in, it’s possible she put the picture on the wall believing Hera was dead or soon would be.)

And there were Adama’s words to Kara, “You’re my daughter, don’t forget it.” Well, Bill, you forget it often enough, which may have lead her to questioning exactly where she stood it your life. Dumbass.

I didn’t expect to see a flashback of Sam, but it worked really well. Having Sam in a tub of water in both the past and present was a very nice visual parallel. And his talk of math and physics and perfection to the reporter revealed his Cylon nature even if no one was aware of it at the time. I’m still scratching my head as to how it all will end, but The Colony being parked over a singularity, Sam presumably still plugged into Galactica while they undertake their mission, and…were the Cylon FTL drives installed on the ship? It’s all connected somehow to humanities survival.

And I do now believe humanity will survive. The fleet is being left behind and Hera is the key to unlock their future. But who on Galactica will live and die? I’m really, really hoping Adama goes down with his ship. Laura…well, Laura is dying. As for my beloved Lee, I don’t know if I spotted a visual clue to his fate or I’m being overly optimistic.

And some random thoughts….

Racetrack! I’m still not thrilled with how they handled the story of the mutineers, but I would have been extremely pissed had Racetrack, who had been with us since the beginning, wasn’t allowed to be part of the finale. Ron even managed to squeeze in some relevant characterization with her crack about the brain dead Cylon and a seemingly foolish mission.

A/R worked better for me this week than it has in, well, ever. Perhaps it was because Laura’s choices had nothing to do with Adama.

So, in the past, Laura was willing to date a younger man? Again, damn you Ron! (And, yes, for a second I thought it might be Lee. ;p)

Was it just me or did Tory seem like the little kid who was going to do what her parents told her to do? Heh.

I’m not sure why Ishay opted to go on the mission, given her feelings about Cylons and hybrids. Maybe she just wanted to be with her husband. ;)

Lee back in uniform! Now, I don’t have any problem with the longer hair, but the combination of the two did look odd.
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Great ep reaction! Much better than mine, which is long and convoluted I think because like you say, there's so much we can't see yet. I want to relax and enjoy it, but at the same time I'm so wired I can't help but feel cheated by the pace.

I'd love to know your thoughts on whatever visual clue you might have seen for Lee's fate! And I totally caught that thing about Laura dating a younger man. *GRR*

I was mostly thrown by the uniform because I wasn't sure why Lee would need to wear it. Are they suddenly all up on military protocol? Will Ellen get a uniform too? o_O

Hera's picture was very contrived, but I do believe in her current state of mind, Athena would have put it there. Seeing her do that last week would have been an amazing and painful scene.

Obviously I loved seeing Caprica again and totally agree with your observation about her character and relying on others. *heart breaks*
I apparently should have answered comments before I sent off my email to you. ;p I'll email you (again!) about the visual clue, not because it's spoilery, but because I may be crazy.

I saw a commercial earlier today for the finale and there was a shot of Lee saluting a group of military personnel. My assumption is that Lee will be commanding part of the rescue mission and if Adama isn't being a stickler for protocol, Lee may feel more comfortable commanding soldiers while in uniform. I view him as I would an army reservist who lives and works in their street clothes until called to duty.

I totally agree with you on seeing Athena put the picture on the wall last week. It would have been such a powerful moment and would have set up Adama's discovery nicely.
How heartbreaking was it to hear Caprica say,” I prefer not to rely on others as much as possible. There’s less chance of being let down that way.”? That was one of the big character shifts for Caprica – relying on others.

It was wonderful to get to see Baltar and Caprica back in Caprica City now that we have so much more insight into both of them. I think, in some ways, she summarized the point of the episode--that they're all reliant on each other now, as a family, and they'll stand or fall together.
And I suspect, in part, the reason for the flashbacks was to show the families that existed before the attacks and the families that have formed since and how all of these people are connected in ways they never could have imagined.
Seeing Zak and Lee together for the first time, I was struck by the family resemblance. Though, the actor who plays Zak actually looks more like Adama. Not that I would change any casting. ;)

In the photos we have seen over time, Lee has always been the 'blonder, lighter' child whose looks favoured his mother, and Zak has always favoured Adama in looks.

I thought the casting was really good, and I'm happy they kept the same actor for Zak.

Lee back in uniform! Now, I don’t have any problem with the longer hair, but the combination of the two did look odd.

ICAM, and the absence of his wings was equally jarring.
We see adult Zak in S1, in episode "Act of Contrition", I believe. Kara's flashbacks to her relationship with Zak.
Wow, I totally don't remember that. Oh well, better watch the entire series again! After the finale, of course...
They really had to get the same actor back for Zak otherwise the impact of that scene would have been lost as we collectively went, "But that's not Zak!" ;)

So, in the past, Laura was willing to date a younger man? Again, damn you Ron! (And, yes, for a second I thought it might be Lee. ;p)

Oh I thought it might Lee too, heee! Too it bad it was some "Sean Allison" or whatever they said. I bet he's got nothin' on Lee!

Did you notice that when Adama was packing up his stuff, there was a photo of young Lee in one of the boxes? It wasn't the photo of him and Zak in front of the viper, but it was the same young actor as Lee.

I've been trying to figure out if we should recognize the guys name. If Laura thought it sounded familiar is that important?

I noticed the photo. Is this Ron's way of telling us Adama actually loved Lee more? :p
I knew it was little Lee, but for some reason, I was just thinking we were only seeing part of the family picture we knew Adama had in his quarters.
I'm going to blame you for also having a moment of "holy crap, is Laura going on a blind date with-- no, wait, they hadn't met till the mini-series."
Hee! Does everyone in fandom think of me even if there is just a possible hint of Lee/Laura???
Great analysis. I was struck by how girly and domestic Kara was. We're so used to her toughness. I imagine the toughness has been a defense mechanism. And Lee flustered and unsure of himself! It was very endearing. I've been trying to figure out who Bill was talking to in his flashback.
And Kara apparently cleaned her apartment before Zak died!

I've seen speculation about Adama's conversation. That perhaps he was being forced to see a psychologist to deal with his career winding down. Or the REALLY fascinating theory I read is that he was the one asked to go to the space station to await a possible Cylon arrival in the mini series.
Emphatic agreement with nearly all of this, and especially what you say about Laura. Here, finally, for the first time since SAGN and "The Oath" was Laura making sense to me. I nearly cried, I was so happy to see her!