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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Doctor Gaius Baltar: I'm not sure if you're aware, Tom, but "the mob" isn't usually in the habit of electing ungodly apostates who denigrate people of faith!
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Typically American
12 July 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Having borrowed season one and two of an old colleague, I wanted to see if it would be anything like the original.

It started out great, but all through season two and really culminating in this episode it shows that the writers must have been Americans. For some obscure reason the writers are convinced that the 13 colonies have exactly the same system of government as present-day America. Why do they think it is the best system? The system as portrayed in BSG is definitely riddled with in-discrepancies. Not to mention president Roslins' neo-fascist approach to everything. Always in the right, even when she knows nothing about the subject. She regularly abuses power and I couldn't wait for the character to pass on. Only that didn't happen, because someone obviously was scared that suddenly they would become more independent of the system. Therefore a very stupid solution is cooked up for saving her.

Because the writers were also pushed on by the womens' lib movement. Everything that Roslin says is made out to be right and truthful. Even when she approves of rigging a democratic election, that makes me want to skip the rest of the show.

Apart from Roslin, it was a very creative take on continuing a series from old. The battles are done superbly. Especially the plot-twists with the Cylons. Less emphasis on the system of government and more action, would benefit the show immensely.

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