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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome

December 12, 2012

adama2This is the second attempt at a spin off series from SyFy’s immensely successful Battlestar Galactica reboot series.  The story centers on a young William Adama, recently graduated from the Colonial military academy and assigned to his first tour on the Galactica during the Cylon War.  Instead of being assigned as a Viper pilot, Adama is instead given a Raptor (basically, a glorified shuttle).  His reaction, given that he was one of the highest rated Viper pilots at the academy, is about what one would expect.  To add insult to injury, his co-pilot Coker Fasjovik is days away from mustering out of military service and, as a result, has little to no motivation to see any further real action.  For his first assignment, Adama is given a “milk run” to deliver a civilian specialist with critical information on the Cylons to a Marine contingent.  I’m really not going to go into any more detail than this on the plot because to do so would give away a bunch of surprises that really add to and, ultimately, drive the overall story.  I’ll simply say that there are many wheels within wheels and, as with any war, the news given to the civilian population leaves out significant details.

As pilots go, this is definitely one of the strongest I have seen in awhile.  There are things set up that could drive a number of interesting story arcs for many seasons to come.  The show, more so than Caprica, also captures the feel of the parent series in that we are again in a military setting.  My ultimate yardstick is my wife Diane, who is considerably more critical of tv series than I am (give me monsters and/or spaceships and I’m pretty much good to go).  She really enjoyed it so, I think it’s safe to say that SyFy has something good on their hands here.  Unfortunately, the channel has taken a very timid stance to whether to run with this series or not.  I would suspect that the negative fan reaction to Caprica is probably the main reason. I personally liked Caprica and felt that a large amount of this negative reaction was over the top.  Ironically, a similar reaction from fans of the first series may end up killing this pilot along with any chance at future BSG content.  SyFy is ultimately waiting for the ratings when they air the show on their channel in February of next year.  They are also shortly afterwards releasing a DVD/Bluray on the 19th of the same month. 

The series is viewable right now on Youtube in ten parts.  It’s more like five parts, actually, in that they released the pieces in pairs.  I’ll warn any prospective viewers in advance that the episodes are not in HD which made watching on our fifty inch plasma a little rough but, I really dislike watching tv on my computer enough to live with it.  I will definitely be watching the SyFy broadcast in February and will almost certainly pick up the Bluray to show my support for Blood and Chrome.  I would very much like to return to the BSG universe and will do these two things to encourage SyFy to take me there again.

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  1. insiderhedge permalink

    Reblogged this on Parrot Reviews and commented:
    This is the second attempt at a spin off series from SyFy’s immensely successful Battlestar Galactica reboot series. The story centers on a young William Adama, recently graduated from the Colonial military academy and assigned to his first tour on the Galactica during the Cylon War. Instead of being assigned as a Viper pilot, Adama is instead given a Raptor (basically, a glorified shuttle).

  2. This is definitely going to be a must watch. However, I’ll wait for the SyFy presentation.

  3. I’ve been waiting for the SyFy presentation. I’m sure it has its flaws, but I think this is a better direction to start than where Caprica did. I enjoyed Caprica until it accelerated itself into oblivion, probably due to network pressure. I think its issue was, there was so much backstory to get through until ‘things’ would start to happen. Then when people lost patience, they had to crank up the game, and the whole thing ended up uneven. I was someone who didn’t mind waiting, but I was in the minority. Crossing my fingers that this project sticks better, and like you said, we can return to that universe.

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