Battlestar Galactica

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Razor, Part 2

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 24, 2007 on Syfy
9.1
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Razor, Part 2
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Major Shaw has a dangerous plan to rescue a missing Raptor crew from a mysterious enemy. Meanwhile, Lee Adama realizes that Shaw was involved in a controversial military operation under Admiral Cain's command.

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  • I thought this was pretty crap. I mean, it is still better than most of what's on TV. But not up to par. The main character 'Shaw' was HORRIBLE. oh well :(moreless

    7.0
    I loved BSG in season 1 and 2. I thought it was a compelling war-time drama. When the show shifted gears to becoming more fantasy I think that it went downhill. In the first 2 season's the focus was on what people do in difficult situations. It has become extremely 'cliffhanger'-ish, with the search for earth and "who's a cylon".



    So, in one respect Razor was a return to the original themes of the show: questions of war time behavior. But the main character was really quite bad. and i didn't think the writers connected us with her enough so that we understood or cared about her pain and guilt. It all seemed very superficial. And that 'young adama' was super annoying. argh.



    Also, as soon as Adama discovered that cylons looked like people, you think he might have mentioned that long ago he was on a ship where cylons where experimenting with humans, etc..... grrr. i hope the writers get their *#$! together for the final 10 episodes.moreless
  • utterly pointless

    1.0
    utterly pointless

    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
  • I loved it. This is what I truly wanted BSG to be. This episode puts BSG on track after the disasterous 3rd season. I'll be buying this episode on Dec 4th. If you were dissappointed in season 3 for too much drama crap and no action, you'll love Razor!moreless

    9.6
    After the third season I didn't have much hope for BSG. It became a relentless drama with no "real" plot. It resembled a crazy Lifetime movie, not good sci-fi. I didn't have much hope for it to rebound in season 4 because so many of you say you loved season 3 even when it was so bad. Then when I heard season 4 was going to be it's last and I thought, "Well, it looks like the Battlestar Galactica dream is dead." I was wrong. Not about season 3, it truly sucked. I was wrong about the future of season 4 because if Razor is an indication of what's to come I can hardly wait! I'm not going to give the plot away, but I can tell you that it was fantastic. In my review of season 3's finale I voiced my disappointment but I hoped that I would return to this site and write glowing reviews at the start of season 4. Well I'm here to say I'm glowing. This episode had action and a bit of the melodrama you twisted wackos like so much. I reccomend that all of you dissappointed in season 3 tune in to Razor. You'll like it.moreless
  • When I first heard about this movie I was not happy. I though that it would just be a to make money wile waiting for the new season, nothing more then that. I was wrong. It in fact adds a lot to the over all mythology that is the core of the series.moreless

    10
    When I first heard about this movie I was not happy. I though that it would just be a filler story to keep fans happy till march, and that it would make money, nothing more then that. I also thought it would be set in the universe of BSG but not part of the main story, but I was wrong. It in fact adds a lot to the over all mythology that is the core of the series. You find out a lot about the Cylons, (the main reason I watch the show). In addition to filling in some of the back story on the Pegasus and her crew. But that's where my love for this movie stops. I did not for the most part love the Shaw part of the story. I was given no reason to like her. She is just a Cain clone (Cylons are not the only ones making copies). The Cain story always made me very uncomfortable. And this story was far as the Shaw part made me feel the same way. I only had a tiny bit more feeling for her (Shaw) because she is hunted by what she had done but she was too much like Cain for me to get behind her, even a little. And I felt that giving her the information that Starbuck was going to be the cause of the Apocalypse, didn't help her case. I was not sad to see her go at the end. That being said I love everything else about this movie. But far in away the best part was putting the piece of myth together. For example, in the Adama flash back we see him trying to free the crew of the Diana, who where being use to create the first human looking Cylons. When he doses this you can see that the 2 crew members at the door are Leoben and Six. I had to watch and re-watch to make sure I was seeing it right. I am 90% sure I am. Making me think the rest of the crew looked like the other 5 Cyons we have seen. In addition to that there is the story of who and how Gina was discovered as a Cylon. I love that she was Cain's lover. I never saw that coming. There is also a great idea both up that there are more Cylons out there. Wow!! A whole other race of Cylons, just like there is a whole other race of humans (the ones on earth). I can only hope this comes up again. In all, I love this movie. This story could only have been done as a movie. It never, would have made a good episode. It would have taken you out of the flow of the series and it's over all storyline.moreless
  • Well worth the wait!

    9.0
    It's been quite some time since the third season of "Battlestar Galactica" came to a close, and fans have been craving new material in the seemingly endless intervening months. The fourth and final season won't begin until at least April 2008, but in the meantime, there's a new two-hour film to absorb and debate. And the fans will debate, especially once the end credits finally scroll down the screen.



