Syfy Producing Two-Hour Pilot For ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome’

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battlestar galactica Syfy Producing Two Hour Pilot For Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome

Syfy has greenlit a two-hour pilot for a new Battlestar Galactica prequel, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Battlestar Galactica co-creator and executive producer David Eick will return, sans partner Ron Moore. This is the second prequel in the BSG franchise to go into production but there is no word yet on a renewal for the current prequel series, Caprica.

Where Caprica focuses on the early childhood years of William Adama and the inception of the Centurion Cylons, Blood And Chrome will explore a Bill Adama who is fresh from his initial military training thrust into the midst of the first Cylon war.

Here is the official synopsis for the series:

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.

BSG fans may be more likely to engage with a series that focuses on the show’s beloved male protagonist, and the themes that drew them into the Battlestar universe initially.

Syfy programming head Mark Stern says, “We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, ‘Caprica.’

David Eick seems to grasp what the series would need to do in order to captivate the bulk of its original following. He emphasizes that the show will revisit the tone and scope of his original BSG vision. Eick is reported as saying that Blood And Chrome will maintain “the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question:  what does it mean to be human? – ‘Blood & Chrome’ will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ early seasons.”

As a huge BSG fan, I would love to see a return to the thematic threads and storylines that made the first few seasons of the series so deeply compelling.

Source: THR

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  1. Cool – this was the “era” I wanted the original reimagining to have covered. I got a little tired of the convoluted humanoid-Cylon backstory. I think the idea of “is sufficiently advanced machinery indistinguishable from organic life” was taken care of during Ronald D. Moore’s time with Star Trek and I didn’t much care for a rehash. I wanted to see robots with vocoder voices get zapped by guys in viper planes.

  2. Moooooo

  3. What I don’t understand about ‘prequels’:
    (1) How can people enjoy watching chapter one after knowing how the story ends?
    (2) Why didn’t the writers starts off on chapter one, so that a sense of mystery ans suspense can be maintained?

    • I think prequels can be interesting if the writers know what they are doing and how to best to make connections with the original. I really enjoy Star Wars: The Clone Wars even though I know it won’t end well for the vast majority of the characters.

    • How can we enjoy Hamlet when we know that everyone dies at the end? It’s not really about the plot points as much as it is about how we get there. We know that Doctor Who will (99.9% of the time) always triumph. It would seem that that’s boring, but it is really HOW he gets into and out of the situations that are interesting. This is also why people complain about “cheating” because the WAY in which something happened did not adhere to the observer’s perceived notions about the rules operating within the imagined universe.
      Most stories have a start, middle, and end, though it can be presented in any order that sets up dramatic tension well. People who love stories always want to know how current situational depictions came to be, and how they will be left when the current story ends.
      I am liking (most) aspects of Caprica, not only despite the fact I know the cylons will conduct war and that most of humanity gets wiped out – but because of it! It casts this apocalyptic shadow on the whole proceedings.

    • This is what expect from people that just “enjoy” the series.
      Either watch it and enjoy it for what it is worth, or don’t watch it and don’t comment. Prequels are made for Real Fans to enjoy.

  4. Only works if they get the same actor from Razor that played Adama. I didn’t so much care about if he acted like Edward James Olmos, although i think he did a great job in that, I just thought he was great full stop!

  5. YES!!!! Caprica sucks this sounds A LOT BETTER!!!!! Can’t wait!

  6. How did they gain their independent consciousnesses? How did they react when they received this new way of life? How did they interact with society? What actually caused them to revolt? How were they mistreated? Who was William Adama and his background. Why did they want to look like humans? How did these experiments start, etc? Only Caprica can answer these questions…not B & C.

    “This has all been done before and looks like it will happen again”, it was called BSG The Re-Imaged Series… This one will be just the same, only without the sexy cylons and William Adama will be half the age. That series had both ground, and space battles.

    So much for a prequel that will actually show some BSG history and background, B & C won’t be showing anything new in that area, other than what is already known.

    SYFY Needs To Tie Up The Remaining Issues From Caprica Before Moving On To Blood & Chrome

    Blood and Chrome will bomb out (I definitely won’t be watching it, unless they decide to at least address the remaining issues left on Caprica.) and won’t be any comparison to what Caprica could have potentially become. They still have so many issues about what happened before and leading up to the Cylon War, that needs to be addressed. They let Caprica get to the point of basically mass producing and some secretive shipping off of the cylons to the STO.

    Syfy only aired 13 episodes of Caprica counting the pilot. By the time Syfy actually finishes off the first season it would have taken almost 2 full years to accomplish this, and the Whole Time Line (all 18 episodes) of Season One is only about 2 -3 months…lol. Round that out and it will have taken Syfy (at minimum) 4 times longer to air the series than the actual time line of the show’s first season… geesh. They never gave it a chance. We wanted to see BSG history and background.

    All they accomplished so far was to get the cylons built. They haven’t even merged the avatar consciousnesses with the cylons yet, let alone show any social interactions of them with society except the unaired 5-8 minutes of it. That was mostly just a glimpse here and there, maybe in all 30 seconds of social interactions, on the part of the cylons. Also they still have a great number of loose ends to the characters and story lines, still to be resolved.

    So what we end up with, is jumping straight into a battle that has been going on for 10 years already. No chance of filling in any of the five year gap (before the war) of story lines and cylons receiving these consciousnesses, let alone how it actually is accomplished and their initial reactions to this new way of life, so-to-speak. Let alone their interactions with society and what leads them to actually revolt against mankind to begin with. How about their starting up of the human experiments to gain skins?? Ten years into this battle they have already been doing this for some time, at this point, secretly. Just because ‘The Husker” only saw this at the end of the war, doesn’t, mean it didn’t start long before that point. They already showed ZOE-A, as a fore front for season 2 (before it was cancelled, that is) of obtaining a skin body herself…lol. tell me they can keep that a secret for 10-15 years or so…lol. That is probably how the other cylons begin to want it themselves, but we will never know that.

    They would have to establish a reason as to why they wanted these skin bodies, to begin with and also gaining facilities to do this, in secret. Experiments don’t just happen overnight, also lots of prep work figuring out where and how to start etc., takes time.

    All this doesn’t even start to touch on the character aspect of loose ends. We also won’t even know the real William Adama’s (from the BSG series) actual background growing up. We got to see, what maybe 30 seconds of him when he was like 4-5 years old, then instantly jump to him being about 18 – 20 years old, Big gap there. We actually didn’t get much of anything for background and what we did get was only half of it, as everything was just starting to come together, as a whole.

    Syfy killed this show on purpose to make room for Blood and Chrome, not to replace a dyeing show with it. Blood and Chrome will never come close to what Caprica could have been in actual story and BSG background. It’ll be basically a younger version of Adama, with the same basic BSG battling, without the sexy cylons. They’ll be the ugly 0005’s, which are actually worse looking than the U-87’s, in my opinion.

  7. I love battle star, its excellent. I have to be very honest i was very much kicked in head so to speak, when battle star ended so soon. It should of gone on for another 5 seasons, i belive they made a mistake quiting to early on the show, to many people do this far to often these days, it makes no sense when you are onto a good thing.

    Bring back battle star, it was truely a fantastic excellent show, i know they made a huge mistake ending it so early.

    As a movie it would blow it out the water if they did it write and not drag its heels on the opening scenes, so we get straight into battles and fights not waiting until hour into the movie they suck and more and more people are turning away from that kind of thing, as we know its all just bad steps to take.