Battlestar Galactica: The Plan [Blu-ray]
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The Cylons began as humanity's robot servants. They rebelled and evolved and now they look like us. Their plan is simple: destroy the race that enslaved them. But when their devastating attack leaves human survivors, the Cylons have to improvise. Battlestar Galactica: The Plan tells the story of two powerful Cylon leaders, working separately, and their determination to finish the task.
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For me The Plan provides supplemental background for the BSG universe. Unless you're a fan or knowledgeable about the BSG universe this probably isn't so interesting. BUT, I think most BSG fans will find it interesting and entertaining when considered a background feature. It can feel like a rehash of events from already seen episodes. Still I found this look at the series through the end of season 2 interesting.
The Plan is formatted as a standalone feature length video (1h 55m) and it kept my attention for the whole time. I don't think it's a good as the main series on it's own, but as I said, I see it as a supplement adding depth to the main series arc.
I liked The Plan and I'm giving 5 stars because it was just what I was expecting and added to my picture of the BSG universe.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Man, I wish I'd bought this disc a long time ago... I was a *huge* BSG fan, but I held back on picking up "The Plan" for over a year, based largely on misleading Amazon comments that made it seem like this was basically a cheesy clip reel of previously-seen footage that was lazily strung together to form a new narrative based on the Cylons' point of view.
I should have known better. This feature-length film is mostly comprised of new footage, with some scenes from the original series brilliantly woven in, and the BSG producers were still in their full powers when they made it. (Unlike the wobbly "Caprica" series, which also explored the Cylon AI issues, but ultimately fell apart under the weight of low ratings and an unsupportive network...)
Although the original series dealt with many of the spiritual issues confronting, dividing and uniting humans and Cylons, "The Plan" offers additional depth and a compelling new narrative arc. Indeed, its ending has a more reserved, less far-flung, far more satisfying feel than the big finale of the main BSG show. More subtle, easier to swallow given the gritty feel of what had gone before. If you are a Galactica fan on the fence about picking this one up, don't hesitate any longer: it's totally worth it. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
Some of the revelations are far from jaw-dropping; Caprica Six secretly met Cavill after manipulating Baltar on Caprica; all of the "Final Five" had hints that "this has happened before"; the Doral cylons aren't very bright; and ultimately we just don't give a damn about Sam Anders and his pyramid team, the Caprica Bucs. The only truly new information we get is that one of the Simon's was in love with his human wife and adopted child, that love changes things for the cylons, and a small bit about Caprica Six and Boomer really trying for a truce with the human race. Unfortunately this sub-plot was almost entirely left out of The Plan, and can only be seen via the "Deleted Scenes" Bonus Features.
In the end none of this (not even the nude scenes, which don't feature any of the series stars naked, sorry) really adds much to the cannon of BSG, nor does it make up for the lack of an ending that Ron Moore gave us just six months ago in the series finale. Ultimately we are still left wanting more, more answers, more mind-frakking twists and turns like the series gave us. The Plan mostly fails to deliver on any of this. If we are ever to venture into BSG-land again, Ron Moore, please don't give us your tired left-overs, give us what we got hooked on, or just don't make the effort.
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