Where to start?
The Kara/Leoben plot was probably the most riveting part of the premiere double eps for me. Leoben is fascinating, and I've missed Kara so much--it was great to see her back on the screen, and in such an amazingly powerful dynamic. Leoben's belief in his ability to see the future is very disconcerting, especially given their first encounter, with his chilling prediction that they would meet again and Kara being drawn to him despite herself. I liked Kara's strength in endurance, which seemed well within character, and I found it believable that a child was possible the one thing that would completely unsettle her, given her own childhood issues with her mother. Having said that, I sincerely hope that her final reaction to the infant and to Leoben was a fake-out. I do think she would feel an enormous pull towards the child after it was injured, but I don't buy that she'd cave to Leoben as a consequence. I'm very curious to see how they explore this. I also distinctly got the impression that Leoben set up the child's injury and while I can understand how Kara couldn't bear for a child in her care to be injured, it would surprise me if she didn't suspect him.
They are obviously deliberately pushing Kara and Lee as far away from each other and their heroic roles (Starbuck/Apollo) as possible. Unfortunately, while I found Kara's half of this equation gripping and fascinating, I could not have been more bored by the half of the equation I usually love and understand the most--Lee's plot. *sigh* I was spoiled for his weight gain, and I thought it would be an interesting exploration of him losing his purpose and control over himself. But when I actually watched these eps, it seemed far more clunky than I'd expected (did they really have to have him stuffing his face with food? the oh-so-obviously-undercutting-the-previou
Normally Lee is a self-aware, introspective character, but in this instance we had to rely on other characters to tell us what's going on with Lee. Adama says he's been 'complaining and whining' about how hard things are. I wonder why that is? He has nothing to fight for? Dee says he's 'lost his war', but I don't agree with her that Lee needed a war. I think Lee needed a solid framework in which to perform and prove himself, to be useful, to uphold something he believed in, but I don't necessarily think it had to be a war. What's more significant is that he's also unhappily married. As for Dee, I am baffled by her. She says she married Lee partly because he was so like his father? Disturbing! Also, she really got what she wanted, evidently--now he's a fat middle-aged cranky commander. Good going, Dee!
Lee was at his most Lee-like for me when he argued with his father, reminding him of Roslin's argument about the survival of the human species (though I'm not really sure 2000 is a great bet!). I was fascinated by Adama turning to Sharon--it rang convincingly for me, because Adama has always used the cylons as a type of conscience--from the beginning he confronted them and conversed with them to remind him of his path. And he really can predict the cylons, whereas he feels he can't do that anymore. I didn't quite know what to make of Sharon's 'forgive yourself' speech.
I loved the cylon council and the way that each model has a distinctly different approach. The atheist priest cylons are SO chilling... *shudders*
I love Gaius!! I'm so glad I had my breakthrough with him, but it's so ironic--other characters finally express a desire to kill him, and finally I don't want that after two seasons of wishing he'd fall out an airlock! I loved the scene of his capitulation and his desperation with Six. It was very interesting to see that she appeared before him as soon as the Caprica Six model was out of action. The Gaius-Roslin scene was also magnificent. He felt so good because of the line he could take with her, but her composure was magnificent, and it was clearly Gaius who was unsettled by the exchange, not Roslin. I got the distinct impression that in later protesting the executions of civilians, Gaius was trying desperately to believe he was the man he made himself out to be.
I found Tigh very interesting in his extremist guise, as a half-blind old man fighting with no morality left. His line 'we're on the side of the demons, we're evil men in the gardens of paradise' was magnificent--he knows what he's doing is abhorrent, and he believes in it so firmly. In an eventual reunion with the fleet, I'll be very interested to see how Tigh evolves from this place. And I found Ellen unexpectedly sympathetic. It was great to see both of them when they were fighting for someone else, not just themselves, though Ellen of course ended up putting selfish interests first. By the time that plot came round, I'd almost forgotten how well Battlestar sets up the fate of the human race hingeing on one character's actions/weakness. And then the familiar horror came creeping back as I realised that Ellen would, of course, betray them.
I enjoyed seeing Anders as a character in his own right, rather than just as Kara's squeeze. And I loved his 'you left ME behind' call and how we now get to see how he defines himself--the one left behind, the freedom fighter, the one Kara rescued.
I am glad that Jammer gave us an inside persepctive on the New Caprica Police--they definitely needed that humanisation because it would be so easy to simply hate them. His confrontation with the Chief was chilling and moving and I love that they've already set up that even if/when rescued, there will be problems with accepting what happened on New Caprica and which paths people took. His actions in freeing Cally seemed such a desperate measure to regain some sense of humanity in what he was doing, even though it will change so little--it's interesting how personalised his conscience has become.
- There was a doggy! Yay, there are still doggies. *g*
- So, is it clear whether humans have seen all Cylon models yet? And if not, why not? Wouldn't that be an important step for the Cylons in winning the trust of humanity? Did I miss where this was addressed on the show?
- The Roslin/Zarek exchange about the elections was fantastic. I wonder if Zarek's marked for death (since Roslin will escape, no doubt)?
- So most of the spoilers I knew have already been revealed. Cool! I'm officially spoilerfree again.