BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - RAZOR
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Félix Enríquez Alcalá
What's it about
Razor tells the story of Apollo's first command of the Battlestar Pegasus and the resulting first mission. Flashbacks also tell the story of what happened to Pegasus during the initial attack on the colonies and how they survived afterward before they met up with the Galactica.
Is it good movie?
I was far too young to enjoy Battlestar Galactica when I was a lad. The 'in' thing to do these days is to resurrect old ideas and revamp them for today's audiences. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge sci-fi fan so I didn't really watch the new series either. However, Razor serves as a standalone tale which may be designed to lure new fans in while tantalizing the old diehards with a taste of things to come.
Here's where I believe the film falters for those who have never seen the show before. I really didn't have a great handle on things going on in this movie, and that's because the storytelling isn't anything close to linear. The whole thing is just jumbled, coming together in the end to create a conclusion.
I thought Razor's acting was decent. Michelle Forbes carries the main plot with her performance as Helena Cain, the ship's admiral. The film centers on that character's back-story for the main plot. There is a theme of sacrifice that runs throughout the film that I dug. There are two other subplots involving a crew member who wants to overcome his father's legacy and another involving a crew member who can't stand her lazy co-workers.
Again, the acting is pretty decent and the plot, while not exactly linear, is interesting enough. There's a lot going on though (the cylon wars, the lesbian references) and as a complete newcomer to the series, I didn't learn very much that compelled me to watch more of the show. The production values really just made the whole thing look like a long episode of the show as well.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks quite good, for a TV show.
Audio is broadcast in 5.1 but really seemed imbalanced and jumped a bit all over the place.
There is a commentary track with producer Ronald D. Moore and writer Michael Taylor. These guys talk a mile a minute, don't waste time and seem honest and informative. Decent enough.
There's also about 4 minutes of deleted scenes. There are 3 of them, and since they're a little over a minute long, you can guess how great they were.
The Look of Battlestar Galactica runs about 8 minutes long and essentially talks about how the creators wanted to make this show stand out from other sci-fi shows.
My Favorite Episode So Far is a neat little featurette running about 10 minutes long. It deals with each cast member's favorite episode. I don't really watch the show, but that's a neat idea.
There are about 20 minutes of short minisodes that were web-only. Some were incorporated into the film and are basically character development.
Finally, there's a sneak peek and trailer for Season 4 of the show.
Ultimately, there just wasn't enough in Razor to keep me truly interested. There was just a lot of stuff that left me cold, since I didn't have any prior knowledge of the show. This isn't to say that fans won't dig it, I'm sure that they'd find a ton to like here as they await the new season of the show.