Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 20

Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 10, 2006 on Syfy
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When Baltar wins the vote, Roslin considers stealing the election because she believes he is a Cylon collaborator.

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  • End of Season 2

    Well it was for the most part excellent Television. Mostly good story lines that kept the viewer coming back and wanting more. There were some slow episodes and the series seemed to get bogged in the third quarter but really picked up in the final few episodes. I found it a little disappointing that the writers seemed to have forgotten about the search for Earth, after the first 7 episodes focused on that solely. There were a few things I found a little hard to fathom out, why Adama seemed to just let everything happen in the final storylines, when he was prepared to fight over every little thing earlier in the series. Also I was wondering what had happened to No.6 from Baltar's subconscious - well until the end at any rate. Overall I was pleased with the final episode and will look forward to seeing Season 3.moreless
  • Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2

    Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2 was Awesome! This was a spectacular episode of Battlestar Galactica and a superb season two finale! I really enjoyed watching this episode because after Admiral Adama and the President decide they can't go along with stealing the election the story jumps a year forward when New Caprica is populated. It was interesting to see how various characters turned out. It was really awesome when the Cylons showed up and occupied New Caprica. President Baltar surrenders and humanities fate is left uncertain! I look forward to watching the next season!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Admiral Adama was neutered.

    Here is to hoping that this review doesn't delete my previous review on the previous ep (I wrote 200+ words and now it's gone!!!). I am extremely disappointed in s2. Now that the season has concluded with the finale, I can write this review.

    The first seven eps of s2 are intolerable! It became too cheesy. It did what it always promised to never do. That is: be another Sci-fi cheesefest. All the talk about Gods and religion and destinies became unbearable! They filled the first 7 eps of that.

    After that storyarc ended, starting with ep 2x08, the show returned to past glory! The funny thing is that they never mentioned or confirmed any of the events that happened during those first 7 eps. Leading me to believe that Moore and the writers were aware of its suckiness.

    But it's still aggravating to know that Lee got away with treason and Roslin got away with the crap she pulled *fumes*. Anyway... This finale put the lead characters in situations were they were acting out of character. Adama especially. Roslin tells Adama about Baltar being a Cylon collaborator and he does nothing?! Throughout this ep Adama lets Baltar get away with things he never would've previously allowed! In s1, whenever Roslin did something that he knew were for the worse for the people, he rised against here and disobeyed her wishes. Not only does he let Baltar run for precidency without a fight, but he also sits there and lets Baltar use New Caprica as a tool for his political gain. Is this Adama we know? Would Adama really let a politician use manipulation to get his way, something that he is convinced is for the worse for the people? Previously he would've thrown someone in a cell for the mere suspicion of being or working with a cylon. Yes, Baltar was influential now, but that alone would've sufficed to at least ruin Baltar's chances at the polls (just losing a few thousand voters would've been enough). That is not all... A nuke goes off. A nuke that was in Baltar's possession. Adama suggests a internal security check, Baltar overrules him. Adama obeys. WHAT?! With all he knows of Baltar, with all he know military wise (an internal security check was crucial!), he follows his orders without a blink? I think Ronald Moore missed the point about why his own show was so great. It was the sense of urgency and desperation, the struggle day-to-day since that doomsday. Of fear of spoiling it to you, I won't go in to specifics. But I'll tell you this. Moore makes a decision that shapes this show in dramatic ways for the remainder of the show. It's perhaps too early to say how bad, but this ep showed me no hope. PS. The ep concluded with a fantastic grand closing scene!moreless
  • Looks like you're frakked

    ***Obligatory Spoiler Warning***

    They were right about one thing - the season finale definitely got people talking, and from what I hear it's mostly been good. It was a pretty bold move, rolling the dice on the future of one of the most acclaimed series on television by completely changing the dynamic of the story. But as a wiser man than I once said, sometimes you've got to roll the hard six.

