Razor takes place during the first thirty days of Lee Adama’s Pegasus command during the period originally covered in the second half of season 2, after the episode “The Captain’s Hand” but before “Lay Down Your Burdens”, and uses flashbacks to show Rear Admiral Cain’s orders during and shortly after the Cylon attack, as well as events occurring on the final day of the first Cylon War. Cain’s actions in the wake of the holocaust are connected to the present by Kendra Shaw, self-described as Cain’s legacy.
Lee Adama’s first priority as Pegasus commander is to restore trust and integrity to the troubled command he has taken while preserving some continuity in the leadership that had evolved under Rear Admiral Cain. He picks Kendra Shaw as his executive officer, promoting her to major, despite the stark contrast between Cain’s enthusiastic praise and subsequent Pegasus officers’ complaints about Kendra’s performance. First boarding Pegasus less than an hour before the Cylon attack on the colonies, Shaw follows Rear Admiral Cain’s order to make a “blind jump” that saves the ship from destruction at Scorpion Fleet Shipyards.
As the a team searches a Guardian basestar, the Cylon hybrid can be heard speaking in more coherent phrases than its more-modern counterparts. It repeatedly utters the words “All this has happened before, and will happen again
On Galactica, Admiral Adama reflects on Cain’s legacy and proposes a posthumous commendation for Kendra Shaw, over his son’s protests that she and other members of Admiral Cain’s crew “butchered innocent civilians”. They close their arguments, however, noting that history’s first draft will be written in their logs, and Lee agrees to consider the commendation.
Edward James Olmos – William Adama
Mary McDonnell – Laura Roslin
Katee Sackhoff – Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace
Jamie Bamber – Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama
James Callis – Dr. Gaius Baltar
Tricia Helfer – Number Six / Gina Inviere
Grace Park – Sharon Valerii
Michael Hogan – Colonel Saul Tigh
Michelle Forbes Michelle Forbes – Helena Cain
Graham Beckel – Jack Fisk