This was one of my favorite "Battlestar Galactica" episodes in recent memory (and please don't read on if you haven't watched it yet). The stakes were high, the plot was advanced, and yet the focus was on the characters, and we learned a lot about Starbuck, Tyrol, and of course, manipulative Boomer. I'd like to think Boomer meant a lot of what she said to Tyrol, about the realness of their love and the fantasy she kept of their life together. (And what a touching moment, when Tyrol learned that his fantasy life included a daughter.) But probably not. She's as manipulative as Cavil, and what she did to Helo and Athena -- not kidnapping her daughter, but that other thing -- was truly malevolent. And what are the bad Cylons' plans for Hera? If she inherently knows the music to "All Along the Watchtower," what else does she know? And did Roslin just die, knowing that she's gone? I haven't watched the previews, on purpose.
Still, my favorite parts of the episode were the tender and haunting piano-player scenes -- along with the ghostly twist in the end -- which helped to cement why Starbuck remains my favorite female character on television today. She's swashbuckling and sarcastic, she can kick mutineer butt and save her friends, but she's also inherited a sensitive side from her musician-Cylon father. Because, is there any doubt now that Daniel is her dad, the artist who disappeared and never called or wrote? And do the bad Cylons know that already? Was Cavil watching him all along, before he was boxed?