Battlestar Galactica
Flesh And Bone

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Strega: A | 2 USERS: A+
The Starcrossed

After a few steps, Boomer starts to run, and then there's a blipverty montage of Helo and goodbyes and rainy hugs and day-for-night sex and robots and beatings. It's like a Burt Bacharach song. Boomer runs and runs, and finally calls for Helo as she gets back to their makeshift camp. Helo has awakened, and asks what's going on. Boomer gasps that she saw Cylons headed this way: "We gotta travel fast, even faster than before." Helo grabs her arms and asks what's changed. Boomer says, "Everything. Just trust me." Helo nods and says that he does, and off they go.

In the box, Leoben doesn't seem to having a good time. His lips are bloody and there are few wounds on his face. Starbuck tells him that if he were human, he'd probably start offering false information about now, just to get a break for a few minutes. Leoben stares up at her and gasps, "I am more than you could ever imagine. I am God." Starbuck forces out some giggles and pretends to be impressed, saying that they'll give him a few minutes off for being so entertaining. Leoben explains that everyone is God: "I see the love that binds all living things together." Starbuck gets all, "Love? You don't know the meaning of the word!" which is one of my favorite soap-opera lines, along with "Carlton, you insufferable bastard!" Leoben says that mankind repaid God's love "with sin, with hate, corruption, evil." Well, yeah, but we're good at that. We gave God our best stuff! That's respectful! Leoben concludes, "So then he decided to create the Cylons." Starbuck angrily says, "We created you. Us. It was a stupid, fracked-up decision, and we have paid for it!" She argues that slaughtering her people was a sin, and evil, and that Leoben's evil, too. Nyah. Leoben wipes some blood off his jaw and smears it on the table as he asks, "Am I?" He says, "I see the truths that float past you in the stream." This guy's probably a big Norman Maclean fan, with all the religion and fishing stuff. Starbuck says that she can indulge Leoben's obsession with bodies of water, and does another one of her enigmatic nods. The soldier in charge of beatings leaves, along with the guard standing inside the door. Starbuck sits down at the table and stares at Leoben. Leoben says that he could kill her right now. "I could get to my feet, rip your skull from your spinal column, crash through that door, [and] kill the guard in less time than it's taking me to describe it to you." Starbuck asks why he doesn't, then. Leoben leans back and says it's not time yet. Starbuck smirks skeptically. Leoben suddenly yanks his hands apart, snapping the cuffs chains easily. He tosses the metal table out of the way and, before Starbuck can react, he grabs her by the neck and shoves her up against the doorframe. Neat! He holds Starbuck pinned there with one hand, and holds the door shut with the other as the guards try to get back inside. Leoben stares at a choking Starbuck and calmly says, "I have a surprise for you." Behind him, the soldiers race in from the door at the other end of the room. Leoben doesn't resist as the soldiers pull him away. Starbuck collects herself and tells Leoben, "Now the gloves come off."

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