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I really have to disagree with you here. I was very disappointed with Razor. All they did was flesh out things we already knew from the original series-- there was nothing new there. And the retro-Cylon bit was just plain cheesy-stupid.

I guess I was hoping for more political space opera, not more philosophizing. My favorite episode so far is the first one that aired, '33'. That's what I want from BSG, not metaphysical claptrap.

I'm not going to be watching much longer at this rate.

Posted by JR at November 26, 2007 10:04 PM

Why the heck are all strong military female leads that get more than 15 minutes of airtime in the new BSG either cylons or lesbians?!?

Posted by AnonymousOpinion at November 26, 2007 10:25 PM

Nice synopsis. Glad the drought is over....I thought the season should open with the return of Starbuck and the trip to Earth?

Posted by kavips at November 27, 2007 04:05 AM

I have to agree with JR.
They had a real opportunity to do something special here but ended up with a mish-mashed , choppy , somewhat inconsequential episode that was not what was promised.

Am I the only one that just wanted to see the pegasus kick ass from the point that it got attacked up until the time it found galactica? Was I the only one that wanted to see a bit of humanity given to Cain - a backstory that could help us understand why she was borderline insane? Why could it not have been just a simple story?

Big disapointment for me. and the tack-on "Starbuck is going to end humanity" bit at the end felt.... forced.

Hopefully the 4th season is a bit more inspired.

Posted by annihilator at November 27, 2007 11:16 AM

Good to see Michelle Forbes is still getting work - loved her as the coroner in Homicide. I liked the old-school Cylons being more active, almost like stormtroopers. In the original show they only showed them marching around or guarding doors.

Posted by G Rex at November 27, 2007 11:43 AM

I respectfully disagree with the reviewer's analysis of the virtues of Cain's actions. Her way of dealing with (as far as she knew) being the last of humanity was to, what, go out in one last blaze of glory? Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Roslin and Adama were right the first time: if you're it, you run. You fight when you must, but you *run*. You find a new home, leave everything else behind, and save who you can. You do not plan suicidal military maneuvers, you do *not* abandon survivors, and you sure as h*ll don't shoot them.

Yes, she was brave. Yes, she was strong. But she forgot that she had to hold onto her decency as well. Trite? Perhaps. But in the end, her way got her nothing but a ship full of monsters and the blood of innocent civilians on her hands.

As for Helo's actions regarding the potential Cylon genocide, it's fortunate for humanity that he did what he did. Setting aside the moral repugnance of mass genocide, the Cylons that weren't wiped out by the plague would've finally quit their fence-sitting and just blown the fleet out of the sky once and for all.

Posted by Liz at November 27, 2007 09:38 PM

Rewatching Razor on DVD today,I agree with Liz's view of Cain's actions.

First, launching that first attack against the comm station, which resulted in 800+ dead, 30 Vipers destroyed, all for a target of "questionable value." I'd have to agree with the XO who Cain shot in the head; she seemed to go against her guerrilla war campaign almost immediately. Also isn't there a more effective way of getting people to follow orders that killing people who disagree? She should have shot him in the leg or something. That still would have sent the message.

Next we have the pillaging of the civil fleet. Taking the parts and people might help Pegasus survive a bit longer, but assuming the end goal of Cain's plan was to somehow defeat the Cylons, exactly who was going to be around after they won? A couple hundred people on the Pegasus at the cost of maybe thousands of civilians who they left to die? I like how all the Pegasus people are so quick to say "I wouldn't be alive except for Cain," but yet they are alive merely because Cain chose them over the civilians she abandoned. Not very honorable when you look at it that way.

I assume her ultimate goal for Galactica's fleet, had she survived, was to leave it behind to fend for itself while pillaging further. This seems like a great way to fast track the end of humanity

Posted by Jon at December 9, 2007 07:43 PM

Jon, if memory serves, the Pegasus's losses were so enormous in that battle because the Pegasus #6 had successfully planted that computer virus into the ship's systems. Fortunately, Shaw realized what was going on and who she really was before things really went down hill for Cain and crew.

Posted by Hube at December 9, 2007 08:13 PM

Well they realize the guns are off line before Cain makes the decision to stick it out. Cain says "we're going to have to fire our gun batteries manually!" At which point, soon-to-be-dead XO is like "Hey, our guns don't work, we're outnumbered 4-to-1, we should probably high tail it out of here!" Cain then shoots him in the head.

Posted by Jon at December 9, 2007 10:05 PM

Razor was a waste of time, on top of being painful to watch. A lot of things went wrong with this movie.

First, the title : at the beginning, we're shown a pocket knife, then the word "razor" appear in red. I'm talking about this because whenever I saw Admiral Cain with that thing, I felt that something was wrong but I couldn't point my finger on it until somebody mentioned this detail on a website. How many adults would really mistake a knife for a razor, unless they were on drugs ? Even worse, beside Vin Diesel, who groom themselves with that kind of instrument ?

Second, the fate of the Pegasus : from the regular series, it was obvious that the Pegasus crew would serve as sidekicks to the main cast. That was all right, as long as it was well executed. Unfortunately, that was not the case here. For instance, Michelle Forbes (who is a great actress) had to portray a ridiculously flawed character. I'm not a soldier but the way Admiral Cain behaved made me wonder how she got promoted to the highest military rank. One obvious answer is that she slept with a lot of people. But, even this door got closed by the producers when they turned her into a lesbian. After all, could a female really get promoted in the military by sleeping with the wives of her superiors ? In the same vein, Steve Bacic would have made a credible commanding officer, due to his presence on screen. Since the producers weren't trying to overwork themselves, they had Bacic character killed in an appalling way.

Third, the lightbulbs or lack thereof : we are led to believe that a spacefaring civilisation can't afford to have decent lighting for 90 minutes in a warship. How will the crew spot an intruder if uniforms, let alone faces, are hard to tell apart ? On this one, I'll cut Razor some slack, since it's typical of most scifi shows.

Fourth, the flashbacks : this is the tool of choice of lazy writers. Not only do they tell viewers nothing new but they are confusing. Why should we constantly guess if a scene is taking place in the present or in the past ? As somebody said, this is another opportunity for the director to play with the camera at our expense. It also helps fix flawed scripts. Here, the producers probably felt they shouldn't have thrown Pegasus out of the window as they did in the regular series. Then again, I'm not privy to their plans...

Fifth, the religion : granted, the original series contained a lot of religious reference. However, that should have disappeared in the new Galactica, given the kind of special effects available today. The last thing people needed was to see a Neanderthal Cylon taking a bath while uttering prophecies. I'm not certain Isaiah or Ezekiel would have appreciated the analogy.

There's a lot to be said about "Razor", but I'll stop here.

Posted by Kevin at February 15, 2008 09:23 PM