Cut to some time later; now the Prez has joined in the strategising. Starbuck says that they want three freighters to use as decoys. The Prez observes that they'll have to find room for the freighter passengers on other ships in the fleet. Adama says that's why they want her approval. I'm surprised nobody suggests using the prison ship as a decoy. Starbuck says that the decoys will be at "extreme radar range" from the asteroid. Hey, they have radar, too. So dradis is something else. I guess when they say "dradis," they mean "scanners." The plan is that, when the freighters arrive, they'll broadcast a message indicating that they're a mining fleet unaware of the Cylons. The Cylons will send Raiders out to the freighters, leaving the base "relatively undefended." The Galactica will hide out among the asteroids, with some Raptors positioned to monitor the Cylons. Once the Raiders are out of the way, the Galactica's Vipers will zoom in and destroy the base, which will leave the Raiders without anyplace to rearm or refuel. Throughout all of this, they illustrate each step by sliding the model ships around on the game table. Starbuck concludes, once the base is destroyed, "We'll mop them up, and then we'll take the tylium." The Prez asks about the decoy ships. Apollo says that they'll be ready to go FTL as soon as they need to. Next, the Prez asks about casualties. Tigh grunts, "It'll cost us." The Prez's last question is, what will happen if the Cylons return with reinforcements? Adama figures that they'll have a little time before that happens. Then he claims that if you run and run from a schoolyard bully, he'll keep chasing you, but if you stop and punch him, he'll hesitate before he comes after you again. Er. Maybe. Sometimes if you punch a bully when he doesn't expect it, he gets crazy-paranoid and even more belligerent. On the other hand, once you've tried to exterminate an entire species, I'm not sure if you can really get more belligerent. Where was I? The Prez sums things up: "So it's either this, or run out of fuel and be annihilated." Adama says that sometimes you have to "roll the hard six." Oh, come on, you know they have eight-sided dice. The Prez agrees to give them the freighters, and wishes them good hunting. Adama says they'll start in forty-eight hours.
Episode Report CardStrega: A- | 710 USERS: C+
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