Lay Down Your Burdens – Part 2

Battlestar GalacticaAfter holding out during an intense attack, Starbuck and her Raptor crews, along with Anders’ resistance cell members, are stunned when the Cylons withdraw completely. All of the surviving Raptors return, with the surviving members of the Caprica resistance and an extra passenger, a priest named Brother Cavel. When these passengers arrive at Galactica, however, Chief Tyrol sounds the alarm – there’s already a Brother Cavel on Galactica, so they must both be Cylons. Cavel delivers a message to Admiral Adama and President Roslin: the Cylons have had a change of heart and abandoned their occupation of Caprica, and will pursue the fleet no more. Roslin is still skeptical, but this revelation adds more fuel to the election-day fire that Baltar has ignited with the suggestion that the colonists settle on the recently-discovered planet. As the votes are tallied, some of Roslin’s allies try to ensure that the vote will swing toward her – but the manipulation is discovered, the votes are recounted, and Baltar is declared the winner. It’s a victory that, after mere months on “New Caprica,” the survivors of the Twelve Colonies may live to regret.

written by Anne Cofell Saunders and Mark Verheiden
directed by Michael Rymer
music by Bear McCreary

Guest Cast: Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Aaron Douglas (CPO Tyrol), Tahmoh Penikett (Helo), Nicki Clyne (Cally), Allessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta), Kandyse McClure (Dualla), Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Michael Trucco (Anders), Callum Keith Rennie (Leoben Conoy), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Donnelly Rhodes (Dr. Cottle), Matthew Bennett (Doral), Rekha Sharma (Tory Foster), Dean Stockwell (Brother Cavel), Alisen Down (Jean Barclay), Erica Cerra (Maya), Winston Rekert (Priest), David Kaye (James McManus)

Notes: Portions of Tyrol’s speech as he incited the workers of New Caprica to strike were excerpted from a real speech delivered in 1964 by American political activist Mario Savio (1942-1996) at the University of California, Berkeley. A longer excerpt of the speech in its original context can be found here.

LogBook entry by Earl Green