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March 21, 2005

Laura Roslin


“I want you to hear me on this. You made a true believer out of me – as strange as that sounds, considering. But I believe I know you’re the one to lead us to our salvation. You are going to guide us – to Earth.”

“Then we’d better find it soon.”

Mary McDonell considers her role as a war president of the thirteen colonies. I did not spot egregious spoilers for Canadian readers (who are only half way through season one) but think before clicking.

"Playing this part on `Battlestar'," McDonnell says, "I've been in the position of having to make sometimes military decisions regarding life and death. It has been a huge stretch for my progressive little heart and soul. The first time I had to experience this in the miniseries, I was really disturbed, when I really got inside that moment.

"As the 13 episodes went on, and I got more and more in command, I started to notice the separation taking place, separating the perhaps compassionate person from the practical person that had to keep the bigger prize in mind. You start feeling yourself becoming more male in a kind of cliched sense, but in fact, you start relying on a different side of yourself more often to get through the moment and not experience some of that pain."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 21, 2005 09:14 AM

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Twelve colonies. We, the mythical Earthlings, are the notional number thirteen. And I sure didn't vote for Laura Roslin. Nor Adar, the lousy unprepared jerk.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 21, 2005 11:26 AM

I blog corrected! "Twelve serpents and two."

And I am waiting for demonstrators to blame the Cylon attack on neocons in the Adar administration.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 21, 2005 12:05 PM

Wasn't it "serpents numbering 10 and 2"?

Posted by: Rue [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 21, 2005 01:27 PM

Oh God, I just outed myself.

Posted by: Rue [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 21, 2005 01:28 PM

(Pointing finger) Ha ha!

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 21, 2005 01:32 PM

I've been very pleased by McDonnell's nuanced character (both as written and as acted). McDonnell's been a fave of mine since _Sneakers_, and I think she's doing a faboo job as the President (even as the show eschews the easy plot twists).

Posted by: ***Dave [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 23, 2005 01:20 PM