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When I first started watching Battlestar Galactica, I'd already been drilled to like Adama/Roslin by my flist. They didn't really know how much they'd influenced me, but I'd seen so many pretty layouts featuring A/R that me falling for them was, in the end, inevitable. I'm shallow like that.

I've always fallen for female lead characters, in all my shows, and the fact that Laura is a redhead sealed the deal, so to speak. I fell head over heels in love with her. Not just her looks (the pretty hair, the legs, god!), but also her whole personality. Taking all this into account, it's no surprise I ended up doing this. I don't want to bore you with my rambling here, there's going to be enough of that lateron. Just enjoy, and, if you feel like it, please leave me a comment. As long as you don't take any of the pictures, I'm good. ;) Oh and from this point onward: Spoilers ahead (obviously!). Nothing major, I think. Well okay, the quotes are quite spoiler-y (is that a word?). But you probably won't get much if you haven't seen the whole scenes. Anyway, you've been warned.


25 REASONS WHY EVERYBODY SHOULD LOVE LAURA ROSLIN



Exhibit A: the looks


reason one; the legs {...because, duh! just look at them!}




reason two; the hair {...because we miss it, and you just have to love a redhead.}




reason three; the glasses {...because we all know how adorable she looks with them.}




reason four; the clothes {...because despite the fact that she only has three outfits left, she looks hot in any of them.}


The business clothes. She has to maintain some sense of decorum, after all, even though everybody just wants to drool all over her.


She looks serene and simply beautiful in everything she wears. No matter if it's a lavender-coloured dress thingy or a prison jump suit.


The New Caprica sweaters! So casual, but still pretty.


Honorary mention: The red dress. It's the unofficial competition here, because it's a nice colour on her - even Bill knows (and notices!) that.

reason five; randoms {...because I've never before obsessed about a character's hands or feet.}



reason six; general adorableness {...because she just oozes awesomeness.}









Exhibit B: the personality


reason seven; her intelligence {...because she's insanely intelligent, and knows it.}



reason eight; her faith {...because she'd do everything to get the fleet to Earth.}


Pythia: And the Lords anointed a leader to guide the caravan of the heavens to their new homeland. And unto the leader, they gave a vision of serpents, numbering two and ten, as a sign of things to come.

reason nine; her humour {...because she still manages to make people laugh even after the worlds have ended.}


At the ship's christening: Laura almost smashes the bottle, everybody jumps up to try to stop her.
Laura: Kidding!


Elosha: The ancients used to say that a people is only as strong as the body of its leader.
Laura: If I follow that thought... Are you saying that humanity died because I died? If you're my subconscious, I've gotta say you're a little full of myself.

reason ten; her laugh {...because it warms our souls.}



Bill: It's worth just seeing you laugh like that.

reason eleven; her Chamalla-induced visions {...and weaking up covered in sweat.}




reason twelve; her high on drugs and alcohol {...and Bill.}





Exhibit C: her strenghts


reason thirteen; the presidency {...because the people love her so much.}


Laura: I, Laura Roslin, do now avow and affirm that I accept the office of the President of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol and that I will protect and defend the sovereignty of the Colonies with every fiber of my being.


Laura: And if you strike this down, then you can all go back to your constituency and you can tell them what you've done and we the people will have triumph but think about what it's going to cost you, because every single one of you remember what it was like when Gaius Baltar had political power, and you should be terrified to think about what this man will do with blind religious devotion. So go ahead. Vote.

reason fourteen; fighting cancer {...even at its worst.}


Bill: How's the President doing, Doc?
Cottle: She's dying, and she knows it.

reason fifteen; debate prep {...and getting the giggles.}


Laura (trying to stiffle a giggle): Noo! Oh no! I used to get the giggles before debate team in high school.

reason sixteen; she knows what she wants {...and gets it.}


Laura: If the baby does survive, the question is, what do we do with it?
Baltar: Do? What are you suggesting? That we throw it out of an airlock?
Laura: I don't make suggestions, Mr Baltar. If I want to toss a baby out of an airlock, I'd say so.

reason seventeen; teaching {...because we'd all be SO good in school if she was our teacher.}




As you can probably tell, I love seeing her teach and interact with children in general. She's just great at that. ♥



Exhibit D: her flaws


reason eighteen; the airlock fascination {...because we all know that she gets off on airlocking people.}



reason nineteen; bookburning {...because I was so ready to collect all my books and bring them to her.}


Laura: I'm thinking of having a good, old-fashioned book-burning. (Heh.)

reason twenty; stealing the election {...because who needs democracy when Laura Roslin is around?}



Bill: You tried to steal an election?
Laura: Yes, I did. And I got caught.
(...)
Bill: You won't do it. We've gone this far, but that's it.
Laura: Excuse me?
Bill: You try to steal this election, you'll die inside. Likely move your cancer right to your heart.



