Battlestar Galactica: The Plan | Edward James Olmos, 2009
The Cylons were created by man. They reveled. They evolved. There are many copies. And they have a plan
Once I wrote about how the finale of Battlestar Galactica left me awe struck. It was the perfect ending for one of the best television shows I had ever seen. So, when I heard about a movie about the whole thing from the perspective of the Cylons was being made, and directed by Edward James Olmos, I got pretty excited. I finally got to watch it, and I could not help but be dissappointed.
The Plan, as I said, tells the story of the show from the Cylon’s perspective. The story is not linear, and it surround many of the most significant event that happened prior to the discovery of Cavil (Dean Stockwell) being Cylon Number One. In fact most of the movie is told from his perspective, one being the main Cavil, residing in the Galactica, and the other one part of Samuel Anders’ (Michael Trucco) rebel group of survivors in Caprica. The one in the fleet is keen on destroying the surviving humans and he is shown manipulating all of the other Cylons in the fleet. The one in Caprica starts out the same way and eventually learns some lessons about being human.
The other Cylon that gets most screen time is Simon (Rick Worthy), Number Four. One copy living with Caprica Cavil and the resistance and the other one is married and has a family in the surviving fleet. The one in Caprica is keen on following the plan. Meanwhile, the one in the fleet is doubting the plan after seeing how cruel Cavil is and would not even spare his family.
As I’ve said, I was disappointed by this. As a movie it does not work because it doesn’t take on the results of the Cylon’s attempt to destroy the fleet. We just see Cavil ordering people around and then moving on. In two hours it tries to fill most plot holes that a series that lasted five years had. It just didn’t work. Also, although The Plan is about the Cylons, I missed seeing some of the grea characters from the series, like President Roslin, Starbuck, and Apollo get involved in the action.
On a separate note, one of the things that got people talking about this was the fact that there was going to be nudity in this. The fact that it was confirmed by the shows hottest actresses (Tricia Helfer and Grace Park) probably helped fuel the fire. In the end it was not any of the main cast members that got nude, but rather there was a scene at a strip club and the one in a locker room. And when the nude people show up they just zoom on the boobs, butts, and penises of the people involved. The nudity just comes off as gratuitous and it does distract. It is like the producers told Edward James Olmos that he had to shoot some in order to get people to buy it on DVD before it aired on TV.
With that said, there are a few things that kept it from being a complete failure. First off, Dean Stockwell’s performance as Cavil is rather excellent. He pretty much has two different characters to play, and he does it very well. Then there is the music by Bear McCreary, which is as good as ever. I always liked the cinematography of the show and that is there, so I enjoyed it. Plus it has Tricia Helfer in a small role, so that always helps.
In the grand scheme of things, The Plan is just a feature-lenght episode, one that ranks among the worst of the series, with some nudity in it. I missed some of the reference because I don’t remember every episode of every season, but I did get most of it. The movie was disappointing, but not a total failure.