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10 September 2007 @ 11:34 pm
Vid: Middleman  
I really should be holding on to this to post as part of my character study challenge, but you know how it is... you work on something for months, getting nowhere, and then finally get so frakking sick of it you just have to post it NOW, dammit! And be done with it.

Title: Middleman
Artist: Bright Eyes
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica
Character: Lee Adama
Summary: Lee... trapped somewhere between nihilism and idealism/romanticism
Warnings: major spoilers for all three seasons, violence
Download: direct download (34MB) or streaming at Blip, BAM or YouTube
Feedback: Is treasured
Thanks to: supacat (I knew I was on the right track when she said 'it's a bit of a downer, isn't it?') and brokenmnemonic (for invaluable beta feedback and inspirational conversation)

Notes:
I've been working on this for so long, it's not getting posted without a bit of a ramble from me. I guess you could call this a 'meta-y' character study of Lee; it's certainly not a 'hero' vid. It makes (I hope!) no apologies for his poor behaviour and if you don't like Lee now, you probably won't like him any better after watching this. ;) It is, however, an attempt to explore the ways in which he exists in a state of constant tension and inner conflict, governed fully neither by his heart nor his head, and torn between opposing loyalties.

It's not a shippers' vid, but I don't think you could make a meaningful vid about Lee that didn't touch on his relationships. In doing so, the vidder's own bias inevitably comes in to play. I've tried hard to be fair to all the women who are important in Lee's story, but the relative importance of each is very much open to interpretation--this is mine.

I chose this track because I felt it expressed a state of extreme melancholic tension that I associate with Lee. (Yup, roll out the 'Leemo' calls!) Despite his atheism, I think Lee is on a search for truth and I think deep inside he longs to be given some guideposts to steer his life by, but when offered them, his intellect (or his conscience) finds them lacking. He sees their emptiness, just as he sees his own failure. That burden is for the most part a silent one--this is an attempt to explore Lee's internal world.

This vid relies heavily on contextual moments--so I don't expect it to be one that will appeal to people outside the fandom. In fact, it's probably quite tough watching IN the fandom. I suspect it's not an 'easy' vid and anyone that takes the time to watch it has my gratitude. I'm more than curious to know what people think from a meta perspective. (From a vid perspective, I know all too well already how it falls short of my ideals! *g*)

Lyrics
I traveled though the atmosphere as a wall of feedback climbed
The pegs were gold, the band was old, they played in half time
Now every dream gets whittled down just like every fool gets wise
You will never reap of any seed deprived of sunlight

So I have become the middleman
The gray areas are mine
The in-between, the absentee
Is a beautiful disguise

So I keep my footlights shining bright just like I keep my exits wide
Because I never know when it's time to go, it's too crowded now inside
The dead can hide beneath the ground and the birds can always fly
But the rest of us do what we must in constant compromise

So I have become the middleman
The gray areas are fine
The "I don't know," the "maybe so"
Is the only real reply
It is the only true reply
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Becky: :( :( :( :(sadface on September 10th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
He seems sad. :(
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee/Kara trustbop_radar on September 10th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
*nods* I'm afraid so.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on September 10th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Awww. :( That's ok--I understand. (Though obviously I'd love it if you did! A teenie ficlet, maybe?)
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Melissa: Lowradioreverie on September 10th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
You are very silly, did you know that? That was an extremely well-made and affecting video, and that was even considering my extreme Lee apathy and Bright Eyes antipathy. :D

You actually made me feel a little twinge for Lee there.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on September 10th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you, Melissa! Your comment means the world to me for you have high standards and good taste. :) The fact that you even watched it at all is a compliment.

(I don't even like Bright Eyes much myself but this song screamed Lee.)

A twinge?! \o/
daybreak777: lee alonedaybreak777 on September 10th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yay Lee! It's interesting that you post this as I was going through our old posts last night and remembering how you could always explain Lee to me.

This vid is different than other Lee vids as it doesn't seem to focus on one period of time or season. The music is interesting too, it very faintly reminds me of "Wander My Friends." Makes Lee seem like an old-time hero. An old-time reluctant warrior. You may not have wanted the heroism there but it's there to me.

The first moment that got me was the salute after the funerals in Act of Contrition. That moment always gets to me. Then there was the focus on objects which I love. Jacob over at TWOP once wrote after Captain's Hand, "Well, she had her perspective," Lee smiles, looking down at the watch. "And I had mine." Maybe Apollo's just like that. Maybe he needs stuff he can hold and think about for the symbolism to sink in. I could buy that.”

