The following contains major spoilers for the most recent episode of Battlestar Galactica. Read it and weep. I warned you.
"I think you should leave now Mr. Vice President."
At around 10:41 military time we see the President of the Colonies escape in a raptor as Adama and Tigh take a stand in the second storage bay. However, they are taken down by a grenade and separated. Tigh is taken to the brig to join the other Cylon captives and their families while Adama is taken to CIC. There he removes his Admiral pins and throws them to Gaeta in a defiant gesture telling him that he's the admiral now.
In the meantime, Roslin makes it to the baseship, narrowly missing an attack by Narcho after Hot Dog refuses to fire on the raptor. On the baseship, she convinces the Cylons to move the ship into the middle of the fleet. However, the Cylons are being a bit skittish, and Baltar isn't helping any either. Led by Tory, they want to jump, even if it means leaving the final four (three) behind. This causes Roslin to appeal to them and to believe in Adama. She nearly breaks, but manages to convince them to stay.
Back on Galactica, Gaeta tells Zarek that he wants Adama to have a trial. Gaeta will stand in for the people, Zarek will be the judge since the captains of the colonial ships are too busy defending against the Cylons, and Romo Lampkin will defend Adama. The whole thing is a farce. Romo knows it, Adama knows it. Even Zarek and Gaeta know this, but the romantic in Gaeta needs this, so Adama has a trial.
Zarek goes to the quorum to gain support for Gaeta and himself. He's rebuffed, and asked to leave. At 12:45, the quorum is gunned down.
Around this time Tyrol starts going through Galactica's duct system. He runs into Aaron Kelly, who used to be the third in command on Galactica, but because he tried to kill Romo during Baltar's trial, he's been MIA till now. Kelly points his gun at Tyrol, but changes his mind. Zarek's actions towards the quorum have affected him, so he lets Tyrol go.
Near the brig, Lee takes down the soldiers using a trick Starbuck might have used. Starbuck is not amused. They free the captives, but on their way out Anders is shot in the neck. Starbuck stays behind with him to try to get him to Cottle.
Back in the bogus trial, after Romo had unsuccessfully tried to convince Adama to write a statement declaring his innocence, Gaeta begins questioning the admiral, accusing him. Zarek receives news that Tigh has escaped, and he tells Adama that his friend is dead. He then proceeds to pronounce him guilty of all charges. Right then Roslin's voice comes through on the speakers, and the look on Adama's face is priceless. Exasperated, Zarek orders the transmission shutdown.
Romo is led away. He and his escort run into Starbuck and Anders, but she has no ammo to shoot. But that's not a problem for Romo. He stole the pen he was given during the trial and kills his escort with it, and takes his shades back too. After much convincing he helps Starbuck.
14:47 Aaron Kelly goes rogue. He runs into Lee and tells them where Adama is going to be executed.
Back on the baseship, Baltar has a nightmare of Adama being executed. He wakes up next to a 6 called Lida and tells her that he has to go back. He's tired of being a coward, and even though he resents his people, he feels responsible for them. I'm really liking this new Baltar.
Back on Galactica, the execution proceeds. Gaeta gives the order as he holds the pins, sadness on his face. Narcho acknowledges the order, but the loyalists have arrived in time to free Adama. The Admiral gives the pilot an opportunity to change his mind and rejoin them, but he refuses. He's tied up.
In CIC Zarek tells Roslin that Adama was executed. She breaks and tells him that she's coming for him. Really, the scene is so much better than the preview. The baseship arms itself, and Gaeta decides it's time to jump. However, Tyrol has reached the room with the FTL drive. Before Galactica can jump, Tyrol manually unplugs the FTL drive. They are dead at sea.
Tyrol also discovers a huge crack in the FTL room. I'm thinking that's not a good sign.
Adama breaks into CIC with all his loyalists and takes back his ship. The mutiny ends at 15:32.
Baltar and Gaeta talk later that day. They smoke and Gaeta reminisces about all the things he wanted to do prior to Galactica. It's obvious then that their friendship has been repaired, but Baltar is pained, and Gaeta has no regrets.
Gaeta and Zarek are executed.
Say what you will, but I have always liked Gaeta, especially when he interacts with Baltar. Their final scene together was bittersweet, and it reminded me of their scenes in the earlier seasons. Except this time they've changed. They've been through so much. Baltar was the teacher, and he was very much like the apprentice. And now they're two people who have experienced horrible things, and it's apparent in their mannerisms, their eyes. We don't know, but we suspect then that Gaeta may be executed, but Baltar knows, and the look on his face says so much.
I admit I teared up a bit.
This was a good ending to the mutiny, but there's still a lot to be resolved.
What is going to happen to the mutineers? Racetrack? Seelix? What about those mutineers who do not want to return to the fleet?
What is going to happen to Anders?
Is this the last we've seen of Kelly?
What's the crack in the drive room? Does Galactica have a limited number of jumps left?
Where are the other Cylons?
"No Exit" airs next Friday.
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