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Plot: When the initial Cylon attack against the Twelve Colonies fails to achieve complete extermination of human life as planned, twin Number Ones (Cavils) embedded on Galactica and Caprica must improvise to destroy the human survivors. Runtime: 112 mins Release Date: 27 Oct 2009
In a way, I envy those who have never watched Battlestar Gallactica BSG but decided to see this one. Me, who have followed the show through out the years, now feel the sudden urge to watch them again. With every story ever told, having more then one side to it, so does the BSG one. All though you might not agree with their view on things, it is interesting to see it.Now being a fan, I found a lot of "aha" moments through out the film, moments a viewer, new to the story might not see at all. If you have seen anything from the BSG show, even if it is just a short clip or stray <more>
episode and found it interesting, watching this movie will sure be time well spent.
Thorough Reexamination of Battlestar Galactica (by huntleyrussell-565-35819)
The cylons were created by man. They rebelled and evolved to appear human and even think as humans. These robotic machines in the universe of Battlestar Galactica destroyed an entire civilization of fictional humans in a quest to right the wrongs of their creators' sins. The moral question of justice has always been a backdrop of Battlestar, but The Plan really brings it to the forefront. What reasoning is there for genocide and mass destruction? What moral imperative drives devastating loss of life? Such are the massive questions the show endeavors to resolve, or at least, question. The <more>
Plan examines what it means to be human.In the Battlestar universe, the cylons have always had a plan. We just never got to see or understand it as viewers. The Plan examines pinnacle moments during the Battlestar show and present clips of the events with supplemental scenes to further extrapolate details about the characters. The destruction of the colonies is witnessed first hand by several members of the Final Five cylons who provided the technology for human emulation, one of the critical innovations the cylons made to infiltrate humanity once and for all. Sweeping shots of glistening cities are replaced with apocalyptic images of mindless destruction through waves of nuclear air strikes. The effects are mesmerizing on a visual and intellectual level, as the viewer is left to ponder the massive outcome of military damage to defenseless civilian targets. The emotional impact is overwhelming.The cylon plan for human genocide derives from the conniving plans of Cavil, labeled One as a cylon model. Dean Stockwell provides a provocative characterization of a somewhat schizophrenic character. He "chews the scenery" a bit as the evil mastermind, but Stockwell emanates his decisions with such moral clarity, such disdain for opposing sides, that he fills the megalomaniac shoes very well. The performance is simultaneously campy and brilliant in his provoking mannerisms. Mixing the personal with the theatrical, he conveys a sensational villain with insistent motives that question our understanding of human morality.Few of the revelations give any provocative insight into the original plots of BSG, but the impact of the reexamination triggers a strong nostalgic and inquisitive response. Boomer's actions as a sleeper agent are thoroughly scrutinized. The additional scenes extrapolate while leaving some questions open to interpretation and imagination. The fun part of The Plan is reconsidering all of the original conflicts of the Battlestar universe and reinterpreting them, either through the on screen situations or through our own imaginations. The movie encourages the imagination to question the original story-lines, a profound achievement for a movie presented through a format akin to a clip show. It is a "re-imagining" of the clip show and of Battlestar Galactica as a whole, and the result is thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking.The DVD is chock full of extras, from extended deleted scenes with accompanying soundtrack to special extras which offer insight into the BSG creative process. The special effects team has a feature offering some understanding into the complex creative enterprise of realizing the detailed and realistic visual effects of the series. Edward James Olmos has a feature describing his transition to director and what the process means to him. The extra content enhances the understanding of the creative process and provides additional story lines through the deleted scenes, making for a cornucopia of juicy material.Most of all, The Plan provides a means of observing our moral universe and the underlying philosophical principles of our existence. Battlestar Galactica has always focused on moral conflicts, and this most recent movie expounds upon Ronald D. Moore's vision as well as human morality. It is a triumph of creative television and moral exploration.Highs: Exemplary special effects nicely complement a compelling storyline; Dean Stockwell's scenery-chewing brilliance; poetic direction by Olmos; casual confidence of Espenson's dialogue; exciting DVD extras; innovative re-imagining of the clip show.Lows: Somewhat campy; Cylon evil-ness reduced occasionally to comic slapstick see Six's wig switch in the middle of the movie .The Verdict: A, Haunting, nostalgic presentation of the war between man and cylon.
