pointedview (pointedview) wrote,

Watched Battlestar Galactica: Razor

We finally got around to watching Battlestar Galactica: Razor last night. David and I were not that impressed. We've seen better writing from this team.

I particularly disliked the inconsistency of Bill Adama overriding Lee on the rescue, and then saying, "Oh, son, you make the next call. It's your team," less than five minutes later.

The backstory regarding Gina and Helena worked fine for me: it made sense that the torture visited on Gina was essentially Cain displacing beating herself up for being vulnerable. Additionally, given that revenge was driving her at the time, betrayal of any sort, from personal relationships to mutiny, was justification for harsh retribution.

The massacre on the civilian ships didn't seem as plausible to me from a management perspective. If Cain was truly the brutally pragmatic sort she was made out to be, then I believe she would have viewed every citizen as a resource. Keep in mind that they hadn't discovered Galactica at the time, and thought they were the last of the human race. In order to keep going as long as possible, you need people, and there were members of the next generation already present. While there might come a point where it stretched supplies a bit, there's no reason they couldn't have gone looking for resources the same way Galactica did.

David and I both feel that the hybrid was misleading Kendra Shaw about Kara, but we cannot find a logical reason to justify why we feel that way. Why would the hybrid do so? What motivation would it have? It says:

Soon there will be four, glorious in awakening, struggling with the knowledge of their true selves, the pain of that revelation, bringing true clarity. And amidst confusion, you will find her... Enemies brought together by the apostle, enemies now joined as one. The way forward, once impenetrable, yet inevitable. And the fifth, though still in the shadow yet clawing for the light, hungry for redemption, that will only come in the howl of terrible suffering. I can see them all, the seven, now six self-described machines who believe themselves without sin. But in time, it is sin that will consume them. They will know enmity, bitterness, the wrenching, the agony of the one splintering into many. And then they will join in the promised land, gathered on the wings of an angel. Not an end, but a beginning.

One could interpret the fifth as being Cain because of having to go through great suffering to achieve redemption if she is indeed sorry for her past sins -- for her, being a Cylon could be a literal rebirth. I wonder if Kara is the angel, given the whole glowy aura she had upon her return. It's hard to say at this point.

It was okay, in my opinion, but merely okay. Despite that, I'm looking forward to the show starting back up, even with the delay from the writer's strike.

Tags: battlestar galactica, television
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