Adama has finally swung around to agree with President Mary, and he orders Commodore 64 to plot a jump to the "Prolmar sector." "I've never plotted a jump that far," protests 64. "I mean, I've only got 64K of RAM. That's less than most digital watches these days." Adama orders him to do it anyway, and then lays out the plan for everyone else. The Galactica will exit the storm and engage the Cylons while the civilians jump away. As soon as they're clear, all remaining Vipers will dock immediately, and the Galactica herself will follow the civilians. "I want ALL my pilots to return," says Adama to Apollo. "Do you understand?" "Um, no," replies Apollo. "I thought you wanted us all to hang out here and relax for a while." Okay, not really. Instead he just says yes, and runs off to execute his orders. Once he's gone, McCain brings up another potential problem: the fate of Poor Man's Kevin Spacey.
And so we then cut down to Ragnar, where Colonel McCain is leaving the prisoner behind. Aww. Farewell, PMKS. You were by far my favorite character, so you'd better be back for the series. Commercial.
After the eight billionth advertisement for the Battlestar Galactica videogame (and by the way, here's a tip for the newbies: If a game is based on a movie, book, or TV series, it's guaranteed to suck. And if the commercials don't even show any actual game footage, it's guaranteed to double-suck. I wouldn't buy that Galactica game for my dog. Consider yourselves warned), we come back to see the final preparations for the big, climactic battle. Galactica slowly inches her way out of the storm, with the civilian ships in tow. Once she's clear, the deck guns start warming up and targeting the incoming horde of Cylon fighters. Adama orders all batteries to commence firing, and the big fight finally gets underway.
I'll just say now that it's somewhat difficult to recap these battle scenes, because there's only so many times you can say that things blow up and Vipers go swooping through the frame. It's all pretty well done, and if you want to know what it looks like, just check out the big fight scene at the end of Phantom Menace and mentally subtract about twenty million dollars from the budget. Or just fire up an old copy of "Missile Command" on your Apple IIe and mentally add about five gigs of processor speed to the rendering engine. It works either way. Things that were cool: The bullet-cam shot from one of Galactica's deck guns, the nicely rendered human body that comes flying out of an exploded Viper, and the Cylon missile trails. Things that were not cool: We don't get to see the Vipers launching out of the tubes, Starbuck shouting, "Come on, bitch!" after blowing up a Cylon, and the repeated re-use of the same shot of a chair breaking windows in the Galactica CIC.
The civilians all manage to make their escape during the fray, and the only other major plot development is that Apollo's Viper gets damaged and he loses control. Starbuck saves him from an incoming missile (leading to the unfortunate "Come on, bitch" incident), and then Adama finally orders the Vipers to come in for a landing. Most of them comply immediately, but Apollo can't make it back. Starbuck stays out to protect him, and Colonel McCain is forced to order Galactica to retract her landing pods so they can jump out of the battle. Adama refuses to let his two favorite pilots (not to mention his two leading characters) die like that, however, so he gets on the radio to Starbuck and repeats that weirdo dialogue from Part One. When Starbuck says she hears "nothing but the rain" this time, however, it's accompanied by gentle ping of various debris fragments hitting her cockpit window. That doesn't mean it actually makes sense now, but it was still a nice moment.