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My Thoughts on BSG Season 3 Finale

Here are my thoughts on the 3-part finale.  Actually they are more of a scene-by-scene analysis.  Usually when Lee is involved, my attention is 100% focused on the show.  When there are juicy father and son scenes, my emotion and thoughts tend to run amok. :p  Long story short, sorry for the rambling.  By the way, I've wrote these thoughts a little while ago right after the individual episode was aired.  I decided to lump them all together here in one post.

Thoughts on "The Son Also Rises":

First of all, I looovvvvvved this episode!  I think it is very cerebral.  There were so many subtexts going on that I practically glued to my TV set.  Not only did it grab me emotionally from the very first scene, it also provided me with much needed glimpses of interesting back stories that tied in nicely with the characters.

Before the show, I was a little apprehensive on how the episode is going to handle the grievings on Kara's loss.  But I'm very glad my worries were unfounded.  The show hits exactly the right note for everyone IMHO.  It started with Adama going through Kara's file--this was a logical opening and did not surprise me.  What caught me off guard though, was amidst the commendation and disciplinary notices, that card from Kara that says "You were always like a father to me...".  Inside was the picture from the mischievous Kara with fake mustache, weird glasses and the words "See the resemblance...".  I laughed and then teared up.  When Adama chuckled and wiped his tears as he said "Yeah, I see the resemblance.", it hit me once again how much Adama and Kara were alike, that Adama did not just loose a pilot, a daughter, he lost a "mini-me"!  I think this set up nicely for the tensions between him and Lee later on in the episode.

For me, Lee's attempt to bottle up his emotions were so much more profound than Anders' outward burst of his grief.  That scene in the ready room was very sad.  On the surface, Lee looked normal, his face was schooled.  But it quickly became evident that his mind was somewhere else.  I was stunned, caught off guard once again, when Lee called Racetrack Starbuck by mistake. :(    When Lee said Starbuck, he had such a familiar and endearing look on his face, and when the realization hit, his face literally fell.  My heart ached so much for Lee at that moment!

I have to admit that I was relieved when Adama grounded Lee.  But boy, was Lee pissed!  He's counter-attack at Adama:  "Maybe YOU should take some rest.."was perfect!  I actually flinched.

I loved the introduction of Romo Lampkin--this sun-glassed man who says everything with a purpose.  Since I'm not a native English speaker to begin with, I had a VERY difficult time getting what Lampkin said--his accent was very hard for me to understand.  I'm sure there were many things he said that were lost on me, and I plan to watch the episode again (and again) to make sure I catch everything. :\

I am quite fascinated by Romo Lampkin.  He is a keen observer of human nature, and he is a master manipulator.  He acts in a very calculated way.  Like when he and Lee first met, he called Lee "the King of pilots."  Why did he say that?  To subtly say that Lee had reached his military career ceiling for now?  Later on, he whipped out that book from his bag, and pointed it at Lee in such a way that he made sure Lee could see the title and author of the book.  The purpose for Lampkin to bring out the book was to catch Lee's attention.  He didn't need the book in his interview with Baltar.  But he wanted Lee to think of Joseph Adama.  He even drove the point home by saying to Lee:  "You know you look like him..."  Since it was established in canon that Lee's look takes after his mother, we know that it is a white lie.  But no matter, Lampkin succeeded in making a connection of Joe Adama with Lee in Lee's mind.  At this point, I was thinking Romo Lampkin had two goals here:  he wanted to set things up with his client, and he wanted to bring Lee on board with him.

The scene between Romo, Baltar, and Lee was interesting:  Romo was assessing Baltar; Baltar truly believed in his writings; and Lee observed the proceedings curiously.  Romo played Baltar like a violin.  He quoted Baltar at the exact right time, and Baltar's egomaniac nature surfaced immediately--he was very pleased with his new lawyer!  This scene also reinforced my opinion that Baltar loves no one but himself.  I'm starting to feel badly for the Caprica Six, even though I really shouldn't.

I believe Romo's insistence on having Lee flying him to Colonial One in the middle of the night is to get a rise out of Lee, whom I think Romo perceived correctly was having difficulty in dealing with Kara's loss.  But Romo needed Lee's head in the game, quickly.  So he needled Lee that he was stuck in the parade float for the bereaved, and that Lee was acting as someone bleeding out his sides.  Score another point for Lampkin in shaking Lee out of his "stupor".

