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on 18 April 2017
Best Show ever ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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on 5 May 2017
very good, as described
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on 22 June 2017
Lazy rip off mostly cobbled together from old episodes. Adds nothing except confusion. Really well worth avoiding.
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on 5 March 2017
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on 10 November 2009
If you're browsing this product, chances are you've seen BSG through to its crescendo. For those that have not, I advise coming back to this after you've completed viewing. There's some spoiler-ish stuff here.

This is a great companion to the first two seasons. While not crucial in the overarching storyline, it offers a chance to step back through the early episodes with hindsight of what we now know about the identities of the Cyclons, the fate of 'Brother Cavil', and the true nature of Cylons. The production expertly weaves existing footage of the early seasons with new back stories and revealing vignettes that occurred 'off-camera'. Why did a Six risk cover by stepping forward to accuse Baltar of treason, only to disappear? How did Leoben and Doral, two of the first Cylon agents to be discovered, continue to have copies in the fleet until their demise? Why was Boomer so conflicted about her mission? And what was Brother Cavil's "plan"? All of these gaps are filled.

The real treat here is simply that it is more BSG, featuring some of the regular cast plus more screen time for the supporting players. Simon's storyline examines why the Cylons found it so hard to defeat humanity even after bringing them to their knees. The always excellent Dean Stockwell as Cavil is the main focus of the story, hiding in plain sight as he struggles to wage covert a war against the 'infection' of humanity, and against human nature tainting his Cylon subordinates in their everyday lives. And, of course, the soundtrack by BSG maestro Bear McCreary is flawless and sublime.

The Plan features very little to no extra scenes for the major crew members of Galactica, save Boomer, Anders and Tyrol. Olmos does a great job of directing but due to the story cutting between the work of many directors, it is hard to judge his individual style. The fact that it is stylistically seamless is a credit in itself. This is recommended for fans of the show, and a must-have for anyone interested in the Cylons and their motivations.
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on 23 July 2010
I am a huge fan of the re-imagining of "Battlestar Galactica" and loved the entire series. While "Razor" was a great movie, "The Plan" is somehow a disappointment. Sure, it gives you some additional information, but it doesn't really add anything important to the drama. And you dont get the feeling of watching a movie. More like a loveless stringing together of scenes. It has something "unfinished" and does not satisfy. Feels artificial. Somebody who doesn't know the series would be totally lost anyway, which should not happen in a movie. No: "The Plan" is some fodder for fans, but I guess they/we will still stay hungry for something real...
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on 25 April 2011
I really don't know why this has had some negative reviews. It is a great movie and most definitely fills in some of the lacunae of the series. People have complained that it contains clips from the series, but these are both entirely appropriate to this movie and so well integrated that it's hard to see the joins - and there really isn't that much repeat material. For me a quote from Eddy Olmos (who directed the movie) in one of the special features says it all. He notes that once you watched The Plan you'll want to rewatch the series and will get new nuances from it that you didn't see before. he's so right. The "Plan" isn't any kind of earth shattering secret that we haven't already worked out - but that's not the point of the movie. Instead it explains why the Cylons changed in the way they did and adds some extra dimensions to them that weren't revealed in the series. I thoroughly recommend this DVD.
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on 5 May 2010
Battlestar Galactica's desperate crew members were always great recyclers. Short on replacement parts, they kept their aging spaceships humming by reusing whatever bits and pieces of technology they had lying around. That recycling continues in 'Battlestar Galactica: The Plan'.

Even after all this time, (having purchased the original American Blu-Ray release last year), I'm still torn over this final Battlestar movie. It's good, but it's not great - it's fun, but it's far from perfect - it's interesting, but at times feels incomplete or leaves you feeling somewhat frustrated in wanting that little bit more exposition or other issues addressed.

But there are some real gems to be found and savoured here if you're prepared to look for them: like the storyline between Cavill and The Boy, which I found particularly rewarding and moving (wonderfully played as ever, by Dean Stockwell), the internal struggle that the Cylon model Simon (Rick Worthy) undergoes, and the tenderness towards his human wife that he retains, is powerful, and sheds new light on this previously mysterious model. There are also wonderful moments with Ellen, Shelley Godfrey and more. There IS much to be savoured here, but maybe like most spreads, it's spread a little too thinly at times and leaves you wanting more.

