Complete ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’ Webseries Now Online

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The first episode of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome has drawn over 2.4 million views since the webseries debuted at the beginning of November. Unfortunately, subsequent installments have shown a steep decline in viewership – even after Syfy repackaged standalone episodes into weekly two-part chapters (starting with episodes 3 and 4). Still, at the time of this writing, last week’s release has only garnered 350,000 views – nearly an 85 percent drop from the premiere.

Despite rapidly declining numbers, Blood and Chrome is hardly a misfire and, week to week, has delivered plenty of slick visuals as well as a thin (but still competent) addition to the reimagined series canon. Could it be that the episodic webseries format actually hindered interest in this bonus Battlestar story and, as a result, will a chunk of those 2.4 million premier viewers return now that Syfy has released the Blood and Chrome finale?

While some Battlestar fans might have been underwhelmed by the first two episodes, the webseries hasn’t been a total waste – offering an intriguing, albeit campy, bridge between the prequel family-drama/Cylon origin series, Caprica, and the critically-acclaimed adventures of Battlestar Galactica and her crew.

Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome Episode 1 Complete Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Webseries Now Online

For anyone who has yet to check out the Blood and Chrome pilot-turned webseries, here’s the official synopsis:

This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and hungry for action, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz). With only 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle as much as Adama craves its onset. Lili Bordán (Silent Witness) also stars.

It’s been interesting to watch Syfy attempt to salvage Blood and Chrome – given that the footage was originally intended as a two-hour pilot for a full Blood and Chrome TV series. However, when Syfy passed on the project, the pilot was chopped into ten 8-12 minute episodic chunks for an online webseries run – with an “uncut” Blu-ray release and on-air Syfy movie event scheduled for February 2013.

However, with today’s release of the “finale” chapter, you can check out the full Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome pilot/webseries below:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episodes 3 & 4

Episodes 5 & 6

Episodes 7 & 8

Episodes 9 & 10

Unlike Mortal Kombat Legacy, where most episodes were standalone storylines, Syfy’s choice to air Blood and Chrome in bite-sized pieces may have undercut the success of plot points that, in a one-viewing pilot experience, could have provided a greater emotional connection/impact.

Sure, Blood and Chrome contains ridiculous one-liners, ex. “This is what we do!” and plenty of convoluted melodrama but, by the end, there is an interesting setup in place: a special Cylon task force, “half animal/half machine” creatures, the Ghost Fleet, and more – plus a nice (albeit canon-complicating) nod to followers of a certain fan-favorite humanoid Cylon model.

If you enjoyed the episodes, make sure to tell other Battlestar Galactica fans. It’s still possible that Syfy could order a full Blood and Chrome series if viewer response improves dramatically but, given the discouraging webseries numbers, it’s very frakking unlikely.

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New episodes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is available free of charge 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. Honestly i liked Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,and I watched the first 2 episodes online,but after that and when I heard there will be a Blue Ray release I decided to wait and watch it later as whole.

    Really don’t like to watch it online like this,chopped up into pieces,and many scenes even cut out completely ! Many friends I know like it as well,but the same reason…can’t watch it like this,..it’s like video clips.
    Whole feel and atmosphere gets destroyed !

    Never thought about the ratings stuff thought ! Really hope Sy Fy would make it a series,as its the best Sy Fy show at the moment !

  2. I have to say, I enjoyed the series, although releasing it as they did probably hurt it considerable.

  3. Watched a bit of part 1.

    As crappy-looking and generally s***** quality as the last entire series of BSG.

  4. An Awesome series i hope a tv series follows. this is one of the only true sci-fi stories left on the shelf

  5. Heuu,

    Spoiler alert no ?

  6. I would love this to become a web series, but I don’t know why “web series” has to mean bite-sized chunks.

    The ten minute idea was ridiculous, and releasing two episodes a week was only slightly better.

    They should have released the pilot in two halves, and any subsequent series should have full length episodes.

  7. BSG was my favorite show of all time, but I have to say I’m glad this isn’t being made into a series. It’s not bad, but neither is it great, and I don’t think it really adds anything to the franchise. The prospect of a perpetual war series with no chance for human / cylon resolution just makes me depressed. I think the network made the right decision. I’m content to let BSG exist as it is, complete in itself, warts and all.

  8. They should finally make Richard’s Battlestar Galactica : The second coming!
    There is a awesome trailer on youtube ,the show would kick ass !

  9. The best yet, Really enjoyed it, Annoyed about waiting so long for it however.HOPING they keep running it, It has really great detail, Great acting for a change and a semi decent story line so far. Keep It Coming

  10. I definitely like the B&C Web series. I had to get used to the chopped up format, but that’s a minor thing. The finale has me hooked to watch the movie in Feb 2013. If you haven’t watched the all episodes all the way thru, you should. Now that they are all released, those who hate the chopped format can at least watch the all episodes end-to-end, getting a more movie-like feel.

    I see them (the writers) laying the foundations of how Cylons went from robot to semi-human/robot. With that is the confusion of how to actually view the Cylons: are they a life form, or just machines. That’s a very good prequel tie into the BSG series.

    Finally, I’m seeing again characters that are heros one minute and almost villains the next (e.g. Coker: did he do a good thing or not?). I liked this about characters in the re-imagined BSG. Their good/bad characteristics keep you on your toes, wondering who is the good/bad guy in the episode.

    Aside from the chopped up format, I give the series a solid 7 out of 10.