The scene between Lee and Adama following the second bombing incident was very painful to watch.  Adama was scared out of his mind that Lee "Could've died."  But he was so at a loss to get that across to Lee.  He resulted in coming down hard on Lee for disobeying his order to stay put on Galactica.  I smirked when Lee said in a small voice that "Athena was piloting"--it was so Lee to find a way to circumvent a direct order (being grounded).  Adama was frustrated with Lee.  But he made a grave mistake by accusing Lee not acting like a soldier (not like Adama was acting).  All he succeeded was antagonize Lee, making Lee believe that Bill was disappointed in him, and that he was cut out differently from the likes of Kara and Adama.  By then, Lee was in such a defensive mode, I don't even think he heard the fear in his Dad's voice when Bill thought how close he came to loose Lee. :(    I admit I was quite shocked when Adama started the pissing contest with Lee on who hurts more with Kara's loss.  I somewhat expected this from Lee and Anders, and was relieved that both men exhibited maturity by respecting each other's loss.  I never expected Adama would compare his with Lee's.  Lee was so right when he said:  "You have NO IDEA!"  *sigh*  When it came to Lee, Adama was so oblivious, he really didn't know his son well!  In lieu of A Day In Life, this is actually nothing new.  Adama had always turned a blind eye where Lee was concerned.  I'm beginning to think that he doesn't know how to deal with this complicated child of his, who probably reminded him at times of his own father.

In contrast with Bill Adama, Romo Lampkin knew exactly how to deal with Lee!  I LOVE that scene in the interrogation room where Lampkin interviewed Caprica Six.  There were so many subtexts going on here.  In the beginning, Roslin was like: Baltar's so dead--even his cylon mistress hates him!  Then Lampkin started talking.  In this scene, I think Lampkin was addressing TWO audiences--Caprica Six and Lee.  I loved it he made such a big deal of taking off his sun-glasses before he brought out Baltar's pen.  From an earlier scene of Baltar looking for it, we knew that Lampkin actually stole the pen from Baltar.  I don't know where I heard this idea (probably from RDM himself in podcast) that Romo Lampkin tells the truth when he wears his sunglasses, and lies when he looks people in the eyes.  I think this is an interesting possibility.  Lampkin told Caprica Six a blatant lie that Baltar wanted her to have what was arguably the most important thing to Baltar at the moment, thus making her believe in Baltar's love for her.  He also brought out this story of the woman he loved.  How when she was gone, he tried so hard to get over her to prove he was strong.  But in the end, he realized that the love was his strength, and he didn't need to get over his love to prove himself.  Score two points--Lampkin's little speech killed two birds with one stone!  One point for getting Caprica Six to embrace her pain and believe in the love between her and Baltar; another point for teaching Lee how to deal with the loss of his love--instead of fighting to get over it, live with the loss and let the love be a part of him.  At the end of this scene, Roslin knew they were frakked as far as Caprica Six was concerned.

The subsequent drinking scene between Lee and Lampkin was the most fascinating scene for me in this episode.  I love the dialog, and the background story about Joseph Adama.  To my complete surprise, Joseph Adama turned out to be much more fascinating than I had previously imagined.  I love how Lee recalls his grandfather telling him:  "Lee...Be a good boy...Just don't be too good!"  Boy, did Lee took that to heart!  I was in awe at the line, and how Jamie delivered it!  Joseph Adama turned out NOT as a shining knight crusading for civil justice.  Instead he was seen by many as a shoddy character for getting bad guys off the hook.  No wonder Bill hated his father's guts, and Lee opted not to follow his grandfather's footsteps despite his early interest in law.  Lampkin set the record straight:  the reason behind Joseph Adama's actions lies in his need to understand human nature--what make people do the things they do.  Joseph Adama was a student of humanity.  I think it was at this precise moment Lampkin got Lee on board for Baltar's defense.  His approach to things appealed to Lee on an intellectual level.  Also, Lee was well on the path exploring who he really was--a soldier like his father, or a maverick like his grandfather.  At this point, Lee needed to find out the truth about himself.  But before Lee could let Lampkin go, he had to know:  was the story about the woman for real?  At Lee's second probing, Lampkin finally turned.  His sunglasses slipped off his nose, and he looked Lee right in the eyes to say "Yes!"  Great stuff!  Was he lying?  Was he telling half truth?  Did Lee know?  And did it matter?!

Another interesting scene between Romo and Lee was when Lee brought him his bag of stuff.  Now we know why Roslin couldn't find her glasses, and what Adama was looking for on his uniform earlier.  The glasses and the button all ended up in Romo's bag!  It turned out that Romo Lampkin was a kleptomaniac.  This was yet another surprise for me that made much sense when I thought about it.  Lampkin takes things from people.  That explains how he knows so much about people.  He doesn't just take anything--he only takes those that illuminates what he wants to know about that person.  In this scene is another set of dialog that leaves a deep impression on me long after the show ended:  Lee wanted to know what had Romo taken from him.  Romo answered that he had thought of taking the picture of Kara, but decided against it because Lee "already had much taken away from him."  WOW!  Does this line have more than one layer of meanings or what?!  On the surface, Romo was acknowledging Kara's loss to Lee, but I think Romo was also saying that Lee was denied many other opportunities in life because the way he was brought up.  Also, I think Romo was hinting that he wasn't here to take things away from Lee.  On the contrary, he was here to give something back by opening Lee's eyes to other things/ideas.

