It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the once-great and addictive Battlestar Galactica. Apparently, they’ve been working on a movie for a while now and it looks to have finally picked up a writer. This isn’t the first writer, as the movie return to the BSG world has had its fair share of delays and snags, but it is an interesting writer – Jack Paglen. (more…)
Personally, I’ve been waiting on this one a long time. I’m a big BSG fan (but not one unwilling to admit it had its flaws) and when I heard they were going to take a dip into the history of the First Cylon War, I was pleased that I’d get the chance to see more toasters being blown to pieces. Unfortunately, the damn thing kept getting lost in limbo and lately there’d been little word on its progress. Now, it looks like it’s finally time! Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will be showing up on the Internets this Friday!
What will now be a webseries was originally designed to be a pilot with hopes for a regular television series. But they had no luck selling the concept so it’s getting the pilot-only treatment. Machinima’s YouTube channel will be airing the pilot as a series of ten webisodes over the course of the next four weeks, beginning on November 9th. Each one is expected to run between 7 and 12 minutes, the typical too-short web format that always leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But at least it will be coming.
In case you aren’t in-the-know, Blood and Chrome follows the story of a young William Adama. It’s the 10th year of the First Cylon War and Adama, hot-shot pilot that he is, ends up getting command of the legendary Galactica. It stars Luke Pasqualino as Adama, Lili Bordan as a scientist involved in the creation of the Cylons and Ben Cotton as Adama’s immediate commander.
And if that wasn’t enough, you can watch the trailer below:
If the webisode format doesn’t strike your fancy, you can always wait a few months. They’ll be airing the whole thing on Syfy early next year and an unrated version DVD release will be following sometime after that.
Thanks to ComingSoon for bringing us the good news.
Smallville‘s, ex-HPOA, Kristin Kreuk is still trying to shake the stank she contracted from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. While that will never happen, she is trying to win our hearts back with a new TV role. She’s been cast in Ron Moore‘s new fantasy-based police procedural series 17th Precinct, and will join the previously cast Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer and James Callis, who all come from Battlestar Galactica.
The series is about a fictional town of Excelsior where magic and supernatural elements rule over science and revolves around the cops at the local 17th Precinct. Kreuk will play Susan Longstreet, the wife of Jamie Bamber’s character, Caolan. As of right now her role is just “guest star” status, but if the pilot is expanded into a full series, her role could be expanded as well.
Moore has described the new series as “an adult Harry Potter. But instead of fighting the evil Lord Voldemort, the characters will be fighting crime.”
So, in other words.. it’s ‘The Dresden Files‘. Surely, NBC will take this seriously. NOT! They’ll market it wrong, see lower than average ratings and can the show almost immediately. An NBC joint most of us would actually watch and you just know they will fuck it up. Luckily, it’s from the mind of Ron Moore. He did helped create one of the best, most thought provoking Science Fiction series in Television History. Plus he has a big penis. The latter has absolutely no relevance, just thought I’d throw it out there. With his name and vision, we should get something pretty damn good. Just hope NBC handles it right.
Tonight I’m frakking you. That’s my pick-up line. It never works. Of course, if I was Alessandra Torressani of Caprica and said that, there would be a lot of bent wookies, if you know what I mean.
OK kids, gonna keep this real short. Scifi Music Spoof Video. Torressani in Slave Leia Costume. Rapping from Big Bang Theory‘s Raj. More Nerd Pop Culture References and Cameos Than You Can Shake a Stick At. Or, as break.com likes to put it “A geek fantasy comes to life when one lucky nerd finds himself in Sci-fi’s hottest nightclub with every girl you’d ever want to frak.”
OK, the title “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” sounds to me like a really bad pr0n title. Particularly the ‘Blood and Chrome’. Fetish machine pr0n and vaginal bleeding is a can of worms I’ve just unleashed upon your innocent nerd minds. Your welcome.
Anyway, BSG: Blood and Chrome has snagged its Adama. Who’s going to play young William Adama in Battlestar Galactica’s prequel? Inside TV, reports Luke Pasqualino will play the rookie Viper pilot during the first Cylon war. Ben Cotton has also been cast as Adama’s battle weary commanding officer.
Pasqualino on left; Cotton on right
Here are the official character descriptions:
Pasqualino will star as the young, talented fighter pilot William Adama, a recent Academy graduate who finds himself assigned to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with Coker (Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 45 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.
I have no opinion on the casting. I’m still hung up on the fact that they just canceled a “Battlestar” prequel and now there already moving onto another. “Caprica” was getting good. It ended all too fast. It wasn’t given the time it needed. If SyFy is going to be as impatient as it was with the high-quality Caprica, why even bother? Regardless, I’m sure BSG: Blood and Chrome will be equally brilliant and thought provoking.
Blood & Chrome is set during the 10th year of the first Cylon war. The show will debut with a two-hour pilot on Syfy, executive produced by David Eick.
(Article by nerdbastards contributor Mark Poynter, A.K.A Mordrun)
WAAAAHOOOO! Love those Battlestar Galactica snow suits! The original series episode, The Gun on Ice Planet Zero is one of my favorite original series episodes. Just seeing that snow in the concept art above has me all a twitter or twatter depending on your naughty bits. I must say that after Caprica (I kinda faded out on that one, really liked the start, but then my interest just kinda faded.) I didn’t have much hope for any other Battlestar Galactica projects, I figured that BSG could use a rest for a bit. Now, I am thinking maybe I could live with them cranking out BSG movies set on ice planets.
