The Day After
Galactica. We're on the bridge as Colonel McCain navigates his way down through a narrow gap in the oh-so-convenient Cylon-killing space storm that surrounds the Ragnar Anchorage. Have you seen The Hunt for Red October? If you have, then you've already seen this scene. Starbuck, meanwhile, is down in her quarters, moping and checking out a picture of her and Zak that's hanging from the mirror. She takes it down, and unfolds it to reveal that Apollo is also in the picture, standing off to one side while Starbuck and Zak are hugging on the other. Remember that image when her and Apollo do some very creepy flirting later on. Over in the hangar bay, Private Saving Ryan -- whom we've never seen before and never will again -- is collecting dog tags from all the dead bodies. In an amazing shocker (and potential shout-out), the futuristic dog tags turn out to be hexagons instead of octagons! Wow. I bet the prop designer got fired for that one. Adama just can't get enough of that loudspeaker of his, because he gets on the horn to warn the crew about imminent turbulence. "All hands, be ready for some chop," he announces. "Also, please discontinue the use of portable electronic equipment, and be sure to stow your seat-backs and tray tables in their full upright and locked positions."
Downstairs, Starbuck is still staring at her photo of Apollo, only now she's praying for the "Lords of Kobol" to take his soul and the souls of all the others killed in battle. And if "Kobol" is heaven, does that make Fortran hell? Just curious. From there we cut back to Private Ryan, for a sweeping crane shot of him holding the dog tags amongst a sea of body bags. And then the Galactica finally arrives at the Anchorage, and we see the ship docking with a giant, multi-ringed space station. For the record, the term "hard seal" is used no less than four times in the space of fifteen seconds here. I personally like to picture an otter with a leather jacket and a nose ring, but that's probably not what they're really talking about. Master Chief Lovewrench leads his crew into the station, where they immediately spread out and start looking for those "bullets" the boss is so desperate to find. And find them they do, although perhaps not in the way they were expecting. It seems someone else has already beaten them to the Anchorage, because a dude I'll just call Sweaty Guy for now is standing in the middle of the room, pointing a gun at Master Chief Lovewrench. Oddly enough, no one seems to notice this except Lovewrench himself.