When an old con meets Starbuck and suggests he is the warrior's father, there proves to be more following the elder than family ties.



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On the Rising Star, Three Borellian Nomen on a Blood Hunt are searching for a certain Captain Dimitri. Their prey, an old con artist now calling himself Chameleon, convinces Starbuck there is a chance he might be his long lost father in order to sneak past his pursuers and onto the Galactica. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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28 January 1979 (USA)  »

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Fred Astaire contacted producer Donald P. Bellisario to ask if he could play a small guest part to please his grandchildren, who were enormous fans of the show. Bellisario enthusiastically responded: "Mr. Astaire, I will write a two-hour episode around you!" It eventually became just one hour. See more »


In the scene after Chameleon, played by Fred Astaire, shoots the Vipers missiles off down the launch tubes knocking over Starbuck in a cloud of smoke, you can see him go to Starbuck and ask him if he is OK and talk with him. You never see him help Starbuck up, but when the film jumps, Starbuck is sitting up on the platform all of a sudden. See more »


Omega: If you're between 16 and 46 yahrens and not presently in a highly critical civilian occupation, you should consider becoming a Colonial warrior. If you want to become part of the team defending the fleet, request an open channel to Galactica Recruitment. We need... you.
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Main Title: Theme from Battlestar Galactica
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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An Astaire affair that's light as air
26 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Plot; A con man pretends to be Starbuck's long lost Father in an effort to escape angry hit men.

Guest star Fred Astaire (Yep, that Fred Astaire) delivers a charming performance as a scoundrel in a slightly lighter episode (coming off of a rather heavy two-parter). Like the aforementioned two-parter, we get a look and a sense of the fleet beyond the Galactica. It's small stuff, but it does help to flesh out this "world" and make it more three dimensional. Along with Astaire the late great Lance LaGault stars as one of the Klingon-esque Borrelian Nomen, helping give the otherwise amusing affair some stakes and more menace. - 7/10 - Astaire apparently called up producer Donald Bellisario and asked for a small part on the show because his grandkids were big fans of the show.

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