Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Moore, Glen A. Larson Synopsis: 40 years after the end of the Cylon War, the Battlestar Galactica is preparing for decommissioning: when a sudden Cylon onslaught engulfs the 12 colonies, the ship and its crew find themselves in the middle of a maelstrom. Review Looking back at how BSG started, it can seem like an entirely different show to how it ended up, but we should not get ahead of ourselves. First episodes are very tricky things, having so much to accomplish in very little time. To go into detail on them would turn this review into a thesis, which is not my intention, so it will suffice to say that their introductions are well-written, well-acted, and leave an immediate impression on an audience.
Of course not everything is perfect on that front. From the off, this is a vitally important aspect of BSG, which places its story in a fantastical universe where murderous evolved robots are nuking a solar system with an ancient Greek religious pantheon. The destruction of Caprica arguably has less emotional resonance with the audience than the incredibly affecting scene between Adama and Apollo after the photo-op and, while counter-intuitive in a sense, this is how it should be.
From the off, this idea lodges itself and intertwines with many of the above noted relationship dramas, with an acceptance of responsibility often the first step to redemption, catharsis and growth.
Again, these are very human, very relatable stories, being told in an extraordinary setting: BSG finds the perfect mix. BSG thus showcases an ability, right from the off, to give the impression that a lot is happening and that there is something for everyone to do. The universe creation is great here, in the subtle nods to religion, in the inherent strangeness of the humanoid Cylons, in the reverent tones that the Cylon War is spoken of, not unlike how some speak of the Second World War.
The effects are dated, holding up in some instances the actual space battles, the looks at Caprica from a distance and not so much in others the basestars, some of the up-close shots of ships and fighters. I still enjoyed it though, because there was a certain daringness to it in plot terms. It would have been easy to have your endpoint be Galactica getting hit with that missile, but instead Rymor, Moore and Larson choose a more emotional moment, that ties directly into the relationship drama already established.
BSG is better for that. Ryan Robbins is the heavily made-up officer, who would appear on the show later, sans make-up, as Charlie Connor. The respect shown to Adama in this scene serves its purpose as both a demonstration of the esteem in which he is held, and as comedy for how it is repeated. Talk about a swing and a miss. Just patently unnecessary. Just as well, seemed rather silly. Aaron Douglas apparently was permitted to improvise a fair bit on set, and repaid that trust.
A minor thing in a sense, but something that does a lot of hard work in terms of immersion. Sounds bad, but she then lays the verbal slapdown by reminding everyone that she is the leading government official present. When the news comes back that they already offered, and heard nothing, it makes the situation seem extremely doom-laden. I wonder if the romance between the two was planned, even at that moment. What kind of spaceship has a concrete floor?
The groundwork is laid here, and the second half of the miniseries has every opportunity to make an impression. Next time, onto the Ragnar Anchorage. To read more entries in this series, click here to go the index. Share this:.
Battlestar Galactica “Miniseries Part 1”
You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept". Summary 0. You may have heard this one before…. Like all these tales, they do not end happily. The Machines rose up destroying their organic Masters, but eventually Mankind was able to force a stalemate and an armistice.
Our story begins during the said armistice. A station was created to keep the peace, it is here we find our setting.
A lonely diplomat waits in a chair, reviewing materials from a war long ago. This diplomat does not expect to be greeted by the shiny machines he studies year after year upon this station of peace. Every year he has waited, and every year has gone by with no contact from the Cylons , the aforementioned Machines. Suddenly the door across from him opens and two Machines enter, very clearly of Cylon origin. The telltale blood red light screams across the facemask where eyes would normally be, their hands now vicious instruments of vivisection.
And between them, cloaked in red, of all things, a woman. She embraces our diplomat, and asks breathlessly if he is alive.
I mean Six, of course I mean Six! No Freudian slips here, nosir! We are now aboard the Galactica, on its way to be decommissioned. Running down the hall is Starbuck. And they convince you by having her run down a hall, sweating. The Commander meanwhile is given a gift of a plaque of himself in much younger years, and looking like George W. On each side is a son, one of whom survived to become a great pilot of his own. His other son died at the hands of the Cylon , apparently an inept pilot who should not have been in the cockpit at all.