Yvonne Villarreal of The Los Angeles Times wrote:
“Blood & Chrome” was originally ordered last summer by the network as a Web series, with former “Battlestar Galactica” co-executive producer Michael Taylor tapped to write the nine mini episodes.
The two-hour spin off pilot, from executive producer David Eick, will follow a twenty something William Adama during the 10th year of the first Cylon War. He soon finds himself leading a top secret mission that could change the course of the war.
“While maintaining 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,” Eick said in a statement.
Later in an interview with Los Angeles Times reporter Geoff Boucher, Executive producer David Eick said:
“Blood & Chrome” is loaded with new characters, but I’d say the most compelling and unusual is the woman with whom Adama connects most deeply in the pilot — Beka Kelly, an enigmatic, seemingly impenetrable software genius who gives Adama a run for his money in more ways than one. She’s definitely in the tradition of “BSG’s” and “Caprica’s” uniquely strong, remarkable female characters and will be a huge casting opportunity for someone out there, whom we look forward to discovering…”
Click through the jump to see more concept art and a picture of young Adama!
Son of a bitch, I almost went a whole year without thinking about the kick to the taint that was the Battlestar Galactica series finale. (SPOILER ALERT) So, after a long and arduous journey, the BSG crew make the final jump and arrive to Earth (Our Earth. 200,000 years in the past). And, restart their lives with a collective “fuck it” by tossing their ships into the sun and giving up all their comforts and identity. 30,000 plus people dumped on Earth, with no shelter, food or medicine, with the only form of amusement of fucking the indigenous Neanderthals, leading me to believe that I’m the descendant of a Human-Cylon-Neanderthal love triangle? Ridiculous! Don’t even get me started on whole Starbuck kooky ghost/angel thing. Argh, I just remembered the 6 and Baltar Angels. *sigh (END SPOILER ALERT)
So, yeah, would you like to see a followup story on humans getting sand in their vaginas and having orgies with Neanderthals? Well, according to Edward James Olmos, we WILL find out what happened to William Adama after the events of the Battlestar Galactica series finale, because he’s at work on a sequel we’ll all get to see “pretty soon.”
While discussing his film Selena during Hispanic Heritage Month, the conversation (as you might expect) eventually came around to BSG, and Olmos said:
“I’m going to go there. I’m going to go there in a graphic novel. Pretty soon I hope. I don’t know. It just depends on whether people can get behind it and understand it for what it is. I think people will. …
“I want to know what he’s doing right now, don’t you? I kind of was left with him sitting about to build his cabin, so God almighty I’d like to know what’s happening to him right now. In many moments throughout the day, I’ll think, ‘I wonder what he’s doing? What the heck is he up to? What the heck are those people up to?’ Here they were 200,000 years ago on this earth. They came from the experience that they came from. All I can tell you is: aren’t you guys curious as to what happened to them?”
Bill building a cabin and eventually forming early Scotland (presumably) is just pouring salt on a sore wound. Let it rest dude. And dude, given where the show left off in mankind’s history … isn’t there already a sequel written? It’s called the Bible.
As if anyone gives shit about Battlestar Galactica anymore creator Ron Moore finally answers what the hell happened to Starbuck at the end of the final episode.
Starbuck of course being the strong-willed, funny, hot-headed yet at-times, oddly vulnerable shoot first, ask questions later kind of gal. A hard-drinking, cigar-smoking ace pilot that died and came back to life. She came back and help guide her Battlestar brethern to earth all to tune of asking her new self “what the hell am I?”
Whether you liked the ending of Battlestar Galactica or not, it’s undeniable that Starbuck’s conclusion left a lot of questions unanswered. As if not answering any of those questions wasn’t bad enough, the finale added one more level of mystery when Starbuck seemingly vanished into thin air while talking to Lee Adama in her final scene.
Was she an angel? Was she a god? What the hell happened? Well, the fine folks at i09.com caught up with Ron Moore at Comic-C0n and asked him. He had this to say…
She is what you want to think of her. It was left deliberately nebulous and vague. And I think she was a representative of an entity that didn’t like to be called God, but everybody else talked about it in godlike terms. If you want to call her an angel, you could say that. She went through a resurrection story that was very Christlike. And you know, what are the implications of that? I felt, as I went into the finale, that the more I defined exactly what she was, the less interesting she became. And so I just made a choice to go out on a more ambiguous note, and to let people argue about it perpetually.
Well, there you have it. She was Jesus. Y’all can move on now.
We have no idea how much this model replica of the Serenity ship from Firefly is but boy is it shiny. The 19 inch replica is a product of Quantum Mechanix which is the same company that brought us the $900 Cylon Raider from BSG. So we can only imagine this bad boy, with all its bell and whistles has got to be close to double that. Pricing aside this is a testament to true craftsmanship.
More than three years in the making, Serenity – The Big Damn Replica, has been painstakingly crafted to be absolutely screen-accurate in every aspect. Unlike most other iconic ships from science fiction, Serenity was designed from the ground up to be as realistic as possible, from her floor planto her construction, using real-world components andmanufacturing processes. As one of her creators observed, the idea was to make Serenity so real, fans could easily imagine themselves walking her decks. With such a sense of place and familiarity, viewers would never feel lost in this Firefly-Class Transport.
The model will be at Comic Con all weekend, but you can sign up for the waiting list to buy one at the link. (Quantum Mechanix)