‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome’ Web Series Online: Adama’s First War

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Following the cancellation of the Battlestar Galactica spinoff, Caprica, series alums Michael Taylor and David Eick began developing a “mequel” series – based on the first phase of humanity’s war with the Cyclons. Unfortunately, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome was not picked up by SyFy as a regular series – who decided to split up the 2-hour pilot episode into ten online web series installments as well as an eventual DVD and Blu-ray release.

Now, we’ve got our first look at Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome – as the first two episodes are available to watch online.

In spite of a complicated sci-fi premise, and plenty of philosophical rumination, Ronald D. Moore’s re-imagined Battlestar Galactica managed to draw in a surprisingly diverse range of viewers. Similar to ABC’s LOST (which also debuted in 2004), the core Battlestar Galactica storyline provided for plenty of “long con” mysteries (chiefly, which humans would turn out to be Cylons) – all the while grounded in rich character drama. Instead of focusing entirely on its overarching plot lines, Battlestar Galactica was often at its best when it examined the psychology of everyday space travelers in uncertain times.

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Moore attempted a similar approach with Caprica, a character-focused drama series, and a prequel that detailed the creation of the Cylons as well as offered backstory that foreshadowed the “toaster” struggle for self-identity. Response to the series was mixed-to-negative, as the show did offer some interesting “origin” material that, for fans of the reimagined series, worked well enough as a guilty pleasure supplement. Instead, Caprica was too bogged down in melodrama to successfully serve as a true follow-up to Battlestar Galactica for less-passionate viewers and, despite a mishmash of good and downright bad episodes, SyFy scrapped the series – ending the nineteen episode plot with an on-the-nose connection to the larger reimagined canon.

In response to Caprica‘s failure, Taylor and Eick pitched a new project, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, that would begin ten years into the original Cylon war – and follow a young William Adama as he moved through the ranks in the Colonial fleet (an element that was covered with flashbacks in the 2004 series). A two hour pilot was produced but SyFy decided not to pick up the series for TV and, at this point, the show’s future remains uncertain. It could continue in digital form (if viewer response is strong) but, aside from the aforementioned DVD and Blu-ray release, no further plans have been announced.

As a result, it’s unclear how fans will react to Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (which you can view below – courtesy of the Machinima YouTube channel). The episodes are intriguing enough with solid visuals and a competent introduction to the characters but it’s hard to imagine a web series (which are much shorter than regular TV shows) with the ability to dig into the thought-provoking franchise concepts that made the 2004 series so special.

Nevertheless, judge for yourself by checking out episode 1 and 2 of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome below, followed by a trailer for the series:

While most Battlestar Galactica fans are still scratching their heads over some of the ideas (or non-ideas) presented in the final season of the reimagined series, episode to episode the show was a very enjoyable endeavor – even if Moore and the writers failed to deliver satisfying answers to the series’ various mysteries. However, the strength of Battlestar Galactica was in its ambition – tackling taboo subjects, blurring morality, and ruminating on some of the biggest philosophical (and theological) questions posed by man (or in this case machine): why am I here?

For that reason, it’s hard to blame Taylor and Eick for wanting to return to the core human/Cylon conflict. Caprica fans often complained that too much time was spent on-world (as well as V-World) and there’s no doubt that Blood and Chrome is a fun opportunity to reminisce about our time spent rocketing through space on the deck of Galactica. Unfortunately, considering the web series is really just a chopped-up pilot, it’s unlikely that the narrative will provide anything more than new questions – instead of delivering worthwhile insights into the larger canon (at least for now).

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If you enjoyed the episodes, make sure to tell other Battlestar Galactica fans – since, should the episodes succeed in drawing in a good amount of viewers, it’s possible that SyFy might bankroll more Blood and Chrome episodes.

That said, if they do, our first suggestion would be to ditch the “dropped wrench” sound effect that masks expletives in the dialogue. Who the frak thought they could get away with that three frakking times?

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New episodes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome air every Friday on Machinima or you can check out the uncut version on SyFy in February 2013 – followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release on February 19, 2013.

Source: Machinima

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  1. There is no way that I’m gonna watch it chopped up like that. They should put it online as a whole or scrap it altogether, instead of butchering it like that. They have no respect for the makers and the viewers of the Galactica shows whatsoever, otherwise they wouldn’t even think about releasing it in tiny little pieces. It’s a disgrace and just another stepping stone in SyFy’s downfall.

  2. I knew there was a reason I don’t watch SciFi (and I refuse to call it that OTHER name) anymore…

  3. I enjoyed the first two web-isodes. Yes, I’d prefer to watch it without it being chopped up, but I think I’d rather see the series survive and not die out of spite. Didn’t think I’d find the story engaging, but so far, I’m hooked.

  4. Here’s a suggestion…

    How about we make this webseries…

    A full series on Syfy like it deserves to be!

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooOO

  5. It’s too bad SyFy is only focused on horrible ‘reality’ TV, wrestling, ghost hunting, and stupid B monster movies. Basically any show that only requires an IQ below 50 to enjoy. Nothing at all scifi about the channel now.
    Someone needs to create a real scifi channel and bring shows like this awesome new series to it. I loved the last BSG and would definitely be hooked on this series- if only that were a real option.