Never is that so much in evidence as here. From the lighter to the Olympic Carrier note, to books, his commander pins, his wedding ring, to Kara's picture. Lee does need to touch these things sometimes. They mean something to him. Even Romo got that.

Then there are the times in the video when he is 'in between'. I hadn't realized Lee was so lost. Really, by the end the season 3, I felt he had found himself. But there he was in between Laura and Tigh, Baltar and Romo, Kara and Dee. I hadn’t quite seen it that way before. I'm not sad because I think he's in the process of making his way past that. But what a good look at where he's been and who Lee is now. Wish Kara could watch this video!

Off to add it to my Lee vid recs list! And thank you Bop, for always explaining Lee. :-)

(I wrote this before I read your notes so you could get my honest reaction. I think you’re too hard on yourself, it’s a lovely video. A bit disquieting and melancholy but that’s where Lee was. And you’re too hard on Lee (or he's too hard on himself). He hasn't completely failed. I hope he finds his way out of the emptiness and that there are some true guideposts ahead. I hope. And you know what? Lee is becoming his own guidepost. For the fleet, for Kara, and for himself.)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee dreamybop_radar on September 10th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
Hi DB! Thank you so much for watching! You have written such a thoughtful response too. :)

I did try to make this about Lee across all three seasons--and boy, I had no idea just how hard that was going to be when I set out to make it! I see why others focus on particular periods!

Makes Lee seem like an old-time hero. An old-time reluctant warrior.
That's fascinating! I had no idea--I'm way too close to this vid to be able to see it objectively.

I think Jacob's right with: Maybe Apollo's just like that. Maybe he needs stuff he can hold and think about for the symbolism to sink in. That's something I definitely explored in the vid--it's not as obvious maybe, as Kara's statues of her gods. Lee's 'gods' are more abstract and more open to shifting interpretations but he definitely needs his touchstones. The fact that Kara's one of them makes life a lot harder for him. I know some people found Romo nicking stuff from people gimmicky, but I think that's one reason Lee and he really connected--that attention to detail and the ability to hone in precisely on what is integral to a person is something Lee would be impressed by and also would relate to.

Then there are the times in the video when he is 'in between'. I hadn't realized Lee was so lost.
He's very lost. It's just there's a massive disconnect between his public persona (confident leader, at times expressing self-righteous anger) and his inner 'self' which at times lacks direction to the point of self-destructive nihilism.

Wish Kara could watch this video!
Ha! What would it change for her if she did, do you think?
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indigo419: Lee white shirt rrowrindigo419 on September 11th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Excellent Lee-study! I suspect I will have to watch it a couple more times to suss out all the different Lees that are in there. (And I confess, I was a little distracted by the initial sequence of how-many-ways-can-Lee-Adama-pout? hee!)

A daring vid, I think, on a couple of counts: First, the offbeat choice of music - offbeat for not being either a sentimental melody or the driving beat that suits BSG's action sequences so well. But more effective in that sense for forcing one to think about the words and who Lee is and who he's turned into. (I'm a little sad, actually, thinking of how often Lee seems to feel he's let someone down.) And second, for choosing cuts from less-popular episodes and arcs (hello, Captain Noodles and Black Market!). You're right, though - much as I choose to forget some of those moments, they still add up to Lee.

Beautifully done! Thank you for sharing your Lee with us. :0)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on September 11th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Ohhh, Indi watched it! *squees*

I was a little distracted by the initial sequence of how-many-ways-can-Lee-Adama-pout? hee!
I have been distracted for MONTHS, yo! He pouts SO MUCH. I actually had to edit around the pout for most of the vid, but I let him have full reign with the pouting in the opening sequence. I felt he should get it out of his system. ;p

Yes, it's, er, a challenging vid, I think--I know it's not exactly going to be a crowdpleaser: it's not upbeat and as you point out it doesn't have a classic melody. It's very introspective and that's what I went for because tonally I felt it best reflected Lee from an insider's perspective (rather than the Lee seen by others). I'm sorry it made you a little sad, though I confess it also heartens me a little to know it had some emotional impact. *evil* And yeah, I really really pushed for an 'integrated' Lee here: I know we sometimes want to forget those less admirable moments in his plot arcs but I've always seen them as important in his psyche, even if I'm also happy to say 'moving right along...' ;-p
Siljasiljamus on September 11th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, oh, oh.....Oh, this is my Lee.....

(I'm not a great connoisseur of vids, but I do know what I like and what speaks to me. I've been reading your journal for some time and, just for context, we have fairly similar views on Lee as a character. I can't give you good, meaty feed-back, so you'll have to settle for this *g*)

The way you've captured Lee's repetition of his issues is the first thing that really pops up for me in the vid. He's a man who keeps playing out the same themes over and over again. He learns a little each time, but he's not the kind of person to RESOLVE an issue in one go, so to speak. And it comes through beautifully in this piece.