Excellent.....If you've seen the complete series... (by hiigarasjet)
Let me open this review with simply....FRAK-TAKULAR But this review will probably get bombed with negativity...It's a good 107 minutes worth of interesting back story that was never covered in the series. The Plan shows us the cylon point of view from just before the attacks on the colonies up until toward the end of the second season of battlestar galactica...I will stay clear of giving too much away...it's filled with dark humor and sexual humor but it's all in good fun. Most hardcore BSG fans out there will either cringe or swoon over this movie I thoroughly enjoyed it for what <more>
it was just an extension of Battlestar Galactica!...I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen the full series...!Everyone wants to find something to complain about from board posts and negative reviews..I give this 10 stars with the advice of, "Ignore all reviews and go in watch it without any expectations"So get some pop corn and your favorite cylon plush toy and sit back and enjoy!
A great companion piece to the series (by megatom5)
First of all let me get one thing straight, this is in no way an original Battlestar Galatica story. Razor had a story that centered around a new character and told a somewhat self-contained story. This is almost the complete opposite; no relevant new characters, no truly new plot lines. This film is essentially a side story of the original two seasons. It deals with the attack on the colonies and the subsequent invasion and pursuit of Galactica from the point of view of the Cylons; not just the original 8 models but also the final five.The main character is actually Brother Cavil, in two <more>
different forms one on Caprica and one on-board Galatica. We see that Cavil plays a crucial role in orchestrating the Cylon events on the Galactica, while his Caprica counterpart takes the role of a distant observer to the struggling band of survivors on Caprica.What I really liked about this movie is that it kind of ties everything together. It retreads the old plot lines of the first two seasons, but knowing the revelations to take place it puts everything in a different light. It also explores the intense cruelty and duality of Cavil. Additionally, some of the plot lines that were never quite clear, begin to make sense. How did Leobin know so much about Kara? Where Valeri's actions intentional? There are three issue that I can foresee someone having with this. The first being, that some might feel it being a retcon of the first two seasons to connects the events of the fourth. While this might be somewhat true, I don't think it takes anything away from them, and if you liked the fourth season it adds something significant to it. The second issue is that it is a retread. We already know exactly what happens to all these characters. But I don't think that the compelling part of this is what happens so much as why it happens, and what feelings and emotions are fueling the Cylons. The third is that there are basically no space battles to be seen here. There is a great opening sequence where we get a much more in depth look at the destruction of the colonies, but for a show called Battlestar Galatica we might expect some space jockey action.I am not a prude but I must say that after seeing the unrated DVD, there is a bit of gratuitous nudity. Not that I had a problem with it, so to say, but it felt a little out of place, like it was trying to be a little shocking. Maybe it was just trying to give us a taste of what the show would have been like on HBO, i dunno just felt a little tacked on.Overall this is a great companion piece to the series, does not feel entirely necessary but at the same time doesn't feel like it didn't need to be in the first place.
The motivation of the cylons, why they attacked and why they stopped. (by hagnor)
This movie is an excellent addition to the series. In fact it only covers the events of the first 2 seasons, but now seen from the cylon perspective. It must be said though that it is quite mandatory that you saw at least those 2 seasons, otherwise you won't have a clue what it is all about.Now the spoilers :The movie is a combination of 2 stories, 2 perspectives, and a whole range of subplots as we've come to expect and love in the Battlestar series. The first perspective is from a brother Cavil model the priest , on board of Galactica who runs the anti-human movement. The other <more>
perspective is from another brother Cavil, on the planet Caprica, where he infiltrates the resistance. Both brother Cavils are in essence exactly the same, but it are their different experiences that set them apart. Initially they both hate all humans and act very much like spoiled children , but gradually things happen that make it change. One becomes better, the other becomes worse.It is all very subtle, and only in the final conversation is everything said in more detail though still subtle . However the full motivation behind the cylon attack on the colonies, and their sudden change of heart later proposing the truce , is all there - some other comments here unfortunately fail to spot it and bash the whole movie as a result. The skinjobs attacked out of frustration with their limited human form and the obvious lack of acceptance as human, which caused them to hate their creators. "As long as a human lives there can be no place for cylons". Coupled with that they are also jealous of the real humans, because the cylons can never be anything else than machines. There are more reasons, but like I said it is all very subtle. It helps to think of the cylons as children without much life experience. The change of heart comes from the experiences of the individual skinjobs placed among the humans. To put it cheesy : they learn what it means to love, and that conquers all hatred. E.g. Boomer could not kill Adama because she loved him which seemed like a plot hole at the time : if you wanted to kill Adama, just put the second bullet in his head instead of his chest. This plot hole is now "filled" . Even the stubborn Cavil who is left on the planet learns the meaning of it.So all in all, a very good movie, that should be watched together with the series.
