Battlestar Galactica

Season 3 Episode 18

The Son Also Rises

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2007 on Syfy
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When Baltar's representatives face assassination attempts, Adama asks Lee to protect Baltar's lawyer. After taking on the assignment, Lee seeks to play an active role in Baltar's defense.

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  • The Son Also Rises

    The Son Also Rises was a perfect and very entertaining episode full of suspense and surprise. I really enjoyed watching this episode of Battlestar Galactica because there was a lot of character and plot development. The story was well written and the actors were superb! I thought it was genius to have Mark Sheppard play the role of Romo Lampkin, Baltar's attorney. Apollo is upset after Admiral Adama assigns him to guard Baltar's new lawyer, though in the end he ends up wanting to take on the role to assist Romo. I liked the connection with Apollo's Grandfather. There were some touching moments as Starbuck is missed and those feelings are still fresh. The President's scenes were great too. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Fitting Title to this episode.

    Well after just one episode of a bit more action we are back to more drama. Although I am not complaining about it because as it one of the best drama episodes for season three. Once again the character that most people would despise is the center of attention with his trial. In what I find to be really a three part episode. This is a great beginning of the storyline. A lot of different emotions get drawn out here. Everything from the Vice President to the President. The pitting between father and son. This writing in this episode is what makes this series great. I am glad they realize that and strive to make the series better.moreless
  • It's not easy to represent Gaius Baltar

    So - the trial gets closer and it gets exciting - as the old representer of Gaius is blown off and they need better protection and new person to do that job - a very mysterious man who has very odd reasons takes the case and Lee, after the last episode dramatic experiences, is assigned off flying to security. And he is needed - there will be several attempts on new attorney life and they come from very weird places.

    But more than that, Lee has to face more personal matter - he and his father as their relationship is getting harder and harder.moreless
  • Another good one.

    "There is no greater ally, no force more powerful, no enemy more resolved, than a son who chooses to step from his father's shadow."

    Perhaps one of the finest cliffhangers in Battlestar Galactica history. It really made me do a double take. Mark Sheppard makes for one of the best guest stars, too. I recognize him from somewhere, and even after checking IMDB, I can't figure out where I've seen him before. I recognize some of the television episodes, but nothing really stands out.

    All in all, another excellent installment for the 3rd season. I know a lot of people have been disappointed, but I've really enjoyed it.moreless
  • A man with a really bad accent and sun glasses offers to represent gaius baltar in the trial of the century.


    an other mixed episode in a long series of fillers

    the plot for me was purely secondary

    the trial and the assasination attempts have been done in 100s of other shows.So far so unoriginal /uninspiring

    The thing that realy freaked me was the lawyer.

    Having seen him in firefly as a mockney (Cor blimey guv nor)

    and in 24 as a russian (nuclear wessels)

    I remembered how bad his accent was from these.

    Unfortunately his voice swayed all over the place.

    I found myself smirking througth most of his scenes but at the same time shaking my head.

    Sometimes he sounded irish and some time more like a cowboy

    He`s hardley james masters when it comes to the voices.

    I realise that this is to most a small insignificant detail,

    but the episode was so unimpressive i had little else to distract me.

    Maybe the grand finale will be better

    I pray to baltar almighty that this will be the casemoreless
Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

Laura Roslin

James Callis

James Callis

Gaius Baltar

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Number Six/Caprica Six

Grace Park

Grace Park

Sharon Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Romo Lampkin

Guest Star

Tyler McClendon

Tyler McClendon

Alan Hughes

Guest Star

Michael Trucco

Michael Trucco

Samuel Anders

Recurring Role

Nicki Clyne

Nicki Clyne

Cally Henderson Tyrol

Recurring Role

Colin Lawrence

Colin Lawrence

Hamish "Skulls" McCall

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • As Admiral Adama reads Kara Thrace's personnel record, the 'Record of Disciplinary Proceedings' document reads:


      b. GRADE OR RANK: JrLt.
      c. UNIT OR ORGANIZATION OF ACCUSED: Battlestar Triton
      d.ID#: 078-4327

      2a. NAME OF CONVENING AUTHORITY: James Jonasson
      b. RANK: Cmdr
      c. POSITION: Commanding Off.
      d. ORGANIZATION OF CONVENING AUTHORITY: Aerilon Cmbt 5th Division

      b. RANK: Cmdr

      xxx xxx proceeding held on 22/E4/7F3. The summary court martial gave the accused a copy of the charge sheet.

    • As Admiral Adama reads Kara Thrace's personnel file, the second disciplinary notices reads:



      Private Kara Thrace continues to display a negative attitude in her training requirements. Despite good to excellent scores for both small arms and rifle drills, we request that the Private be denied all leave and be confined to quarters until the next cycle of training.

