NCD2539: A beautiful Raider battle takes place. Hotdog and Starbuck chatter back and forth.
On Galactica, Apollo and Mathias reach the end of the labyrinth down to the brig, and fight their way through the mysteriously engaged deadbolts, finally enter the room with the Cylon prisoners. And they're already dead. Apollo shouts, and pouts, and mourns his chance to do more damage to himself. I don't blame him for any of this: he's hard, and he's coming back from suicide and worse. I don't blame him, but just because A is wrong doesn't mean B's okay. Apollo gaetas to Adama about missing the window, as a second baseship jumps in on Starbuck's CAP squad. Adama calls all the birds back, and they begin to spin up their FTL. Ships are destroyed that we don't see; Pilots die but we don't see it. So it's like it didn't happen. This fake battle that never should have happened, this feint to carry out abomination, and people died, and we'll never see them. Did Halliburton pick up the Viper contract? The Vipers land violently on Galactica, throwing sparks and bouncing heavily, and Adama orders them to jump back to the Fleet with a tiny little glint of "Fuckin' told you so" in his very intense eyes.
"They'll be coming for me," Helo says. He turns his back, upset. "You or me," he laughs. Sharon stares at him. He is... a murderer. The only soul he leveraged was his own. There weren't options, with the prisoners, for max charity, but they could have been given the cure, could have been made Spikes of, enslaved to the vaccine, waiting for their catch. Unable to ever go home. And that's the best option for them, barring somehow using Sharon's antigens to save them for good, at which point they'd be POW's and could just wait and kill themselves later, assuming they didn't get raped to death by the humans. Who sometimes do that. These are questions without answers. (Maybe that's all Helo meant and I imagined the other, horrible thing; in which case I am a horrible person and I do apologize for thinking it.) "Seems like they're always coming for one of us..." he muses. Always for the best of reasons, though. I remember Pegasus. "I'm not a traitor. I love my people. I love this ship. Besides you, the first thing I wanna see on any morning are the lights in that CIC. I did what I thought was right. If it was a mistake, fine. I can live with that. It's you I can't live without." The measure of salvation, in this case, being that we're no longer on New Caprica, so they won't have to kill him for what he did like Tigh with Ellen, the day she said just that. Sharon holds him, tightly, and their bodies echo that last atrocity. "I'll always love you, Helo." Just like Saul.