Exhibit E: interaction


reason twenty-one; Billy {Billy Keikeya}


Billy: I still don't think this is a very good idea, Commander. Last time she saw me, she wasn't too happy with me.
Bill: She trusts you. (...) She'll listen to you.
Billy: I doubt that very much. I'm her assistant. She doesn't put any more stock in what I say than—
Bill: She thinks you'll be president one day.

reason twenty-two; Lee & Kara {Lee "Apollo" Adama & Kara "Starbuck" Thrace}


Lee: Yes, sir. And sir? Apollo is just my call sign. My name is Lee Adama.
Laura: I know who you are. But Captain Apollo has a nice ring to it, don't you think?


Laura: If you go back to Caprica and bring me the arrow, I will show us the way. (...) It maybe be our only chance, our only chance, to find Earth.

reason twenty-three; Gaius {Dr Gaius Baltar}


Laura: I'm going to wipe the floor with you, Gaius.
Baltar: You must be losing your mind again!
Laura: If that's the best you can come up with, you really are in trouble. Good luck.

reason twenty-four; the people {represented by Chief Tyrol}


Tyrol: There are a lot of dirty jobs that need to be done every day in this fleet. (...) These are the kinds of jobs that I think should be allocated to people... well, people like yourself, no offense.
Laura: None taken. Go ahead.
Tyrol: Let some of the people on Colonial One get their hands dirty for a change.
Laura: Done. (...) I'm willing to fight for that society until my dying breath. I would love it if you would fight for that society as well.
Tyrol: I will... I will, Madam President, I will.

reason twenty-five; Bill {William Adama}


Laura: If you're a Cylon, I'd like to know.
Bill: If I'm a Cylon, you're really screwed.


Laura: I'm afraid this can only end one way. You've got to kill her.
Bill: What the hell are you talking about?
(...)
Laura: You know I'm right. You just don't want to face it.
Bill: It's a whole world gone mad...


Laura: Bill? I'm here. I'm right here. We're going to find it.
Bill: Earth?
Laura: Together.
Bill: I used to think it was such a pipe dream. Used to use it as a carrot for the fleet.
Laura: What made you change?
Bill: You. You made me believe.



Bonus: Mary McDonnell



Mary: I love it when a director provides me almost a shadow, so I know that somebody is there with me. I'm like Peter Pan with the shadow sewn on. I'm not scared to go where I have to go - into these strange places and possibly fall into these holes and make mistakes - as long as the director is there with me. I don't like feeling alone.
Mary on Laura: I love the idea of a woman being able to discover the idea of power this way, on such a scale. And I don't know about that, what it means - well, I guess I'd better, or my part's in trouble.

Special Bonus: Mary McDonnell & Edward James Olmos


Eddie on Mary: Once she starts to laugh, you can't stop her. We've had to shut down production for three hours. (...) And nobody's laughing except Mary.
Mary on Laura/Bill: Well, I don't know what Ron has in mind, but I do know about the arc of the show. Looking at how intuitive and instinctive Eddie and I play, that is the sort of thing that leads into sexual chemistry. I wouldn't be surprised if it emerged.
Eddie on Mary: It's a blessing to work with an artist like her.
Mary on Laura/Bill and Eddie: If they continue to have to have to focus outside of themselves, and they continue to have to partner and find common ideas and make commitments, they end up joining hearts despite their stubbornness, despite their personalities or their obstinate natures. So I was really excited by it, this season, to be able to see that these two people, despite all of that, join hearts. And it's been thrilling. I mean to play that after all of that loneliness...Well, seriously, this woman, you know, I mean, that was a lot of aloneness, right? No friends, no girlfriends, let alone a boyfriend. You know what I mean? And so this has been a beautiful thing for her and therefore for me to play, because Eddie is such a ...genius in his way, and it's so delightful to play with him, it's easy. It's easy. It’s just he's present and there's chemistry and commitment and there's power and ... so ... what's not to love?
Eddie on Mary: On and off camera, I love that woman.

♥ ♥ ♥ THE END ♥ ♥ ♥


Alright. That was it. I feel empty and exhausted, but so happy, so frakking happy right now. I am so proud of this, I have never put so much work into anything before. It took me hours just to find decent caps, even longer to edit them all, and another while to write all this. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do. :) To end this, I want to thank [livejournal.com profile] bex245 for her constant support (telling me I'm more amazing than Laura for doing this is the best encouragement you can get!) and help with finding caps.
A huge thank you also goes to several sites and comms that provided me with pictures: daydreaming ~ Mary McDonnell Net ~ [livejournal.com profile] laura_daily ~ [livejournal.com profile] ar_daily_dose. And if you've read this all, and might even take the time to comment, thank you to you too. ♥

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