Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome Concept Art

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Back in March we found out that Syfy was looking to find more ways of extending the life of its Battlestar Galactica franchise, seemingly knowing that Caprica wouldn’t be lasting very long. Come October and it’s confirmed that the network is producing a 2-hour TV pilot for a new BSG spin-off, titled Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Caprica of course, was canceled two days later.

While we’ve seen little about the upcoming Battlestar TV movie – and hopeful new series – we know that it’s another prequel that takes place between the events of Caprica and BSG, this time following Bill Adama as a young ace pilot in the Colonial Fleet during the first Cylon War. We had the synopsis from the outset, but now we have our first visual aid as to what we can expect from the new designs the pilot will utilize.

The first official concept art released for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome comes courtesy of Blastr and depict a Raptor spacecraft, familiar to Battlestar fans, and several shots of the Cyclon designs.

The giant ice worm monster is actually a Cylon monster, dubbed a “Cython.” The fembot seems to be an early attempt by the Cylons to mimic the human form, before they were able to make fully organic units that filled out the Cylon ranks in Battlestar Galactica.

And here’s the Blood and Chrome synopsis:

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20′s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet’ the Galactica. The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet.

The issue with Caprica, was not just that it was lacking in action, Cylons or space combat, which Blood and Chrome promises to deliver in spades, but that the characters for whom fans became emotionally attached to and engaged with were all gone. This TV pilot has some big shoes to fill if it hopes to beat out Caprica’s short existance.

Can Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome deliver an exciting pilot TV film and spawn another successful television series?

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Source: Blastr

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  1. I thought this was a webi-sode series?

    If this is a pilot miniseries. It could be pretty cool.


    • Hey 790! Good to see you again.

  2. Stop spending money on this crap Sy-Fy!!!!!! No one will watch it!!!! How about using your blood money for more SGU???

    • Bleah. SGU world is tired. BG world still has an era or two to explore. Actually, the Star Gate universe should have ended around season 7 of the original series, big Jaffa uprising, all the system lords killed. Instead the producers sold out the franchise to just keep it going far after the characters and situations warranted it.

      • Well, I hated the new BSG, give me the original anyday, so I won’t be seeing this.

  3. I’d never given much thought to the experiments Cylons would’ve gone through before they created their own organic bodies.

    “That’s a creepy thought,” she thinks as she flashes back to Starbuck trapped, getting her eggs harvested.

    • Capture and dissection of humans was kind of hinted at in the Razor Flashbacks webisodes, Jessie. There’s certainly some mileage in explaining the rationale (from the Cylons point of view) behind the divide between the organic Cylons and the necessity and practicalities of “dumbing-down” the Centurions.

      • @ The Big Dentist: I never watched the webisodes. I remember the split between the organic Cylons about lobotomizing the Centurians or letting them continue with their natural evolution. It never occurred to me the extent Cylons went to in order to achieve organics.

        This is why I wished the series would’ve lasted another season. Questions that were never answered and scenarios that were ignored.

        Does anybody else think that the “Cython” looks like the alien that attacked Jim Kirk when he was marooned on Delta Vega in “Star Trek?”

        • That one was just a mouth on legs, unless you mean the galloping-baboon-head-type-thing: more legs and not so deep-sea fish teeth!

          There was an nice scene in one of the later post-New Caprica episodes where Baltar was planting a little seed of doubt in a Centurion’s mind about its lack of individual will that wasn’t followed up on, but the metal chap in question certainly seemed to be listening to him (as much as you could tell). Bearing in mind Cavil’s absolute disdain for the limitations of his own human form, it does beg the question of why he seems to be the one model most responsible for the lobotomisation of both the Centurions and the Raiders. The insoluble contradictions of the Cylons’ purposes, goals and means of achieving them might make for some really intriguing scenarios, but it sounds as though they may be going exclusively for the space battles and “adventure” angle here.

          Those webisodes are worth hunting down just for Nico Cortez as the young Adama. Brief but absolutely perfect characterisation. If they don’t at least return to him for this series they’ll be making another big mistake.

          • “a” nice scene…

      • Just checked, and realised those webisode scenes (and some slightly more gruesome dissection) are actually all in Razor anyway – for some reason I thought it was different footage.

    • I’d agree with you but it was never established that that’s why Robot Simon was doing. One of the 1 million questions that went unanswered

  4. Hmm, definitely fertile ground for some Terminator-style robot action/horror here. BSG was always at its best when the shooting started – probably why the overly cerebral Caprica never caught on – so this early art is promising.

  5. I really liked the new BSG but can SYFY deliver series just as strong once again? I’ll be watching to find out.

  6. I honestly think this has the potential to be better. it feels like star wars for tv(which lucas should have done).thays why i always liked spaces shows.they always seemed to be on par with movies.while the special effects are not always as good the imagination and budgets are good enough to tell the story.

  7. I liked the updated BSG primarily because it seemed driven by the desire to explore both human nature and where the creation of artificial intelligence might be taking us. It used the premise of the original series to push the envelope in terms of character development and special effects cinematography on the small screen, and what was possible in a traditional “space opera”-type show. It didn’t always hit the spot for me, but even its less inspired moments were still an interesting experiment, and I’d still rather watch them than most of what passes for science fiction on television these days.

    I’ve only just got round to watching The Plan, and found that a more satisfying conclusion to the whole BSG saga than the actual series finale. The enthusiasm of Jane Espenson’s writing and Edward James Olmos’s direction really came through on that one, I thought. Definitely looking forward to seeing what she does with Torchwood.

    I still haven’t seen any of Caprica yet, but I can’t help thinking this Blood & Chrome mallarkey just looks like a hasty rethink/shallow cash-in after the former failed to find an audience. Cylon ice monsters? Really?

  8. It usually takes a modern series a while before it starts getting a little convoluted. The reimaged series finale and previous season and a half is proof of that. I don’t have a lot of faith that this will be able to blend into the previous series without creating more continuity problems. Something tells me that’s not an issue with the SyFy network or Ron Moore.

    In other words, some of this has happened before and some of this will happen again.

  9. I agree with The Dentist. Nico Cortez was picture perfect as Husker. He was totally believable as a young EJO and had an extra flavor all his own that was very watchable. I thought this is a guy I could follow. Hope they keep him in the role.

  10. All this new information on Blood and Chrome is definitely appealing to those who are only vaguely familiar with BSG’s history and time line aspects. This show is only set to attract new people into the BSG franchise, and this is its primary purpose and secondarily to attract the already set fan base. They will use BSG/Caprica for basic history and character knowledge, but will not be staying true to the actual set history, of either.

    The continuity issues are plenty and will eventually take such a turn that it will make both BSG and Caprica irrelevant to any of what it will contain, if it becomes a series. To read more on the continuity aspect as well as what David Eick has already stated about Blood and Chrome’s primary purpose. Also contained in this article is located a link to a much more indepth review on B&C (along with Star Trek’s reboot team, leading its new action format), by someone who has actually read the script, as well as a link to details as to why B&C was even created. Check out this site, to find out more:
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