Whatever, stupid scene. I usually like Bill and Lee together, but that was awful. Bleep-bloop to the Wall of Remembrance, where Starbuck is sitting against the wall, across from Kat's picture. (Over her left shoulder is a photograph, of a pale horse; I can't see the guy that's sitting on him, but I'm pretty sure I know his name.) She's talking about death when Lee joins her. "So where do you want to go when you bite the big one? I wanna go right there, next to Kat." Apollo calls her a "water-walking Viper jock," and Kara mercifully ignores that one, but then pulls one of her own. "Royal pain in the ass, but a hell of a stick to have on your wing." Lee points: "You can put me right here, next to Duck and Nora. Good card players. Nice way to spend eternity." In hell? They agree to make sure to get the pictures in the right places, even if they're the wrong places. Kat's so pretty. Starbuck smiles sadly. "So what did the old man have to say about my combat report? Starbuck's finally gone off the deep end? Unfit for duty?" He said, correctly, that it's Lee's call. Because he's the CAG, not to mention that Bill doesn't ever seem to have been capable of making that call, where Kara's concerned. "Ah," she says. He looks down, and she swallows: "And what do you say?" That he trusts Kara Thrace's eyes over dradis any day of the week. She knows he shouldn't. "So you don't think I'm nuts?" He grins wryly; he's so cute in 3.5 it's unbelievable. "I didn't say that. You're a raving lunatic, as demented and deranged as the first day I met you." And you're a bastard, she says, and they laugh. The candles in the Hall are dripping like rain, like the water on a Basestar; like the tent in Dogsville. "Look, um. Stress has made us all twitchy. After what that Cylon put you through on New Caprica you've had more than your share." The wax from a yellow candle, and a blue, and a red, dripping down onto the deck. Forming the Eye. "Get some rest. Or you will start seeing things." She nearly weeps, but smiles instead.
So I didn't really think she was going to die until this part. Laura and Bill are walking down a corridor, discussing the refuel: another ten hours, and we're done. We can move on. Starbuck heads up the steps at the junction; as Bill calls her name the lights go out, all around her, leaving that section in darkness. My stomach flipped over; she didn't even notice. "Starbuck? What do you hear?" Nothing but the rain. "Well then, grab your gun and bring in the cat." Boom boom boom; Katee Sackhoff described her state after reading the script as, quote, "blown away." She wilcos the Admiral, and greets the President, telling her there's a hell of a view out there. "We're almost to the finish line, then we can jump the hell out of this system," says Adama, and "So say we all," says Kara. She turns to go, then comes back. "Um. actually, sorry. Boss, I have something for you." The goddess Aurora. They took her hands and replaced them with wings. "I thought that it would be a nice figurehead for your model ship." The one he was working on when Dualla explained to him the line of salt we cross when children are separated from their parents. When mothers lose their daughters, when fathers are cut off from their sons. When fathers lose their daughters. "Aurora. Goddess of the dawn." Yeah, Kara says. "Brings the morning star and a fair wind. A fresh start." Aurora: light, and wind. He thanks her, worried: "Good hunting," he says, and she's bashful. Bashful, as she thanks him, and runs off. He holds the figure up for Laura as they continue off down the hall.