Probably the most successful sci-fi TV show after Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica released their second movie since the end of the series this month. Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is about what the Cylons original plan to wipe out the human race was and their evolving plan as the original plan fail and they have to adjust to acquire their desired goal.
At least that was the premise of the movie. What it turns out to be is even more brilliant than I’m sure the producers expected.
The movie starts us 2 days before the invasion of the colonies and follows all the cylons living amongst the humans as they struggle with their lives as human and their obligation to the cylon race. More specifically it follows two number 1 models as they live amongst the humans, one on Galactica and the other on Cylon-occupied Caprica. As these number 1 spy on the humans and order the other Cylons to sabotage the humans so they could succeed in their endeavor to eliminate the human race, we learn that the Cylons have to go through rough choices as they are torn between their lives amongst the humans. After living amongst them, they have grown accustom to their new life and really don’t want to give it up.
That is a huge dilemma. Cylons are supposed to be machines. But you get a more in-depth look as how they really are just like human, as they live with emotion and more importantly care and love. Even the number 1 begin to understand the humans and why it has become such a struggle for the cylons living amongst the human to plan to wipe them out.
In terms of technical, it looks and feels very much like the series. It doesn’t deviate at all from what has made the series such a success. It even recycles a lot of footage from the series, which I think is brilliant. It really shows us what the movies timeline is compared to the timeline to the series.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is a brilliant addition to the franchise. It answers a lot of question that we weren’t even thinking of during the series, which is a true indication of a good franchise and mythology. The depth of the series is so great that you could take any direction you want and still make a good story out of it. It shows a side of the cylons that we hadn’t seen before and it doesn’t mess with the stories from the series, if anything it build on it.
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan gets a 3.5 out of 5.