    • Ya its interesting as you say about Coker, We all have these life struggles, what is good and bad, Should we say or do something or are we wrong??? So many grey areas that need answers. Love your comments

  11. I agree, this does show the progression from Caprica’s creation of the cylons to the ones we know now and love, however, I am glad they aren’t planning on picking this up as another series. Whilst I did enjoy it, it was a little trigger happy, the SFX weren’t brilliant (for me, they looked worse than the 2003 miniseries – although they were great SFX…), far too much lense flare and the plotline just seemed a little…dull/predictable. They should have made more use of Galactica herself also.

    In all, I think the BSG saga is complete now – anything else will begin to undermine RDM’s great writing of that series.

    • Still,with no other good choices on TV this is the best we could get !
      And this is for sure better then nothing ! I am bored of most show currently playing,there is really no good Space Sci Fi show on TV,feel BSG is worth supporting !

      Or we can wait another 10years till maybe something comes along !
      And I am not getting any younger.

  12. Loved the B&C story line. I am seeing it today as a complete series. If I had to wait for a week for 10 minutes, I would not hurry to be back. Nice try but without true chapters, with a mini story line, the novelette delivery just wouldn’t have me coming back every week. Instead, I would wait until the end and see it as a movie or dvd. It is a miss on delivery method.
    It is a great show.

  13. I hope they continue with the BC series. It has a lot of potential. Been hoping that there would a follow-up to BSG(and Caprica). I was very sad Caprica was canned.

    Tracking according to web views is not very accurate. Band width in my country is not great. So most people here will do a torrent download. The start stop and jerky tube videos creates a unpleasant viewing experience.

    Most techies will probably torrent it anyway. We might be our own worst enemy.
    Just some thoughts.

  14. I watched it now as well and liked it. It had an interesting and exciting paper chase/scavenger hunt story and I liked the characters. Also, the space scenes looked absolutely awesome.

    On the downside: the virtual sets were way too obvious and fake looking and the overexposed images (blown out highlights) with some weird lens flare filters on top of it made it look like a live action video game cutscene from the 90s most of the time (think Privateer II). Also the whole story felt pretty rushed, especially the part with the ghost ship fleet.

    The setup at the end made it sound as if the full show would be about secret Spec Ops missions around the theater of war, which would make it pretty interesting to me, especially if they would keep all the spiritual mumbo jumbo out of it that ruined Battlestar: Galactica. All things considered I’d like to see more of it.

  15. I’m curious why B&C would even be released on the web prior to the televsion. This is like Netflix and Red Box renting movies before the theater debuts them.

  16. Battlestar gallatica,… AWESOME, AWESOME,AWSOME

  17. The 2-hour episode from start to finish (meaning all 10 webisodes) was awesome to say the least. Special effects, storyline, acting…everything was EXCELLENT!!! The problem is, in a word, “SYFY”. Now why would you take a HUGE success like Blood & Chrome and dice it up to 10 parts…WOW, okay, SYFY…you’re trendy!!!…uhmmm not so much, cause it didn’t work. Breaking this 2 hour show up to ten parts was a huge mistake, hence the drop off of viewers, plus with all the rumors and confirmation that SYFY will not pursue this as a series, and you end up with epic fail.

    I could go on but I’m instead I’m going to go out of my way to help SYFY.
    1) You have a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan base for this show
    2) Contact the directors and execs and agree to air this show as a series.
    3) Rinse & repeat for 7 seasons!!!

    Conclusion: Yes, Caprica pretty much sucked but it had nothing to do with the Remake of BSG. Caprica will have nothing to do with Blood & Chrome, so give a chance…after all, BSG did a great service to SYFY and put SYFY on the map…

    SYFY WAKE UP…YOU ARE SITTING ON A HUGE HIT FOR YOUR NETWORK…I don’t know how else to say it, but you could probably try reading all the rave reviews on Blood & Chrome’s pilot episode, even though you hacked it into 10 pieces before it was even off the ground…so when you air the pilot in Feb. follow up with a series!!!

  18. BSG Blood & Chrome was awesome! Too bad they won’t make a series. SciFy should change their name to the zombie channel.

    • I enjoyed the pilot. Great to finally see other fleet units besides the big boys.. Shame that Sci- fi isnt picking it up as a series..

  19. Yep.. It’s a shame they tanked this.. I’ve stopped watching SyFy channel since BSG was no more.. All the other shows are pretty much crap.. Don’t they get it. People are fascinated with outerpace and BSG gave us a good story of the survival of humanity that fed the imagination.

  20. Hey, anyone know if these videos moved somewhere else on the web? All I see from Machinima is the 1:19 teaser for the series? It looks like I got half way through the series one day too late (stupid sleep…)

  21. Battlestar Gallactica is one of the great heroic stories of all time. The most recent series was an incredible achievement. A wonderful mix of relevant, current issues and powerful mythology. Blood and Chrome shares this mythology, and could easily support another chapter – I hope it is still possible. I agree with others that its episodic presentation interfered with the immersive quality of the story an unfortunate move that I believe profoundly misrepresented its broad appeal. It has all happened before, and lets hope that this worthy concept will be recast so as to happen again.

    Steve Hynes

  22. I just saw the pilot on space channel (on Canada) and poof! It’s gone from the web and hard to find. I hate when are the production companies limit access to content :(

  23. I just dont get the web series format. the clips are too short. this is really a great program but syfy hasnt given it a fair shake by making it so hard to view. i found the whole format frstrating, especially since the show (what i do get to watch of it) is really one of my favorites. This really needs to made into a full movie or series and then released.