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The opening credits for Battlestar Galactica state that the Cylons "have a plan"; but what it was escapes me.

What, exactly, was the Cylon plan; who formulated it, and in what episodes was it explained? Was it ever carried out?

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    Just as an aside, Ron Moore said he was always bothered by the "They have a plan" line, since he really had no idea what their plan was. – Tango Feb 8 '12 at 1:40
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    Why not watch "The Plan" and see for yourself? :) – Django Reinhardt Nov 24 '12 at 15:04
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According to creator Ronald D Moore... There was no plan. They intended to come up with something later, but never did.

Moore spoke about this at a recent BSG reunion event.

The show’s opening pre-credit sequence describing the Cylon revolution stated that the humanoid robots had a “plan.” Moore said this was, essentially, just something co-executive producer David Eick thought sounded cool, that audiences would love and that they could figure out later. They never did and, said Moore, “For the next 14 years of my life people have asked me ‘What was the plan?’” In short, “There was no … plan.

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    I hate it when producers/scriptwriters do this... the "Lost" angle. No surprise I loved the first few seasons of BSG and was sorely disappointed by the random mess that was the end, probably around the time they randomly picked the "Final Five". So much potential and so many brilliant moments ruined by a "we will just make stuff up as we go along" game plan :( – Andres F. Jun 12 '17 at 23:35
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The television movie ‘The Plan’ explained the plan. Essentially it was the brain-child primarily of the Cavils. "The plan" was basically to wipe out humanity in the opening salvos. The plan failed though, with the escape of the Galactica (and Pegasus, and possibly others we don't know about). From that point onwards, the Cylons were pretty much winging it.

Of course, given that the plan was only the initial attack, and from that point on there really was no cohesive plan, that opening sequence text is somewhat misleading and false by that point; especially past the first season.

One could argue though, that past the first few episodes "the plan" could refer to the ongoing efforts to create the Cylon-Human hybrid child... though that plan would be moot if THE plan had been successful.

  • I always took "The Plan" to be "Destroy all humans", not necessarily limited to the opening attack – Izkata Feb 7 '12 at 16:28
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    Well, that was what it became after the first attack failed, but somewhere... I don't recall off-hand where (in The Plan or in an episode) someone, i THINK a Cavil, made a remark about how the plan had failed and they found themselves needing to improvise and roll with the punches after that. – eidylon Feb 7 '12 at 16:58
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    @Izkata I'd say that's a goal, not a plan :) (in any case, see the accepted answer: sadly there was no plan, as the show's creator admitted). – Andres F. Jun 12 '17 at 23:37
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The Plan was a line used in the opening credits that never payed off. Because the show itself was never planned, but was rather written as the series continued, there were several attempts to make the actions of the Cylons appear to follow a coherent plan (in particular with their actions on Caprica in the first season), but none of them came together. In the end, the line was quietly dropped, as the story had become too disjointed to continue claiming that the Cylons had or were continuing to execute a single overarching plan. The TV Movie "The Plan" was merely a last attempt to give some amount of payoff to the original idea, by restating it as the initial plan to attack the colonies, but it fell flat as if that had been the case mentioning it constantly in the credits would have made no sense.

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