Tyge is the XO Executive officer has a drinking problem as well as marital problems and Starbuck has no problems letting this guy have it with both barrels. Tyge throws the table aside and Starbuck knocks him flat with a right hook. As if an answer to my prayers they kill her off in the first scene! No, not really but they do diagnose her with cancer.
And of course if she decides to do the series, maybe they can delay that cancer just a bit! In any event I miss the lady in red and the writers of this series deliver. Sure enough the very next scene we find Six walking down a street, and she notices a tiny human baby in a cradle.
She seems quite confused how her bitter enemies could be so tiny and so vulnerable and inquires into how a baby can support the weight of its own head. And finally a gal baddy! But what about Baltar? This young man known as Gaius Baltar is arguing against the ban against Artificial Intelligence. Just as he explains this lo and behold Six herself walks in and promptly pulls him into the bedroom and shows him where his loyalties really lie among other things.
This scene is interesting because Six seems conflicted and really into Gaius the little twerp. As she erm mounts him her backbone glows red and she moans about the heat. Could it be that our Six is really in love with this mere human?? And a twerp of a human at that! Back on the Galactica the Adama reunion is in full swing. Boomer indeed! The next scene finds Baltar walking down the street with a nice new coat by the name of Six draped all over him.
Baltar finds it curious that an intelligent person would believe in God. I think this is the start of a connection to the original series. In the original series Baltar was a member of the Senate who betrayed the Humans and gained his own Basestar as reward. I gather that this is the role of Six. Among other things she is always garbed in red and almost always speaks directly into his ear, all the trademarks of the devil himself…. But back to the action.
She wants new programming installed in the ship and the Commander forbids it, citing that the only reason they won the war was due to the sacrifice of complicated machines. He obviously fears the same assault in the future and fears the risk at becoming slaves to the machines again. Meanwhile down below another argument is taking place between Starbuck and Apollo.
I miss Dirk Benedict. Apollo has it out with his dad. Apollo tells him that the screams of Zach the other kid should always echo in his mind, because he killed him. In an almost broken voice she says his name, then again more clearly, and more clearly until she sounds only a bit angry.
She tells him quite dramatically from behind those luscious red lips that humanity is finished and she is a Cylon. Baltar laughs and claims Cylons are walking toasters which look nothing like humans. Now the time is ripe and thanks to Baltar the Human race will fall and be annihilated.
So why is she sticking around? Back on the Galactica the ceremony proceeds and we see the ships fan out while the music from the old series plays in the background.
Adama gives a passionate speech but warns his crew and human kind that the Cylons still exist, and are still their enemies. There are some great lines in this speech, almost alone making it worth the price of admission. He cites that humans still commit the same crimes, murder, thievery, et al. And still refuse to accept responsibility for the Cylons. He warns against playing God and washing your hands of your own creations. People are sorta stunned at this speech expecting more of a farewell type speech and good luck.
Instead he spoke of impending doom, and the only person to applaud was the Secretary of Education. She also explains there are 12 models of Cylon , and she is Number Six. Just then out of the blue it seems she has obviously made up her mind to do something she was not meant to do. The life of a human. The Galactica gets the news and moves into action.
The new Cylon War has begun. Adama explains that the How and the Why no longer matter, the only thing that matters now is War. Adama recalls the fighters to tactical positioning and orders that Starbuck be released from the brig. Meanwhile in space an assault is about to take place, Boomer is also in formation, but seems strangely rattled. I started getting a sneaking suspicion about her character at this point….
Speaking of which all over the galaxy the human based ships are breaking down, their software is shutting them off making them easy targets for the Cylons weapons which unerringly hit their targets every time.
One neat thing about the space encounters is they take their own unique look and sounds and create a new medium for the genre. A hammering drum beat followed by almost sonar sounding weapons reminiscent of submarine combat. With the human ships disabled the Cylons make quick work of them wiping them out to the last man while they can do nothing in defense or offense.
The movie takes an interesting switch at this point. Many viewers noted a homage to the attacks on September 11th which left New Yorkers and many others scrambling around confused and disoriented, trying to accomplish many goals at once. In the same manner humanity responds to the sneak attack of the Cylons , asking each other: what, where, when, and how. But no one knows the answers, and only Baltar can provide it, and never does. Adama takes control and tells them to mourn later, the only thing they can do is fight now.
