Starbuck is engaged in a game of triad (by Earth standards a mixture of basketball and football) and is consistently struck by hot-tempered bullying Flight Sergeant Ortega, whose low-blows to Starbuck finally result in a fight and ejection of both from the game. Starbuck nearly resumed the fight with Ortega but is stopped by Cassiopeia. Both men separate and after Ortega cleans up he is confronted - and found shot to death. Starbuck is seen rushing to the shuttle bay before Ortega's body is found - and when Starbuck's laser gun is tested it is found to be the murder weapon. Now incarcerated, Starbuck is at wit's end protesting his innocence and driven to force an escape. He boards his viper but is persuaded to stop by Apollo, and Apollo, checking on Ortega's background, learns that Ortega knew a man named Charybdis - who turns out to be the man who was Baltar's personal pilot and a co-conspirator whose sabotage of Inter-Colony Defense computer systems made possible the complete ...
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There was no script for the episode until very late into production. Only the title, Murder on the Rising star, existed and was used to pitch the show to the executives. A last minute scramble from the writers resulted in the script that made it to air. See more
Starbuck's weapon is identified as the murder weapon because it is depleted by the same number of "ergons" as were used to kill Ortega. The investigator test fires the weapon. If each shot depletes ergons, a test fire would mean the weapon could not match. See more
[Adama and Tigh are watching a game of Triad on a viewscreen
Are you sure you don't want to go to court and watch the rest from the gallery? It's just a short walk down the corridor.
Ah, but these seats are more much comfortable. We have good Ambrosa and good company, huh?
Yes, of course.
Exploration/Theme from Battlestar Galactica
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips
Performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic See more