****************As usual, spoilers ahead*********************
This episode is the epitome of why I love this show. It's nearly the last episode - there are, almost literally, a TON of loose ends to tie up. And BSG gives us a flashback episode. An episode in which we get to watch, with delight and sadness, as some of our favorite characters live their lives when the war was unimaginable.
Gaius Baltar, starting his relationship with a beautiful, mysterious blonde lady. Kara Thrace, meeting her fiance, Zach Adama's brother Lee for the the first time. Laura Roslin, throwing a baby shower for her sister. We see their joy, and the sorrow, back when life wasn't about hiding, or fighting, or surviving.
Of course, it's not just flashbacks - we also see the end of the Galactica - techs tearing the ship down, politicians wrangling over which parts go where. We see Baltar once again trying to thrust himself into the spotlight. We see Starbuck desperately trying to figure out what Hera's drawings mean. And we see Adama decide to lead the Galactica on one last, desperate mission.
He marks a line, and asks those who want to go with him to move to one side. It's a suicide mission, he says, most likely a one way trip. If he doesn't have enough volunteers, he will go himself - he will go to find, and rescue, a little girl who has been abducted. And so this, then, will be Galactica's final mission.
We know she won't survive - she may not even make it there. We know many of the characters we have grown to love also will most likely die. And yet, it seems fitting - Adama and Roslin, Starbuck and Apollo, Helo and Athena, Caprica and Tigh, joining together in one last battle, to try to save Hera, who is the future of both their races.
And so, we've come to the end. So say we all.