A two-hour Battlestar Galactica special that tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus several months prior to it finding the Galactica.A two-hour Battlestar Galactica special that tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus several months prior to it finding the Galactica.A two-hour Battlestar Galactica special that tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus several months prior to it finding the Galactica.
In 2012 or so, I rented something called Blood and Chrome, from Blockbuster (Remember those?) - I actually loved it, to the point that I bought it. But I had not been too familiar with Ron D Moore's BSG reinvention beyond the Miniseries. I thought that was it, I didn't even know they had made a show out of it. Not until years later. In Blood and Chrome, Luke Pasqualino plays the fledgling Bill Adama. Now, I thought I really enjoyed that story. But after watching the entirety of BSG and several of the earlier made-for SyFy BSG "movies", I have to admit, it falls way short. Maybe it is just that I don't like giving any film or show negative reviews. Blood and Chrome had its merits, but RAZOR...
Razor really shows us what the young Adama should have looked like, and should have acted. And here, Nico Cortez plays Young Adama in such a way that you can actually see Ed Olmos' face in his face.
Regarding Helena Cain, I love Michelle Forbes, a big fan of Ensign Ro here. I feel she blew it by not being in Deep Space 9. But for her to be in BSG and also in this film, makes up for that loss, in a big way.
I was slightly disappointed with this, I was expecting much more of the Cain story. But after watching this twice in the last 3 days, I say it's the perfect combination of the Pegasus story, the more Current BSG timeline, and events 40 years prior. And the best part of this, is the Homage to the original 1978 BSG: Keep an eye out for "The Original Look" of a few things. You'll see.
There is also an untold story from the Pegasus era, involving a whole new character, someone we never saw. Stephany Jacobsen is Kendra Shaw. You may recognize her as a nurse from Farscape. One of Scorpius' Nurses, or you may not, she looked a lot different there. I think Ms. Jacoby was given a remarkable opportunity to play a major role in this film, and she did it well. In fact, there are three major Pegasus incidents, we learned about when Colonel Tigh would be drinking with Colonel Fisk. She is directly involved with all of them. And therefore answering our curiosity about how in hell exactly these things happened.
And told from this perspective, we can understand why Cain did these things. Not forgive of excuse, just understand.
And the missing Pegasus story fits right into what we missed from the Series. I was wondering who wrote this, but since it was made during the original run of BSG, it had to be the writing team from the show. The other BSG "Films", like "The Plan" are the same as this, made during production or right after, so there are less inconsistencies, like there were with Blood and Chrome.
But if you decide to rent this, pay attention to the ending. There is one Homage to BSG (1978) that stands high above any other homage or reference to the original show, it's like a piece of 1978 was carved out of 1978, and given to us to see here. Enjoy it, when you see it, you'll know what it is.
- Mar 11, 2018