Lee's last scene with Adama was a confrontational one.  Adama started to regret what he had done earlier, namely gave Lee those law books, and grounded him from flying.  I think Adama never thought Lee would be interested in DEFENDING baltar!  But it was too late by that point.  Lee had already started on this other path that Adama most feared.  I cringed when Lee questioned Adama who did Adama really see in him:  Lee, or someone else?!  Adama was neither prepared, nor had an answer for this.  Instead, he ordered Lee to report for duty as CAG.  Lee pushed back by challenging Adama:  "IS IT AN ORDER?"  Adama resigned by saying he was through giving Lee orders.  He knew it was no use at that point.  Heee, only Lee can rebel so!

I enjoyed the scene between Lee and Anders when Lee finally put Kara's picture on the Memorial Wall.  I like the understanding they seem to have for each other.  Lee looked absolutely gorgeous when he turned away leaving Anders alone with Kara.

Lee was fully onboard with Baltar's defense when he delivered Lampkin's letter to Baltar.  Indeed the son is rising!  It is very evident that Romo Lampkin had manipulated to his best advantage in order to get Lee to help with the defense.  However, the show also left me wondering how much Lee had ALLOWED himself to be "manipulated" by Lampkin?!

Thoughts on "Crossroads, part 1"

Quotes from Crossroads I bonus scene (LA - Lee Adama, RL - Romo Lampkin):

LA:  One question--you know he's guilty, right?

RL:  He's guilty of something.  So am I, so are you.  It's a question of criminality.  Is what he did a crime?  This isn't really a case about the law.  It's about a family.  Your family.  Not the Adamas per se, but your extended family.  People are inclined to lovingly refer to as the emerging aristocracy.  You see I don't believe they'll be able to prove Baltar actually committed a crime in the true strict legal definition.  But he did break with your father, the president, and the rest of the royals.  And for that, he may end up with a death sentence.

LA:  Are you sure you are up to this?

RL:  You sure YOU are?  Baltar is not the only one who's breaking with the aristocracy, you father.  Are you ready to be an outcast too, Major?

After the episode aired, the very next day I drove over 8 hours to Las Vegas.  Pretty much all those time, I was thinking about Lee, Bill, Lampkin, and Roslin.  My impression of this episode is that although it had some WTF moments, it largely left me excited.  The trial of Baltar is bringing out so much about the nature and the dynamics of the Ragtag Fleet.  It forces me to think about the leadership, and how people respond to it.  No doubt Lee is one of the very few ones who's challenging the establishment of his father and Roslin.  I  don't think Lee is doing it because he was upset at Bill or Roslin, or even depressed over Kara's untimely loss.  Summing Lee's action into a young man having a mere "daddy issue", or one who's having a melt down due to the loss of his loved one is simplifying the situation IMHO.  To me, what Lee is doing is much bigger than personal issues--he is risking being an outcast in order to uphold a system that he believes in.  Lee is now a man on a mission.

In the course of the series, I've seen Lee continuously mature.  His growth was not a straight line.  But throughout all of his growing pains, Lee has maintained certain fundamental qualities--one of which is his belief in democracy and the system that upholds it.  It was this belief that led Lee to negotiate with Tom Zerak to ensure an election dictated by law takes place; and it was this belief that led Lee to mutiny against the mighty military to side with Roslin.  Now, it is the same belief that led Lee sit across the court room helping defend a man he considers a low life pond scum.  It should be pointed out that when Lee mutinied in the past, he did not necessarily agree with what Roslin was doing.  In fact I think he didn't even believe in Roslin's Chamala induced visions.  Lee mutinied not because of Roslin per se, but because he didn't think his father, or Tigh can do away with the civilian government on their whims.  I don't think Roslin or Bill ever understood that about Lee.

Now, the stake is much higher for Lee--he's not just rebelling against his father any more.  He is in fact up against Adama and Roslin both.  In my opinion, Lampkin wasn't mistaken about Adama and Roslin led administration being the aristocracy.  Although their causes are just and noble, they don't necessarily have the due respect for the law system that was in place in their society long before the destruction of their world.  Adama didn't even think Baltar deserves a trial (his words to Lee).  But Roslin wanted a legitimate public condemnation, and for that, they had to try Baltar publicly.

Even though Roslin is willing to ensure Baltar a trial, she and her office had already condemned Baltar before the proceeding is even started.  The trial is a mere formality to them.  I find that scene between the prosecution attorney Cassidy and the presidential aide Tory very interesting.  Roslin had Tory interfere on how the prosecutor is putting together the case.  I think it's telling that Cassidy had to point out to Tory (and thus Roslin) that Roslin's Chamala induced vision would not hold up in court.

The prosecutor opened her case with an emotional opening statement about the sheer number of people the colonials have lost so far.  Yes, the loss is staggering.  But can they prove Baltar is criminally responsible for it with the evidence they have?  Lampkin was right.  Ultimately, Cylons are the ones to blame for the colossal loss.  Baltar is guilty of giving in to the Cylons, and being their puppet president.  But, is being a weasel a crime?  Here's what's ironic:  Baltar actually is indirectly responsible for the Cylons showing up on New Caprica--he's the one who gave Gina the nuclear bomb that enabled her to blew up Cloud Nine, which led to Cylons locating the fleet.  Although we the audience know this but these players have no way of knowing nor prove it in court (unless Caprica Six testifies against Baltar).