The real price of admission, however, is two-fold: Firstly, for Dean Stockwell's performance as Brother Cavill. I've always felt he was the most conflicted and complex of all the 'original' models and this film serves as his star turn. He is everywhere - at once a priest on the Galactica, a resistance warrior on New Caprica, scheming on the baseship. It's equally fun watching him boiling with frustration that The Plan isn't coming to fruition, snapping at his fellow Cylons, and every dry, sardonic aside in-between. The second being the masterstroke that is the Cylons devastating attack on Caprica which is truly quite something to behold, coupled with an amazing score from Bear McCreary that really comes into its own during this long scene.

Edward James Olmos directs this movie as only someone so intimately familiar with the material can. Reshot scenes on Caprica and supplements to Galactica footage all fall seamlessly into place, as though rewatching major plot points unfold from the series again in real time - just from the perspective of others - which of course, is the entire point.

Whether you enjoyed it or not, to simply dimiss the hard work and effort that actually went into bringing this all together into a cohesive whole is just plain insulting and dismissive to those involved. It couldn't have been easy to weave the machinations of the Cylon materplan as documented throughout the series (the attack, the human resistance, Cylon activations, etc.) without coming off as disjointed, bloated or just plain gimmicky, for the most part it is handled beautifully.

If anyone is under any illusion that this was some mere hack job, they really need to watch the extras - particularly how the original version of the scene between Ellen and Cavill was to play out, as this only goes to prove how EJO's attention to detail and pacing paid off here in droves - the way it was re-edited into the attack scenes works amazingly well and really ups the ante and the tension.

So...so far, so good. What's not to like? Well, for one - I was very disapointed that there was no real further exposition to the saga of The Olympic Carrier from Season Ones epic '33' (personally, I've always been convinced that the voice that is heard over the Talk Wireless during its reappearance is the 'Simon' model Cylon). It could have been really interesting to have found out what really did happen on that ship when it vanished: were those "thousand some-odd souls" killed? Experimented upon? Airlocked? Did Apollo really end up killing a ship full of innocents? Or were there no passengers left on it at all? For me, I felt like this was such a shame this opportunity was missed to truly tie that up once and for all.

That's my one major gripe. The other is not so much a gripe, more a personal opinion down to taste. The series finale 'Daybreak' served as a wonderful coda for the show, but 'The Plan' somehow seems to dilute and detract from the beauty of that experience. Yes, I too was clamouring for more. But somehow, for all it's good intentions, 'The Plan' just doesn't quite seem to hit the mark it was aiming for. This is not to say it's bad - it's most certainly not, but after watching it, I just felt like I had cheapened my journey somehow with Galactica and her crew.

Those who have not had the pleasure of watching the show and are yet to take that journey, be strongly advised - this will blow pretty much every major plot point for the first 2 seasons out of the water, including some big reveals in the other seasons, so be warned: this is not something you should watch prior to diving into the series.

To summise: One for completists only, and definately something to not rush into so soon after watching the series finale. Give it a few months, then approach it as if it were a special treat you'd stored away for a rainy day.
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on 9 May 2012
This Feature (I do not know what else to call it as it was originally released for DVD and only later shown on television) is an interesting supplement to the 2003-8 series Battlestar Galactica. However, this is not the best thing they have ever done, so 3 or 4 stars should be the obvious rating. I give it 4. I am surprised at the extremes of 5 star and 1 or 2 ratings by many other reviewers. Perhaps some people expected too much or expected something else.

Anyone not already familiar with the wonderful 2003-8 series Battlestar Galactica should not start here but with the Mini-Series, which comes before Season 1.

This one off Feature 'The Plan' after the Final Season. To avoid very slight anti-climax take a break between watching the Final Season and watching this, but do watch it.

