The episode was depressing and the only importance it held was to get rid of a screwed up, self centered, obnoxious thug.
Katee Sackhoff is an awesome actress and I had full hopes that the writers would develop her character better.
The original Battlestar was campy at best I loved it as a kid, as an adult looking at reruns I'm almost embarrassed to have enjoyed it.
That being said, the original Starbuck was 100% better. Sackhoff could have made it better, but the writers just made it depressing. I was much more put off when it looked like they were getting rid of Gaeta. I don't think she's gone though, looking ahead to Crossroads Part 2. I think she is part of the missing 5 Cylons.