Review: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Battlestar Galactica: The PlanJust when you thought Battlestar Galactica was over, it starts all over again with Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, which looks back at the nuclear assault on Caprica and the months that followed from the Cylons’ point of view. The return to the beloved series, however, is not as incredible as you’d expect.

The direct-to-DVD movie is a blend of footage from the show and newly shot scenes, providing a more detailed look at how the Cylons planned their attack and infiltrated the human race. After “the plan” didn’t quite go the way they expected (the human race wiped out in one deafening boom), merciless Brother Cavil, on board the Galactica, conspires with his fellow Cylons to take down the ship and everyone on board. But as time passes, his brethren begin to second guess their mission.

As intriguing as the premise is, it unfortunately suffers from a lack of strong narrative and the look and feel of a “best of” repeat show. The Plan, directed by Commander Adama himself, Edward James Olmos, is a valiant attempt to add more to the BSG mythology, but in reality it’s not much more than a money grab for the SyFy Channel. The intent of this picture was, presumably, to tell an untold story and piece together the facts, but in reality it does little to expand upon what we already know. There are a few interesting tidbits to be found, but ultimately the show itself did a perfectly good job of showing the human side of the Cylons and their planning and prodding; it’s not as if The Plan presents anything new.

In fact, I was expecting – even hoping – that Battlestar Galactica: The Plan would exclusively focus on the events leading up to the initial attack on the colonies. To see their infiltration and preparation would have presented a unique view into the BSG world; instead, we’re given a rehash of events with some extra stuff thrown in for good measure. Even the biggest BSGdiehards – and I’m one myself – will be wishing for the end long before it comes.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan presents some new material, but the fact that it attempts to shove several seasons worth of the show into two hours makes it impossible to escape the feeling that it’s just a recap episode. Its narration is at times clunky and uneven, the end product a disappointment. This is not the way BSG should be retired.

I’m also giving away a copy of the movie, but the contest ends on Halloween!

By Erik Samdahl
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