‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’ Web Series to Premiere on Nov. 9th

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 7th, 2012 at 5:54 am,

Three years have passed since Syfy’s enormously successful Battlestar Galactica remake wrapped up its run. Since then, the network has twice attempted to maintain the space drama’s cultural cache – once with the short-lived Caprica and then with Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.

Announced during Caprica‘s flagging run, Blood and Chrome was originally developed as a full series like its predecessor. Eventually, Syfy decided to pass on airing the spinoff. NBC Universal subsequently arranged for the series to be shown as a Web series, with the possibility of a television premiere at a future date. After a long and tumultuous production, the space opera will finally begin showing episodes later this week.

EW reports that Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will premiere its first episode in just a few short days. On Friday, November 9, the first installment of the Web series will be posted on Youtube channel Machinima Prime. Blood and Chrome will be eventually be available as ten short episodes, at seven to twelve minutes apiece. Machinima released a new trailer for the series along with the premiere announcement, showing off more robust action and atmosphere than previous glimpses.

Blood and Chrome will follow the early years of eventual Galactica leader William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), as the Twelve Colonies struggle through their first war with the Cylons. If the trailer is anything to go by, it looks as if Adama faces brutal battles with the toasters both in the cockpit of his Viper and hand-to-hand on the ground. Blood and Chrome will co-star Ben Cotton (Alcatraz), Jill Teed (This Means War), and Lili Bordán (The River).

It’s difficult to argue that Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome was an absolutely essential spinoff. Ronald D. Moore‘s Battlestar Galactica was a landmark science-fiction series, gaining both audiences and critical plaudits during its four-season run. However, when the credits finally rolled over the show’s divisive ending, it didn’t leave much room for expansion. Galactica‘s universe wasn’t like Star Trek or Stargate – settings ripe for exploration. Instead, its depiction of the universe was lonely, cold, and ultimately caught up in endless cycles of bloodshed. Needless to say, Galactica‘s final moments did not encourage further adventures in its narrative playground.

BSG Blood and Chrome Premiere Date ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Web Series to Premiere on Nov. 9th

As such, Blood and Chrome‘s production felt a bit mercenary. Caprica had the advantage of being very distinct from its forerunner, even if its leaden pacing and narrative flaws quickly turned audiences away. Though a prequel, it dealt with story elements that were never even touched upon in Battlestar Galactica. Blood and Chrome feels like it might have the opposite problem – a fast-paced return to Battlestar Galactica‘s signature action and suspense, while saddled with a story whose outcome we already know. Though we rarely saw it depicted, the first Cylon war was fairly well covered by Battlestar. After all, we know that Adama will survive, so can Blood and Chrome convince the audience to care about the other characters, or will the lack of stakes undercut the show’s tension?

And yet, one cannot help but be impressed by the visuals of the above trailer. Showing off production values far above the usual Web-based television series, Blood and Chrome looks to be an intense experience. Its relative shortness could be a boon – at a total length roughly equivalent to a feature film, the series might play as a quick, spectacle-packed side-story rather than a lengthy narrative trying to stand on its own.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome episodes will be available November 9, 2012.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. It really is sad that after the amazing success of Battlestar Galactica (the remake) SyFy and NBC don’t want to run the prequel of the series. I mean I can understand that people may doubt sequels and prequels, but it seems that stations air plenty of crap pilots and cancel shows that are considered good or have a well received history.

    • Well, they don’t have a free slot to show it. They are too busy clogging up their schedule with retarded Reality TV shows that have absolutely nothing to do with science-fiction (or good television for that matter). “Imagine greater” my backside! Kardashian style…

  2. I loved Galactica until the deus ex machina ‘It wuz God what done it, y’all’ non-ending that succeeded in making a mockery of all the intriguing story threads.

    It wasn’t a hopeful or logical ending – despite violent inner conflict for the entire show, suddenly the contentious survivors meekly and unquestioningly submit to becoming intergalactic Amish?! And the vaunted hybrid Mitochondrial Eve dies young in apparent squalor?!

    Worse, the plot overlooks the fact that the Cylons and humans did learn to cooperate at the end. But fifty thousand years on, both they and the lessons they learned are forgotten.

    All this “will happen again”, even though the seemingly desired outcome of human/AI harmony was achieved. The god of the Galactica universe isn’t too bright apparently. Or is a nihilistic lunatic.

