So," she says, voice creaky from screaming, "You quietly cut me loose in deep space. I'm not afraid to die." Adama stands opposite her, with Helo by her side, and nods. "Little easier after you've been through it once," he muses, but she shakes her head. "Harder. Especially now that I'm seeing things so clearly. You're making a mistake." He allows that she might be right, but explains that he can't take the chance that she's right. Can't let that chance at Earth slip by. He nods to a Marine, who unlocks her cuffs, and the squad leaves her alone with Helo and the Admiral. Her oldest friend, and most beloved leader. She stares at him like Cordelia, like Antigone at Colonus, looking at her father, hands free.
"Helo hand-picked a crew for you. I'm giving you a ship. I hope you can stand the smell." Helo explains that they're using the Demetrius, a sewage recycling ship. "The party line will be that we're going for a scouting mission. Looking for food." She looks at them, one to the other, and comes to life again. She almost smiles. "So you think I'm right."
But when you're looking at a girl in a cage, who unbending promises never to stop, that ceases to be the first question you ask. "Maybe, maybe not, but I know she is. The President. She's been right all along. I'm tired of losing. I'm tired of turning away from the things that I want to believe in." When he locked her up... No, before. When she died, and he crushed his family in his hands and hurled it up against the wall, he locked up his heart, too. Told Lee to go to hell, forgot about justice. It wasn't just Kara's resurrection.
"And I believe you when you say that you'll die before you stop trying. And I won't lose you again." She nods. She knows. "Now go. Find a way to Earth." She steps to him then, and holds him close. And these two souls, these two kin spirits, Husker and Starbuck, hotshots both, who've lost so much: these two are borne again, on the breeze and the light of the dawn, and remember what they are.
Boom boom boom. Friends, this wasn't meant to be so long. I've already cut so much. But I did want to say one last thing, and I know you're out there: I apologize. This episode was wonderful.