Battlestar Galactica: Razor webisodes
Written by Michael Taylor
Directed by Wayne Rose (webisodes 1-2) and Felix Alcala
Lt. William Adama makes a shocking discovery
on the final day of the first Cylon War.
Read the story summary of these
webisodes at the Battlestar Wiki
Notes from the BSG
This story takes place on
day 4,571 of the first Cylon War, the day the armistice was
signed, ending the 12-year conflict.
"The Lab" is an ~20-minute webisode made up of seven
minisodes that were available online shortly before the airing
of the Razor TV movie in 2007. The minisodes were
originally shot as flashbacks to be placed within the movie itself, but
most of the material was cut from the finished presentation and
made available online instead. The title I have applied to the
overall flashback story, "The Lab", is borrowed from that of
webisode 5 of the series.
Webisode 1: Day 4,571
As the webisode opens, the Galactica is seen with its
flight pods retracted towards the main hull. This was usually
done when the battlestar was just about to make an FTL jump or
has just emerged from such.
Adama is seen to be romantically/sexually involved with pilot
Adama and Jaycie use the "nothing but the rain" and "bring the
cat in" phrases later used between him and Starbuck in the
BSG2000 episodes. Series developer Ron Moore has said that the
phrases are meant to be from one or more military cadences of
The tattoo of the Tauron symbol is not on Adama's back as it was
Blood and Chrome.
Maybe he got tired of being accused of associating with the
Ha'la'tha and had it removed!
As they suit up, Adama remarks to Jaycie that he's never flown
in combat before. This seems belied by the fact that he faced
Cylon Raiders as a Raptor pilot in
Blood and Chrome
and in a stealth Viper in "Stealth
At 0:06 in the webisode, a Galactica crewmember is seen
to be wearing a uniform very similar to the ones worn in BSG70.
At 2:23 in the webisode, the logo of 1st Squadron (Primus) is
seen on the nose of Adama's Viper.
Operation Raptor Talon
The helmets of
Viper pilots are seen to have the bird emblem painted on,
not a raised metal emblem as in
Blood and Chrome.
Some of the music playing during the Viper/Raider dogfighting
sequence uses samples from the original music of
BSG70 by Stu Phillips.
The shot of the Galactica at 0:31 in the webisode has
the top-mounted gun emplacements seen in
Blood and Chrome
already missing. You'd think they'd still be there since the
war's not over yet.
The battlestar Columbia is destroyed in the Cylon
attack. In the
on Ice Planet Zero" Part 1, Cadet Cree claims to be from the
Columbia while under interrogation by the Cylons, but
the Cylons know that the Columbia was destroyed at the
peace conference (presumably during
"Annihilation", in an
At 1:49 in the webisode, Adama's Viper kind of just winks out of
existence in a rather poor effect of diving into a cloud bank.
At 1:07 in the webisode, a large blade emerges from the
back of the Cylon centurion's wrist as it attempts to
kill Adama with it. Notice also in this shot that the
Cylon head even has the tiny eye holes above the visor
for the actors that the costumes on the original TV
|Cylon centurion in this webisode
As the webisode ends, notice that Adama has picked up the gun
of the centurion he defeated to replace
the one he lost during the sky grapple.
At 0:39 in the webisode, Adama discovers what may be a prototype
resurrection tank, seen later in episodes of BSG2000.
When Adama sticks his hand into the gelatinous fluid in the
tank, he seems to experience telepathic flashbacks to the humans
who were imprisoned and mutilated in the facility. However, it's
not clear whether he actually even stuck his hand in the
fluid...the hand appears dry after he pulls it out and the
visions stop; also, the liquid surface of the tank has no
ripples in it immediately after he pulls it out.
Adama hears a voice speaking the phrase, "All this has happened
before and will happen again." This is heard a number of times
in episodes of the
BSG2000 series, a quote from the Pythian prophecies.
The prisoner Adama speaks to through the door in the Cylon lab
is actor Ben Cotton, who also plays Coker in
Blood and Chrome.
It is later revealed in Razor that the battlestar
Pegasus destroyed the basestar that escaped the ice planet
The armistice ending the war with the Cylons is signed (behind
the scenes) in this webisode.
The webisode ends 40 years later, with Commander Adama
contemplating the past as the Galactica is being
readied as a museum. He exchanges a few words with a PR
executive whom we will meet again as the BSG2000 series opens
(Doral in "Humanity’s
Children") and who is not long after revealed to be a Cylon.
As the webisode ends, the camera pulls back, back, back, from
until a moon with a chunk torn out of it is revealed (a
reverse of the push in scene that later opens "Humanity’s
Children"). What is the meaning of this image? Is it the "old
moon Cimtar", as described in the
"Annihilation" as the
site of the Cylon betrayal and the beginning of the destruction
of the Twelve Colonies? It may also be a bit of an homage to the
closing titles of the 1970-1971
UFO TV series,
which featured a pull-back from Earth to reveal a dead, pitted