Something else I love is the way you use the symbols in Lee's life (lighter, wedding ring, books, watch etc.) to communicate something more than just what's on his mind. In the show I get the feeling that TPTB have come up with the symbols as a way to visually communicate this, and they don't really take it far enough IMO. Obviously when dealing with a character who is both complex and someone who internalizes his emotions you have to find some way of visually cueing in the audience, but they could have done better - You certainly have. You manage to use them as a way of really conveying just how lost and depressed he is feeling most of the time.

Something here reminds me of one of my favourite (fic) character studies of Lee that also really get across that not only is he - at times? - battling depression, but he is also fundamentally lost because he acutely feels the loss of their world all the time. In the fic Lee does something very symbolic and physical to give 'voice' to his grief. To my mind very few people (in fandom) get that Lee is a very physical person who is prone to acts of physical symbolism. I love how you manage to convey some of that in the vid as well.

Visually the vid is beautiful and, not that I know anything about this technically, but I love the pacing and the colouring. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us (Lee-fans).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on September 11th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Wow! *speechless*

I confess this is just the sort of response I had hoped for when I first started work on this. I've been floundering with it for some time (Lee is haaaard to vid!) and had rather given up hope of receiving such feedback so... WOW! THANK you!

I'm particularly flattered that you feel this is 'your' Lee: it's definitely mine. ;) And your comments here really draw out things that I was working through while vidding.

Lee's repetition of his issues is the first thing that really pops up for me in the vid. He's a man who keeps playing out the same themes over and over again.
That's fabulous! And yes, he does. I imagine he has very repetitive thought patterns. And brokenmnemonic once pointed out to me that we have textual examples of that on the show when Lee's under heavy stress: he repeats things to himself ('shoot, reload, shoot, reload').

he's not the kind of person to RESOLVE an issue in one go, so to speak
Hee! No, he really isn't.

Obviously when dealing with a character who is both complex and someone who internalizes his emotions you have to find some way of visually cueing in the audience, but they could have done better
I agree--because I think the basic evidence is there but it does feel as if most people are pretty muddled about Lee and that comes down to TPTB not building a clear enough picture of his internal world.

You certainly have. You manage to use them as a way of really conveying just how lost and depressed he is feeling most of the time.
*blush* That's very flattering--I'm glad that came through because it's the main thing I see when I see Lee.

he is also fundamentally lost because he acutely feels the loss of their world all the time
Yes! Yes, exactly! (What's the fic character study, btw?)

very few people (in fandom) get that Lee is a very physical person who is prone to acts of physical symbolism
Ohh, so true! SO true. It was one reason that I wanted to end the vid with Lee being 'physical'. In many ways I think he actually makes better sense of the world when he acts rather than when he thinks, even though thinking is one of his strengths. It's a paradox. And you're right that he IS very physical--people can forget that, I think. Lee can forget that. But when he's driven into action again he can make sense of his world, especially when the action has symbolic power.

Once again, thank you! (It's good to 'meet' you properly too.)
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brandil on September 11th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Well done!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee dreamybop_radar on September 11th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
:-) Thank you!
Talitha: disprove woman lying on red floortalitha78 on September 11th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Wow, really great cutting here. This is an interesting song, and I think you use it to its full potential--especially in terms of movement.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on September 11th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was a bitch. ;) *lol* I'm hoping now I've got that out of my system I'll get back to some shiny Smallville... I'm finally feeling strong enough to tackle ripping all those eps again... *sigh*
brigantia_65 on September 11th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
This just killed me ded! In a good, but sad way.

You captured him (well as I tend to see the dear boy) so very very well here.

*hugs the vid*

*hugs you for making it*

*hugs Lee because he really needs it*



K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on September 11th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Oh dear! *revives you* I did not mean to ded you. (Ok, i'm a little bit pleased!)

It was a very sorrowful process, making this vid so thanks for the hugs!

And I'm glad the take on Lee worked for you--I'm aware it's pretty subjective, so it's nice to hear that it fits with other people's image of Lee. :)
dianora: bsg lee prettydianora2 on September 11th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this. Your editing as always is amazing. You really capture Lee's eternal internal struggles beautifully, how he so often feels adrift. I especially like the part at the end where everyone is walking away from him. He doesn't understand why he can't make them stay. Sigh. Great job. :)

Even if you did include scenes of Black Market and Fat Lee. Heeeeeeeeeee.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on September 11th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
Ohhh, thank you! I'm so glad you like it. Was worried what other Lee fans would think. ;)

where everyone is walking away from him
That's one of my favourites too. :) I could have included so many more--Kara obviously, and I'd already included Dee...