      Further we request that the officer in command remind Private Thrace that she is to obey orders when they are delivered, salute superior officers, and display the proper amount of respect to all of her superior officers.
      This includes Sergeant Mike Gibbons, who is the noncommissioned officer who initiated this complaint.

      xxx xxx hope of this officer, and the other officers in xxx xxx xxx facility, that Private Thrace can adjust xxx xxx xxx xxx the level of technical scores she xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx be a shame if such a talented xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx because of a problem xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx xxx command.

      It should be noted that Thrace is referred to as a private in this document. In the first disciplinary notice, she is also referred to as a corporal and a lieutenant.

    • As Admiral Adama reads through Kara's personnel record, the first disciplinary notice reads:


      Lieutenant Kara Thrace is charged with:
      Assault on a superior officer
      Drunk and disorderly conduct while on leave
      Disobeying a direct order from a superior officer
      Absent from duty without leave

      Corporal Thrace is charged with the above offenses. It should be noted that there is a string of verbal reprimands and notices over the past seven cycles.

      Lieutenant Thrace states that while she is guilty of none of the above-mentioned charges she only wishes to challenge the AWOL charge. She points out that her 'self-assigned' duty has resulted in the destruction of a Cylon vessel and that she has received a commendation from the action.

      Despite this it is the opinion of this disciplinary commission that Lieutenant Thrace should be disciplined under xxx xxx xxx xxx Military Code (Section 969-0898).

      It should be noted that Thrace's rank changes between corporal and lieutenant in this document. In another of the disciplinary notices read by Adama, she is also referred to as a private.

    • During the opening credits, when we see glimpses of the episode's scenes, we can clearly see Baltar tossing away his mattress in search of something. However, this scene was not used in the episode's final cut.

    • According to the Record of Disciplinary Proceedings in her personnel file, Kara served on the Battlestar Triton when she was a JrLt.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Romo Lampkin: Everybody has demons. Them, Baltar, you, me. Even the machines. The law is just a way of exorcising them. That's what your father's father told me. You want to know why I hated him? Because he was right.
      Lee: So you hated him because he was right, and I hated the law because it was wrong. Because of what... of what it put him through. I mean, he defended the worst of the worst. I remember reading about him. The outrage. Helping murderers go free. What I don't understand is why he put himself through all that abuse.
      Romo Lampkin: You think he gave a flying frak? Joe Adama cared about one thing. Understanding why people do what they do. Why we cheat our friends, why we reward our enemies, why we go to war, sacrificing our lives for lost causes. Why we build machines in the hope of correcting our flaws and our shortcomings. Why we forgive, defying logic and the laws of nature with one stupid little act of compassion. We're flawed. All of us. I wanted to know why, so I did what he did. I spent my life with the fallen, the corrupt, the damaged.

    • Roslin: Well, it's so comforting to know that you're not afraid. You're not afraid to represent the most hated man alive. The question is why?
      Romo Lampkin: For the fame, the glory!

    • Lee: (quoting his grandfather) Lee, be a good boy. Just don't be too good.

    • Romo Lampkin: There is no greater ally, no force more powerful, no enemy more resolved, than a son who chooses to step from his father's shadow.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Admiral Adama reads through Kara's personnel file at the beginning of the episode. The file contains the following records:

      1. Combat Citation with a Field Commendation for Valor and Bravery
      2. Pilot Performance Decreement
      3. Disciplinary Notice with charges for assault on a superior officer, drunk and disorderly conduct while on leave, disobeying a direct order from a superior officer, and absence from Duty Without Leave
      4. another Disciplinary Notice
      5. Record of Disciplinary Proceedings.

    • The model ship smashed by Admiral Adama at the end of "Maelstrom" (the previous episode) can be seen behind his desk in a scene near the end of the episode when he and Lee are talking. The main mast of the ship appears to be askew, reflecting the damage caused by Adama.

    • Katee Sackhoff did not appear in this episode except in photographs. She was not listed in the opening credits either. This is the first episode in which one of the seven primary stars did not appear in the opening credits. Stars such as Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Grace Park and Tricia Helfer have not always appeared in every episode, but they had always been listed in the opening credits.

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 41,399 survivors in the fleet, one fewer than at the beginning of the previous episode.

    • Tricia Helfer read the "Previously on Battlestar Galactica" line at the beginning of this episode.


    • The Son Also Rises
      The title is a reference to the novel The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. The novel explores the suppressed emotions and buried values of the so-called "Lost Generation" of post-World War I British and American expatriates. Hemingway's title comes from the Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:5: "The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to its place where it ariseth."