Recapping the action up to this point:
Starbuck, promoted to Captain by Cain, has proposed a Hail Mary assault on the Cylons’ Resurrection Ship.
Gina, speaking to Baltar, has proposed her own death.
Roslin, conspiring with Adama, has proposed the assassination of Cain.
Cain, conspiring with her XO Fisk, has proposed the assassination of not just Adama but his entire command staff.
Adama, conspiring with Starbuck, has proposed that Starbuck shoot Cain in the head. (No euphemisms here.)
Apollo, to my knowledge, has not proposed much of anything to anybody lately.
Questions and speculation:
What happens to Cain? It’s pretty much assumed by most that she won’t survive this episode, and based on the glimpse of the bruised arm in the preview, the top theory is that she’s killed by Gina instead of by Starbuck. However, running a close second in the speculation sweepstakes is a betrayal by the guilt-ridden Fisk. Also, see the next item.
What happens to Pegasus? No real front-runner for non-spoiler theories, though many speculate some sort of parallel to the original show’s resolution, in which Cain and Pegasus play a major role in the assault on the Cylons and then disappear ambiguously into the void. Spoiler-whores know the unvarnished truth (click only if you really want to know):Pegasus survives both the battle and the loss of Cain, and at some point in the next couple-few shows, Lee Adama will be given command of the second battlestar by his newly-promoted-to-Admiral father.
What’s the outcome of the assault? Is the Resurrection Ship destroyed? I think we all hope so, because that will introduce a very new dynamic into the show, putting the meat-toasters on a much more even playing field with their human opponents. Still, you never know what this show’s going to pull.
How do Helo and Tyrol get out of trouble? Or do they? Again, this show is just full of surprises, but I’d be shocked and rather put out if either one of them were to be killed, Tyrol especially. (Helo’s yet to be fully re-integrated into the story, but I do like the character and his dilemma, so I don’t want him waxed just yet.)
What about Boomer? Is anyone going to tell her about the battle plan? Given Adama’s apparently sincere apology in the last episode, it’s certainly possible, if for no other reason than to see if she can offer any information or assistance. And if she is informed, how will she react?
Is Roslin really on her last legs? Will something on the Resurrection Ship be discovered that provides a life extension or even a cure? (Or, seeing yojimbo’s note on preview, will something even more outlandish occur?)
What’s Baltar’s role in whatever happens to Gina? Does he really want to help her die? Or is he talking to her for his own as-yet-unknown purposes?
Where’s Zarek in all this? How about Ellen Tigh?
Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait…