...but how is it possible that of the half-dozen "The Captain's Hand" reviews that I've read, only one acknowledges the inherent absurdity of Roslin's abortion dilemma?
First of all, unless the survivors in the fleet were mostly retrieved from retirement cruises, there is simply no way that 50,000 people don't make a self-sustaining community. Secondly, as history has shown us again and again, the natural human reaction to disasters, wars, and massive die-offs is to make babies. There should be--no, there are--dozens of seven-month pregnant women in the fleet. Which, and I feel a little embarrassed mentioning this since the writers only trot this issue out when it suits them, is actually a problem, since it's not as if there's going to be anything to feed these new sprogs, who will monopolize supplies, and the work force of at least one caretaker, without contributing anything to the fleet for years.
But most importantly, and this is something that Roslin as a woman (not to mention a woman who supposedly fought her entire career for a woman's right to choose) should know, abortion has existed for as long as women have been getting pregnant. For most of that time, it has been illegal. This fact has never stopped women from seeking and obtaining it, but it did mean that the women who underwent abortions did so in back alleys and frequently bled to death or were rendered infertile as a result of the procedure. Far from ensuring that its population increases, Roslin's ban will almost certainly work to decrease the number of fertile women in the fleet.
So, sorry, writers. I know you thought you could trot out this hot-button topic and get us all in a quandry over the fact that our current political leanings may not apply in a post-apocalyptic situation, but the reality of your setting doesn't actually support your invented dilemma. Which, granted, doesn't seem to be something you get too worked up about in general.
I could go on about how the episode was thoroughly predictable and how there really is no excuse for cramming deleted scenes in the previously when previous episodes have made such poor use of their running time, but I think my opinion can be summed up rather succinctly with this:
Two for seven, guys. Get your asses in gear.