  6. Liked the first 2 pieces lets continue.

  7. Is it possible another network can pick it up to develop a full series? Have they tried to pitch it to fox, CBS,….?

    • Sure, let’s pitch it to Fox. They did such a great job with Firefly…

  8. I enjoyed the first 2 episodes, I agree that I would like to see it as a whole but like so many other scifi shows one season and its cancelled, it might have been a safer option to do it this way

  9. 2 webisodes down, 8 more to go. Excellent work, great sfx, nice job integrating BG’s original series ambience to Ronald Moore’s late succesful series. Let’s invite as many fans as we can to watch it so that BG:B&C may have a chance to surface as a full tv series, if not on SyFy, on any other cable network. My only regret, webisodes not having enough time for characters’ development. Again, excellent job!!!

  10. 10 x 12 minutes?

    I’ll wait till they’re all online then download and watch them as one.

  11. the people running SyFy these days are morons.

  12. What is wrong with them? They really are stupid, and go out of their way to wreck a good show. Caprica might have worked if they did not try to take a 22 Episode season and make 2 11 Episode seasons, they are making the same mistake here. No one will have patients for this.

    It will be DOA.

  13. patience

  14. so far so good me likes this

  15. Watched the first two episodes and was surprised to find it enjoyable, sticking to the major storyline as opposed to BSG and it’s annoying love triangles and annoying characters that caused me to give up on the series after two seasons. If they stick with the military side of things and follow Adama’s rise through the ranks, it’ll be a solid winner. Stray into the silliness that BSG did early on and it’ll be a space soap opera rather than science fiction.

  16. So that’s what the Galactica looked like before it had half its panels removed. Always wondered.

  17. loved the first two episodes i was hooked from the first minute. so good to see the Galactica out and about again. I’m really scratching my head as to why no one has picked this up, i figure they suspect not enough people are into scifi (the death of Fringe) it’s truly sad because it is some of the best fiction. as the article so rightly pointed out it often deals with the deepest psychological questions we face as a species, its what made BSG so good as well as Fringe, and Star Trek. it says a lot about our society that we rather get inundated with mindless reality tv than shows that make us think. I really hope that the webisodes are successful and somebody bankrolls it to series. maybe on premium, like showtime or HBO perhaps a thirteen episode season would benefit it as well as allow it to deal with more adult themes, cuz that audio drop at expletives was fraking embarressing. sorry for the long winded comment, but it does irk me that broadcast tv can’t sustain a higher level of content anymore.

  18. I think it is an awesome idea to make a series about the first war. but! with the fan base BSG has, why on earth would anyone wanting to increase their viewer base doing anything like this to their star success story? Yes Syfy this series was IMO your only success story there is no other series you have been involved in that the actors were any good, or that the story line wasn’t disembowled by present day zombie and vampire fetishes mixed with a space baring science fiction story. As if it were some how possible to get the 3 genres together to maximize popularity. I can not stand zombie/vampire/warewolf stories. please do continue but please make it a real story like you did with BSG2. And if you want to keep the fan base you had and add on to it make it a LONG story like you did with your first bsg. I have watched that series at least 15 times and own it on dvd; not to mention hooked half my family and friends on it.

  19. People complain way too much about free content.

  20. Hmm. I didn’t expect to like this, but it’s really good. Can’t wait to see the rest. I admit I’m not really taken by the prequel idea, especially since it would seem to preclude much character growth for Adama and because the Cylons weren’t well understood (at all) at the beginning of the RDM series, which suggests that they can’t really explore them much here. But I’m just so happy to see the Galactica again that it doesn’t matter. Then again, if it were to descend to the level of Voyager, Enterprise or the Star Wars prequels, endlessly recycling the same story lines and cheapening itself, I wouldn’t watch for long. I dunno. Maybe it’s better it’s not a series, but I’m intrigued enough to watch the rest.

  21. Quite good :) Got chills seeing Galactica :)

  22. Wow, can’t believe syfy passed on this, mind you look at what they did to Farscape!!!

  23. They Should put this on t.v. as a hourly weekly series and released to dvd i like the first two but installments come on whole episodes are better i like the oringinal and the remake i even liked caprica i know im going to ike Blood and Chrome they should air it on t.v. if syfy wount air it they should air it on another network on t.v. it would be syfys loss out off the money and ratings

  24. Looks interesting but its not available outside the U.S it seems.. Shame.

  25. Thank the Gods. BSG is back. So what the frack, no funds to make a series.

  26. Thank the Gods. BSG is back.

  27. Disappointing that the SyFi channel would not pick this up or maybe even HBO, my wife and I continue to re-watch BSG over and over. The fan base IS there!

  28. not available in australia yet. not happy mate :(

    • Hey forty6and2 I’m from NZ and I have downloaded 4 EP of it try any torrent site I got from kickass torrents :)

  29. Very interested in ths series really liked what has been bone so far PLEASE continue .

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