The Government is in disarray and a letter is sent to Laura Roslin , you remember her right? The Secretary of Education?
She is 43rd in line to be leader, and never under any circumstance did she ever want to ascend to this post. Imagine that type of conflict!! Apollo saves her and her ship from being destroyed by a Cylon missile, but during the action his computer is knocked out. After Apollo is aboard Laura Roslin explains that hundreds of civilian ships are stranded and their role will to be to round them all up and escort them to the Galactica which will provide them escort. Speaking of Adama, he has his hands full with an immanent Cylon attack.
Using the old outdated Raptors he sends Starbuck and company into space to repel this incoming attack. Unfortunately the launch desk is fracked and the crew chief orders some valve removed from the Raptor. I was a little disappointed by this fight. None the less the tactics are sound, and for once someone besides Babylon 5 and Wing Commander understand that in space Newton rules. Though were still treated to a few technical mistakes like, Contrails in space and the infamous explosions without oxygen in the Cylon ships.
Farscape: S01E Nerve A few implosions too much to ask? Nothing like seeing an intact yet pierced h ull to make you go geek and ask why lord why? The final nuke slams into the Galactica and explodes.
BSG is better for that. Ryan Robbins is the heavily made-up officer, who would appear on the show later, sans make-up, as Charlie Connor.
Battlestar Galactica: Miniseries: Part 1
The respect shown to Adama in this scene serves its purpose as both a demonstration of the esteem in which he is held, and as comedy for how it is repeated. Talk about a swing and a miss. Just patently unnecessary. Just as well, seemed rather silly. Aaron Douglas apparently was permitted to improvise a fair bit on set, and repaid that trust.
A minor thing in a sense, but something that does a lot of hard work in terms of immersion. Sounds bad, but she then lays the verbal slapdown by reminding everyone that she is the leading government official present. When the news comes back that they already offered, and heard nothing, it makes the situation seem extremely doom-laden. I wonder if the romance between the two was planned, even at that moment.
What kind of spaceship has a concrete floor? The groundwork is laid here, and the second half of the miniseries has every opportunity to make an impression.
Next time, onto the Ragnar Anchorage. To read more entries in this series, click here to go the index. She tells him her appetite for heroics died some time ago. Baffle them with bulls! Baltar frames Doral as a possible Cylon agent, and a squad led by Captain Kelly places Doral in custody.
The device is later removed harmlessly from the CIC and handed over to Baltar for analysis. Tigh orders that security-risk Doral be left behind at Ragnar Anchorage with food and water, but no chance of rescue. Laura delivers the Roslin Doctrine to Commander Adama. Adama impassively refutes her suggestion, telling the new president that his sole priority is to repair the Galactica for a counterattack against the Cylons. Laura is amazed that both Tigh and now Adama fail to grasp the obvious. Gaeta and Col.
Tigh strategize over their next course of action. Adama realizes they have to engage the Cylons if they are to escape from Ragnar and look for a new home. The war is over, and any attempt to reclaim the irradiated, destroyed 12 colonies would be a deadly exercise in futility. He intends to use Galactica and its Vipers as a distraction to engage the Cylons, while the civilian vessels jump to the prearranged rendezvous point in the Prolmar sector.
Once Adama sees beyond his own bloodlust for revenge, he clearly sees that Roslin was right and he was wrong—simple as that. Action stations! The klaxons blare and the Vipers are launched. Galactica then turns its heavily armed dorsal section towards the awaiting Cylon fleet—its defensive batteries providing cover fire for the Vipers as they engage single Cylon fighters. Note: Some of the CGI effects are slightly dated, but this is only because I rewatched the miniseries on a 7 ft.
Lee sees one coming with his name on it. There are significant losses, as the ships in the civilian fleet begin to jump away. The goal of this attack is not to completely destroy the enemy Cylon forces, but only to stall them long enough for the fleet to escape.
With most of the fighters safely back aboard the ship, Kara and Lee are the last two pilots remaining in the battle. Note: The attack craft of the reboot use hard ammunition instead of traditional sci-fi lasers and other fictional weaponry. Each post-combat zone would be a hazardous cloud of high-speed shrapnel and ammunition zipping past at thousands of miles per hour for who knows how long. Kessler syndrome at its worst.