    While there are a number of surprises in store before all is said and done, some elements are already well known. "Razor" tells a specific story set in the latter half of the second season, shortly before the discovery of New Caprica, as Commander Lee Adama takes command of the Battlestar Pegasus. One of his first command decisions on the Pegasus involves the promotion of Kendra Shaw to Executive Officer. "Razor" is essentially her story, reaching back to the moments before the attack on the Twelve Colonies, slowly but surely catching up to the period of her promotion, where a simple search and rescue operation turns into something far more important.



    This perspective allows the writers to tell the full story of the Pegasus under Admiral Cain's command. Those familiar with the Cain-centric episodes of the second season already know the basics; this is not a pleasant story, and the material is often incredibly dark. More than a simple recounting, known events are placed in a very new context, and Cain's complicated morality is a key point of interest. In essence, Kendra Shaw becomes Cain's trusted acolyte, and by the time she runs into Lee Adama, that reality has led to some serious psychological issues.



    Thankfully, Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen is more than capable of portraying Shaw with the kind of subtlety necessary to communicate that complexity of character. It's never easy to bring a new character into an established series with this kind of integral important, in an act of retroactive continuity, so the choice in actress was critical. The writers did a fine job of making sense of Shaw's prominence in the story, and Chaves-Jacobsen sold the performance beautifully.



    This is also the best-looking "Galactica" material in recent memory. The production quality is cinematic to say the least, often exceeding the norm for the series and rivaling feature films. This could have been shown on the big screen with little or no modification; it's simply that polished throughout the entire product. Even the structure is closer to that of a film that a simple two-part episode.



    On the other hand, the story is firmly rooted in the series' mythology, so bringing this to the general audience would have been a miscalculation. Generally speaking, the story relies on underlying knowledge of the character dynamics and the broad history of the Cylon conflict. A number of plot elements, including the true nature of the search and rescue mission, will mean nothing to those unfamiliar with the third season. Despite the setting of the film itself, the story is correctly placed as a bridge between the third and fourth seasons.



    Longtime fans will be rewarded for their patience. Flashbacks to the First Cylon War are remarkably well-done, particularly the casting of the young William Adama, and the first look at "live" first-generation Cylons will produce a few nostalgic moments. As previously mentioned, elements of the third season are placed in context, and unexpected connections are made in the process. The final act will leave the audience frustrated by the long wait until the fourth season begins.



    In the end, "Razor" is full of surprises. Not everyone will be pleased with the decision to focus the story on a new character, but the intersections are necessary to tell the story correctly and thoroughly. The end result is a film that comes very close to meeting the level of excellence that marked the beginning of the series, delivering some of the best material since the New Caprica period. One can only hope that the fourth season can match the same intensity.moreless
Steve Bacic

Steve Bacic

Col. Jurgen Belzen

Guest Star

John Heard

John Heard

Commander Barry Garner

Guest Star

Nico Cortez

Nico Cortez

Young William Adama

Recurring Role

Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

Aaron Doral

Recurring Role

Vincent Gale

Vincent Gale

Peter Laird

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hybrid: Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening. Struggling with the knowledge of their true selves. The pain of revelation bringing new clarity. And in the midst of confusion, he will find her, enemies brought together by impossible longing, enemies now joined as one. The way forward, at once unthinkable, yet inevitable. And the fifth, still in shadow, will claw toward the light, hungering for redemption that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering. I can see them all. The seven, now six, self-described machines, machines who believe themselves without sin. But in time, it is sin that will consume them. They will know enmity, bitterness, the wrenching agony of the one splintering into the many and then they will join the promised land, gathered on the wings of an Angel. Not an end, but a beginning.

      (DVD version only)

    • Hybrid: All this has happened before and will happen again.

    • Adama: (speaking to Lee about Cain and Shaw) I know that I didn't have to face any of the situations that she did. I had the President in my face, arguing for the survival of the civilian fleet. I had Colonel Tigh to keep me honest, balancing my morality and my tactics. I had you. Now, you don't have any children so you might not understand this, but you see yourself reflected in their eyes. And there are some things that I thought of doing, with this Fleet. But I stopped myself because I knew that I'd have to face you the following day.

    • Hybrid: Kara Thrace will lead the human race to its end.
      Shaw: What?
      Hybrid: She is the herald of the apocalypse. The harbinger of death. They must not follow her.

    • Guardian Cylon: (in metallic voice) By your command.

  • 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 "Razor, Part 1."

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Starbuck: Ain't it grand when a plan comes together?

      This is an allusion to the character Hannibal on The A-Team, who often said, "I love it when a plan comes together." One of the stars of that show was Dirk Benedict. Of course, Benedict starred as Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica series.

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