The phone rings in the Galactica rec room and Racetrack answers. "... Very well, sir." She hangs up and looks over at Kat, who is sitting very still at the table. The room is so empty now; remember how it used to always be full of people? "It's on," says Racetrack. And they get moving.
Adama stands in the Galactica CIC, speaking over the ship's PA. And this is what he says: "This is the Admiral. You've heard the news. You know the mission. You should also know there's only one way that this mission ends. And that's with the successful rescue of our people on New Caprica. Look around you. Take a good look at the men and women that stand next to you. Remember their faces. For one day you will tell your children and your grandchildren that you served with such men and women as the universe has never seen. And together you accomplished a feat that will be told and retold down through the ages, and find immortality as only the Gods once knew. I'm proud to serve with you. Good hunting." He hangs up the phone; Helo sets condition one throughout the ship. "Standby for a combat jump."
TO BE CONTINUED ONE HOUR FROM YESTERDAY OR SOMETHING.
Here's the thing. In the historical plagues of Battlestar, so far we've had: an exploding bomb courtesy of Duck, a heavy-fire rendezvous courtesy of Ellen Tigh concomitant with a heavy-fire execution courtesy of Jammer, and now we're heading into battle. "To be continued" is kind of beside the point right now. It's a technical two-parter following a de facto two-parter, with the biggest cliffhanger taking place between the two pairs of episodes, so the momentum is good, but because of the Plagues, this means that next episode has to end with a gun to somebody's head. I've seen the show, isn't that how it works? "I'm getting my men," followed by a gun to the head? The thing is, it should be easier than this to narrow down exactly who will have the gun to their head. Will it be Ellen Tigh? Who will be holding the gun? Will it be Gaius Baltar? Who, then, will be holding the gun? Or will it be any of the other thousands of men and women on the ground or in the sky or jumping away into space? And who's holding the gun then? I'm tired! Boom boom boom. See you next week for what I'm guessing is going to be a very exciting episode of this show Battlestar Galactica, in which more people will get shot, degraded, and probably engaging in some awful, horrible, timely behavior. Somebody's uppance is coming, though. That much I know.