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"Battlestar Galactica-Razor" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

On the eve of a devastating Cylon attack, officer Kendra Shaw reports for duty on the battlestar Pegasus. When mankind's future is forever changed on that fateful day, Kendra is reshaped into a "razor", a tool of war, under the ruthless guidance of her commander, Admiral Cain. Why can't we all just get along?

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2010, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • DTS-HD Master 5.1
  • Starring: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis
  • Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Although it sets up some events in season 4, chronologically Razor is a prequel taking place within season 2, when Galactica had unexpectedly met up with a fellow Battlestar, Pegasus. The central character is new, Kendra Shaw (Stephanie Jacobsen), who becomes the XO after Lee Adama takes command of the Pegasus. The central conflict in Razor involves the Pegasus trying to rescue a Raptor crew from the Cylons. During the mission Shaw flashes back to 10 months earlier, and her experiences in the immediate aftermath of the Cylons' wipeout of Caprica influence how she handles this mission and its implications of a new Cylon-human hybrid. Razor is an "edge of your seat" adventure, with top writing, great acting, and bleak future vision that made Battlestar Galactica one of the best shows on television. If you are into the series, you will have to add this to your collection. I should also mention that there is an intense "dogfight" sequence that is not to be missed! This is great sci-fi.

Technical

As earlier reviews of this series mentioned, this show has outstanding picture quality and sound. Very aggressive surrounds and bass throughout. the picturewas shot digitally and effects are very well done, with intense colors and blown out whites. Grain can be heavy at times, but this was done for "artistic" purposes. Your sub will do back flips with this one. Almost all of the CGI is good to excellent. The show exudes a grim fatalistic feeling and atmosphere that I enjoyed. If this is how it all ends, consider me enlisted.

Extras

Among the bonus features is the complete 19-minute minisode version of Husker's Cylon encounter and two deleted scenes. Featurettes include "The Look of Battlestar Galactica" and "My Favorite Episode So Far” and a trailer and 2.5-minute "sneak peek" at season 4. In a commentary track for the extended edition, executive producer Ronald D. Moore and writer Michael Taylor discuss how the episode came together.