Edward James Olmos: Why Battlestar Galactica: The Plan will surprise you

First Edward James Olmos told a panel of fans that the final Battlestar Galactica telefilm, The Plan, would be exactly what they expect: The two-hour movie shows the events of the series from the perspective of the Cylons. Now Olmos—who directed the film and appears as Adama—says it will be a surprise.

"What their plan was, I think that's a big surprise," Olmos said in an exclusive interview last week at the Saturn Awards in Burbank, Calif., where he won an award for best actor on television. "Finding out what the plan was and how it was structured and how close they were to completing it."

Boomer/Athena/Number Eight actress Grace Park joined Olmos in previewing The Plan. "[There is more than] the obvious, which is what was the Cylon perspective," Park said after accepting the Saturn for best actress on television on behalf of Mary McDonnell. "If they had a plan, what their plan was, what it entailed. I think besides that, [The Plan shows] probably how alike or unlike humans they really are."

Dean Stockwell takes a leading role in The Plan as John Cavil, whose part turns out to be bigger in the Cylon story than it may have appeared in the run of the series. "Dean is definitely the person who masterminded the entire event," Olmos revealed.

Olmos also praised Park's performance. "This woman should probably win everything possible," he said. "Her performance in The Plan is one of the most exquisite pieces of work on the film. You'll be very happy with your work."

This was news to Park. "Really, thank you, Eddie," Park said. "It's because you were directing us. Every time Eddie directs ..."

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan will air on SCI FI in the fall, with a DVD release that includes an extended cut.