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Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 24 November 2007
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A two-hour Battlestar Galactica special that tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus several months prior to it finding the Galactica.

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Félix Enríquez Alcalá (as Félix Alcalá)

Writers:

Ronald D. Moore (developed by), Michael Taylor | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward James Olmos ... Admiral William Adama
Mary McDonnell ... President Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff ... Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace
Jamie Bamber ... Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama
James Callis ... Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer ... Number Six / Gina Inviere
Grace Park ... Lt. Sharon Valerii
Michael Hogan ... Colonel Saul Tigh
Aaron Douglas ... Chief Galen Tyrol (credit only)
Tahmoh Penikett ... Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon (credit only)
Michael Trucco ... Samuel Anders (credit only)
Alessandro Juliani ... Lt. Felix Gaeta (credit only)
Kandyse McClure ... Petty Officer Anastasia Dualla (credit only)
Michelle Forbes ... Admiral Helena Cain
Graham Beckel ... Colonel Jack Fisk
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A two-hour Battlestar Galactica special that tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus several months prior to it finding the Galactica.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Battlestar Galactica TV Special See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original television) | (unrated director's edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When the Cylon Raider is gunning for the Raptor, the constellations of Orion and the Big Dipper are visible in the background. This means that the battle is taking place within 40 light-years of Earth. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where soldiers are putting together their rifles while blindfolded, the soldier that Shaw orders to fire on her originally takes his blindfold off completely. Following shots switch between the blindfold being pushed down around his neck and completely off. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Admiral Helena Cain: You gave it something far more important, you gave it your trust... As did I.
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Alternate Versions

Extended Edition DVD adds and extends scenes:
  • Flashback of Kendra at a transfer station on Caprica, revealing to Frank Bruno that her mother Marla was a Quorum delegate
  • Baltar and Six converse when everyone's looking at the original Cylon raider on the Pegasus' deck elevator
  • Extension of Adama's flashback to the end of the First Cylon War: he'd shot down two raiders during an engagement with a base star, during which the battlestar Columbia is destroyed. He chases two more raiders into a planet's atmosphere, where he shoots down one and rams the other, forcing him to eject. He and one Cylon centurion shoot at each other while they freefall, but Adama pops his parachute and lets the centurion keep going. After landing, he smashes the centurion to nonfunction and takes its gun, which he carries into the hybrid lab. Once there, he has a vision of Cylons vivisecting people in order to create the hybrid
  • Flashback to Helena's childhood on Tauron during the end of the First Cylon War: she and her kid sister Lucy are forced to leave their father during a Cylon attack on their town. Lucy falls and can't get up, while Helena runs into a shipping container, where she finds the jackknife and waves it at a centurion that finds her. The Cylons then leave, but Helena finds only Lucy's doll because they'd abducted her
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By Your Command!
5 June 2008 | by aaronlevertonSee all my reviews

Excellent stand alone/season 4 intro (watch it how you want) that finally puts the whole franchise's roots on screen.

Centurions, vox-boxes, Gold Centurions! Ah, finally. And they don't look clunky, move poorly OR suffer from Stormtrooper Syndrome.

If, like me, you were not yet 10 when Ben Cartwright began to lead his Wagon Train toward earth, then you probably thought it was the most amazing thing you'd ever seen when first broadcast. Oh, how memory leads you astray. Damn you, VHS cassette and VCR, for ever allowing my golden, hazy dreams of days yore to be punctured by cruel reality. Amazing SFX (but what else from Richard Edlund?), blow-them-out-of-the-water opening (complete with sacrificial-lamb), boring, sermonising speeches, standard over-focus on leads (why does Apollo, a pilot, have to space-walk for the blast/oxygen vent, where are the engineers?), zero development of universe (oh, one comment about "loose" Geminese women) and (come the series) repeated FX shots that weren't simply repeated, but were obviously so.

If, like me, you saw all this, but refused to by bowed by it, then Ronald Moore's arrival on the scene (after Todd Moyer's departure, whew, that was close) was cause for pure rejoicing.

But as the series progressed, it gave fewer and fewer nods to its, admittedly dodgy, source material.

Until Razor. How to meld the painful past with the amazing now without destroying either or, worse, both? Write Razor.

Anybody who says that original Galactica was brilliant, current Galactica is a pale shadow and Razor is just crap is lying. Lying to themselves and you. Original Galactica was hamstrung by budget, pacing and imagination (yes, you read that right, imagination, see "over-focus on leads"), modern Galactica needed the legitimacy of the original. Casting Richard Hatch as Zarek was a good start, this is the perfect bridge.

Oh, and it's a great script, involving three time periods, moral conflicts, interpersonal conflicts and some kind of redemption. And centurions, vox-boxes and Gold Centurions.

By your command! 7.5/10


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