Battlestar Galactica

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 4 USERS: B
YOU GRADE IT
Because It Is Bitter

(Lee's Ego, the thing that makes him Lee, is the Captain Apollo Suit. And what it's been subverting is the Id, which is ambition. Baby Zarek. And all Romo's trying to do is crack open the Apollo Suit by destroying its sine qua non at the root, so Baby Zarek can come out and play, and Lee can combine the two. Because Captain Apollo is wonderful, and deserves to be around, but if that's all you are, you're hollow. You're just the product of a distant father and a violent mother, standing in your dead brother's shadow, trying desperately to make somebody, somewhere, sometime, love you.

Meanwhile, Bill's Ego, the thing that makes him Bill, is the Unassailable Fa├žade suit. And what it's been subverting is the Id, which is humanity. The Cabin-Builder. And all Romo's trying to do is crack open the Admiral by destroying its sine qua non at the root, so the Cabin-Builder can come out and play, and Bill can combine the two. Because Bill is wonderful, and deserves to be both, but if that's all you are, you're hollow. Admirals don't build families, fathers do. Without her, you're just the product of a Lie that never ended, trying desperately to let somebody, somewhere, sometime, love you.)

"Roslin never sought power," Lee protests, and Romo points out that she is arguably just as much a "study in repressed ambition" as Lee is: "Never seeking out a job until it's handed to you? Flight leader, Battlestar Commander, Quorum Delegate... A man doesn't carve out a path like that through life without..." Lee nips that right in the fucking bud, because he's getting to close to that thing, the cat in the box, the thing that Lee can't admit without dying. Actually dying a little, burning off everything that makes him Lee and turning into something nobody can predict.

I walked in a desert.
And I cried,
"Ah, God, take me from this place!"
A voice said, "It is no desert."

Romo stares out a porthole at Lee's other father, moving through the Fleet, slowly against the sky. "Does your father have some other place he wants to go?" Lee's confused, but they both see him jump. "Where the hell did they go? And why didn't they tell us?" Romo bites his lip and it is totally adorable.

289 heads into the detritus of a brutal war, one blinking transponder singing to the night. It's Sandman's Viper, but it's empty. Saul exposits this new, awful situation the mystery Raptor jumped from: radiation signatures from multiple nukes, Baseship fragments. Debris indicative of resurrection technology. "I'm afraid it paints a pretty clear picture," Saul begins, and Bill goes even more defiantly nuts: "They found the Hub! And they destroyed it! Looks like our pilots helped! Question is, where did they go from here?" Saul stares at him, his heart breaking and his mind blown. "Oh, Bill. You are way too close to this. The President's Baseship was destroyed."

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Battlestar Galactica

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