Movie Name: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Studio: David Eick Productions
Release Date(s): October 27, 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
The Cyclons have declared war on their creators. Caprica is the target. Now a group of humans have escaped and are on the run, and the Cyclons will stop at nothing to destroy them. As the Cyclons infiltrate the human race, some Cyclons begin to feel sympathy for their victims and two version of Number 1 (Dean Stockwell) find themselves trying to decide their next course of action.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan was a straight-to-DVD and digital download release on October 27, 2009 and then aired in a shortened version on Syfy in January 10, 2010. The original cut runs about 20 minutes longer than the television cut and does feature some nudity.
The story mostly focuses on the period from the infiltration of Caprica by the Cyclons to right before the period on New Caprica. It is composed of some flashback and different perspective of the events chronicled in the TV series, and mostly focuses on Number 1 (or Cavil). One version of Cavil is aboard the Battlestar Galactica and trying to gather the sleeper agents, to prepare them for the fight and the other version still resides on Caprica and trying to snuff out Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) and a group of survivors led by Sam Anders (Michael Trucco). It also heavily features, the Final Five so if you haven’t followed the series to the completion, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan can’t be recommended.
I can’t really recommend The Plan to anyone but fans, and even then it really what I wanted or expected. It was marketed a bit as “what the Cylons were planning” and I had hoped it would answer the questions of why the Cyclons initially attacked because throughout the series, I kind of lost any perspective of what they were doing. The Plan really didn’t answer these questions and seemed a bit dull because of all the rehash. I expected more new content since Battlestar Galactica is usually a bit more clever.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan isn’t a bad movie, but it isn’t that great. After the conclusion of the series, a lot of people were up in the air about if they liked it, but The Plan didn’t help with opinions since it was so ho-hum. I don’t know if the world of the relaunched Battlestar Galactica is over (I can’t imagine it could come back), but if The Plan was the last look we get, it is a bit of a let down.