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Orchestrated by the spiteful Number One model, the Cylons carry out a devastating attack on the Twelve Colonies, but things don't go so well. Remnants of humanity survive among a small fleeing fleet of ships and a band of resistance fighters on Caprica. Determined to finish the end of humanity and strike back at their Cylon mothers and fathers, two copies set out to clean up the aftermath, but run into problematic factors they didn't calculate when they started.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x22
Airdate: Sunday January 10th, 2010
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky 1) Jun 08, 2010
NL (Sci-Fi) Aug 03, 2011

Starring Roles
Dean StockwellDean Stockwell
As Number One
Michael TruccoMichael Trucco
As Sam Anders
Michael Hogan (1)Michael Hogan (1)
As Saul Tigh
Aaron DouglasAaron Douglas
As Galen Tyrol
Callum Keith RennieCallum Keith Rennie
As Number Two
Kate VernonKate Vernon
As Ellen Tigh
Rick WorthyRick Worthy
As Number Four
Lymari NadalLymari Nadal
As Giana O'Neill
Matthew Bennett (1)Matthew Bennett (1)
As Number Five
Rekha SharmaRekha Sharma
As Tory Foster

Co-Guest Stars
Alisen DownAlisen Down
As Jean Barolay
Tiffany KnightTiffany Knight
As Hybrid (credited as Tiffany Lyndall-Knight)
Alonso OyarzunAlonso Oyarzun
As Specialist Socinus
Colin CorriganColin Corrigan
As Marine Alan Nowart
Diego Diablo Del MarDiego Diablo Del Mar
As Hillard
Bruce DawsonBruce Dawson
As Coach
Tommy EuropeTommy Europe
As Rally
Maya WashingtonMaya Washington
As Sue-Shaun
Main Cast
Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos
As William Adama
Tricia HelferTricia Helfer
As Number Six
Grace ParkGrace Park
As Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon


Two copies of humanoid Cylon model Number One (Cavil) are being escorted to an airlock aboard the battlestar Galactica. They argue about wiping humanity out of existence. It seems one of the two has an enlightened perspective on things due to his time among the survivors on Caprica. The other who has been among the fleet doesn't see it that way. In fact, to admit that it was all in err, means that they and their plan was sealed in failure from the very get-go...

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Episode Notes
The following appears before the closing credits:

Harvey Frand was the show's line producer who passed away July 23, 2009.

Several actors from the series make appearances in this episode, but are not credited because they're culled exclusively from material from the series. Chiefly among them are series stars Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, and James Callis. Curiously, there is no visual or audio material of Mary McDonnell whatsoever.

Lucy Lawless is the only actor to portray a Cylon who does not appear in this film in new material, making only one appearance in the form of reused footage.

This film was originally scheduled to make its television premiere November 2009 before being pushed back to January 2010, presumably to coincide with the airing of the prequel series Caprica. The DVD and BluRay were released on October 27th, 2009.

Unlike with Razor, The Plan DVD doesn't include the broadcast version. The two versions differ in that the television version removes the nudity, rearranges the sequences of some scenes, truncates others, and even excises some altogether (the biggest is the omission of all references to Kara being captured and subsequently rescued from the farm).

The planet seen in the Universal logo, which is traditionally Earth, is actually Caprica.

Although no human name is provided for the Six posing as a prostitute, she is referred to in the script as "Tough Six".

The Six talking to Boomer in one of the flashbacks is Gina Inviere. The scene itself is actually an outtake from "Daybreak".

The rubble on Picon was made from the destroyed sets of Galactica's hangar deck.

The bodies seen being burned on Caprica weren't dummies but stuntmen.

Casting for the part of the young boy John was for a boy resembling a young Dean Stockwell.

This film depicts the most of the colonies than previously seen in the series. Prior to this film, Caprica was seen numerous times throughout the show, nearly exclusively. Tauron was depicted in orbit in Razor while Aerilon was depicted in a photograph that can be seen a few times in Galactica's ready room. Caprica would obviously continue showing Caprica while also showing some more of Tauron and Gemenon.

During the attacks, the hybrid can be heard saying "Apotheosis was the beginning before the beginning." Apotheosis is later shown to be a vital part of Caprica's storylines, as it involves monotheism and virtual resurrection - both of which are major parts of the Cylons' origins.

Episode Quotes
(opening narration)
Tigh: The Cylons were created by man.
Number Two: They rebelled.
Number Four: They evolved.
Hybrid: They look and feel human.
Number Eight: Some are programmed to think they are human.
Number Six: There are many copies.
Number One: And they have... a plan.

Hybrid: Counting down. All functions nominal. All functions optimal. Counting down. The centre holds. The falcon hears the falconer. Infrastructure, check. Wetware, check. Everyone hang on to the life bar, please.

