January 5, 2010

Justify My Netflix: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

(Like many Netflix customers, I too can get quite lax with the timely watching and returning of my movies, which of course defeats the entire purpose of having a flat-rate rental plan in the first place. To combat that, I am now writing standardized mini-reviews of each and every movie I end up watching through Netflix, both instantly and on DVD. Don't forget, all previous 'Justify My Netflix' reviews can be found on CCLaP's main movie page.)

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

Today's movie: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, 2009 (Amazon | IMDB | Netflix | Wikipedia)

Why I added it to my queue: Because I'm a huge fan already of Ron Moore's gritty re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica, what I consider one of the best science-fiction TV shows of all time, as well as the various television-movie spinoffs that have come from it; and I'm also a fan of Moore's decision to release these spinoffs on DVD first, as a way of building word-of-mouth before they "officially" air on The Channel Formerly Known As Sci-Fi. So why wouldn't I want to see this one too?

The reality: Well, they went an awfully long time without a single clunker, so I suppose we should be appreciative that it took as long as it did for one to finally arrive; but unfortunately, BSG: The Plan is undeniably it, a project that feels nearly every second like a fluffy excuse for everyone involved to get one more big paycheck before the sets were finally torn down. It's essentially the entire storyline of the original series told in truncated form, only this time with every scene shot from the standpoint of the enemy, the evil humanoid robots known as Cylons; and that unfortunately makes it feel almost nothing like the original production it actually is, and more like hours of reverse-camera shots cut together from unused footage of the original run. It imparts not a single bit of new information about that universe's complex mythology, but instead consists mostly of regular cast members phoning in lazily rehashed dialogue, making the entire thing quite nakedly a pointless exercise in squeezing a few more bucks out of us BSG fans before the whole thing slinks off to Syndication Hell. A shame that this otherwise astounding show had to end on such a tacky low note.

Strangest piece of trivia: If you look closely, the planet behind the Universal Studios logo is actually Caprica, not Earth.

Worth your time? Absolutely not

Filed by Jason Pettus at 9:23 AM, January 5, 2010. Filed under: Movies | Reviews |