Battlestar Galactica

Season 1 Episode 17

The Man with Nine Lives

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Jan 28, 1979 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Starbuck meets a man who claims to be his father, while Borellian warriors begin a blood hunt that will lead to the Galactica itself.

    This episode does some fine work with character development -- we learn a little bit about Starbuck's past, the character of Chamelion played by Fred Astaire is very entertaining, and a little conflict occurs between skeptical Apollo and his over-eager best friend.

    The Borellians, while interesting, are a little too cliche for my taste -- it's the first time we've really seen any real diversity of tribes in the fleet, and yet they just turn out to be evil warmongers. Likewise, the conflict between Starbuck and Apollo seems a touch contrived -- couldn't Starbuck have waited for Tigh to say that there *is* no Chamelion registered on the fleet?

    But all in all, there is a definite sense of suspense as the Borellians follow their trail, and Fred Astaire does a great job with his role.
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