I was pretty thrilled that Lee found out the secret of Roslin's tea.  He was back in his normal sharp and observant mode.  I don't think this scene itself give enough reason for the cause of Lee's suspicion.  But given the latter court room scene between Lee and Roslin, I can see that Lee's suspecting something is up with Roslin.  He may have an inkling that Roslin's cancer is back from some off the camera observations.

I never quite understood why Caprica Six left the other cylons, and what exactly was her agenda.  Did she do it because of her love for Baltar and she was following Athena's example?  Did she hope she would be accepted by the humans like Sharon did?  Or did she do it because she thought that was the only way to ensure Hera's safty?  Anyway I'm not convincingly sold on Caprica Six's motives.  Maybe that's the reason the Six/Tigh scene didn't grab me as much.  To me it only served the purpose of letting Tigh learn the cause of Cylon's tracking ability, and showing the audience how much Tigh hates Cylons.

The following court room scene between Tigh and Lampkin was awesome!  Tigh was drunk on the stand, and everyone was aware of it--especially Adama, Roslin, Lee, Baltar, and Lampkin.  Lampkin did an awesome job tearing up Tigh's testimony on the stand.  Tigh just fell apart on the spot with Adama sitting not far from him witnessing the whole thing.  I think Adama made the mistake of taking this very personally.  As a judge he should be impartial, but in reality he was not.  Adama thought the only criterion for a judge is the ability to know the right from wrong.  He didn't understand that impartiality is also a paramount requirement.

I was grateful that I turned the sound off when I played the preview clip of the Lee/Lampkin/Baltar scene.  The hotness of Lee sprawled on the couch aside, I got a kick out of hearing Lee call Baltar a low life pond scum.  It also struck me that Lee had it right--in the court room, personal feelings should be notwithstanding.  Even the scummiest client deserves a fair representation.  This is also another scene hinted that Lee had suspected Roslin's cancer returned.  I didn't realize it at the time, but when I re-watched the episode, it occurred to me that Lee's words  "It's a personal matter, I doubt she'll say anything in front of me" were a throw-back to the old time when Lee was one of the very first ones Roslin confided about her cancer.  Lee's words also showed how much his relationship with Roslin had changed since then.  This scene had also made it crystal clear why Lee is doing what he's doing.  I was amused and delighted when Lee told Lampkin that he didn't need to prove anything to anyone with his actions.  This is a confident side of Lee that I enjoyed seeing.  But Lampkin was right that although Lee didn't need to prove to other people, he couldn't afford to engage in Baltar's defense half-heartedly.  I think Lampkin's speech also reminded/taught Lee that when Roslin stepped on that witness stand, nothing about her is personal anymore.  She was in fact "a fair game", and the defense would not be proper if relevant things were held out to spare her personal matter from going public.

Adama and Tigh--they really are the best and oldest friends.  *sigh*  How many times had Adama put drunken Tigh in bed already, and how many times had Adama forgiven Tigh knowing that no matter how out of line Tigh gets, Tigh'll always be a loyal friend to him?  As everything always come back to Lee for me, this kinda reminds me of Lee and Kara's friendship.

I absolutely ADORE the following scene between Lee and Bill.  Once again, I'm so happy that I wasn't spoiled with the dialog of this scene.  With only the soundless images playing, I was struck by the intensity of the scene.  Adding the actual dialog, it completely blown me away!  To start off, I was gleeful that Lee once again showed what a smart soldier he was by suggesting a very practical strategy to elude the Cylons.  This is another indication that Lee is totally back in his full lethal forms--he was back as a keen observer, and now his mind is working in full gear.  I'm endlessly frustrated at Adama for not seeing his son as an out-of-box strategist as well.  Lee is just more aware of the full picture instead of what's immediate in front of his nose.  I assume Bill just came back from putting Tigh to bed (oops, that sounds bad), he was totally pissed at what Baltar's defense put his best friend through, and he directed his anger unjustly toward Lee.  Once again, I was reminded how wrong it was for Adama to take the trial proceedings so very personally.  Contrary to what Adama thought, he is actually not the right person sitting in the judge's seat, especially with his track record.  Adama tends to have the court justice serve his own ends.  But when the proceedings went too far out of his comfort zone, getting personal with those he cared for, he's reaction was to shut the proceeding down entirely, as we've seen all the way back in Litmus.  I think this all stem back to Adama's inability to be impartial.  I was hell-shocked when Adama called Lee a liar AND a coward!  Oh Bill, do you know your son so little?  Or were you just attacking blindly because you were so angry at your friend going through pain?  That was gut wrenching and uncalled for, and I fervently hope there's a juicy make-up scene in the future (or in fanfics) where Adama begs his son's forgiveness!  I LOVE Jamie's portrayal of Lee in this scene, that shock, hurt, and disbelieving at what he's hearing is just perfect.  "Are you done? ... Then so am I."  When Lee said that, I felt a fist grabbed my heart and twisted it!  The look on Lee's face was that of a determination and defiance.  I actually cheered when Lee took the pin off his uniform and handed Bill his resignation.  "I will not serve a man questions my integrity!"  I love Lee's gutsiness.  "And I will not have an officer under my command who doesn't have any." Boy, Adama was cold!  Does he really believe that Lee lack integrity?  I think he was just mad Lee sided with a stranger (Lampkin) instead of him.  It is strange that Bill thinks he is on the opposite side of Lampkin.  This does not bode well for him being the judge--again, Adama's partiality in the matter hampered his better judgement.  I was unprepared for that loud clink of Lee's pin hitting Adama's drawer--Bill really throw the pin away!  Does he know he just lost a good officer and a son?!  Lee's parting words "I'll see you in court Admiral" broke my heart.  He no longer calls Bill "dad"!  But I think Lee is confident in what he needs to do this time.  If Adama doesn't approve, so be it!