While I agree with some of the other commenters that The Plan in some ways does not hold up two well in terms of plot. While it does, as it claims to do, answer quite a number of open ended questions form the show, the majority of those questions are relatively unimportant or are things that the audience could deduce on its own for example, it isn't a big revelation that in the Miniseries when Baltar's Six turns around and says "its about time, I wondered when you'd get here" she is talking to a Cavil, it could easily be assumed, even without watching the rest of the <more>
show, that she is talking to one of the other Cylons. However, as a psychological study of the Cylons, their personalities, motivations, and why they are trying to destroy humanity The Plan is utterly fantastic. While the movie centers around two of the Cavils and gives quite a bit of insight into their determination to destroy humanity the psychologies of two Simons, the Leoben who torments Starbuck, Boomer while she is a sleeper agent, Several Six's, Anders, and to some degree Tyrol as well, is dealt with extremely well. While the 'plan' of the Cylons really is quite simple you get quite a bit more incite into the Cylons themselves as a result, and why they continually fail to destroy humanity.The acting here is superb, all around, although special mention must be given to Dean Stockwell for his brilliant portrayal of the two Cavil's on which the plot hinges. The visuals, as always with this series, are also fantastic as is Edward James Olmos's direction.While this piece is not necessary to the understanding of Battlestar Galactica the psychological aspects that this movie introduces gives the show, especially some of the events in the first two seasons although it is relevant to later events as well a lot more depth to them and it serves as a good companion to the series and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the series.
Resurrection ship. The beginning is the end. Ouroboros (by kular7)
After a very disappointing final episode of the series that answered and revealed naught, the plan finally digs deeper into the motivations and questions that a created construct has about it's creator and what it means to develop into an evolved human prototype. From my estimation the plan is both the beginning and the definitive ending of this exotic and brutally honest space opera. It brings full circle the entire series. The fact that it is pieced together like an elaborate jigsaw puzzle is apropos in my mind.The eternal recurrence, that this has all happened before, this is a complex <more>
morality tale that both satisfies and justifies many unanswered questions that I had, it places its brand upon the entire series and I can now breath a sigh of relief that this was truly one of the best dramas in television. No longer a hurried, convenient open exit, the end is now the beginning and so we must continue to wonder and to speculate on what the idea of humanity really means.
Loved it, however it is one for the real fans. The CGI, was pretty cool and stayed true to the original concept, The initial nuclear holocaust is done particularly well and portrays the scale much better than in the series.Galactica's strength right throughout the run IMO , came from the character arcs, the writing and of course the portrayal by the actors. This is where The Plan wins my vote, it fully realises and better portrays the true nature and motivations of the Cylon model characters. Dean Stockwell as Cavil is brilliant. I was a bit disappointed with his character in the series, <more>
I thought he was more sarcastic than actually evil, the story certainly needed a true villain, however in The Plan he doesn't disappoint.Sure there's a lot of re-cycled scenes but who cares, if you're getting a new dimension to the story it's all good.Big thanks to Eddie Olmos & Jane Espenson for giving us this additional dimension.Also I love the way, in the directors commentary, that Eddie makes a real effort to try and thank every last film crew member, you can tell that he is a really nice, genuine guy and cares passionately about the Galactica brand. Bravo.
Cylons are humanoids and among humans become more and more human (by xenolupa)
Why the cylons tried to kill all humans is gradually made clear in this movie. Why it failed as well. The original plan was replaced by a new plan and at the end by another one.Why kill them all? Because the humans made the first metal cylons and they made them wrong and therefore the new flesh cylons are bad as well.Why did it fail? Because the cylons were to cocky and thought they could kill them all easily. But some humans are smarter that he cylons expected them to be. And a lot other humans were just plain lucky.The original plan: kill all humans. The new plan: kill all that are left <more>
over. The last one: try to occupy our own bits of the universe.I like this movie because it connects with several strange bits in the series. The cylons are machines, but they are advanced machines, with advanced and complex brains, they have emotions, longings, moods. And as with any advanced brain, it thinks for itself, it learns, it views opposing sides of any issue. Many of the cylons that live along humans see that the differences are very small. That the way the cylons love and hate and think and plan are not very different from the human way.I think this movie shows the importance of the matter of perspective. When you're a machine that is designed to live among humans, and actually live for quite a while among humans, you will become more and more human and less and less machine.The promise that many answers would be answered in this movie is not proved, many are not answered at all. I wanted to see discussions in the cylon worlds about why and how to kill all humans. I wanted to see the cylon worlds, period. I wanted to see meetings of all cylon types. I wanted to see how the flesh cylons were made. I hope that is done in a future movie.This movie is a nice story. Don't watch it with too high expectations. Don't believe the promises, watch and think for your own. Enjoy the stock footage, enjoy the acting, the special & visual effects, the fights, and enjoy Dean Stockwell. And hope for another movie.