Battlestar Galactica: Razor -- An early look
"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:
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.