Is Adama a benevolent warlord?  As the series moves on, I tend to think he is.  That's why it's so important for him that those under his command toe their lines.  Adama has this mentality that you are either with him, or against him.  He is mistrustful toward strangers.  When he first met Roslin, he put her on his opposite side and forced Lee to pick a side.  Now with Lampkin, he's doing the same thing again.  I think he sees Lee's helping Lampkin as a personal betrayal to him.  Will Adama ever realize how wrong this is?

The next court room scene was fabulous too.  Seeing Lee in a business suit was shocking.  I never realized how becoming Lee can be in a civilian suit. *drool*  I love how nervous Lee was in the beginning when he was playing with his pen.  Adama was so pissed at Lee being Lampkin's  "associate".  I think it's amazing we see Lee grew stronger by the moment in the course of his cross examination of Roslin.  At first, Lee was a bit unsure of his footings, and Lampkin had to bail him out.  But by the end of the scene, Lee was every bit of a capable defense lawyer who tore the witness's testimony apart.  Jamie and Mary were both GREAT as Lee and Roslin here.  I think Roslin knew things were going to fell apart very early on.  Lee on the other hand, was determined to not let his personal feelings interfere with what he was doing.  I love the look on Lee's face when he questioned Roslin if she's taking Chamala again.  I almost "died" when Roslin brought up "Captain Apollo" once more.  At one hand I was thrilled that she didn't forget that.  But on the other hand, I was struck how manipulative Roslin can be.  Don't get me wrong, I love Roslin as a character very much.  But I've always thought that she had used Lee in the past.  Her "Captain Apollo" phrase had effectively secured Lee serving as her young knight.  She had relied on Lee heavily when she was having trouble dealing with Adama.  But when her relationship with Adama improved, Lee became less useful to her, and she seemed all but forgotten her "Captain Apollo" until now.  Her "I'm so so sorry for you now" was such a feeble shot a Lee for doing his job as the defense attorney IMHO.  I think Lee showed his strength when he resolutely shut out his personal feelings in the court room.  I noticed Adama had given Lee  the "death glare" while he was questioning Roslin.  When she started to falter on the stand, I wasn't surprised Adama reverted to his old mode of operation--shutting down the proceeding, and this time adding the threat to throw both Lampkin and Lee in contempt!  It was quite amusing to see the other two judges stopped the mighty Adama!  I think Lee did show mercy in his outing of Roslin's Chamala usage.  Maybe he remembered how reluctant and careful Roslin was in letting people know about her cancer previously, Lee stopped short of making Roslin confess the reason in public.  But I guess Roslin figured it is better to let the public know about the return of her disease than for people to think she is a drug addict.  So she insisted Lee to ask her the reason.  I love the amazing job Jamie did here--with that slightly trembling voice, Lee gave Roslin the chance to annonce her secret to the public.  I see Lee took no pleasure in outing Roslin's secret, but this is something he had to do, or else he would've made a mockery of defending the system he so believed in.  I've said this before, and I'll say it again that Jamie's acting reminds me very much of Michael Hogan's that both actors have this amazing ability to modulate their tones and voices to convey emotions.  Mary was awesome as Roslin too.  In the beginning, Roslin was very fearful of her secrets getting out.  When Lee started to bring up the medications she took, Roslin's first reaction was to put on her glasses.  In doing so, Mary conveyed Roslin had something to hide.  But by the end, when Roslin got over her fear, and wanted to confront her secret, she took off her glasses right before she announced to the world that her cancer returned!

