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Battlestar Galactica: Razor [Blu-ray]
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Razor combines past and present storylines of the Pegasus through focusing on a new character, Pegasus deck officer Kendra Shaw, and how her experiences in the past storyline transformed her into the unfeeling tool of the title that Cain believes is the ideal squared away leader. The past storyline is the better of the two, with the backfill of what happened to the Pegasus until it met up with Galactica providing some riveting scenes. While generally the best forty minutes of the show since Exodus II thanks to a couple of intriguing additions like the background of Gina and Cain, by only developing Fisk's drunken stories and largely neglecting character development outside of Shaw, the writers don't quite get this up to the superb quality of the rest of the Pegasus story arc.
The present storyline is less compelling, set in between "Captain's Hand" and "Lay Down Your Burdens" as Apollo runs his first mission as commander of the Pegasus with some help from his father and Starbuck. Once "Razor" begins focusing on this latter storyline in the second hour things begin to drag somewhat; on the commentary, Ron Moore explains that a good slug of the second plotline was his brainchild for the sake of continuity, and while probably easier to follow than the original script it feels somewhat like the padding it is.
Despite that, Razor is still fun stuff.Read more ›
While looking for the last piece of the series (see the end of the review), I came across some great deals (in terms of price), but was dismayed to see just how confusing things have become on Amazon. This review below is meant to help you wade through the mess in the marketplace, purchase the series, and enjoy it. I originally posted it for the combined Seasons 4.0 and 4.5 set, but someone kindly suggested I post it elsewhere as well. I hope you find it helpful.
The show is incredible. However, the whole DVD thing has been a disaster. They released it in the worst way possible (see below), Amazon compounded the problem by lumping together reviews for DIFFERENT PRODUCTS, and the DVD manufacturers seem to be changing the contents of some products. I cannot imagine how someone who is not deeply familiar with it is supposed to purchase this wonderful show. Certainly, they would hesitate to give it as a gift! Let's hope this solves your problem.
In one sentence, I can say that here is what you want to get: Seasons 1, 2.0, 2.5, 3, 4.0, 4.5, and The Plan. I have links to them below. If you get these, then you will be sure to have it all.
-Season One was released as (...Read more ›
Razor itself is an episode that serves both as a prequel of what happened to the Pegasus from the attack on the shipyards to her meeting with Galactica through the viewpoint of a new character, Kendra Shaw (and a recap of everything leading up to Lee's command), as well as back story from the first Cylon War told through the viewpoint of a young Bill "Husker" Adama. All of these events serve to foreshadow a surprising revelation at the end that should tie in the cliffhanger of Season 3 with the beginning of Season 4. All of the story lines going on at once work surprisingly well together, though I found myself wincing that none of this had been referenced in the main series for the most part.
Was it worth watching? Oh yes. If nothing else this will tide you over as well as make you anticipate Season 4 even more. I was worried I'd be 'out of it' with such a long delay, but the twist at the end of this DVD makes you wonder what is really going on as Season 4 starts.
Second: The Extras.
Some of these I felt like I had seen, or at least experienced through Moore's podcasts. They basically dealt with the special effects of Battlestar Galactica, with discussions on where they got the look, the camera work, and other things anyone familiar with the series has probably heard by now.
The Webisodes/Minisodes deal specifically with young Bill "Husker" Adama and fill in more of what happened during to and prior to his place in Razor. This was enjoyable, though short, and showed the final battle of the first Cylon War, and the genesis of his dislike for the toasters.Read more ›
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*I loved the original Battlestar Galactica, but the new one is even better! Plus it's got Katee Sackhoff in it. I lo-o-o-ove her!Published 1 month ago by David G Thelen
necessary watching to understand the full version of this battlestar seriesPublished 4 months ago by D. Anderson
Great arc hateful woman but goes to show what can happen with ANYONE in a high pressure environment.Published 4 months ago by Geoffery L. Williams
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|Watch this before Season 3?||
No, it will not spoil season 3. It does not, however, take place immediately after Cain's death, as another poster said (i.e. after 2.12 "Resurrection Ship II"), it takes place right after 2.17 "The Captain's Hand", so don't watch it before you see that episode, or you'll... Read More
Dec 11, 2007 by Ivana Cvetanovic | See all 6 posts
|Only subtitled in english? SPANISH SUBTITLES!!!!||
It will most likely be English, Spanish, and French..Most details about the DVD features aren't revealed yet, plus the cover was just decided on two weeks ago by a vote from fans. Just about every DVD sold in North America has to have English, French, and Spanish subtitles because of Canada,... Read More
Oct 5, 2007 by Ricky | See all 4 posts
|BSG writers need to get off the soapbox.||
I got a different impression from Razor and the episodes of the series you reference. BSG is not a preachy show. It is deliberately ambivalent, which can be frustrating on issues where there really shouldn't be any ambivalence (like murdering innocent women and children or torture), but it... Read More
Nov 30, 2007 by Brendan Morrice | See all 3 posts
|Where is season 3??||
April '08 it is. Check out this Nov. 30 interview with Ron Moore:
Dec 6, 2007 by Ron Walters | See all 9 posts
When you go to play the movie, it should ask you which version you want to watch. If this doesn't come up, I'd say that there's something wrong with your disc.
Dec 16, 2007 by Desmond Dapena | See all 9 posts
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