Anyway, the crew is throwing a big old mutiny, so the alarms go off and Helo runs over to his little workstation on the bridge, and Hoshi tells us that they've killed a Cylon and two Marines. Over... What, exactly? This is stupid. I understand throwing a fit and all that, but murdering people who want to give you faster machinery? This is the same tylium crew whose lives and futures unto the seventh generation, by the way, were secured by a Cylon, whose stupid wife was being held against a bulkhead at gunpoint. On the other hand, this is very clever because we're now dealing with one of a very small number of absolutely necessary ships in the entire Fleet, so the whole Fuck It thing won't even fly. Like most things, this show is smarter than me.
Adama sauls to "scramble" the mardet (Marine detachment, I'm told) alert team and assault Raptor; I presume Saul "scrambles" them. Meanwhile, the ship is spooling up and dropping out of formation, so Bill hoshis them, and Hoshi's like, "This is a priority signal from Galactica actual to the... Current commander of your ship?" Like he's not sure of the protocol when you are dealing with this level of violent moron. Athena is in the Raptor, with I think Racetrack and Skulls and two accompanying Vipers, coming closer, when Hoshi notices that -- instead of answering his very polite hail -- they're talking to Colonial One.
Helo, for some reason, wonders aloud if they're talking to the President, and Bill just barely, I'd imagine, restraints himself from getting a stepladder and smacking him in the head. Really, Helo? That's the first person you think of at this time? Not the guy who set this whole thing up in broad daylight throughout the episode, no. Laura Roslin. Gotcha. On the wireless, the Hitei Kan fool is screaming about the Raptor and Vipers on his dradis, and then Tom Zarek is like, "They have no right to board your ship without your permission!"
Tigh gives a very eloquent "son of a bitch," but still. This is terrorism, and I'll tell you why: rights don't mean anything when it's actually happening. That's so Tom Zarek: "You don't have the right to punch me!" And yet, here I am punching you. Do you get it yet? "This is totally unfair!" Yeah, and yet. "I'm telling mommy!" The only reason he can even play this out at all is because it's the refinery, so he can afford to be like, "This is the hill we die on!" because there is no hill, nobody's going to die, they're just going to keep killing Marines until the Marines kill enough of them so they settle down, the end. It proves nothing, it means nothing, and the rights of the Hitei Kan to refuse Cylons onboard are not at issue in any way. The big splashy PR of how Roslin/Adama endangered the Fleet's fuel supply is the only aim here, and it's going down just perfectly. But it's inauthentic, because Tom Zarek is a fake corrupt bastard, and most importantly he's using Danny Noon as cannon fodder. And for that he must be destroyed. You had me and then you lost me, fucker.