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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) Directed by Edward James Olmos
Previously on 'Battlestar Galactica'
The Cylons were created by man.
Some are programmed to think they are human.
There are many copies...
...And they have a plan.
What exactly was that plan? That is a question that always haunted the 50,000 humans of the fleet since they started fleeing the Cylon devastation. We never really knew, because Cylons were notoriously closed mouthed. And you can't threaten them with torture and death, because they just reload into another body aboard a resurrection ship. What we knew of the plan was built from gathering casual remarks, and winnowing truth out of Cylon rhetoric.
We were told it was a Jihad; a holy war ordered by the Cylon's one god against the many lords of Cobol worshipped by the Colonies. And we suspected it had much more prosaic origins, what amounts to sibling rivalry on a grand scale. But through the four years of Battlestar Galactica we saw bits and pieces, and that was about it.
Now the war is upon us, and we see the story from the point of view of the Cylons.
"Progress reports arriving. The farms of Aerilon are burning. The beaches of Canceron are burning. The plains of Leonis are burning. The jungles of Scorpia are burning. The pastures of Tauron are burning. The harbors of Picon are burning. The cities of Caprica are burning. The oceans of Aquaria are burning. The courthouses of Libran are burning. The forests of Virgon are burning. The Colonies of Man lie trampled at our feet." The Hybrid, soul of the ship.
With the attacks against the 12 colonies occurring almost simultaneously, only Caprica was spared the full horror, oddly enough, because she was putting the oldest of the Battlestars out to pasture. Galactica was undergoing her decommissioning ceremony, and thus she was fully staffed, but not considered a high value target. And thus less than 50,000 human souls escaped Caprica in a rag tag fleet of ships, led by the aged war horse, and her Captain, Lee Adama (Edward James Olmos). The Cylon plan of genocide had failed, or rather, was now forced to evolve.
There are 12 models of Cylon who look human. Discovering who they are is part and parcel of the fun of the series. Therefore, I will not list most actor's names. But when it all comes down to it, the real architect of the genocide comes down to the number one series. Played by the delightfully versatile Dean Stockwell, the Ones are mendacious, vindictive and have long memories. They however do not always agree, and really this movie is the saga of how the two leading factions of the One series, whom I call One and Brother Cahill, lead the Cylons through the sticky and unfamiliar world of human emotions, and try to lead their people to victory, or at least a loss they can live with.
It is a well made episode, featuring tons of file footage from seasons one and two. It is definitely a spoiler fest, so I would suggest watching it last, and not before the actual series. But it goes through and shows things from the Cylon perspective; how they saw things, their motivations as they work to sabotage the fleet, and their efforts to succeed with their very limited sleepers seeded within the fleet.
It is deep, emotional, and insightful, finally laying out all the pieces that we have been juggling in the back of our heads into a coherent pattern. It is a fan boy's fondest dream.
However, as a standalone movie, it fails utterly. If you haven't watched Battlestar Galactica, it will make little sense, and frankly be a bit boring. This one is definitely a labor of love, made for the fans. It has little appeal outside that fan base. But if you are looking for something for your favorite geek, this is perfect.
One: But first we're going to die in a vacuum.
Brother Cavil: There's a 170 ft launch tube in front of us, we might die of our injuries before we get to the vacuum.
One: I don't like you.
Brother Cavil: I understand that.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older