Oh bliss, a Starbuck episode! I really missed her in Black Market and it was wonderful to get a Starbuck-centric ep, even if I’m a little jealous that her ep was stronger than Lee’s. I spent most of this episode with my heart in my mouth but a big grin on my face because I love that girl so much! My Starbuck squee list:
- She made a complete dick of herself but yet was still adorable (and Lee’s onlooker-wince framed that perfectly)
- She looks hot even with those massive dark marks under her eyes (how is that?!)
- She admitted she couldn’t get Anders out of her head (awww…)
- She put the moves on Lee! Wheeeee!!! (more on that later)
- She and Kat squaring off against one another (Alpha Girls!)
- The look she gave Lee when he asked ‘are you ok?’
- She and Helo training together are great, and I love that she has the supportive male buddy thing going. The shot of Lee and Helo looking on in the final scene in that ‘that’s our girl’ way was just adorable.
- Her pissed-off dignity when she had to pour for Kat, and then the broken way she framed the toast.
- The toast was a reprisal of Lee listing the names to her in the bar! Squee! And Lee recognised that and helped out! (Oh, my heart!)
I really liked the way the episode was set up and the way it drew on similarities between Kara and Kat and Kara and Scar. It was a shock to see Kara knocked off her pedestal, but it was convincing because she herself admitted that she’s functioning below par and she’s lost her crazy reckless edge. I got a pang of Lee-related jealousy when Helo suggested she had ‘something to live for now’, but I see that that’s true. And I really liked that Kara opened up a fraction to be able to tell Lee and Helo that she was obsessing about Anders. Good on her! It’s particularly interesting when Lee is shutting off completely. (I also loved that Lee knew about Anders already, and it made me wonder how much Kara knows about Lee’s relationships, past and present.)
I wasn’t predisposed to like Kat, having Starbuck-loyalty, but I did think she was shown pretty fairly. Her accusations had truth in them and she mirrored the same traits that I love in Starbuck (brash insolence, cockiness, irresponsibility). It worked for me, despite the fact that she’s still clearly Starbuck’s inferior. (Pah! Go away, little girl!)
The entire episode would, of course, have been worth it for that one Kara/Lee bar scene. I had so much love for it. Favourite line: ‘bright shiny futures are overrated anyway’. That’s my boy, Lee! But seriously, that scene just took my love for those two to a whole new level. She spits alcohol on him?! Wah! And he doesn’t complain until the second time she does it? *melts* There’s a thing I never thought I’d find hot.
Ok, I can do this… *has actual thoughts*
At the heart of Kara’s anxiety this episode was the fear of dying, and it’s interesting that this has been raised at a time when Lee is confronting the fact that dying is not a terrifying prospect to him, but potentially a blessed release. Clarification: I don’t think Lee is actively suicidal any more. But he’s still struggling with the experience of having been so. Once again, Kara and Lee are given opposite characteristics. Kara’s struggle has to do with having lost her reckless willingness to die; Lee’s has to do with having embraced his deathwish. It’s not surprising there’s a deep disconnect between the two of them at the same time as there’s intense attraction.
Both Kara and Lee are in mourning for someone they fear they’ve let down terribly and will never be able to repair that. Except that Lee’s woman is more definitively dead than Anders. And he’s not opening up to Kara or anyone else aboard Galactica about it.
Despite the differences I liked the way this episode sketched the fact that the two of them understand each other and connect on a level that others can’t touch. It’s in the unspoken things, like Lee stepping forward to finish her toast. Despite their separate crises, they’re still standing by one another.
Ok, I give up. OMG the hot! OMG! Kara/Lee all drunk and hot and fumbling and messy and angry and angsty. It doesn’t get better than that! Blow-by-blow account of greatness:
- Kara toasting the moment.
- Lee’s earnest ‘I’ll drink to that’ (because he’s just where he wants to be, after all)
- Kara’s flirty eyes at Lee (‘so why don’t we?’)
- Lee all oblivious and not taking her hints (‘why don’t we what?’)
- the little smile of thinking-he-gets-it-but-can’t-believe-hi
- Lee’s totally ‘lost in the moment’ closed eyes while they kiss
- Kara’s flashbacks centre on being tugged around by Anders and she acts in the same way with Lee (SO hot, because she’s going all alpha male on him)
- Lee being way more of a girl than Kara with his ‘slow down, it’s not a race’ comments
- Kara: ‘what’s wrong with you?’ (in the immediate sense, it’s a typical Starbuck deflection; but in the larger sense, that’s the big question: the silence between them)
- Lee’s massively angsty look in return and his immediate reaction of disbelief that she’s walking out on him
- Kara’s too-extreme protestation that there is ‘nothing’ (finger waggle) between them
- Lee hovering as close to her as possible and trying for some kind of reconnection despite that
- Lee’s intense assertion that he’s ‘also her friend’, not just a quick lay
- Kara triggering Lee into pissy-bitch routine and ending up slapping him. So inevitable!
And I would have been in brokenhearted emotion overload, except that they put in the coda-kiss:
- Kara looking like she’s going to cry after she hits Lee and grabbing him back
- Lee so not expecting it and his hands hovering around her not wanting to push his luck
- Kara pushing away the minute Lee’s hands settle on her and storming out
I adored that Kara told him she was all frakked up and thinking about Anders, and I liked the sense that she wanted Lee and didn’t want Lee all at the same time. Lee, of course, will be baffled by all of that. He won’t believe there was anything genuine in her responses to him. He’ll buy her ‘quick lay’ line and file himself away as such. But I’m not sure. Call me an optimist, but I think there was a bit of discontent in Kara that stemmed from not wanting to be with Lee when she was all messed up about Anders. She clearly wanted to be over Anders and wasn’t. Right before she met Anders she was slept with Gaius as compensation for Lee. She must feel some sense of the sad irony that now she’s getting to lay Lee, but she can’t get Anders out of her mind...
(I need my Kara expert! supacat where are you? *howls into the darkness*)