Battlestar Galactica: Season 2, Episode 19

Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 1 (3 Mar. 2006)

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While Dr. Baltar is behind in the polls for the election and tries desperately to turn things around, Starbuck is planning a mission to rescue Anders from Caprica.



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The elections are coming, and the candidates Laura Roslin and Gaius Baltar prepare themselves. Meanwhile, Starbuck leads an expedition to reach Caprica using the Cylon technology and rescue Anders and the other resistance members, and the chief Tyrol is tormented with a recurring dream. Written by Anonymous

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As the second season of Battlestar Galactica approaches its conclusion it is clear that something important is about to happen; Baltar is standing against Roslin in the upcoming presidential election and Starbuck is leading a mission back to Caprica to rescue Anders and his fellow resistance fighters. These two plot strands are totally separate until one of the Raptors jumps to the wrong coordinates and stumbles upon an inhabitable planet hidden in a nebula. When they return to the fleet Baltar is persuaded that this could be an election winning issue; the president wants to restock then carry on but many people see this planet as an opportunity to build a new home; it might not be the most hospitable planet but enough of it is inhabitable and it is well hidden from the Cylons. In a third plot strand Chief Tyrol is plagued by a recurring nightmare and when Cally wakes him he finds himself attacking her… clearly he has problems and ends up discussing them with Brother Cavell; a rather unusual priest.

This episode has plenty of excitement as Starbuck heads back to Caprica and finds herself in a Cylon attack; there is also a surprising degree of humour such as when President Roslin gets a fit of the giggles before a presidential debate and Cavell's explanation of why the Chief's fears that he might be a Cylon are unfounded. Talking of Brother Cavell; Dean Stockwell is on show stealing form in the role. After this great episode I can't wait to see how the season concludes in the next instalment.

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