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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

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A movie directed by Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos directs this feature-length drama that retells the story of the Peabody-winning series--from the perspective of the Cylons. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE PLAN finds man?s creations plotting to destroy their makers, but their genocidal … see full wiki

Director: Edward James Olmos
Release Date: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

No Major Revelations Unearthed, But Its Great Entertainment

  • Dec 21, 2009
Pros: Excellent visual effects; suburb acting; good script

Cons: Could have explored the Cylon back-story a little more

The Bottom Line:

Before watching Battlestar Galactica: The Plan do watch all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica the (2004) television series; it will make understanding this movie so much easier. 

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I loved the Sci-Fi Channels' reinterpretation of the 1978 ~ 1980 cult classic Battlestar Galactica.  The Sci-Fi Channel (now called the SyFy -don't ask) brought the series back in 2004, but ended it again at the end of 2009.  Needless to say I was disappointed when it was cancelled, but luckily the world of the (human) thirteen colonies and their Cylon creations lives on through a series of Webispodes and the 2009 straight to DVD movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan.       

Both of the Battlestar Galactica television productions share the same foundational plot-line: In a distant part of the universe, a civilization of humans, numbering in the billions, lives on a series of planets known as the Twelve Colonies (they are in fact 12 planets and moons).

In the past, the Colonies have been at war with an advanced robotic race known as the Cylons, which in fact the humans created, but lost control of.  It has been 60 years since the last War with the Cylons, but with the help of a human traitor named Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis ~ 2004 series), the machines launch a (nuclear) sneak-attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations, leaving just 150,000 humans alive.

The human survivors flee into space aboard any spacecraft that can still fly. The twelve colonies proud Colonial Fleet of Battlestars is wiped out, save the aging interstellar warship, Battlestar Galactica, which appears to be the only capital ship that survived the attack. With the famed military leader Commander William Adama, at the helm, the Battlestar Galactica and its crew lead the small fugitive fleet of survivors into deep space in search of a fabled the thirteenth colony known as Earth.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan tells the story of the attack and its aftermath from the group of (12) Cylons perspective.  The Cylon's plan was supposed to be simple: destroy the hated human race in its entirety.  But when their devastating nuclear attack upon the colonies leaves human survivors, the Cylons have to improvise and set about destroying the rest.   
Two powerful Cylon leaders, both portrayed by Dean Stockwell (JAG, Battlestar Galactica, The Manchurian Candidate); are working separately; one on Occupied Caprica (one of the twelve colonies), the other aboard the Galactica.  And both are determined to finish the task at hand.  The story is all-too-human in its exploration of how the best laid plans oft go awry.

Most of the original cast from the television series is back, though in diminished role.  New footage is interspersed with that from the television series in the form of flashbacks.  Battlestar Galactica: The Plan follows along a pretty liner plane, but, the story jumps ahead days and weeks at a time so if you have not watched the television series the movie will leave you lost.  

My Thoughts
If Battlestar Galactica (2004) was raw and gritty, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is raw, gritty, and decidedly for adults only.  There are several nude scenes in the film as well as "sexual situations" best kept from the eyes of wandering, and or wondering kiddies. 

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan continues the stunning visual effect the series brought to the table and upped the ante by actually depicting the attack on the twelve colonies in graphic detail.  That, together with various other visual effects provides a rich underpinning for the movie and really brings to life the stunning scope of the annihilation of the human race on the twelve colonies. 

But Battlestar Galactica: The Plan doesn't introduce much in the way of new or reveling revelations.  And again, without advanced and in-depth knowledge of the series, the movie really doesn't stand alone.  Further, because the story is told from the Cylon perspective, the characters that made the series so compelling and indisputably human-Edward James Olmos' steely, but flawed fleet commander Adama, Michael Hogan's petulant drunkard Saul Tigh, Katee Sackhoff's volatile and unpredictable Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, James Bamber's heroic, yet emotionally tortured Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama-barely appear in Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

But I was okay with that, because once again this is not their story, it belongs to the Cylons and as such Grace Park (Lt. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii), Aaron Douglas (Chief Galon Tyrol), Tricia Helfer (Number 6), and Michael Trucco get a fair amount of the air time.

My one criticism of Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is that it failed to give us a broader understanding of the Cylons motivation(s) for attacking and attempting to wipe out the human race.  A little back-story exploring perhaps the creation of the Cylons, their break-away and subsequent War(s) with the human race would have made the movie more relative and entertaining in my view.   

So bottom-line: before watching Battlestar Galactica: The Plan do watch all four seasons of Battlestar Galactica the (2004) television series; it will make understanding this movie so much easier.  And if you have watched the series, treat yourself to Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, it may not lend much reveal many secrets of the attack, but the movie with its expanded attack scenes and decided adult underpinnings is certainly entertaining!       

Blue-Ray Disc Features:

Run Time: 1 Hours and 52 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English)
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Picture: Widescreen (1.78:1)Color

Bonus Features:

Deleted Scenes
From Admiral to Director: Edward James Olmos & The Plan
The Cylons of The Plan
The Cylon Attack
Visual Effects: The Magic Behind "The Plan"
Battlestar Galactica Trivia
Feature Commentary with Director/Star Edward James Olmos and Executive Producer/Writer Jane Espenson
BD Live - Battlestar Galactica Trivia


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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October 13, 2010
Yeah I felt about the same about this movie, I loved the series.
October 13, 2010
Nice review. I have featured this one in our community...
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