Battlestar Galactica

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Razor, Part 1

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 24, 2007 on Syfy
9.0
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Razor, Part 1
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Lee Adama, the new commander of the battlestar Pegasus, appoints the tough Lt. Kendra Shaw as his executive officer. Having served under the ruthless Admiral Cain, Lt. Shaw struggles with the lingering memories of those harsh times.

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  • ughhhhhhhh is all i can say

    4.2
    i really think that they had nothing better to do than to make us watch this movie that really was so painfulfor me to watch.. i thought it was boring and really didnt work at times.. there was a lot of action and vrey little heart for me i think that they just need us to hold out until the new season starts and they put this on so people will what it and be like awesome i cant wait for the show... and for me that did happen.. BUT i was like wow the show better be better than this crappy movie.. also if they do not give us the answers to all my questions i am going to be very upsetmoreless
  • utterly pointless

    1.0
    Okay lets review

    er we find out cain likes ladies

    we see here shoot her first officer/friend

    we meet commander lee adama's XO

    (and we just never ever saw her before now??)



    and we have some battles



    nothing is added to the over all arc of the show

    or the mythos or any revalations .



    we know what the future holds for the pegasus and as for the invisible XO i didnt see her long enough to get to know her and most importantly care about her.



    so we have an extended episode with absolutely nothing to offer us



    why why why?



    in short as in my summary utterly pointlessmoreless
  • Very, very disappointing

    1.0
    BSG has has such good acting and writing... this is what has drawn me and others like me to love this show. But Razor was just disappointing.



    It was very sporadic in its flow. The new character that was revealed was just a waste in my opinion. If I had to guess, I'd say that the BSG big wigs were coming under some pressure from the homosexual crowd to introduce some gay characters. The same thing happened to Enterprise--and I'm sure that they would have yielded to the pressure if the series had continued any further. I'm not against gay characters, its just that the way they introduced it here seemed so contrived.



    Also, I didn't care about the XO. It seemed so hurried. Unlike starbuck, who bucked authority many times, this character was just annoying. And I got to thinking--to introduce a character in an episode (which is pretty much what this was) only for the purpose of killing them off in order to envoke emotion in the audience--well, that is just silly. Come on, BSG guys--why write down to us? Why be so obviously transparent in your attempt to coerce emotions from us? You didn't do this crap in the regular seasons--why waste a movie doing it?



    In short, to have us wait so long for anything new BSG to come along--only to have to sit through this drivel--is just a shame. Shame on you, BSG. You can do better. You got one season to prove it.moreless
  • A Big dissapointment. Let's hope these guys aren't writing Season 4...

    4.0
    The Pegasus story arch was actually what got me into Galactica in the first place and remains my favorite of all. So when I'd heard they were making a special on Cain I was more than excited. They hinted at her being a far more complex person (something Galactica tends to do very well) in season 2 and I wished I could find out a little more about her character. To me, Cain seemed like a woman put in an impossible situation doing what she believed was best for crew. If they weren't willing to do what was necessary to survive, she would shoulder the responsibility for the horrors that resulted and deep down that still hurt her (for me this was all shown in the mini-speech she gave to Starbuck). I compared her to Stalin or Hitler Was the phenomenal progress made by these monsters worth the cost?



    However, seeing Razor I cannot express my disappointment enough. The story darted wherever it wished and never spent enough time on anything. Pegasus escaped in all of about 5 minutes, Cain takes up a fight she has no reason to (not a difficult decision in my opinion) so she just looks crazy and irrational. From here, Cain for me went from being a ruthlessly efficient military genius to a suicidal crackpot. This scene is important since after this I began to find the actions of the characters entirely illogical and implausible. Characters came across as one-dimensional and unbelievable. A shame since I've always praised Galactica for its three-dimensional characterization. Some Major guy (whose name I can't even remember) gets shot and Kendra Shaw acts all like a hard ass for no particular reason and she just winds up looking like a b*tch. I couldn't care less about her, she was both wooden and dull and her very existence leaves me completely indifferent. Cain and Shaw showed no signs of being human or emotionally believable. I found out nothing important or interesting in Razor. It seemed to have absolutely no purpose and by the end the babbling of an old man couldn't save a thoroughly bad experience. I was hoping Razor would be a taste of things to come in season 4. Now I'm afraid that could be true. I feel cheated. This is not what I was expecting from Galactica.



