This has got to be one of the best battlestar galactica episodes EVER! I LOVED this episode, and I have to agree with 123home123, it was quite messed up (but in a good way).
My only complaint was the fact it did seem rushed. It started out really slow, but then suddenly picked up speed x5. I know they had to limit it to an hour however, I would of liked to see a few more things that they made fans assume happened. I would of liked to see different peoples reactions to the final four. Also the last 10 minutes could have been more elaborate. Usually they always take alot of jumps to get places, but they did it all in one, and then suddenly everyone was on earth. I did like how they showed pretty much every main and supporting character at the end, either on earth, or on the galactica. (they also happened to make a strong emphasis on the hybrid(s). I wonder what will happen with them!
This brings me to my next topic, earth. Is it really earth? I have many questionable facts that prove its not or prove that no life exists on earth (or not alot of it). First, in the planet shots it sure didn't look like earth, or at least the earth they showed at the end of season 3. Also, if it was civilized (and in our time or in the future) the ships would have been detected. In which case if they weren't detected everyone is dead (maybe its earth post apocolypse). Plus the final shot of what looked to be a ruined city in the background (and the ruins infront of them) proves that something devistating happened. Right now im pretty sure this is past earth, this is either our time now, or the future.
Considering it is earth, I deffinitaly DEFFINITALY did not see them getting to earth in this episode. I almost think it would of been a bigger cliff hanger if they had left it off when they were either on route to the planet or after just arriving. However, it still left us with MANY questions. I was just dreading the moment the executive producers names flashed onto the screen. Well, I am very satisfied with this episode. Also in the preview it showed starbuck siting next to a fire on 'earth'. So I don't think they will be leaving.
I too was wondering about the coming soon, because soon definitally wouldn't be 2009. (maybe they were giving us false hope) =p