By: Amrie Cunningham
First things first – all TV shows should be shown on a movie theatre screen. I had the opportunity to see Battlestar Galactica: Razor at a theatre near my house, and it blew me away. I have to admit that the storyline itself felt kind of pulled together and I struggled to find myself caring about this tertiary character that had never once been mentioned in the show I’ve dedicated hours upon hours of viewing time to. But seeing the show on the giant movie screen gave me a whole new appreciation for many things.
Edward James Olmos (Bill Adama) says more with a look than any modern actor probably can. The screen lights up every time Mary McDonnell (President Roslin) appears, even if for just one minute. Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama) on the big screen is just frakkin hot. Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck) is obviously having so much fun playing a complete bad ass. Tricia Helfer (Gina/Six) is beautiful and conveys pain and pride in a combination that would have knocked me over if I had been standing up. And Michele Forbes (Helena Cain) is my hero. How’s that for set up?
A little back story about Razor, so you all can catch up (slight spoilers – I won’t give any of the big reveals away). Razor is the story of how the Pegasus came to be under Lee’s leadership after Cain, Fisk, Garner, etc., all died in a variety of (sometimes violent) ways. Did you know that Lee had an XO that wasn’t Dee when he first started as Commander Adama? No? Neither did I. His original XO was Kendra Shaw, an Aussie (though they don’t have Australia as a country in the world of BSG, so I’m not sure what her background there was) who learned how to be who she is from the amazing (and sapphic…) Admiral Helena Cain, the scary, manipulative, homicidal woman that ruled the Pegasus with an iron fist. Without giving too much away, because you have to turn in to the movie to see just how it all comes together, Kendra is Helena Cain, Jr., complete with wicked tendencies to be completely crazy and at times, possibly as un-human as the Cylons.
I’ve heard mixed reviews of the two-hour movie, but I’m in the positive category – I thought it was a wild ride, and though it doesn’t move the story of Kara Thrace’s miraculous rebirth or the four new Cylons, or any of that crazy business forward, it sets up so much new stuff to explore in the final season of this amazing show!