This episode had everything from epic space battles to brief comedic moments to the culmination of one of sci-fi's greatest love stories. But more on that later. We see the full extent of the Cylons' confusion, paranoia, and strife as Number Three makes an explosive return. With the Resurrection Ship gone, the Cylons are now mortal. Permanent death is now a reality as Cavil meets his end (for perhaps the last time). Moments of panic reach certain characters as killing takes on a new meaning. The scene with Baltar discussing theology with a Centurion was priceless as it looked like the sentry was almost listening. If it had a mouth, it would debate back. And then they were both under attack, going from funny to tragic in a blink.
And then there is the evolution of Laura Roslin. It is in this episode in which she knows what is like to be truly human. In order to save humanity, she had to embrace her own. She had to "jump"--a leap of faith in which it is OK to be flawed and to love.
I've waited a long time to see the final two minutes in which two people can finally love each other unconditionally without chain of command, rules, regulations, or fear. At that point, they were there not as Adama and Roslin. Not as Admiral and Madam President. They were Bill and Laura, and their story can finally begin. About time indeed.