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June 16, 2009

The Plan - A Battlestar Galactica Film Of Excuses?

So you'd think the actual Battlestar Galactica series itself explained what the Cylons were up to, but no, they need a whole film to do it. It's called The Plan.

Ain't It Cool News found this clip on YouTube:

To be honest, I don't really care. They finished the series, it had a rubbish ending. Enough. If I want to see any BSG I'll re-watch the first two series, which were good. This trend of squeezing out extra stories from dead TV series is becoming annoying.

Dave found the AICN post.


No doubt about it--the finale of BSG was a disappointment compared to the episodes that preceded it. However, I'd much rather watch that disappointing finale than any of the other shows mentioned on this blog or certainly that embarrassing "Star Trek" film.

Blimey, so judgemental!

You may not have liked it, but I loved the ending to BSG. Completely fitting in with the rest of the series. Left it quite ambiguous too, which I loved.

I also loved Star Trek, which I believed was truly superb!

Remember that the only person your opinion matters to is yourself! ;-p

I disagree, Sambo: BSG totally crapped out, not only in its finale, but really throughout its final season. Ignoring matters of taste which are subjective, the finale violated one of their basic rules of the reimagined BSG universe: no aliens. Having the Colonials meet up with, and impregnate neanderthals on earth completely trashed the 'no aliens' thing, and after 5 years of not being able to agree on what they want for lunch with a riot and strenuously trying to preserve their democracy, they just spontaneously agree to give up technology and democracy because Adama's kid says so?

Unlikely, but I don't want to pick a fight or anything.

But to the matter at hand: This exercise strikes me as a feature-length experiment in retconing the many, many, many dangling threads and had left turns the series went through. I'll still watch it, but I'm not expecting much.

I'm not sure if sambo's comment is directed at me or James. If the former, I'll point out that I was merely expressing my preference.

My problem with BSG is that characters didn't grow or develop. They just changed week to week depending on whatever cool idea they thought they had.

Then the finale completely abandoned all the high minded ideals the series seemed to suggest were so important.

Humanity reduced to the population of a small city, yet they still felt it was important to have things like the press and a council of twelve, and democratic elections, etc.... I don't find that likely at all after an apocalypse, but we were told it was important. To the extent that Adama's son went from being a skilled fighter pilot to a lawyer to a politician. They finally find a planet and what happens? They give up technology, the press, rule of law, and they disperse to become savages who eventually resume killing each other.

I thought it died with trying to impose the occupation of Iraq onto the story in Season 3. After that it just became retcon after retcon after they painted themselves in so many corners. I really did love it the first two seasons.

Well, Lee Adama's development certainly can't compare to Kirk's in the latest "Star Trek." No doubt about it.

Actually, I *liked* the Iraq War allegory, but that was the high water mark of the series, it was all downhill from there. Oh, and I hated the Lee/Kara romance from day one. Can two people have less chemistry?

In fact, I think the political aspect is something the original 1970s Galactica ultimately did better: They initially made a big deal about re-instituting their government, the government instantly made some disasterously bad calls that killed off about half the remaining population before the end of the first episode, and then kind of receeded in to obscurity. The only time they remereged from there on was to try to regain control when they realized the exodous was around for the long haul, and even then they were generally ignored, circumvented, or taken as a joke by the military and evidently most of the civilians.