Show me what it's like
To be the last one standing
And teach me wrong from right
And I'll show you what I can be
Say it for me
Say it to me
And I'll leave this life behind me
Say it if it's worth saving me
Nickelback -- Savin' Me
I have to give it to Ron Moore, David Eick and their writing staff. They've done wonderful Science Fiction. It's still too contemporary for me to accept it as Battlestar Galactica, specially since I grew up with Richard Hatch's Apollo and Dirk Bennedict's Starbuck, but it is the difference that makes it so attractive as a science fiction show.
The Cylons occupied the colony of New Caprica. President Gaius Baltar surrendered the colonies and the fleet lead by Admiral William Adama, commander of the Battlestar Galactica, and Commander Lee Adama, commander of the Battlestar Pegasus, fled rather than be destroyed. The Cylons led by the human like models have pretty much subjugated the colonial survivors into almost slavery under the guise of a new attempt .
Some humans have decided to resist and form an underground. Some of the Sharon and Six Cylons start having doubts and it all evolves into a game of punch and counter punch where the Resistance hits and the Cylons hit back.
Meanwhile the Galactica's Fleet has its own problems. Admiral Adama (a wonderful portrayal by Edward James Olmos) is pushing his people harder than they should and his son calls him up on it and chastisizes him when 2 pilots die in a training accident after being out in space for more than 11 hours.
When things come to a head Admiral Adama decides that the Pegasus under Lee Adama would lead the fleet back to New Caprica and rescue as many of the survirors as possible. The survivors are getting ready to "distract" the Cylon overseers to facilitate the rescue attempt.
The sabotage and redezvous with the rescue party is betrayed by Colonel Tigh's wife who believes that it's the only way to save his husband from death, or maybe worst. One of the many Boomer clones has sworn loyalty to the human fleet and leads the attempt to contact the new caprican resistance.
I don't want to spoil the episode any more than I absolutely have to but I have to say that it's some of the best screenplay and directing I've seen in a long time.