Usually it's the opposite, isn't it? Home seems smaller when you go back; a thousand (Baby) Boomer reunion movies and our own experience tell us that. But what makes it big, what makes it echo, is the loneliness. The emptiness. A Battlestar is not a home, so to speak, without the people in it. I hope they're okay. This episode is so... final. It could have served. God knows it's good enough to be a series finale for any show at all. You could clearly show this and then be like, "And that's how I met your mother, okay?." It gives me finale feelings; it makes me be honest.
Of all the thoughts I've had about the real live end of this show, the scariest is going back to Bill, all alone in the sky, making his way through empty Galactica like before the Second Exodus, lights flickering. She must die in fire. We shouldn't have to watch her lights going out, one by one. I don't think that's how it happens; I think it happens in blinding light. We'll see. "It's so quiet. It's strange," Laura breathes, conversational. "A lot of things are strange," Elosha says, in a voice that isn't conversational at all. And here's why. Before the credits, before 39,673 souls in the Fleet, before Laura chokes on it: Laura Roslin, in her deathbed, all alone in a sickbay all alone in an aircraft carrier, dying in her last and her true and her final home. Choking out her dying breath, all alone.
"Wingbeats of a dove drown out the heartbeats of those who follow. The Six is back in the stream..."
Even Twinset Eight is weirded out by the second jump; she doesn't know that this episode is all jumps, all glimpses, anymore than we knew last week that this episode would fulfill the lacuna promise and jump us back two days, before Pike was dead. Laura wonders what it means. I have to admit I didn't really think the Hybrid's freakout was related to Natalie's murder. I mean, I know she knows everything that's going on, but (in this episode alone) we have plenty of evidence that the Cylon aren't great at sublimation: freeze them, they stay frozen until they come back. Three comes back on fire with revelation, Athena's soul appears still disgusted by Laura and Bill. She made a jump face when she got unplugged, she jumped when they plugged her back in.
"Look, it knows me. It trusts me." Laura's not interested. "I think... I think it even likes me, because I... I spent some time at the foot of this... tub..." Gaius says, performing a little show for nobody interested, because human psychology is based on projection and Gaius has always needed the idea of an audience more than the audience itself. Even after Galen took his hand, he's like this.