The following scene of Lee and Dee in their quarters had me drooling over Lee in his white dress shirt incessantly. :p  In the beginning, I was surprised that Dee would leave Lee over this after everything they went through.  But when I thought deeper, it actually does make some sense.  Dee's belief that the system is broken, and it should be taken apart and put back together again was actually consistent with her past actions.  It's true she didn't respect the system or else she wouldn't have helped in rigging the election.  She must've believed in Roslin and Adama's leadership very much that she would do anything to ensure they stay in power.  When Lee helped Roslin escape from Tigh, I think Dee hero worshiped him.  However, just like everyone else, she didn't realize the real reason why Lee did what he did.  Now she saw Lee went publicly against Roslin, the president, and gave up his military career, Lee started to loose his hero luster in her eyes.  Lee's brief affair with Kara was a private matter to her, but Lee's current "rebellious act" is very public, and goes beyond her understanding.  So she responded by leaving.  I don't know if this spells the end of their relationship.  But one thing is known for sure--Lee is very alone right now.  Everyone he loved and cared for in the past had either left him or rejected him.  Call me evil, but I'm loving the fact that Lee is once again a very isolated character.  In the beginning of the series, Lee was an outsider stranded on Galactica.  But Lee's isolation was caused by events outside of his control.  Now Lee is an outsider again, only this time it is by his own choice.  I'm thrilled Lee is learning that upholding one's belief can be very lonely and painful sometimes.  Lee must learn how to deal with such isolation and rejection by his loved ones.  In doing so, he would gain tremendous strength, and truly step out of his father's shadow.

The followings are other random thoughts I had for this episode:

First of all, Anders' broken leg is healed already?!  And he even had time to enlist and sign up for the pilot training??  WTF?!

When I saw Racetrack and her ECO going off in their Raptor, I had thought Racetrack's purpose in BSG was to find new planets--last time, it was New Caprica, and this time, would she find Earth?!  I'd say I was rather relieved all they found was Cylons. :\   

I confess I'm not so thrilled with that music thing Tigh, Anders, and Tory are hearing.  So far I think it's kinda hokey.  But I'm withholding my final opinion until I see the next episode.

So it's highly likely Tigh, Anders, and Tory are cylons.  I think Tigh as a cylon is awesome!  I don't much care for Anders and Tory being members of the final fives too.  I guess things start to look not good for the formal Resistance fighters on New Caprica--they were following Cylon leaders fighting against other cylons all these time?

Thoughts on "Crossroads, part 2"

OMG, it is one helluva season finale for me--much more so than LDYB II!  I'm not saying that every element in the episode worked for me, but mostly I'm very pleased with what I saw, and look back I'm very glad I wasn't too spoiled for this one--I had no clue how instrumental Lee would be for the outcome of Baltar's trial; I had no clue on the verdict of the trial; and I had no clue that Lee would be back in his Viper in the final segment of the show *squee*!

I think the episode started off on a cute but sad scene with Bill and Roslin talking on the phone.  I felt bad for Roslin that she didn't want to get out of her bed and face the "world."  I love the little interplay between them when Roslin asked Bill to give her "a kick in the butt", so to speak.  I did laugh when Bill gave his best shot per Roslin's request and said in his stern voice "Get your FAT ass out of bed!" (I think it must've been a running joke on the set by now with Bill's calling everyone "fat ass")  But I sobered up rather quickly when Bill told Roslin in his compassionate voice that don't let other people see her weakness.

I wasn't quite prepared seeing Tyrol hearing the mysterious music as well.  But then it wasn't that surprising after all--we did theorize him being a cylon on The Adama Realm for some time now.  That means they now have a boy hybrid as well as a girl one!  Adam-and-Eve-isque I guess.  I like the camera shot switched from the bedhead pajama clad Tyrol to Lee in his white dress shirt.  Aesthetically speaking, this makes a nice contrast between the frazzled and confused Tyrol with the composed and confident Lee.  Be still my fangirl's beating heart--Lee looked delicious in this scene.  I also quite enjoyed two instances of Baltar:  one is when he accused Lee's mistrial suggestion as Lee's clever way to wash his hands off of the whole thing--he looked at Lee and said "Then you can get back to your life"; turned around to Lampkin--"and you..."--A PAUSE--"...well, you can go back to wherever you came from!" :lol   That pause is a wonderful comic timing--it's the facetious Baltar in his full glory.  Another instance of Baltar I quite liked is when he insisted he had to have a conclusive verdict this time, he covered his mouth with his hand--as if it just dawned on him that the verdict could go either way--he may very well be found guilty, and the horror of that thought scared the bejesus out of him.

I was surprised that Gaeta perjured himself on the stand.  I have to confess that Gaeta's motives lost me after his brush of death experience with the Circle.  Is he simply an idealistic young man who had his ideals and hopes dashed in the cruelest way?  I don't quite get his hatred towards Baltar--that he would go to such extreme ends (stab Baltar in the neck and now lie under oath) to see Baltar dead.  I did get a kick out of Baltar shouting "Butter finger" to Gaeta!  I enjoyed the tension in the court room when Lampkin stared at Gaeta just a tad too long before the cross examination.  But then to everyone's surprise, especially to Baltar, Lee, and Gaeta himself, Lampkin just announced "No further question!"  That was a nice court room beat IMO.  Lampkin's shrewdness came through once again--it's Gaeta's words against Baltar's, and frankly people are more inclined to believe Gaeta than Baltar.

