Since January is the month when most of our New Year’s resolutions are entered into with gusto, January is dedicated to the them of The Plan. Or at least, that is the plan…
“No plan survives contact with the enemy”
– Sun Tzu
So in the tradition of plans that don’t survive contact with the enemy, this month will finally see the conclusion of that series of New Year’s resolutions articles that I’ve been sporadically writing in complete disregard for the original schedule that was planned for them. The answer to if making New Year’s resolutions is all that and a bag of potato chips can be found here.
Trawling popular fiction for an example of a character/s who love a good plan and you can’t go past the Cylons from the rebooted version of Battlestar Galactica, which is the other theme of this month. I’m specifying the rebooted Battlestar Galactica because, well quite frankly it’s better than the original, but also since the original Cylons were a little bit… stupid. Sure they had cool silver suits and the best one-liners, but that’s about it. The Cylons from the rebooted series on the other hand were all about plans – the opening credits even reminded us each time that the Cylons had “a plan”, which was dealt with in more detail by a made for TV spin off movie called… The Plan…
Of course, even the Cylons with all their fancy AI logical computational brilliance couldn’t stop their plan for begginning to unravel almost as soon as it was enacted. While their original goal might have been the genocide of humanity, they didn’t quite get what they bargained for in the end.
So to commemorate the dual themes of The Plan and all things Battlestar Galactica, the title image for this post is an image unofficially referred to as The Last Supper which you can see in detail by clicking on the image above. The image is a promo shot concocted by the SciFi Channel to promote season 4 of BSG. Like the Da Vinci code with Cylons, the fan base subsequently went into conspiracy overdrive to try and pick apart all the symbolism for clues as to what plot twists awaited – some of which were confirmed by series producer Ron Moore.
The Last Supper promo shot has become a bit of a tradition with US TV shows in recent years, so there are a range of Last Supper variations out there such as for Lost, The Soprano’s, The Simpsons, South Park, and a whole range of freaky ones. In terms of absolute awesomeness however, the Star Wars themed Last Supper by Avinash Arora is arguably the Jedi Master of all Last Supper images for creativity. It’s actually 70,448 images taken from all 6 Star Wars movies and then arranged as mosaic to create the Last Supper image. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just go to the original source here.