    Everything seemed fine leading up to the end, didn't it? We had some more real-world political parallels with a very close election, a dark tale of the mental anguish that Chief Tyrol has been quietly suffering, and a potentially ill-fated rescue mission back to Caprica. And yet there was a feeling that everything was about to change. Whether it was Sharon's premonitions, the forboding voice of the new preacher, or the appearance of a dark new world, something seemed to scream that there was change a-brewin'. Knowing that this was a ninety-minute season finale may have had something to with it. President Baltar. Okay, I've stopped shuddering. How do you campaign for President when everyone who works with you thinks you're completely nuts? Give Zarek some credit for selling his candidate, I suppose. And did Roslin really have to be so adamant that they not settle on New Caprica? Couldn't she have just, you know, lied to everyone about giving it some thought? Could that be any worse than having Baltar as President? Big picture, people. And how hard is it to rig an election? That stunt was amateurish; if you wait until the very last box of ballots to throw the thing by a few thousand votes, you're going to raise a lot of suspicions. If you really want to steal a democratic election, give the people some credit and try to do it right. Joe Kennedy must be rolling in his grave.

    The producers tell us that one of our pals isn't going to make it off of New Caprica next season. My money's on Anders; a happily-married Starbuck is just no kind of Starbuck I want to see.moreless
  • Magnanimous in victory.

    As soon as the copy of Brother Cavil appeared on Caprica(in an eerie moment) I was happy. I had been hoping/suspecting that he was a Cylon because I had been thinking for awhile they needed an older model, sort of a contemporary to Adama and Roslin. Plus I love his existential, "There is no God." way of looking at things, which Dean Stockwell pulls off well with an air of indifference in all his lines, notable even for a Cylon. His scene in the brig delivering the Cylon's message was especially good.

    Anders getting involved in the love triangle between Apollo and Starbuck didn't really make me enjoy it anymore. I will say however, that Starbuck having to make herself hate Apollo so she can love Anders was hard to watch and made me question my feelings on her character, so in that sense it was a compelling scene.

    Even though I knew it was going to be a cluster **** of outrageous proportions if Baltar became president, I couldn't help but love seeing him stick it to Roslin during their private meeting aboard Galactica. Seeing her reduced to begging was just sad and I had to smile at Baltar's final quip.

    Baltar: "You know I saved your life? But I won't save your political career."

    I have absolutely no respect left to lose for Roslin, but Jesus! How far can you sink, lady? I had been expecting her to ask/order Adama to "disappear" Baltar, so I guess rigging an election is actually a step up. Tigh's involvement didn't surprise me either as he strikes me as the kind of guy who could be bought off for a couple bottles of something. Dee disappointed me though, I'll chalk it up to her feeling like she owes Billy something. I think the fact that even Baltar couldn't see Roslin doing something like that speaks to how far she had really fallen. I might look at it differently if it hadn't been Roslin herself that started Baltar's political career, but I can't help but feel that this is all her fault.

    Baltar's swearing in was filled with a sense of dread and made a disturbing impression by being interlaced with scenes of his one night with Six. Which lead into another disturbing scene of Six using the bomb to end her's and many other's lives. Scenes which helped to establish Baltar's mindset and attitude going into the time jump.

    I liked the plot(not my favorite ever but I was enjoying it), but I just think it could have been formed up a little better. I guess they felt the need to end on a big cliffhanger, but I think if done right, Six's bomb going off and Baltar's inauguration could have made for a good ending. It just makes more sense(in my admittedly amateur opinion) to have the year pass in between seasons.

