Rising Star (TOS)
- This article is about the Rising Star as seen in the Original Series. For the Re-imagined Series version , see Rising Star (TRS).
Prior to the Battle of Cimtar and subsequent fall of the Twelve Colonies, Rising Star was a luxury liner operated by Trans Stellar Spacelines (TOS: "Saga of a Star World") which traveled throughout the Colonies and various sectors in the Colonial sphere of influence (TOS: "The Long Patrol"). It is capable of both atmospheric and space flight, as well as planetary landing and unaided launch (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star").
Rising Star consists of at least seven decks, including an "elite" level and storage facilities inaccessible by passengers (TOS: "Saga of a Star World"). Among these levels are a gambling chancelory ("The Man with Nine Lives", "Murder on the Rising Star"), guest rooms (TOS: "The Long Patrol"), dining level (TOS: "The Long Patrol") and recreation level where visitors could watch Triad competitions (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star"). She also contains a main waiting area for passengers that arrive and depart the ship (TOS: "The Man with Nine Lives") and various entertainment areas, such as open stages where dances and shows are performed (TOS: "War of the Gods, Part II", "The Man with Nine Lives").
Her crew consists of various hired security guards, maitre d's, chancery game operators and other crew employed by Trans Stellar Spacelines.
After the Thousand-Yahren War
With the Thousand-Yahren War resulting in a devestating defeat for the Colonials, Rising Star became one of the 220 ships to survive the Cylons' holocaust. Under the direction of Galactica's Warriors, including Flight Sergeant Ortega, Rising Star is used to rescue any surviving women and children on Caprica. Despite these restrictions, Ortega takes bribes by at least three men for spots aboard the ship (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star").
After the Fleet was settled, Commander Adama opens the dining level on Rising Star as a morale booster among the survivors, in the hopes of giving them an evening to look forward too. So popular is this idea that the waiting list is noted to be at least a yahren long (TOS: "The Long Patrol").
Further, many of the facilities aboard Rising Star are used by the survivors in the Fleet, including the chancery, dancing halls, and for sports, such as Triad. Shuttles between ships in the Fleet, such as Canaris, ferry survivors to and from Rising Star (TOS: "The Man with Nine Lives").
- A ship matching Rising Star's design appears in Pegasus's civilian fleet in "Razor", as one of many visual nods to the Original Series in the episode. However, it was not Rising Star herself, as these ships were abandoned and did not make contact with Galactica's civilian fleet. Another ship of the same configuration is part of Galactica's fleet (TRS: "Escape Velocity"), although it is not identified by name.
- The streamline design of the Rising Star is not typical for the ragtag fleet.