Reflecting on the reimagined 2003 “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries, Part 2…
Kara manages to crash-land the two locked Vipers onto the flight deck just before the entire flight pod retracts, and the Galactica jumps away to rejoin the civilian Colonial fleet.
In the reboot, the goal is not to destroy a Cylon base ship, but merely to survive and see another day. Colonial One hovers nearby as well. At the head of the crowd, Commander Adama is incensed by the faint response of those gathered in the hangar bay. Piquing her interest, Adama reveals that Earth was a well-kept military secret, deliberately classified during the first Cylon War, some forty years earlier.
In this version, a much angrier and more passionate Adama is lying—and he later admits as much to President Roslin. Apology not accepted, thanks. Tigh visits the pilot quarters to see Kara Thrace.
Congratulating her on her flying in the last offensive, he then offers a meek apology for knocking over the card table and throwing her in the brig. He expects her to return the apology in kind, but he forgets this is Kara Thrace. She agrees to keep his dangerous secret as long as he agrees to respect her authority as leader of the civilian government. They agree on a handshake and that is the end of it—for now. Cut corners…? The Adama boys call it a night.
Lee and his father say their heartfelt goodnights to each other after a very long day, once again delaying or ignoring any potential conversations that might derail their newfound reconciliation this would be short-lived as the series moved forward, sadly.
Adama then closes the heavy hatchway to his quarters. Once alone, he finds a single mysterious note left on his table. Gaius has another conversation with the devil or angel? Elsewhere on the ship, Gaius Baltar is having yet another in his ongoing series of conversations with the head-version of Six.
She gives the boy a cookie. Note: As originally re-conceived by Ron Moore, the new Boxey was going to be more of a streetwise hustler—a young, would-be con artist, like a character out of Dickens. We see a hint of this when he backtalks Col. Smart-ass kids and sci-fi are rarely a good combination. The rebooted Battlestar Galactica seems to work best when it does its own thing rather than forcefully integrate hand-me-down ideas from its predecessor.
Slick motion control work allows multiple takes of the same actors to be seamlessly blended into one moving shot. Six and the others discuss what should be done about the human threat. Leoben believes they need to be found and destroyed, otherwise they will return for revenge someday.
Six and the others agree; revenge is human nature. Doral is concerned that it may take years to find them. The other shoe drops when a single model of Cylon descends the ramp into the station and it is a copy of Sharon Valeri—Sharon is one of the twelve Cylon models!
The End. Welcome Divergence. They got it right on the second try. The Stars of the Battlestar. As a huge fan of this show, I have to say that meeting these talented performers in person over the years has been a terrific collective experience that I am only too happy to share! I actually walked right by Edward James Olmos en route to the convention center from the hotel. The next day, my wife texted me from the Dealer Hall and told me Olmos was there at a signing.
Right away, Olmos got a kick out of his Flintstone cosplay, and he warmly shook my hand with a broad smile. My Fred Flintstone cosplay gave a big laugh, too! In my brief, but memorable first encounter with Olmos, he seemed both warm and earthy. I would later run into him at WonderConand I was surprised that he remembered the costume. Great guy! I once attended a smaller sci-fi convention in Burbank in April of The two of them gave an entertaining panel.
Sackhoff was a human dynamo; full of energy and cracking jokes. Her energy level is off the charts, and I saw her plow through a massive line for autographs, yet she beamed an infectious smile for each and every fan, including my wife o2tvseries see I.
Katee Sackhoff is a sweetheart. I highly recommend doing so. He admitted to being a bit tired that weekend, as he spent much of the previous week moving his wife and kids to Los Angeles for the record, I loathe moving days, too! That said, he was very accommodating to the long line of fans assembled to get his autograph, including a friend my wife and I took with us who was nursing a massive crush on Bamber at the time she managed to behave herself…hehe.
Jamie Bamber was very much a gentleman. The stars of BSG from WonderCon and The delightful Kandyse McClure leftwhose moving performance on the show prompted me to share a painful personal memory with her; lovely young woman.