    Seeing Adama walk the empty hallways as Galactica is falling into a state of disrepair was a sad moment. And a little frightening as it became clear how ill prepared they were for any kind of attack. Not that I didn't have faith in Caprica Six and Sharon, but I knew things weren't going down that easy. Him sending Tigh down to New Caprica was also an emotional scene, and really well written I thought. The colonel seemed to take his arrival in stride, but it was pretty disorienting for me. Chief Trotsky-sorry, Tyrol- ranting over workers rights. And did he put that bun in Cally's oven!? Gaeta working for Baltar, Starbuck playing housewife or at least nursemaid to Anders, yeah, it all left me feeling off my axis. Which in retrospect was a good thing, as it gave the Cylon's partially expected arrival even more impact. It turning out to not only be Baltar's fault for having them settle there, but also for them being discovered because of the nuke he gave Six was the kind of bitter piece of irony this show does so well. I didn't enjoy it as much as Kobol's Last Gleaming, but it was good. Seeing the two Battlestars(and the rest of the fleet) jump away was probably one of the more impactful moments of the series. The Cain/Pegasus arc is still my favorite part of this season though.moreless
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Guest Star

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Galen Tyrol

Recurring Role

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Kandyse McClure

Kandyse McClure

Anastasia "Dee" Dualla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In Laura Roslin's classroom, we see her blackboard, which has the schematic of a wormhole. This is reminiscent of the "blackboard" in Keiko O'Brian's classroom on Deep Space Nine, which contained a detailed schematic of the Bajoran wormhole. Ronald D. Moore served as supervising producer on Deep Space Nine.

    • Unlike previous episodes, this episode did not feature a traditional "teaser." It opened with the "Previously on BSG" segment and then went immediately to the main titles and music. Ronald Moore and David Eick explained on the podcast that this was necessary because of the length of the opening segment. If it had come before the main titles, that would have pushed the opening credits to about the 12 minute mark of the episode.

    • There are now 49,550 survivors.

    • When Maya, the new 'mother' of Sharon and Helo's cylon baby, picks up the cylon baby at the end of the episode she takes it out of a white crib.

      The white crib is the same crib that was seen in Baltars vision in 'Kobol's Last Gleaming Pt2' and 'Scattered' when Six showed him the face of the future - their baby.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (at a Union meeting)
      Tyrol: Everyone, please be quiet!
      (No one listens.)
      Cally: Hey! Shut the frak up!

    • Chief Tyrol: There comes a time when you realize that the engine you built with your blood and your sweat and your tears is being used for something so foul, so... perverted, that it makes you sick in your heart. And it's then that you must throw your body on the gears, and on the levers, and on the machine itself, and make it stop! And you have to show the people who run it, the people who control it, that unless we're free, that machine will be prevented from working at all!

    • Tyrol: What do you want to do now, Captain?
      Starbuck: The same thing we always do. Fight 'em until we can't.

    • Doc Cottle: The jaw's set nicely. You're done here. I'm kicking you out of here and sending you back to work.
      Cally: (in muffled voice) What? Like this?
      Doc Cottle: You gotta love a woman who can complain even with her jaw wired shut.

    • Tom Zarek: I've seen a lot of elections, Gaius. Most honest, a few fixed. And you can always tell the fixed ones because they don't make sense. And this doesn't make sense.

    • Brother Cavil: (being dragged into the brig) I'm not a frakking Cylon! (sees the other copy of Cavil) Oh well, right.

    • Baltar: Very well. On behalf of the people of the Twelve Colonies, I surrender.

    • William Adama : If she gives you too much trouble, find yourself a younger one.
      [reference to Colonel Tigh's wife, Helen.]

    • Adama: You're not listening.
      Baltar: I don't have to listen. I'm the president.

  • NOTES (3)

    • New Caprica City scenes were filmed on location on a commercial dirt pile site in Richmond, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver. Filming crews had to work around loud machinery and trucks that were moving dirt on the very active site.

    • According to Ronald Moore and David Eick, there is a 60-minute broadcast version of the episode, cut for distribution in international markets. The Tyrol-Cally storyline is missing from this version.

    • "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2," the Season Two finale, will be a special 90-minute-long episode.


    • In an interview with the Seattle Times in April 2006, Ronald Moore confirmed that the final scene with the Cylon centurions marching down the center of the New Caprica tent city was a direct reference to the Nazis marching into Paris in June 1940.

    • Chief Tyrol's speech to the Union referenced a speech given by student activist Mario Savo at a 1963 Free Speech Movement Sit-In at UC Berkeley.

      "There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"