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BSG TOS 1978 - Season 1 - Episode 18

My Rating - 4

Fan Rating Average - 5.02

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Apollo uncovers a blackmail operation and finds his own life in great danger as he races against time to clear Starbuck, who has been accused of murdering a fellow Viper pilot. [DVD]



Remarkable Scenes
- The Triad sports game.
- The evidence mounting against Starbuck.
- The silly computer scene...
- Apollo proving Starbuck's innocence.

My Review
Quite a bit of mud gets thrown at this episode, but I'm more forgiving. Murder on the Rising Star, while having nothing much at all to do with Galactica's preferred subject matter, is an interesting diversion. A "who did it" murder mystery that's decently executed. The beginning is especially captivating, with the fighting during the Triad game and the mounting evidence against Starbuck; I really believed he had killed him for a while. The ending, however, was fairly weak. While still just as fun to watch, I just simply cannot get over the sheer convenience of events, which leaves me with the impression that this episode wasn't at all thought through very well.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From hugo on 2011-09-16 at 3:11pm:
    I like! Great bottle show with good pacing and mystery. A lot of male bonding, of course, and the women are just decoration in the background though.

    But - what happened with Starbucks gun? How did Karibdis manage to kill Ortega with it?

    I love the panning shot of the Rising Star halfway into the shoe by the way.

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