Particularly Good Things in this are:

-Canadian actress Tricia Helfer's performance as various versions of the tall, dyed blonde Cylon No 6. Having been a model before she was an actress and (I am told!) having appeared undressed in Playboy or some such magazine, she may never be taken as seriously as she deserves for her work as an actress throughout the modern Battlestar Galactica

- The scene at the end between Dean Stockwell and himself playng two different Cylon No 1s (Cavills) in which, despite being technically identical machines, they have through their experiences reached different views of whether their original Plan to destroy humanity was right.

(That is why this feature is called 'The Plan'; it is not as some reviewers here expected a detaied account of how the Cylons formed and executed their Plan. One of them eventually almost apologises to the humans and clumsily tries to make peace; the other is to the end unremittingly determined to exterminate the humans and any Cylons who stand in his way - except one gesture right at the end seems to show that even he may be capable of a slight softening)

- The special effects especially in the portrayal of the attack on the colonies.

- Bear McCreary's music, developed from what he wrote for the previous series

- Respect for the original series without monotonously copying it e.g. the way that the introduction "The Cylons were created by man..." that appeared at the beginning of every episode of the main series as text on the screen is here instead spoken one line each by the voices of various Cylon models

- New footage of other familar characters like Ellen Tighe, Chief Engineer Tyrol, Sharon/Boomer/ Cylon No 8 and greater attention to the black male Cylon Simon than he received previously

- Filming this in 2009 they managed to make the characters and backgrounds look so closely like how they were 4 or 5 years before that new and old footage fit seamlessly within the same scene

- Two sequences [within scenes 13 & 14 on the DVD] with Tricia Helfer in her black underwear...

- A good number of bonus features including deleted scenes without the intended special effects. It increased my respect for the actors to see how they had to play scenes as though e.g. there was a Cylon army marching up the road towards them with guns blazing, when at time of filming there was nothing there.

Relative Downsides are:

- This is what in television is called a "clip show" i.e. the plot involves looking back on events previously shown, thus saving the television company money by allowing them to reuse some footage from previously broadcast shows rather than shoot all new.

Some people dislike this. However, if the original footage was good, there is a new way to understand it, and cutting the cost of production is necessary for it to be economic to make the show at all, then we should not complain too much.

- While many major and minor characters from the original series do recur in The Plan, they could not fit in every character to whom you may like. Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck and James Callis as Gaius Baltar both sadly only appear in the reused clips from previous series. President Laura Roslin is not seen at all, nor New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless's Cylon character. There is little or nothing of Jamie Bamber as Captain Apollo or Tahmoh Peniket as Helo.

- While 'The Plan' explains some things from the previous series, in two hours it cannot explain everything. We still do not know any more about e.g. where or how the Cylons lived between the two Cylon/ Human wars, what happened on the 'Olympic Carrier' in Season 1; whether either the Cylon or the Human view of "one true God" or "the Gods" is right; the nature of the guiding figures that only Dr Baltar & Cylon 6 could see that looked like each other; nor Starbuck's destiny that in the Final Season will lead to her apparently surviving her own death.
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on 24 January 2014
I am a massive fan of the modern vision of Battlestar Galactica but as a production The Plan is terribly mediocre. It has no rhythm and no great sense of emotional investment. It just feels a bit off. This is due to the fact that almost half of the movie consists of scenes and moments taken from the main series that are interspliced with the newly shot footage for this particular movie. You most certainly have to have had already seen the main series in its entirety, as watching this as a standalone piece simply wouldn't make any sense, thus this production is solely for die hard and experienced fans of Battlestar Galactica.

Granted it does add a certain amount of closure to these experienced viewers as the story frequently covers specific moments in the TV series and explains them from an entirely different perspective against that of the perspective seen from the main TV series, that different perspective being from the Cylons on-board the Galactica during the first few months after the destruction of the Twelve Colonies. Hence a few questions asked by the viewer when watching through the main TV series are finally answered here in The Plan, and I daresay that that is all that this movie is here for; to answer those questions and to provide a slight amount of closure.

Conclusion. If you are passionate fan of the epic modern vision that is Battlestar Galactica then you might want to purchase this for reasons explained above and because it's simply nice to have just for that sake of completion. My personal fanboyism put-aside however; the production itself is just unfortunately rather mediocre, but it's worth a fiver if you're just a fan, otherwise don't bother with it.
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