Whee! Vipers skim over the surface of the asteroid, toward the Cylon base. Along with Apollo are some more nuggets, and...well, some other people I have even less chance of recognizing.
In the game room, Starbuck mutters, "Come on, Lee, it's all on you." Oh, for Christ's sake: shut up, Starbuck. And get out of the way of my cool FX shots.
The Vipers curve around some mountainy bits and swish past a sneaky little Cylon outpost that immediately launches whizzy missiles at them. The Vipers drop some bombs, which hit the ground and go whoof, and a few of the missiles follow them and explode against the ground. The Vipers slow suddenly, and the missiles pass them. Well, except for that one on the right, which hits a Viper. Kaboom!
Kat, another one of the nuggets, looks through her windshield and sees the base, and also a whole mess of stuff being shot into the air. Well, not "air." You know what I mean. She launches her missiles and they swerve out up and out, away from the base. I think the Cylons have flak guns. "What's got into these frackin' missiles?" she moans.
Starbuck complains,"Come on." Honestly, there's a huge opportunity for someone here to become my favorite with one simple punch. Anyone. Even Boomer. Hello?
The pilots guess that the Cylons are jamming the guidance systems on the missiles. Apollo tells them, "Then we get close enough that we don't need the guidance systems. We have to blow this thing manually." Chuckles prepares to attack the base. And then there's a whir and a smash and a hole in his cockpit's windshield. Another pilot shouts, "Chuckles! Chuckles!" which for some reason I find funny. Chuckles is too busy to respond, since the shot that went through his windshield also went through him. He says, "Oh, frack," and dies. Hee. The other pilot starts to tell everyone that Chuckles is a goner, and then her cockpit suddenly explodes around her. I liked that, because I didn't expect it at all.
Starbuck squeezes the bridge of her nose. But at least she's staying quiet. Over the radio, someone says, "They've got our attack axis zeroed in. There's no way to fracking get close." Starbuck thinks there has to be a way. Apollo orders the remaining pilots to get down, out of the flak. He says, "Let's get down below the deck, down where the target is." Baltar listens tensely.
The Cylons send up some more flak, and the camera pulls back to show us that the base is on a sort of plateau. Then the camera pans over and zooms in on an extension of the base built into the side of the plateau. Apollo says, "I've got an idea. I'm gonna take a closer look." Apollo's Viper swooshes over away from the base, dodging fire, and then accelerates away and spins around to face the base again. He zooms down into a valley.