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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
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While much of the action is revisited from key moments (and reused footage) from the series, such as number 8's (Grace Park) attempted assassination on Adama (Edward James Olmos, who also directed), and no. 1's coordinating and reacting to those events, there are some new angles. Anders (Michael Trucco) escapes the initial nuclear attack and participates in a resistance movement against the Cylons, and no. 4, Simon (Rick Worthy), is conflicted by his mission because he's married to a human (Lymari Nadal, Olmos' wife). It's interesting to see events from a different point of view and to get some more depth of thought on them, but overall it's a bit of a disappointment for those expecting a completely new, stand-alone story along the lines of Razor. Note that the movie has spoilers for those who haven't watched the TV series to its end, and it would probably be rated R for female and male nudity that, while not jarring in the context of Galactica's mature tone and themes, seems gratuitous. The DVD includes 14 minutes of deleted scenes, including a longer conversation between Ellen Tigh and Cavil, four featurettes, and a commentary track by Olmos and executive producer-writer Jane Espenson. --David Horiuchi
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However, I was really pleasantly surprised. I can understand how some people might be disappointed with The Plan, it doesn't, after all, answer some of the questions left hanging in the air after the series finale. It doesn't have the space battles or insane intensity of some of BSG's better episodes. It doesn't include some of the most important characters (Laura Roslin, Apollo, Starbuck).
But The Plan was never planned or written, I think, as a nostalgia film that is supposed to exploit our feelings for these characters to milk us for some cash. Instead, it has decided to do something bold: to tell an entirely new story that connects with what we already know, happening at the same time as what we've seen during the first two seasons of BSG.
It's the story of how the Cylons, each in different situations and living amongst different humans were in fact influenced by those humans. We see them developing genuine empathy, and utter hate. We see some renouncing their Cylon identity because of what they've done. We see them questioning their actions. We see them at their most brilliant, but also at their most incompetent. We see them for what they truly are: the imperfect creations of imperfect creations. In the end, the moral is simple: it's easy to kill someone from space with a nuke. It's hard to kill someone looking them in the eye.
If your going to watch The Plan expecting some grand revelations about the loose ends in the series finale, then you will come out disappointed. But if you watch The Plan looking for a really well written movie, with some terrific performances, some new insights into Cylon thinking, or just for a little nostalgia, you wont be disappointed.
So, if you choose to buy this DVD, judge it on it's own merits.
Mysteries such as the following are explored...
- Who did Caprica-Six meet with on Caprica, after talking with Gaius Baltar in the marketplace?
- Did Boomer really blow up the water tanks?
- How did Shelly Godfrey escape from the Galactica?
- How did Sam Anders and his Pyramid team escape and form their resistance?
- How did Ellen Tigh survive the Cylon nuclear attack on Picon?
- How did Leoben become so enamored of Starbuck?
- Why did the Cylons suddenly stop their attack when the BSG Marines linked up with Sam's resistance on Caprica?
We also get to see more of Boomer's internal conflicts between Cylon and human facets, as well as a deeper insight into the Number Four model, Simon. A Simon model is shown to be sympathetic to the human cause, even marrying a human (played by EJ Olmos' actual wife) and raising a family. We see Cavil's machinations as he attempts to orchestrate several Cylons into causing massive damage to the Fleet.Read more ›
This movie really works in that it is a quiet story in a very noisy room. It is about how life finds ways to disrupt our plans but not always in a bad way. It is about reconciling what you think you want with what actually want. It is about learning "the truth" isn't always in the safe black and white places we create. It is about love in all its forms.
First, about the nudity. It exists. Get over it. BSG was never a "family friendly" show given its themes, so if you were expecting something different here, then you are about to be sadly mistaken. There are no basic cable broadcast guidelines to satisfy, so a story can be told in whatever way the storytellers wish. The nudity is not gratuitous or in your face, so deal with the fact it is just another adult theme that BSG can use without restriction now.
Here is the crux of it: at its heart, this movie is about how the Cylons intended on destroying humanity for their perceived wrongs against the Cylon race, and how that plan changed literally everyone. In the real world, it would have been nice to have been able to film scenes with all of the cast members, but monetarily that was not to be - everyone (including Lucy Lawless, contrary to another review here) is represented through previous footage in some fashion. Jane Espenson wound all their stories together in a beautiful fashion, and Edward James Olmos mixed the stock footage together with the new that it was at times hard to tell which was which. The story was engaging enough that I could suspend the fan's critical eye for the first running of the movie, and just enjoy the story Ms.Read more ›
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Story is good, acting is good, animation is good... photography is some of the worst I've ever seen. Read morePublished 28 days ago by kyhunter01
I loved it! It finished the saga and let us know the Cylon backstory.Published 29 days ago by Linda L.
Too much usage of series footage. They could at least have used some deleted scenes for more content.Published 1 month ago by Chazz
Not as engaging as the rest of the Galactica series, but does expound on the Cylon plan for mankind.Published 1 month ago by Alaska Hermit
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