    However that didn’t stop me enjoying Caprica. I pretended the Galactica ending didn’t happen, or maybe we’d get a better understanding of it, and so was able to get on board.

    That said, I’m a lot more wary of Blood and Chrome. As you say, we know Adama will survive. I see little point to it other than to try and milk the last drops of merchandising and advertising revenue from the franchise.

    But more importantly, what extra can it bring to the story? This is the problem when writers get lazy and opt for a deus ex machina explanation to cut the Gordian knot of plot mysteries. You don’t trust them anymore.

    Whatever mysteries B&C raises: so what? God did it. Whatever new spins and twists on the larger narrative: so what? God did it. Stop asking stupid question, stoopid: God did it, end of discussion.

    I don’t have a problem with the religious element – it’s always been there – but not when it’s used as a means to escape rational explanations and a lazy plot device.

    Despite enjoying most of Galactica and all of Caprica, nonetheless I don’t have the trust I had before. Being a sci-fi fanatic though, like a sucker I’ll probably still watch it, but will quickly abandon it if it looks like my rantings above are on the mark.

    • SPOILERS IN THIS COMMENT
      First off, BSG spent four full seasons discussing faith, God, the gods, angels, and the importance of religion in what was happening, plus it had more then one acts of God along the way (the tomb of athena anyone?), Baltar’s six even starting saying it was angel telling him he was a servant of the Lord, and you REALLY didn’t think the ending was gonna be some sort of act of God/metaphysical thing?

      plus, were even paying attention in the last scene? Angel-Baltar says “this has all happened before…”, and Angel-Six says “but it doesn’t have to happen again. let a complex system repeat itself enough times and something surprising will happen. That too is in God’s plan.” Implication much (i.e., because the humans and cylons achieved peace when they came to earth, the future inhabitants of earth might not get nuked by their own robot creations and have to find a new rock).

      the only part of it being illogical I’ll grant you is Starbuck being an angel, but only because they never fully explain that (was she always an angel, or did an angel just take her form and come to the humans when she died?)

      that being said, I’m gonna wind up watching blood and chrome in spite of my reservations about it, just like i’ll see star wars 7 despite my reservations about it. the bsg stamp is enough of a draw-in.

      • “you REALLY didn’t think the ending was gonna be some sort of act of God/metaphysical thing?”

        Read what I said: “I don’t have a problem with the religious element – it’s always been there – but not when it’s used as a means to escape rational explanations and a lazy plot device.” I expected ‘god’ to be involved – but, as I said, not to be used to dismiss awkward questions with vague hand-waving.

        “plus, were even paying attention in the last scene? Angel-Baltar says “this has all happened before…”, and Angel-Six says “but it doesn’t have to happen again.”

        Were you paying attention to what I was saying? Putting aside the unwarranted hostility in your tone for a moment, the whole point is that they came to earth after immense tragedy and travail, and made peace with the Cylons. It didn’t have to ‘happen again’ after that.

        But instead, everything was forgotten, they reverted to savagery since we have no record of them. So despite having made peace, and supposedly having learned the lessons ‘god’ wanted them to learn, ‘god’ decided to make them repeat the whole conflict again, for no rational reason.Just for practice? Clearly, not much of a ‘plan’.

        “because the humans and cylons achieved peace when they came to earth, the future inhabitants of earth might not get nuked by their own robot creations and have to find a new rock”

        Seeing as all the lessons of the 12 colonies were then forgotten fifty thousand years later, that assertion doesn’t make any sense to me. Forgotten lessons of forgotten civilisations are… well, forgotten! How would we learn from mistakes we can’t remember making? Osmosis?

        In any event, the ending of BSG has been endlessly debated and argued, with no resolution, so let’s just agree to disagree.

  3. With so much Garbage on TV ,and mostly no quality Sci Fi,i would welcome a good action oriented show !
    Not sure Blood & Crome is this show sadly !
    As mentioned before..The NEW version BG was cool..for the first 2 seasons..then they lost it !

    Wish they would give Richard Hatch a shot for his version of Galactica the Second coming ! It just looks fantastic,trailer can be seen on youtube for anybody interested ! But these days,people seem to have no inspiration for anything anymore ! Sad !

  4. I loved nBSG until it got to the third season and proceeded to suck nasty rotten eggs for the rest of its run.

    Hopefully this will bring back the spirit of the first two seasons.