Drop The Pilot
"I was doing fine here," One snarks at Cavil, and he shakes his head. "You weren't doing fine, thank goodness. If you'd wiped out this Fleet, you'd have made us even more irredeemable in the eyes of our parents." No, only proven them superior. Cavil says he's figured it all out, and offers to explain their failure. All they've done since the Final Five went to sleep is fail, but this is different: "We had our foot on the throat of humanity," says One, "And we failed to step down hard enough! That was our error." Cavil explains to himself that he's learned a lot on Caprica, among the rebels, and that killing human beings was an error as grievous as it was profane. One tells him again that he really doesn't. "Listen, Brother. If you're right, that means this whole project was doomed from the beginning." Yep. From the very top.
Ten months ago, two weeks before the end of the world, on a Resurrection Ship, the Watchtower song's playing for us. Sam used to play it for them, down by the water. "Dad, Mom" says One, pointing at Ellen and Tigh. "Dad, Mom, Dad": Galen, Tory, Sam. "Our parents will be back with us soon," he says to himself. But they're only skin and veins and bones, so they won't remember the Colonies. The twelve worlds they crossed oceans of stars to save, and won't even remember when they're dying there. "Life among humans will have humbled them. When they resurrect, they'll return with apologies tumbling from their lips like jewels." He laughs to himself about the "sticky hugs" to come, and One tells himself, daring, a dirty little boy, a wing-puller and a mommy-lover: "I've got a yen to experience a nuclear holocaust in person. Perhaps with our dear mother here... I'll slide in another tub, and we can download side-by-side, after the bombs hit on Picon." Cavil sends himself to Picon and heads for Caprica to talk to Sarah Six about the final phases; One stares down at his mother, barely noticing himself as he leaves.
Ship captains knew the sea; they could navigate it without fear, by the tradewinds and by the stars. It was only when they headed inland that things got scary. So the ship captain would hire a local pilot, somebody who knew the area. And when he got out of there and back into open water, he'd drop the pilot and carry on, by himself. He'd follow the stars again.