In the control room, Apollo realizes, "You want them to storm the ship."
The Marines begin to cut through the hull of the Astral Queen.
Apollo continues, "You don't want elections, you don't want your freedom -- you want a bloodbath." He says that Zarek's been forgotten for twenty years, and that this is a chance to "go out in a blaze of glory."
The Marines enter the Astral Queen and move past a prisoner that they've already tied up and gagged. Before he could sound the alarm. Gee, that was lucky.
Zarek enters full-on crazy as he declares, "Once Roslyn uses Adama's soldiers to massacre the people on this ship, prisoners and hostages alike, the people in the fleet will never, never forgive them. The entire government will collapse." Yay?
Dualla stiffly assures Billy that Cally can take care of herself. She says, "We've all been trained in capture, it's --" and then she's interrupted by a shriek from Cally.
Starbuck halts the Marines briefly at the scream.
Apollo tells Zarek that this isn't about freedom; it's about Zarek's death wish. Then the guard enters asking for Zarek. We can hear Mason screaming faintly outside, and Zarek gasps, "What the hell?" He and Apollo run out.
Upon hearing a gunshot, Starbuck decides that the prisoners are killing the hostages, and orders the Marines to move in.
A prisoner is nabbed by the Marines, and by "nabbed," I might mean "killed." I guess we'll have to wait for the whiteboard to clear that up.
Cut to Mason in a cell, screaming and clutching his very bloody ear. Though it is, unfortunately, still attached. But still, good on Cally. Zarek rushes up and asks what's going on. Mason moans about his ear, and Cally, on a cot in the cell, with blood all over her chin, sobs, "Frak you!" I adore her. She's also been shot in the gut, although she's still able to spit out some ear-bits onto the floor. Apollo grabs Zarek and says, "You said they weren't animals -- what do you call this?" Although the impact of that is somewhat lessened by the fact that I don't remember Zarek making that a big cornerstone in his arguments, honestly. Mason moans about how it's been twenty years, and waves his gun around as Apollo helpfully orders Zarek to "do something!" Zarek snaps, "You put him in a cage, you made him a monster!" No, and also no.
The Marines take out another prisoner.
Mason shrieks, "You all deserve to die!" Then he aims his gun at a sobbing Cally and adds, "You first."