Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
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Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 2 

The group on Caprica is under fire by the Cylons, but suddenly they stop. With only one ship's votes to be counted, Roslin is way behind in the elections.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Admiral William Adama
Mary McDonnell ... President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff ... Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
Jamie Bamber ... Commander Lee 'Apollo' Adama
James Callis ... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer ... Number Six / Gina Inviere / Caprica
Grace Park ... Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii
Michael Hogan ... Colonel Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas ... Chief Galen Tyrol
Tahmoh Penikett ... Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon
Nicki Clyne ... Crewman Specialist Cally Henderson
Alessandro Juliani ... Lt. Felix Gaeta
Kandyse McClure ... Officer Anastasia Dualla
Richard Hatch ... Tom Zarek
Michael Trucco ... Samuel Anders


The identity of a new Cylon is revealed when the Cylons leave the Colonies and announce they want to live in peace with humans. Meanwhile, Laura Roslin is afraid of Baltar's increasing popularity since he proposed to settle down in the new, but hostile, planet which has been discovered by the Fleet. Written by Anonymous

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10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Opening credits say there are 49,550 human survivors. See more »


At the end of the prayer for President Roslin in the opening sequence, Cavil says "Amen" instead of "So Say We All". See more »


Admiral William Adama: You're not listening.
Doctor Gaius Baltar: I don't have to listen. I'm the President.
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Alternate Versions

The episode that was sent to European television channels was shorter than the full version, in order to fit into the usual running time (one hour with advertisements). The cut scenes included the whole plot about Cally's feeling about Tyrol, their relationship and Cally's pregnancy. However, the full version has been broadcast in at least part of Europe. For example, in Spain, the cut version was broadcast by Calle 13 (13th Street), but the full version was broadcast later by Sci Fi. See more »


Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) See more »


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Never been there, never done that! (contains major spoilers)
22 March 2006 | by TAEMOSee all my reviews

In my opinion, the first part starts a bit slow, but the second one is so damn good. Dean Stockwell's character jokingly says in the first part to Tirol (something like): "You are no Cylon and I know that, because I am a Cylon and I have never seen you at any of our meetings!" And in the second part we learn that he actually is a Cylon ambassador. Great, not only the surprise, but also his performance. I guess you could give him the telephone book to read for us and he would be entertaining.

Then, when you think, the episode is at an end, the camera slowly moves towards Baltar, who is now President, comes closer, and we dissolve to the next morning. At least we think it is the next morning, because as the camera dollies (or steady-cams) back, we realize it is a year later and the people of the fleet have settled down on the new found planet. (Baltar has a hangover and has a couple of hot girls at his very private disposal. What is so classic about this "one year later scene", it seems so perfect, and so familiar, because it is done so perfectly, yet I am pretty sure I have never seen a TV series jump ahead a year. It is both surprising and shocking to see what has happened to the characters and setting we have come to like for the last two years.

The star ships are orbiting the planet with skeleton crews on board. There is a short but good scene, where Adama (now with a mustache) lonely strolls through the corridors of the ship and finds a lamp malfunctioning. And nobody thinks about repairing it. Everybody is already on the planet or is about to go down. And although life on the planet is not as beautiful as everybody has hoped (Starbuck's husband is ill, there are no antibiotics, everybody except Baltar and his chicks lives in tents) people want to permanently settle there.

But suddenly the Cylons are back. Adama and Lee decide to jump away with the Galactica and the Pegasus and the rest of the fleet, because they are in no shape to fight the Cylon fleet. On the planet, raiders are darkening the sky and Baltar meets the Cylon delegates in form of the original Number 6 and the original Number 8 (Sharon) as well as a male Cylon. They say, that as long as nobody resists, they would do no harm to the humans.

And then comes the perfect ending to the episode, a perfect cliffhanger and in my opinion it could surpass TNG's The Best of Both Worlds. First Baltar asks the Cylons, how they have found the planet (which is hidden in a nebular), and they tell him, they detected the radiation of a nuclear detonation. Tears are coming into Baltars eyes. He knows that for the second time in a row, it is his fault, that the Cylons have defeated mankind. And it is the same as before, he gave the nuclear warhead to a Nummber 6, because he is in love with her and again this triggers the downfall of the human race. With a broken voice he says: "On behalf of the peoples of the colonies, I surrender!" And when he says "surrender" we cut to a close up of his face. He has red eyes, dark features and we know as the audience, that now, Baltar is at his worst. He has done badly as a President. Callis is perfect. We are shocked when we see him like this. He is a broken man.

Next, there are a few shots, where we see the robots marching in and people looking at them with fear. The Cylons have won. be continued! I am really looking forward to the next episode, the next season, the end of the series. When Ron Moore can jump ahead a year, I think he could very well be jumping ahead ten years, twenty years. He can do so much from now on. But lets not jump ahead too far, the next episode is what matters now. In a tiny scene, there is a Cylon searching for Starbuck, the same model or the same resurrected character, whom Starbuck tortured a lot. I guess he is up for revenge, or not. We will see. So far, so good. 10 out of 10

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