Before I begin this review I have to disclose that I’m a huge fan of Ron Moore and David Eick’s re-imagined Battlestar Galactica tv series. From the first moments I saw it I was hooked and I followed the show religiously through its entire run. To this day I regard it as one of the finest shows ever to grace the small screen. In fact, I liked it so much I even got the entire series on Blu-ray. Yes, I’m the one.
So, when it came time to watch and review the latest Battlestar Galactica movie The Plan, I went into it with high expectations but was wondering how they were going to pull off this movie and tell this very well-known story from a completely different perspective: that of the Cylons. Much to my happiness, when I did watch The Plan, I was impressed with the way it turned out and how this rather complex undertaking was handled, with a few notable exceptions.
Before I get too deeply into anything negative, let’s talk a bit more about the story. The Cylons began as humanity’s robot servants. They rebelled and evolved and now they look like us. Their plan is simple: destroy the race that enslaved them. But when their attack fails to wipe out every human, the Cylons have to improvise to finish the job. The Plan tells the story of two powerful Cylon leaders, Cavil (Dean Stockwell) and Six (Tricia Helfer) and their determination to finish that job.
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Thursday night in Los Angeles at the famous Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd., producers and cast members from Sci-Fi Channel‘s groundbreaking series Battlestar Galactica got together with officials for the United Nations to discuss issues ranging from human rights to accountability to peace and justice throughout the world — and The Flickcast was there to bring you all the details.
Although these global issues are very important and worthy of discussion, because this is Hollywood, the panel also managed to talk a bit about Battlestar Galactica, the DVD release of the series and the upcoming movie The Plan.
Previously, this group had gotten together at the actual United Nations in New York, which we told you about, and this time around the topics of discussion for the first part of the evening were similar. First up was Sci-Fi Channel President Dave Howe who announced, among other things, that Battlestar Galactica had been nominated for “Program of the Year” by the Television Critics Association.
Then, after a round of thunderous applause at that statement, to which he responded “Well, we haven’t won yet,” he introduced the moderator for the evening: Geoff Boucher of the Los Angels Times’ Hero Complex Blog. Once Boucher took the stage, he introduced the representatives from the UN and the cast and producers of Batlestar Galactica, and then went right into some clips from the four seasons of BSG, including scenes with all your favorite cast members relevant to the topics at hand. Next, Boucher jumped in with questions for the panel.
As this event was billed as a discussion about “TV’s role in making global issues relevant” the questions for the panel started off with very serious topics. Some of these included human rights, a discussion of justice versus revenge, how accountability is important when punishing people who perpetrate crimes against humanity, that BSG addressed issues that people in the UN address each and every day and how the UN doesn’t use the term “Air Locking” like they do on BSG, but, joked one UN rep, perhaps they should.
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