Blood and Chrome

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.


Image by Pierre Drolet BSG in-house special effects

♫ Papa can you hear me? ♫

Frakin-A. It looks like the excruciatingly long delayed Battlestar Galactica spin-off Blood and Chrome will be a web-series after all. Are you WTFing with the word-maker that is placed on your faceplace? Fashizzle, fashizzle, according to the corporate overseers at NBC Universal Sheinhardt Wig Kabletown Spaceley Sprockets that trailer (now removed from the YouTube) that we showed you earlier in the week from Wonder Con (which sounds magical) was “not officially sanctioned” according to EW and the “plan is still to go web-based”.

Here’s the full quote from Syfy President of Original Content Mark Stern, aka the man who likes to merge Lobsters and house cats and make films about them:

“Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned.  We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen.”

Now, this is disappointing to fans of BSG and also the slow burning yet brilliant prequel series Caprica, fans who want to tune in to see Cylons and this portrayal of the first Cylon war, people like, well, me. But on the bright side, maybe this won’t suck. Stern says that the 2 hour pilot will eventually air on TV and perhaps they’re envisioning digital content that is not small scale or short lived. These things that I just wrote are not likely, but I thought I’d end on a high note despite the fact that, “And it was never heard from again…” feels like a more appropriate ending.