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Lance

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For the Super Scout with both a similar name and jumping abilities, see: Lancer.
An apparition of Lance looking up at his former owner, Romo Lampkin.

Lance is a domesticated male feline and traveling companion of Romo Lampkin, Gaius Baltar's attorney, as well as one of the last items Lampkin has of his wife, Faye, his original owner.

Lampkin hates the cat, but keeps him in his wife's memory. He typically carries Lance around with him in a bag, telling Laura Roslin that he does not "bite or scratch" like his wife did. As Lance scrambled out, Lampkin may have used the diversion created by his animal to steal Roslin's glasses.

Later, when boarding Sharon Agathon's Raptor, Lance escapes from his bag, jumping out of the Raptor before its door could shut. Chief Galen Tyrol and his deck gang manage to corral him, but not before Tyrol discovers the makeshift bomb on the Raptor's undercarriage, thus thwarting Aaron Kelly's plan to kill Lampkin (TRS: "The Son Also Rises").

An innumerable number of weeks prior to Laura Roslin's abduction by the Cylon rebel's Hybrid, Lance is killed. Lampkin claims that "those debased dregs of humanity" in the Fleet were responsible for this act. As a result of his death, Lampkin became withdrawn until approached by Lee Adama to aid in a search for interim presidential candidates; Lampkin talks to an idealized version of Lance during these proceedings, while the actual cat's remains were kept in a duffel bag (TRS: "Sine Qua Non").

Notes

  • The cat's real-life name is Jerry.[1]
  • Despite getting along with actor Mark Sheppard[1], both Sheppard and writer Michael Angeli note that Edward James Olmos (William Adama) hated the idea of the cat "still to this day". According to Angeli, Olmos approached him and said: "Michael, this is a beautiful script. Why'd you screw it up with a fuckin' cat for?"[2]
  • As Ron Moore relates in the "The Son Also Rises" podcast, according to the script, the cat was supposed to run out of the Raptor, but only walked out relatively slowly. Because it's hard to teach cats how to behave, the film was sped up instead to create the illusion of running.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nuytens, Gilles (1 May 2007). The Sci-Fi World: Mark Sheppard interview (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). Retrieved on 24 May 2007.
  2. Podcast: The Son Also Rises Bonus Seek to: 15:40. Total running time: 47:39.
  3. Podcast: The Son Also Rises , Act 2. Seek to: 18:22. Total running time: 46:18.
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