Anyway, on the Pegasus CIC desk, as noted, everybody's a guy, except for Cain, who's hardcore. Her hair is long and with chopped bangs, and Michelle Forbes is as beautiful and scary as ever. She's like the opposite of Mary McDonnell -- she emanates suspense and sinister fractures, whereas Roslin gives off an unending calm. Even when she's killing your ass. The ships and Viper squads stand down, and we get an exterior shot of the Pegasus -- it's a basic Battlestar but more awesome due to not being an actual museum -- as Apollo, Adama, and the suddenly guitar-rocking score collectively geek out over how beautiful it is to find more survivors.
Credits: I love the shot of the Caprica explosion, even though it is sad. The way he goes down and she's just standing there in silhouette. I don't ever watch the blipvert, due to a little movie called Anna To The Infinite Power, so I can't ever tell you what it has in it. There are 49,605 souls in the Fleet, but that's a technical, nautical term. "Souls." I'd downgrade the extra 1,300 as far as how much is actually left.
The Pegasus Raptor carrying the officers lands on the Galactica as our crew gets into formation. Of course Tigh is shouting at them, because he's old-school. Apollo follows suit with the Air Guard, and Roslin and Adama smile at each other. Gaius is there, as the Vice President, and looks batshit crazy. Apollo needles Starbuck about showing up at the last minute, and she flips it on him, turning it into another compliment of her bad-assery and disdain for convention. It's actually important this time instead of just post-feminist. Cain and her command staff exit the Raptor and stand in locked formation. It's fairly impressive, and shows off the billion guns they're packing nicely. The Galactica crew is wearing no guns, which makes the point that they're happy about seeing survivors, but also that they're less paranoid. Starbuck looks the Pegasus CAG up and down, thinking, "Well, I miss Anders, and I've fracked everyone on this ship, and at least he's not my brother." He looks at her like she's an alien. Cain comes hopping down off the Raptor, making even hopping seem imperious. Even the music gets scared. On Cain's approach, Adama salutes her, and she salutes back. This is where we're supposed to remember that "Admiral" outranks "Commander," but the whole scheme is a mishmash anyway and you know I don't register stuff like that. Adama presents Roslin as "President of the Colonies," and Cain gets perturbed for a second. She switches to "confused" instead, but Roslin just smiles, because she has class: "It's a long story. Welcome." Cain says that it's a pleasure, and then fully welcomes the Galactica "back to the Colonial Fleet." That's like the most telling line in the whole episode, because she's just openly telling you where she's at. Civilians do not enter into this; she's just considering our ship as another addition to her personal fleet (which is important later as well, with Laird). The entire crew starts cheering even though that was a TOTALLY BULLSHIT THING TO SAY, and the introductions start. The only one that really matters is the meeting between Taylor, the Pegasus CAG, and Starbuck and Apollo, because he's going to ride their asses later. Roslin and Cain hug, and it's pretty awkward but not terribly awkward because Roslin will hug even Cylons, and besides, if you get hugged by Roslin that's like getting hugged by your momma. Chief stands on the Raptor's running board, and smiles down at the celebration. Musically, it would seem Enya is also very happy about this, even though there is a little worry in her Enya voice.