Even if you did include scenes of Black Market and Fat Lee. Heeeeeeeeeee
BM and Fat!Lee are Lee too, dammit! *represents* ;-p (I know, I know...)
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canadiangirl_86 on September 11th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh, my poor Leemo. :(

This was a really wonderful vid, Boppy. I wish I had something wonderfully insightful to say here the way daybreak777 did, but I think it's going to take several more viewings for me to fully grasp all the layers you've got.

I really agree that there's something about this music that fits with the subject matter and with the music that's been on the show, not only reminiscent of "Wander My Friends" from The Hand of God but also from Unfinished Business. That Celtic touch, I think.

Now every dream gets whittled down just like every fool gets wise

I think that may be my favourite part of the vid, showing the image of Lee being promoted to Commander, and then him placing his wings on his father's desk. Just seeing his idealistic admiration for his post snagged away within one line of a song really hit something within me. I suppose because that's arguably been Lee's biggest struggle of the entire series in a nutshell, this loyalty to both military life (and family, in a sense) and to his own sense of morality/his own ideals.

He's been such a lost little boy, hasn't he? I hope to see him overcome that a little more in the final season.

Again, really great job on this.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee dreamybop_radar on September 11th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
Ohh, thank you, Jo! It's great to hear you liked the music choice. It was one of those cases where it came on my ipod randomly and images of Lee just flooded my head. I agree that it's got a feel reminiscent of some of the BSG music.

It's fascinating to hear what people's favourite parts are--I'm glad that that moment worked for you. And I agree that it's a constant in Lee's story--reconciling his personal convictions with his loyalty to the military 'family'.

A lost little boy, he is. Kara and he are just messed up kids sometimes, I think.
CapnZebbie: stalkerkittycapnzebbie on September 11th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
This was a great Lee vid! I watched it before I read the commentary and the lyrics just to see it fresh--it showed the Lee I see in the show very well. Repression, moral compromise, he seems to be someone who constantly chooses not so much the right thing as the not-wrong thing. I liked the explosion of violence at the end, releasing the tension. It's interesting the he has the same look on his face near the beginning of the vid where he's about the haul away Tigh as he does at the end. Sort annoyed resignation.

I also like the song choice--besides being a perfect description of Lee, it also sounds kind of Celtic, like the music on the show. (at least it does to me). Great job! :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on September 11th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
Awesome! I'm delighted you liked it so much and that it ws 'your' Lee. :D I'm especially glad the explosion of violence at the end worked--it was something I was glad the music gave me an opportunity to do: show that Lee *does* explode into action on occasion. ;-)

It's interesting the he has the same look on his face near the beginning of the vid where he's about the haul away Tigh as he does at the end. Sort annoyed resignation.
Good pick up! And yes, I think of 'annoyed resignation' sums up Lee's resting state. ;-)

Thank you so much for the feedback!
the plucky young girl who helps the Doctor: lee - all seriousalissabobissa on September 11th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Wonderful. Beautiful and perfect song for Lee. Well done.

Your understanding of Lee amazes me (and your vidding skills ain't too shabby either). Guh, poor Lee. I can't get enough of how fascinating his character has become to me. Thank you so much for a thinky and pretty video. Well done!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee Apollobop_radar on September 11th, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! Thank you! I'm so glad you like it. :-) (And that you found it pretty as well as thinky!)
A.j.: battlestar galacticaaj on September 11th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Wow, that was very nicely done. Am over here on a rec from dianora2 and I have to say that this vid was DEFINITELY worth me opening up Explorer for imeem.

Seriously, that was a lovely, lovely vid, and I'm not one (usually) for Lee Adama. Thank you very much for sharing it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on September 11th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
Whee! Thank you for the wonderful comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and particularly given you're not a big Lee fan. I wasn't sure it would appeal to those of us not caught up in unravelling him. ;-)
latteaddict: Sunglasseslatteaddict on September 11th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
I've spent my morning freaking out about reviewing this video. I watched it last night and have watched it six several more times this morning. This being a character study vid means you are portraying canon and every scene you've chosen is important and represents a part of Lee you feel your watchers should know and see. Which is why I'm freaking out, because a general "wow, great vid" response simply doesn't cut it. I'm still going to include the basic review format because every video can be reviewed in two ways: technical style, and content (subjective as it is)

Aesthetically your editing is flawless. The vid has impeccable timing and seamless cuts. The song must've been extremely difficult to vid to, so I appreciate the skill level involved in keeping up the fast pace (but thankfully not too fast; I hate it when my brain feels scrambled *g*) and you weaved a very coherent story. I didn't get the sense of any random scenes just dropped in to fill space, it all seemed very purposeful from start to finish. And I think the lack of 'flashy effects' was important and a smart choice otherwise they could've distracted from the import of the character study.

