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5.0 out of 5 stars You might be missing the point..., October 27, 2009
This review is from: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (DVD)
I am not going to preface this with any grand statements about being a BSG fan from day one. If I am taking the time to write this, you should suspect that already.

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. Epenson and Mr. Olmos told.

Will you like it? Hard to tell, but only because I don't know you. If you sit back and let the story unfold, you will most likely find this an engaging work and a worthy addition to the BSG canon. If you are watching this to see (fill in your favorite actor here)'s story expanded, you might be out of luck - and you also might be missing the point. This is a quiet story not always about specific individuals, but rather about how an individual can affect others and how that ripples through even the most well laid out plan. It is an intimate story told on a grand pallette, and thanks to the people in front of and behind the camera, it works beautifully.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2009 1:24:02 PM PST
A common characteristic of Battlestar fans seems to be disappointment at a specific story being told in a way they didn't like or lack of elaboration on events in the show. I am glad your review addresses that. As a fan, I have had this very same problem, but when I try to appreciate the story being told before my eyes, it relinquishes me from my expectations.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 4:35:01 AM PST
C Fox says:
Thanks for pointing out that it has nudity. I know the show isn't family friendly and I often skip forward at certain scenes. Nudity is completely unacceptable to me, so sadly I won't be purchasing this but I'm thankful you wrote that in your review so it wouldn't come as a shock later, its hard to know since its a TV show. But this is a film, so they can do what they want.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2010 11:42:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2010 11:51:02 AM PDT
Not trying to be facetious dude, but how can nudity be completely unacceptable to you? You shower in the nude, don't you? We were all born naked, weren't we?

I remember when there used to be nudity in PG-rated movies and society hasn't killed itself off yet.

Sorry, but America's WAY too uptight about sexuality these days.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010 8:37:20 AM PST
Morquad X-2 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2014 12:27:40 PM PDT
Paul Zaher says:
completely agree, its funny people complain about nude people or sex on shows, but they don't mind watching killing and people being beaten up. hmmm I wonder which is worse for kids watching nude people of watching people getting killed take a wild guess !!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2014 3:25:54 AM PDT
Milo XIII says:
It's rather curious that, in a series about two-way genocidal warfare, in which countless other morally ambiguous choices have been made frequently, it's the introduction of a little nudity that is suddenly a bridge too far for some. We are all free to establish our own standards, of course, but it's hard for me to understand how torture and violence are OK to view, but the natural human form is not.
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