Battlestar Galactica (2003)/Lay Down Your Burdens (1)
Lay Down Your Burdens (1) is the nineteenth episode of the second season of Battlestar Galactica, and is the thirty-second episode overall.
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace plans a large-scale rescue operation, intending to return to Caprica to look for and retrieve any survivors. Meanwhile, the presidential race between President Roslin and Vice President Baltar heats up when a Raptor crew accidentally stumbles across an inhabitable planet.
- Galactica and Pegasus plan a joint rescue operation, intending to go back to Caprica and pick up as many Colonial survivors as they possibly can. The rescue operation involves 20 Raptors and dozens of pilots and Marines, including Starbuck, who is the head mission planner.
- The plan is to make several consecutive FTL jumps to get back to Caprica, with the final jump actually dropping them inside Caprica's atmosphere. This is, needless to say, complicated. They use Caprica-Boomer to help them plot the jumps, and bring her along.
- They lose Racetrack's Raptor on the very first jump, then a second on the final hop into Caprica's atmosphere as Raptor 612 accidentally jumps straight into a mountain.
- The surviving Raptors make a safe landing on Caprica and, led by Starbuck, the team shortly thereafter encounters the survivors of the Resistance, including Anders. They've been hit hard by the Cylons earlier that same day, and there are very few left. The Cylons are chasing them.
- Sharon warns them that something is incoming just as explosions start going off all around them. Rescue personnel and Resistance fighters scramble for cover as the Cylons pour on heavy fire.
- On the very first jump, Racetrack comes out way off course, and stumbles across a hidden planet. It's not overly hospitable, but it is very much inhabitable, and seems to be well-hidden from the Cylons.
- The presidential race is into the debate phase, and President Roslin is regularly coming out on top versus Baltar, as well as significantly leading him in the polls.
- Tom Zarek is serving as Baltar's campaign manager and providing helpful suggestions on how to bolster his poll numbers.
- Upon the discovery of the seemingly safe, inhabitable world, Baltar takes Zarek's latest suggestion and begins using the planet as a talking point in his campaign, calling for the Fleet to settle down on the planet and start their lives anew. Roslin disagrees with this policy, but the majority of the Fleet seems to be siding with Baltar on the issue.
- Baltar thinks that landing on the planet is stupid and asks Zarek if he's lost his marbles when he suggests it, but quickly changes his mind when Zarek reminds him that taking a stand could win him the election.
- Chief Tyrol is having nightmares about committing suicide. When Cally finds him asleep on the deck in the middle of one of these nightmares and touches his arm, Tyrol, unaware of what he's doing, hits her repeatedly, then upon realizing what he's done takes her to a medic.
- Tyrol seeks psychological help from a rather unorthodox Colonial priest named Brother Cavil. Cavil forces Tyrol to admit that he is having constant nightmares about committing suicide, and tells him that it's because he subconsciously fears that he might be a Cylon sleeper agent like Boomer, because Boomer didn't know she was a Cylon agent until she did something horrible. Tyrol is scared that he might be a Cylon and not even know it until something terrible happens.
- Tyrol is ashamed of his actions, even though they were accidental, and doesn't want to face the deck crew. Cavil convinces him to go back: they're the only family that he has left, and they love him.
Behind the Scenes
- Awards: This episode was nominated for an IVy Award for the 2005-06 season for Best Individual Episode of a Drama Series.
Allusions and References
- [Roslin explaining to Admiral Adama why his floor is covered with torn-up pieces of paper]
Roslin: Oh. Sorry about the mess, it's, um, a bit of a ritual. Superstition, really. I used to do this before testifying at committee meetings, this is what I'd do. I'd take a, I'd memorize a talking point, then tear up the card (throws the pieces into the air) and let the pieces fall as they may. It helps.
Adama: Yeah, my father used to break pencils before he went into court, then borrow one from the clerk. Break preconceptions, work with what you have.
Roslin: You know, I like that. Let me see, I like it. (takes one of Adama's pencils, breaks it) Ooh. That's good.
Adama: Feel better?
Roslin: Yeah. But what happens if the moderator doesn't have a pencil?
Adama: Then you're pretty screwed.
(Roslin stares at him for a second, then starts giggling uncontrollably)
- [Commander Apollo speaking to the rescue mission pilots]
Apollo: No one has ever attempted a rescue mission from this distance, much less behind enemy lines. You'll be making history just by making the attempt. But bring these people back from Caprica, and you'll be making part of the future. Questions?
Racetrack: You guys find Earth before we get back, will you save us a few seats?
Apollo: Earth, hell. We find any rock with food and water, I'll build you guys a bar.
- [Brother Cavil counseling Tyrol]
Tyrol: I pray to the Gods every night, but I don't think they listen to me.
Cavil: Do you know how useless prayer is? Chanting and singing and mucking about with old half-remembered lines of bad poetry. And you know what it gets you? Exactly nothing.
Tyrol: ...Are you sure you're a priest?
Cavil: You know what's going on, but you can't, or you won't face it. I'm not a therapist. I'm not gonna hold your hand and help you along. I'm just trying to get you right with yourself and with your gods but you're not willing to do it.
Tyrol: I don't even know what you're talking about!
Cavil: (annoyed) Oh, for Gods' sake, Chief, come on! You think you're a Cylon.
Tyrol: I am not a Cylon.
Cavil: Well, of course you're not. But that's what you're afraid of, isn't it? That you might be a Cylon and not even know it, just like Boomer, right? Right? That's the thought that's torturing your dreams and crippling your soul. I'm a Cylon just like Sharon, and I deserve to die.
Tyrol: Sharon didn't know what she was. She just kept thinking, feeling, that she was gonna do this terrible thing, but she knew that she had to stop herself before she did.
Cavil: And you think that's what you're going to do? Some terrible thing? Well, the truth is, you might. But not because you're a Cylon. Because you're a human being, and human beings do terrible things all the time.
Tyrol: But how do you know I'm human?
Cavil: (sarcastic) Oh. Well, maybe because I'm a Cylon and I've never seen you at any of the meetings.