The intro was particularly impressive, it grabbed my attention straight away and set the platform to remind us from the start that Lee is a vulnerable person while at the same time introducing the important players in Lee's life - Kara (I'm glad she was first) his dad, Laura, Dualla (having half her face covered, no less), an extra shot of Kara, and the Pegasus.

The shot of Zarek doing the eye roll at Lee was a cool choice, I think plenty of people watching Lee (in the BSG 'verse and the audience) have lots of those moments when we wish Lee would just follow through on something and stop making everything so hard. To clarify, I actually agreed with Lee's decision in that scene, so I was speaking more generally.

I loved the scene you chose for the first time middleman came up. Very cool. Lee looks so menacing and Baltar looks scared to death :)

Now I hope this doesn't sound too weird and I'm not trying to attack Lee, but this is a character study and so I was concentrating hard on the character you were representing. And you kind of made a condensed montage of all the things I don't like about Lee and don't understand. You stated that this vid relies heavily on contextual moments and what I saw was Lee the violent killer, the sex payer, the unhealthy and large man who wanted to leave his father and humanity to their fate, the man who rejected his pregnant girlfriend, the cheating husband. There is also the flip side where Lee is the wronged party - betrayed by Kara, unsupported by his father, the precarious ground he walked while representing Baltar, and those moments do garner my sympathy. So you've created a very conflicting and hard to process video. I can't feel completely comfortable while watching it. But that was your point, wasn't it? To show Lee warts and all.

The 'shippy portion: I also got the feeling that Lee/Dee were the partnership of this video and Kara was like an outside negative force. There were shots of Dee shaking her head and giving pointed looks and enduring this insane thing Lee was going through. You portrayed Dee as Lee's constant which really bummed me out, especially because I always see Dee as the interloper who arrived one day and moved in uninvited and refuses to leave. But you treated her character extremely well. She was quite saintly and seemed almost too good for Lee.

I really liked the final shot of Lee loosening his tie going in the opposite direction to everybody else and then deciding to join them. I know Lee will never be one of the crowd, he'll always represent the harder choices and will continue to be in conflict with mass opinion, but my thrill is seeing Lee occasionally throw his lot in with everyone else. Like when he eventually did join in the rescue of New Caprica. I just think that Lee has the ability to tip scales and even if a plan looks to be doomed, it might actually succeed with his input, support and leadership skills. And on a micro scale, I think that rule could also apply to his relationship with Kara.

It was an excellent video and I'm so pleased you finally pushed it out of the nest :) :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Leebop_radar on September 11th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
Part I
You're freaking out?! But, but, you've posted such an AMAZING response! I'm more than flattered that you've even watched it! I know that for you especially it could be hard viewing. I almost put an 'apology to latteaddict on it, though I think there are others who will be flapped by my inclusion of the canon Black Market scenes, etc.

The song must've been extremely difficult to vid to
*nods* Aha! :(

didn't get the sense of any random scenes just dropped in to fill space, it all seemed very purposeful from start to finish.
Yay! And I angsted over effects but a) I suck at them and b) they could distract, so no, I kept it clean.

it grabbed my attention straight away and set the platform to remind us from the start that Lee is a vulnerable person while at the same time introducing the important players in Lee's life
Yay, that's exactly what I wanted! That shot of him from the mini-series reacting to the news that they are going to find Earth has always been incredibly powerful to me because Lee doesn't respond with the same uninhibited joy as everyone else--his reactions are always tempered by more complex emotions and you can still see that he's in shock overall at what he's gone through.

Kara (I'm glad she was first)
She had to be!

Dualla (having half her face covered, no less)
I did angst over that, but I also think it does sum up the way he doesn't really 'see' her. And she doesn't really see him.

I think plenty of people watching Lee (in the BSG 'verse and the audience) have lots of those moments when we wish Lee would just follow through on something and stop making everything so hard.
Hahaha, I know! :) I really love that shot too. It's the 'oh, Lee!' eyeroll. ;) Even though like you I agree with his decision, I think it works because it shows that other people get frustrated with him--not just with his decisions but with his vacillation about them, and also with his choices in regards to personal loyalty versus principles. And it was an interesting example because it's one place where Lee DID choose personal loyalty above his principles. He's not as one-dimensional in that regard as people make out sometimes.
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