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We also had this image of Six walking through Times Square that we came up with long ago. Who attacked the original Earth? The backstory of the original Earth was supposed to be that the 13th tribe of cylons came to that world, started over and essentially destroyed themselves.
Why did Cavill decide to kill himself? Cavill killing himself actually came from Dean Stockwell [the actor who played Cavill]. As scripted in that final climatic CIC battle, Tigh was going to grab Cavill and fling him over the edge of the upper level and he was going to fall to his death. That was about 3: I think I was one of the first people to wrap—she died and we all hugged, and my son and I went to the airport and went back to LA… It happened quickly, it was set to happen a week later and the schedule was changed, so suddenly it was over, it was really interesting, very much like the show for me.
My last day was when I was on the mountainside and it was the last moment that I was on camera. It was quite an experience all the way around, that moment in time. The last time that I saw Starbuck and Lee was the last scene where I saw them [in the show]. I wore bright blue so you would know I was alive. The notion is sort of how you posited it. Different people hear it and pluck it out of the ether and write songs. Bob Dylan here on Earth. It was a simple way, I thought, to communicate clearly the idea [the show is not set in the future.
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There was an episode in season one in which Helo and Sharon are running for their lives. I think we felt it was too soon. Did you find that true? We made the decision that fourth season was going to be the last season once we got to the end of the third season.
We all instinctively felt that the show had the reached the third act by the time the show got to the end of that third season. We wanted to expand the show and … find a new ways [of] story telling.
It gave the show life, but after a year of that, when we sat down heading into season four, it was a much shorter conversation. If we know that going in, how would that inform story telling decisions? I remember from my perspective going into that 4th season there was a different energy on the set. There was tremendous focus and concentration that I was getting from the entire ensemble. Part of what was extraordinary about that is as you are able to view [the end approaching] you can then kick into gear and plot your finish.
What that ends up doing is simplifying things for you. So a lot of us felt a kind of simplification. A kind of humility that came over us and that gives you a lot of energy. You just know where you are going and you are proud to be a part of it.
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And you let go. That was the experience I think many of us had. We had a meeting at the very beginning of the show and we all, 13 of us, sat down in my trailer— McDonnell: This is a BSG outing for hardcore fans only, who know the series very well.
I'd hate to see the reaction of a semi-casual BSG viewer does such a thing exist? Much of it would be completely lost on them. Ultimately, the problem with "The Plan" — which is neither a success nor a failure in my book but simply an unnecessary and sometimes clever curiosity — is that it can never truly resolve the question of whether it's a pointless gimmick or a legitimate story worth telling.
There's evidence on hand to make a case for both positions. Sometimes it works well as a smart and perceptive character study that ponders big questions about the nature of what makes us individuals capable of reaching our unique conclusions.
And other times it feels like a klutzily assembled clip show, as if the question being asked was: Who was Six talking to on Caprica just before the bombs fell?
Why, Cavil, of course. Did we need to know the answer to that question? Does it work here as a piece of plot? Of course, part of Cavil's plan was also ensuring that the Final Five, when they died in the attack, would be resurrected on his ship where they could wake up to realize their gross error in having any sort of sympathy for humankind to begin with, at which point Cavil could say I Told You So.
Cavil puts a copy of himself right next to Ellen on Picon to watch her die. He puts another copy near Anders, where the Caprica Farm experiments are getting under way.
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The fact that neither of them die or any of the Final Five is a testament to the seriousness of his miscalculation. It's also played out with stomach-churning anticipation of the tragically inevitable. By far the most visceral moments in "The Plan" are in its revamped depiction of the Cylon holocaust, as whole cities and civilizations are reduced to ashes.
There are shots from the point of view of falling nuclear bombs that are simultaneously slick and scary; they create a fantasy of destruction that is visually impressive to behold as a stylized FX sequence while at the same time uncomfortably realistic.
If you wanted impressive FX showing the destruction of the Colonies in more complete and up-close-and-personal detail than the miniseries was remotely able to provide, then "The Plan's" opening passages will do the job, no doubt. From here, "The Plan" is basically the alternating, parallel tale of two Cavils. One thread follows Cavil on Galactica, where he attempts to secretly sow the demise of the ragtag fleet from within thus leading to the various Cylon plots and attacks that occurred during BSG's first two seasons.
The other thread follows Cavil on Caprica as he embeds himself as a civilian within the resistance led by Anders. The gimmick of much of "The Plan" is in how it goes back to replay the existing early BSG material while writing new facts into the margins. Cavil, never seen until the second season finale, was actually on Galactica the whole time, operating in secret. We see him here as he puts a flyer in the memorial corridor that says, "Have you heard of the plan?
Some of this is admittedly gimmicky. I, for one, wasn't dying to know and found the answer here to be hilariously low-tech. For that matter, did you know that when Cally shot Sharon, Cavil was right there in his quarters and heard the gunshot in the corridor just outside his door? The problem with some of this is its fragmentary nature.Battlestar Galactica: The Plan - Brother Cavils Offer - Deleted Scene
After the initial Cylon holocaust, we get scenes that jump from episode to episode to show vignettes and footnotes that take place during the clip-show aspects of "The Plan.
What works best, I'd say, are the scenes that show Sharon transitioning back and forth between being an unwitting sleeper agent and a waking puppet of Cavil, who brings her in and out by way of a visual object that triggers and represses her memories.
In particular, they did a good job of matching footage for the events surrounding " Water. I am forced to repeat my question here, which is whether "The Plan" is fundamentally necessary.
Ultimately, "The Plan" lives or dies with its dual analysis of the cruel and determined Cavil. With many members of the BSG regular cast not part of the proceedings here except in old footagethis story relies on a limited character scope. Fortunately, this makes it the Dean Stockwell Show, which is not a bad position to be in. Cavil is enjoyable to watch because he's such a relentlessly unhappy and dryly sarcastic bastard.
Many of the best lines are Cavil's quips, among them: Cavil to Shelly Godfrey Six: Or maybe it's the glasses. But I think that undersells all the homicide that goes along with it. There's also the question of Cavil's multiple encounters on Galactica with a young boy of about nine years old. Can the innocence of a child perhaps make Cavil rethink his ruthlessness? She's married to a copy of Simon, unaware that he's a Cylon.
Simon knows he's a Cylon, which is a source of enormous guilt for him; like many Cylons, he has lived among humans long enough that he has begun to sympathize with them and regret the genocide perpetrated upon them by his people.
When Cavil tries to recruit Simon into a new mission to destroy the fleet from within, Simon balks. I appreciated this subplot. I always felt Simon was woefully underutilized among the Cylons through the series' run, but here he gets a crucial role. We see how the guilt of being an instrument of potential murder eats away at him. He has a meltdown in one scene that makes you fairly sure he's going to carry out a mission of murder. Instead, he carries out his own suicide, because he'd rather die than see his wife and stepchild harmed.