Simon still performs his tests on Hera, even as the attack surrounds them. He’s confident the Cylons will prevail, but what he didn’t count on was Boomer snapping his neck and taking Hera away. When Brother Cavil finds this, he vows to go on the offense.
Boomer finds Starbuck, Helo and Athena and offers to give them Hera. She says she owes one to the Old Man. While you might assume she’s talking about shooting him, she’s actually referring to a scene we seen in a flashback where Adama and Tigh gave Boomer one last chance to become a pilot on the Galactica when she was about to fail. However, none of this matters to Athena, who kills Boomer anyway.
They meet up with Lee and make their way back to the Galactica. A copy of Aaron Doral pops up and shoots at them, hitting Helo in the leg. As Athena applies pressure to his wound, Hera runs away. An amazing sequence ensues as Laura Roslin and Athena chase after Hera on the Galactica in the exact same way that they did in the opera house dream.
It even ends the same way, with Caprica Six getting her, picking her up, and taking her into a locked room with Baltar. They both remember the dream and realize they must walk with Hera onto the stage of the opera house. Only in this real life interpretation, the stage is the CIC. It’s magnificent because the glowing images of the Final Five are there too as they’re on the catwalks of the CIC.
The actual CIC is less pristine than the opera house as it’s been severely damaged. Brother Cavil sneaks in and takes Hera, threatening her with a gun. Baltar steps forward and gives a long-winded speech about all of the shared dreams and unexplained phenomena that can only be God or some other divine intervention, and that Brother Cavil must accept this and let Hera go. However, it’s Saul Tigh’s promise to give Cavil the resurrection technology that gets him to release Hera.
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