What came next is arguably my favorite scene of the entire series.  Everything rocked and clicked to make this scene awesome--the stories built up to this point, the speech that the writer(s) came up with, and the way Jamie delivered it--it's like a piece of music rose up to its crescendo.  Lee was so shocked and reluctant at being called in as a witness to testify against his father.  I love the quick raise of the eye brows, the insolent "make me" looks, followed by a persistent silence at Lampkin's "Is it true..." question.  This is Lee--no matter what, he draws the line at betraying his father.  It didn't matter how wrong Lee thought Bill was in his coup d'état, Lee would not publicly denounce Bill; and now even though Lee thinks Bill is wrong in pre-determining Baltar's guilt, Lee refuses to make the accusation in court.  It's clear Lee's love for his father trumps everything else!  I wonder if Bill realized this about his son, sitting not too far from Lee witnessing the exchange.  Maybe it is this realization that made Bill want to hear his son out.  Maybe now Bill is able to see Lee might have a legitimate reason for doing what he's doing other than being a petulant son acting out on his father.  Anyway, I was quite pleased to see it is Bill's turn this time to shut up the other judge(s) so he can hear his son out.  The irony is that Bill did it against Lee's wish.  But boy, did Lee give an eloquent speech on why he thought Baltar was not guilty of the crime he was charged with!  I was so so happy when Lee brought up the blanket pardon Roslin had issued post exodus from New Caprica.  It has bothered me that everyone seemed to have forgotten about Roslin's pardon during Baltar's trial.  I'm happy to see that Lee had not forgotten it and made a point to remind people of it.  I was nodding my head when Lee said "We are no longer a civilization, we are a gang [on the run]...we make up laws as we see fit..."  I loved it when Lee brought up what Tigh had done, what Agathon and Tyrol had done, and what Adama had done (I noticed he didn't say anything about Roslin rigging the election, I assume Lee never knew anything about that).  I was completely caught off guard when he started on himself.  When he said "And me...where do I begin"--I gasped, and I loved it--from Olympic Carrier all the way to leaving thousands of people behind on New Caprica, echoing Bill's accusation from four days ago--"I am the coward...", Lee had so much guilt hidden inside him--by the time he finished, I was in tears.  In their bleak situation, it's no longer "doing the RIGHT thing" anymore, it's now "doing the BEST thing" in the circumstances.  I think Lee knows this, and he knows he still would've made the same choices if he had to do over again, but it doesn't mean he doesn't feel any less guilty about what he had to do.  Adama is the same way I think.  When Lee looked over at his father saying "This case is built on shame..." I think the looks on his face reflected those on Adama's--there was an innate understanding between the father and son.  Maybe this guilt is what separates honorable men from the rest, keep them from being arrogant.  Anyway, I was still reeling from the awesomeness of Lee's speech when Lampkin rested the case after Lee stepped off the stand.  That's when it dawned on me--this whole entire time, Lampkin's master game plan is to have Lee deliver the closing summation for the defense!  Putting Lee on the witness stand was just a hoax to back Lee into a corner so that he can deliver an impassioned speech!  BRILLIANT!

When the judges came back to read the verdict, I admit I was holding my breath.  After Lee's top notch closing argument, I did think Baltar should be found not guilty.  But then again, BSG has a way of being very dark, and I can see these judges convict Baltar regardless of a well argued case.  I was in deed very relieved when the not guilty verdict was announced.  Upon reflection, I think it's amazing that I was rooting for Baltar's acquittal knowing that he WAS guilty to certain degrees of the crime he was charged.  I love Baltar's immediate reaction to his verdict.  As the tears rolling down his face, I think he's experiencing very a rare instance when he's humbled.  I don't quite understand the reason the camera keeps cutting to that fanatic woman in the audience during the trial.  Who is she?  Why is she important?  Is she going to turn out to be more than just a groupie?  Anyway, back to Baltar's cell, I love it how quickly Baltar went back to his arrogant self again once his ordeal was over.  He's not even out of his cell yet, his mind was already on capitalizing what he went through!  I absolutely loved it when Lee got into Baltar's face to tell him not to push his luck; and Lampkin gave Baltar the cat analogy "You'll land on your feet!"  How true this is--Lampkin indeed is a keen observer of a person's nature.  Lee had a last question for Lampkin:  did he know what was going to happen when Lee went on the stand?  Was it all planned?  Lampkin's answer "I know you are an honest man, much unlike your grandfather" spoke volumn to me!  To begin with, it confirmed my belief that Lampkin had it planned from the start that Lee's critical role in Baltar's defense was to deliver the closing speech.  I think Lampkin sees himself, like Joseph Adama, as a schemer, a manipulator--someone those judges on the Tribunal, especially Bill Adama, will be wary of under the circumstance.  These judges will be inclined to question what Lampkin has to say, thinking he has other agendas.  But Lee Adama is different--he's earnest, honest, and best of all, a hero, a protector of the fleet.  His sincerity is palpable and therefore what he has to say carries tremendous weight.  So it all makes sense now what Lampkin wanted from Lee, and why.  Here's a question:  is Joseph Adama really a dishonest man?  My guess is probably not.  I tend to see Romo Lampkin as a representation of Joseph Adama.  Joseph Adama has died, but he sort of lives on through his protégé Romo Lampkin.  So what is Romo Lampkin's agenda then?  What's his emotional hook in this case?  I think all those talk of fame and glory was just a front.  His real reason is a noble one--to see the legal justice system restored in the fleet.  I think Joseph Adama and Romo Lampkin are those people who have noble intentions, but will not stop short on using questionable means to achieve their goals.  I love the way Lampkin goes off the "stage"--putting down his cane, putting on his sun-glasses (an echo of how he came on to the scene), and walked off into Galactica's glaring lights (a tad cheesy perhaps but I love it nevertheless).  I also love the final realization made by Lee that the cane was only for the show--Romo didn't physically need Lee's help to put together the case--it's entirely an excuse to get Lee involved.  I think Lee truly understood Lampkin and his scheme at that point.  In doing so, I think Lee probably reached certain insights on his grandfather as well.  I wonder if Lee now knows although he does share certain personalities and beliefs with Joe Adama, he is essentially Bill Adama's son.