Hybrid: Accepting scan. Love outlasts death.

Hybrid: Progress reports arriving. The farms of Aerolon are burning. The beaches of Canceron are burning. The plains of Leonis are burning. The jungles of Scorpia are burning. The pastures of Tauron are burning. The harbours of Picon are burning. The cities of Caprica are burning. The oceans of Aquaria are burning. The courthouses of Libran are burning. The forests of Virgon are burning. The temples of Gemenon are burning. The Colonies of Man lie trampled at our feet.

Number Two: What's the plan?
Number One: The plan is, everything blows up a week ago. All the humans are dead and we Cylons all download, and the universe basks in justice. However...
Tough Six: It didn't frakkin' happen.

Number One: Let's get this genocide started.

Number One: I'm talking about the fact that you're walking around this fleet wearing that jacket and, more importantly, that face. You're recognisable.
Number Five: His jacket was burgundy. This is teal.
Number One: Well, I have something else for you to wear, Five. Yes.
(One takes something from a locker and lays it out on the table)
Number One: They call this a suicide vest, but I think that undersells all the homicide that goes along with it, don't you?

Number Two: I'm telling you, she flew a Raider, learned how to control it from the inside. Nobody taught her how. Kara Thrace plucked that knowledge from the stream.
Number One: I don't care if she plucked puppies from God's ass!

Number One: You shot him. But you didn't kill him. You didn't kill him. And things were finally going well.
Boomer: What do you want from me? I shot him twice in the chest.
Number One: How about once in the head?

Tough Six: You want a progress report?
Number One: Huh?
Tough Six: I'll give you a frakking progress report.
Number One: Oh, no, please don't. Please don't.
Tough Six: Oh, come on, it is spectacular. Doral blew himself up, causing minor damage to a minor hallway. And Boomer jettisoned the water and then she personally found loads more water. And then - And then she shot Adama, but not very accurately, since she loved him. And then Leoben, he got obsessed with Kara Thrace and then was captured and airlocked. And my sister Six utterly failed to discredit Baltar and his dreamy hair and destroyed our frakking cover in the process. And now Simon - Simon killed himself, really killed himself, out of resurrection range, without blowing up the ship that he lived on, because he couldn't imagine life without his little human wife and his little human daughter because he loves them...
Number One: Stop. Stop. Stop, stop, stop, stop.
Tough Six: Guess I better.
Number One: Yes. They're all letting me down.
Tough Six: Why are they letting you down, One? What's the x-factor? Can't declare war on love.
Number One: I think I already did.

Tigh: (reading Simon's suicide note) "Love outlasts death."

(Kara and Anders can be heard moaning in another room)
Number One: What are they doing?
Number Four: You need a doctor to tell you that?
Number One: Oh, for God's sake, why?
Number Four: Why? He loves her.
Number One: He loves her.
Number Four: Vigorously.
Number One: She's beneath him.
Number Four: (pauses to listen) Not necessarily.

Anders: You know, the day before I met Kara, I had 98 people. I loved those people.
Number One: But you didn't need them and they're dead. Do you mean to tell me that you'd go on loving them even when they're dead?
Anders: What are you talking about? Of course I love those people. Death doesn't change that. What's the matter with you?

Episode Goofs
When Cavil kisses Boomer, his fingers change between shots.

Giana says that the Chief had she and the other knuckledraggers running tests on Kara's Raider. However, this scene comes immediately after Adama recruits Boomer to nuke the basestar over Kobol, which didn't occur until after Chief Tryol and others crash their Raptor on the planet's surface. Additionally, and more problematic, is that Kara had already taken said Raider off to Caprica at this point.

When offered an apple by the boy, Cavil is seen closing the book he's reading just before it cuts to another shot where he is seen again closing the book, but the position of the book and Cavil's hands don't matches up.

Cultural References
Hybrid: The centre holds. The falcon hears the falconer.

This bit from the Hybrid derives from a line from the poem "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats which reads:

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

Episode References
As the film takes place over the course of the first two seasons, scenes from certain episodes are integrated in (often accompanied by some editing either by splicing in new material in between or simply truncating). They are as follows:

The miniseries, "33", "Water", "Litmus", "Six Degrees of Separation", "Flesh and Bone", "Kobol's Last Gleaming", "Scattered", "Resistance", "The Farm", and "Lay Down Your Burdens".

Additionally, when Number Two grabs Kara, he gets flashes from future events, material taken from the Season 3 episodes "Occupation", "Precipice", and '"Maelstrom".

Finally, when Cavil finds Ellen in the rubble, there are a couple of brief flashes to when her husband Saul found her among the rubble on the original Earth, as seen in "Sometimes a Great Notion" from Season 4 (seen only in the DVD version of the film). The final scene ends with a voiceover by Number One taken from "No Exit" from the same season.

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