In the common room on the Demetrius, everybody's bitching. Seelix is there, with her adorable new haircut, and Pike's there reading NYMPH. "Astronomic cluster? Sounds more like a clusterfrak," Seelix spits, and Helo tells them to stop bitching. Seelix apologizes, but suggests it can't have escaped his notice that they're practically flying around in circles. Gaeta enters, angry, and Athena asks him the latest. They'll be reversing course, returning to sector seven. Athena is exhausted and frustrated as everybody else: It's the tenth course correction, and again for no reason Kara can say. The Promised Land is an art, not a science, but you can't tell pilots that. Even Helo was confused when she told him it wasn't course vectors and nav fixes.
"I'm telling you guys," says Pike -- ever the redshirt, not seen since New Caprica -- "This thing is a setup anyway. I mean, you think that the old man just gave her the ship and then cut her loose? I guarantee you Galactica's dogging our every move, and they're just waiting to jump in as soon as she shows her true colors." Anders tells him to shut it, and Pike fronts on him, calling him "Rook." Helo once again tells them to cram it, just as Kara's voice is ringing out across the sub like a ghost. "Helo, I need to talk to you. Now!"
Helo goes to meet with her, and as Pike asks for odds on yet another course correction, Anders follows. He stares up at her, backlit, through the grating on the floor. The sickly amber light makes a halo around her; you can't catch her face. He begs her to listen, asks if there's anything she can tell them, to settle their stomachs. Any new data. He boxes her in with his need; pokes at her fear. Finally, purpose, finally a thing she can do that nobody else can do, finally redemption, and all they can do is lock her and chain her for it, and now they're asking her over and over again: "What if you fail?" The question she keeps asking herself, chained and boxed and caged by it. The world ended when she died, and now her list is very small, and every worried and every angry question carries the threat that her list is full of lies. "You know everything you need to know, ensign. So stow the questions and do your job." Helo joins her on the upper deck, where she is hidden and alien and strange, and she gives him new jump coordinates, and down in the common room, everybody stares at everybody else. Anders slams a locker on it.