I really enjoyed the exchange between Adama and Roslin post Baltar's trial.  Adama spoke very wisely when he said "Not guilty is NOT the same as innocent."  At Roslin's insistence that they can't forget Baltar's treacherous/traitorous actions, Adama answered "Nobody is asking you to forget [the past], but it's the future I'm looking at."  Just these two wise statements are enough to make me feel all warm and fuzzy toward papadama again.  But my heart was all fluttering when he told Roslin "I hate to say this, the prosecution didn't make their case, the defense did."  Was it only me who thought Adama was saying that LEE made the case?  Did I detect a hidden pride Adama had for his son?!  Yay!  Adama agreed with what Lee said despite his previously conceived opinions on the matter--Lee swayed him!  If this is not a high complement to Lee, I don't know what it is.  The only thing is, once again, Lee most likely doesn't know any of this.

Here we come to the part about the mysterious music and the reveal of four additional cylons.  I don't see the awesomeness of the music yet.  These four people hearing this obscure music, and all of a sudden the switches turned on, and they are all cylons now?!  If it weren't for  RDM, DE, and AD all said in various interviews that cylons are being revealed in the finale, I almost would believe there are some twist into this:  they only THINK they are the cylons, but they are really not!  And what about the music?  What's so speciall about "All Along the Watchtower" other than it probably is RDM's favorite song?!  Why that particular music?  Since they kept going back to the Opera House, why not use a piece of opera music?  Anyway, the music thing just doesn't click it for me yet.  I do think Tigh being a cylon is pretty awesome.  I feel pretty bad for Ellen, those suicide bombers who died blowing up other cylon collaborators, and those collaborators who got airlocked into space for working with the cylons.  I can't wait for Bill to find out his best friend turned out to be a cylon!  By the way, I loved how Tigh said "My name is Saul Tigh, and this is who I WANT to be!"  Strangely, in this episode, Anders is limping again, and his leg is bandaged still.  I guess it's either bad acting or bad editing, but I saw Anders walking quite normal in the last episode.  Oh, yeah, Anders definitely is a cylon for his amazing ability to carry on with not one but two women with a lame leg, and taking flight lessons to boot. *roll eyes*

How awesome is it to see Lee back in his flight suit when the cylons are looming over them?  "Who's in Viper 3?"  I would've LOVED to see Adama's reaction when he found out it was indeed Apollo!  Was Apollo the only person who saw the mysterious dradis signal and therefore went to check on it?  Is it Apollo's siren call this time?!  Is Kara really physically flying beside him?  I don't know if it's an unintentional goof, or it means certain things, but I've noticed Apollo only saw the dradis signal initially.  When Kara's Viper pulled along side his, there was no dradis contact signal on his Viper's console.  So is Kara an apparition, or a cylon?  I think she has to be one of the two.  I'm more inclined to think Kara is the last cylon.  Her Viper did implode, and her old body was destroyed.  But maybe that phantom Heavy Raider that lured her into the Maelstrom meant there were other cylon Basestar(s)/Resurrection ship near by (the other side of the Maelstrom?) that her conscious was able to download into another body.  Kara said she has been to Earth, but she's only been gone from the fleet for less than three weeks.  Does this mean the fleet is less than three weeks away from Earth?!  Or maybe it's another copy of Kara who went to Earth, that the fleet still has some distance to go?  On the other hand, if this Kara is all in Lee's head, does it mean Lee would be lured away and separated from the fleet in the beginning of next season?  *sigh*  Beginning of Season 4 has such a LONG way to go!
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