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Battlestar Galactica: Razor -- An early look

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 13th 2007 3:24PM

"You are capable of setting aside your fears, setting aside your hesitation ... and even your revulsion. Every natural inhibition that, during battle, could mean the difference between life and death.

When you can be this -- or as long as you have to be -- then you're a razor."
-- Admiral Helena Cain, Battlestar Galactica: Razor

Yes, I was as shocked as the rest of you that, when I got to the TV Squad package drop the other day, one of those magical purple binders was waiting for me, emblazoned with a big white "IF", which could only mean one thing -- SciFi Channel goodness.

Before you continue, I will warn you that some of this is a little spoilery. I don't think it's much, but I'd rather warn you now than incur your wrath later.

So let's get right down to the nity-gritty here. You all want to know how good it is, what's new and if it'll satisfy us until the last season starts back up. In short: It's fracking unbelievably good, there's more new than I thought there'd be and as for it being satisfying -- that's a tough one. While I completely loved this ... movie? episode? ... I'm now aching for the next season more than ever. It can't come soon enough!

One thing that surprised me was how polished this screener is. The effects are incredibly well done and non-temporary. This thing's ready for the air, as far as I'm concerned. Though how this will look in HD ... ho boy. Just take a gander at this shot from one of the battles:
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And speaking of battles, I know I've whined in the past about there not being enough of them in previous episodes, but this two-hours makes up for all of that and more. Huge battle scenes and dogfights galore! Remember, part of this movie is during the moments when the Cylons started kicking the crap out of the colonies during the mini-series, when the other Battlestars were blown to smithereens. Oh, and as far as dogfights go, just you wait until the third and fourth mini-episode coming up with the young Husker (Bill Adama) -- holy frackin' frack. Trust me, there's no denying Bill was the most kick-assingest pilot in the fleet when you see these scenes.

As for surprises, I think you've already heard about the talk of Cain and Gina, Pegasus's Number Six, having a lesbian affair. Well, it's not only hinted at, so there's no mistaking it at all. What's surprising is how quickly Cain turns on her former lover and to what degree. If Adama was so badass, I wonder what Cain was like in her youth -- yikes.

Most of the episode follows the past of the Lee Adama-led Pegasus XO, Kendra Shaw. What she does and witnesses under Cain's command is pretty shocking altogether. We also get a look at the former XO of the Pegasus under Cain's command, before things turn, uh, bad for him.

Some other points of interest:

  • We get some great shots of the shipyard where the Battlestars were docked before all hell broke loose on Caprica.
  • Pay attention to the mini-episodes that SciFi is putting out in the weeks preceding this movie, as only small portions of them will be shown in the actual movie.
  • Cylon Centurions of the past, called 'Guardians' by the Cylons, make several appearances.
  • "All of this has happened before. And it will happen again."
  • The prophecy of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace is revealed, and it's one that likely spells the mood and theme for the final season.
Battlestar Galactica: Razor premieres Saturday, November 24 at 9PM on SciFi. I saw it once and already can't wait to see it again.

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Borat

Ok I just watched Razor, and I wasn't expecting much, but hot damn it was awesome! Can't wait for season 4...this show kicks so much ass when it's on form.

November 17 2007 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

I purchased the dvd's of TOS (bsg) a while back, and although a little campy, the series wasn't bad. That is...until they had Baltar (played by the very capable John Calicos) surrender to the cylons. It jumped the shark then. The first six or seven episodes, and the very last episode were quite good (IMO). I'm looking forward to the "Razor" movie because I have heard Grace Park MAY get at least a line or two. I'll watch it for that reason alone. It has really been frustrating that the season three dvds are not out yet. If I had known it would take this long, I would have saved my taped episodes. They should have been on the shelves by now.

October 15 2007 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BSGfrevr

I cannot wait... best show on TV! I am sure everyone caught the reference in the flashback re: the Cylons guarding a big chunk of ice. I am thinking this must be a similar premise from TOS "The Gun On Ice Planet Zero." If I recall correctly, they had clones on that planet in TOS and in this BSG I am guessing they are experimenting on turning humans into skin jobs with the ability to resurect. I love it when they take a shred of TOS and make it dark and evil and better!!! Heehee!

October 15 2007 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gudlyf

Oreo has it right. As for the "prophecy" mentioned that we were talking about, you need to seriously consider a) the source of the quote and b) the circumstances when it was told in Razor.

October 14 2007 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
flinchme

I didn't see any mention of Grace Park...not excted about Razor. I'll just have to wait for S4.

October 14 2007 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

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The quote is supposedly from one of the freaky half human half Cylon things that run the Basestars, and the quote is..... That the crew must not follow Kara Thrace, she is the harbinger of the Apocalypse for the Human Race.” He also keeps repeating “All this has happened before and will happen again, again, again….”
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The End.

October 14 2007 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bsgfan2003

Furthermore, I am asking myself "What did Leoban really want with Kara in the bunker? " Other than the smooch and I love you, could he have wanted her to commit suicide, (I know he told her life was precious) What did he really want???...

October 14 2007 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bsgfan2003

Dorv: I think the quote is meant to make us fall out of our chairs (mission accomplished). And with this quote I am *guessing* (nobody jump me) that it should not be taken literally. We'll have to wait and see.

October 14 2007 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

Well Dorv, I will tell you right away from this review that there are a tons of continuity errors already, it's going to be terrible!

I kid. I am so excited about this. I don't think I have been this excited in a long time. Everything I hear about this just sounds more and more delicious.

October 14 2007 at 3:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

Cress d!....It is good to hear from you again. I hope you have completely recovered from your ailment earlier this year. Your enthusiasm and loyalty to BSG is good for the show. I will look forward to reading your reviews in the upcoming season!

October 13 2007 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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