    I hope the show has a good final run. They need to go back to the days when they had fantastic episodes like 33, Pegasus and Resurrection Ship. Roll on season 4.moreless
  • excellent

    10
    A prequel to the pegasus episodes of galactica. this is an exciting look at the events that took place before pegasus linked up with the galactica. this episode shows events that were mentioned verbally in conversations between the crew of the galactica and pegasus. here we actually get to see them taking place. it's a very nice addition to the galactica universe. i really enjoyed watching this one. a new character is introduced to bridge the events of the past and the present. the writers came up with a really cool way the explore this side of the story. they did a really good job.moreless
Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Admiral Helena Cain

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

William Adama

Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber

Lee "Apollo" Adama

Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen

Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen

Kendra Shaw

Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer

Gina Inviere/Number Six

Fulvio Cecere

Fulvio Cecere

Lt. Alastair Thorne

Guest Star

Steve Bacic

Steve Bacic

Col. Jurgen Belzen

Guest Star

John Heard

John Heard

Commander Barry Garner

Guest Star

Graham Beckel

Graham Beckel

Jack Fisk

Recurring Role

Nico Cortez

Nico Cortez

Young William Adama

Recurring Role

Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

Aaron Doral

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the Guardian Cylon Raiders are first spotted and attack Starbuck's recon patrol, Hoshi says that the incoming contacts are "fighter-sized, unknown configuration". However, the Cylon fighters are the models from the First Cylon War. Their configuration should be known to the Colonial Fleet and stored in the Pegasus' threat recognition files.

    • As of the beginning of this episode, there are 49,579 survivors in the fleet. After the Season 2 episode "The Captain's Hand", there were also 49,579 survivors (at the beginning of "Downloaded"). There were the same number of survivors at the beginning of the following episode ("Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 1"). The "Razor" story may have introduced a continuity error in the survivor count.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Shaw: Kendra Shaw.
      Gina: Gina Inviere.
      Shaw: Inviere. That's, uh, Old Gemenese for "resurrection," isn't it? One of the benefits of being a lapsed Classics major.
      Gina: (laughs) Guess you never know when something like that might come in handy.

    • Lee: (to the crew of Pegasus) Eight months ago, the world changed. Our lives changed forever. We found ourselves shouldering responsibilities we never thought we'd have. Duty. Honor. Service. They're more than words. Those are the guiding principles for those who serve in the military. And recently, all have been in short supply on this ship. That's gonna change, beginning today. We can't always choose our circumstances, but we can choose how we handle them. I intend to give you my all. I expect nothing less in return.

    • Opening narration

      Shaw: You're born. You live, and you die. There are no do-overs. No second chances to make things right if you frak them up the first time. Not in this life anyway. ...
      Like I said -- you make your choices and you live with them. And in the end, you are those choices.

    • Gina: (speaking of Admiral Cain) She has needs, just like the rest of us. No one can survive entirely on their own. Trust me, lieutenant. In the end, we're all just human.

    • Kara Thrace: Fear gets you killed. Anger keeps you alive.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Of the six 2008 Emmy Award nominations that Battlestar Galactica received, two specifically cited the "Razor" television movie:

      Outstanding Cinematography For A One Hour Series - "Razor"
      --Stephen McNutt, Director of Photography

      Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (one-hour) - "Razor"
      --Rick Bal, Production Mixer
      --Michael Olman, Supervising Re-Recording Mixer
      --Kenneth Kobett, Supervising Re-Recording Mixer

    • An extended, uncut version of "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" was released on DVD on Dec. 4, 2007. The DVD set includes additional scenes and commentary features. A special "Best Buy edition" includes the documentary "The Making of Battlestar Galactica: Razor."

    • Though Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Kandyse McClure and Michael Trucco were credited, none of them appeared in the broadcast version of the two-episode "Razor" story. James Callis and Alessandro Juliani only appeared in the flashbacks at the beginning of the episode.

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