All in all i agree with most of the comments i've seen, i also wrote a review praising the episode already so i feel i may be repeating itself.
I think the episode began very slowly with all the flashbacks to before the Cylon attack, though i think that the tone of the show and the story made it work, most flashbacks being very dull yet having a personal edge for the individuals they portray (this maybe reflecting the deep feelings they have for each other and the Galactica).
What was good about this episode was how it reflected the fleets need for Galactica...the engineer talking about ripping out Galactica's heart and Baltars speech about how the members of the fleet looking out a window and seeing the bulk of Galactica representing strength and hope.
the end scene with Adama asking for volunteers on the mission to retrieve Hera was touching and perfectly done ...to the point where i've already watched that scene alone about 10 times.!
Can't wait for the other two episodes to round off the series!!