At the end of my rewatch, I dive into the last *new* BSG, “The Plan,” which covers the first two seasons of the show from the Cylon perspective.
A note to first time BSG watchers; these aren’t the reviews for you. I plan to write about the show with the ending in mind. If you haven’t seen the show, you will be spoiled on stuff that happens at the end. You’ve been warned.
Well, that was that.
I saved “The Plan” for the very end, and while I kept my expectations in check, and in some cases the movie exceded those, but when it was over, all I could think of was how unnecessary “The Plan” was.
Sure, we got to solve some minor mysteries leftover from the first two seasons (Who wrote “Cylon” on Boomer’s mirror? How did Shelley Godfrey disappear from the ship? How did Ellen get to the fleet?), but really, the answers were just about what we expected. I was surprised Shelley turned out to be real, and while I think it’s more satisfying if she was Head Six in disguise, the explanations make sense even if they weren’t all that interesting.
Truth be told, I liked these little mysteries hanging around, no definitive answers, just a lot of speculation and supposition. One of the great things about watching great TV shows is talking about them with other fans (be it in real life or online) and coming up with all those wacky, crazy ideas about what might happen and what this meant, etc.
I remember when “Deadlock” first aired, and fans were speculating that the soul of Tigh and Six’s baby went into Anders’ body and reactivated him. It makes no sense, but there’s nothing in the show that says that didn’t happen, and I’m sure there are still fans out there who believe that’s the truth.
“The Plan” doesn’t suck, and a lot of the new stuff, especially the new scenes with Anders and Boomer and the good Simon, is pretty good, but it takes some of the fun out of the show.
All that said, I really, really loved the chance to get to spend more time with Simon. He was probably the most invisible Cylon of the twelve, which I always assumed was due to scheduling problems, but we finally get to see the inner life of the doctor Cylon. In the fleet, he’s married with a stepdaughter, and he’s already making the leap that Athena made in Season One. He killed himself because he wanted to keep his family safe; he may have been the only one of his model to step outside the mold, but in the brief time we got to know him, I was glad he was around.
It must have been fun to break out of the no-nudity box for the direct-to-DVD movie, but really, it was more than a bit unnecessary.
Another fun side of “The Plan” is getting to see that even Cavil can love. Galactica Cavil was continually thwarted in his sabotage plans, and just kept more and more bitter, even going so far as to kill a kid just for the fun of it. But Caprica Cavil, he gets to hang out with the rebels and spends some bonding time with one of his (still-in-the-dark) parents. Slowly, he sees the value humans have to offer the universe, and he spares lives when he has a perfect opportunity to end them. He even extends a hand of comfort for his fellow (doomed) brother. Shame we didn’t get to see more of sweet Cavil.
And who knew Boomer’s story could even get more tragic. She’ll never remember it, but she signed up for her life and chose to be a double-agent when she could have, should have, walked away. But to quote another great sci-fi show, “Love makes you do the wacky.”
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