Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

My God, it’s full of battlestars! Yep, Moore and Eick are at it again, this time going after the first Cylon war:

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.

It’s going to be on Syfy as expected, and so far all they’ve ordered is a 2 hour pilot. One thing they say in the article does have me interested, though:

“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,” said David Eick.

At least they’re on the right path by acknowledging the first 2 seasons of Galactica were the best, and if they can keep their focus tight on that then it could get interesting.

I’ll be interested to see how they shake off the shadow of the original series.

They certainly never managed it with Caprica.

No shaking necessary, if they’re trying to capture the early combat episodes. That was fantastic TV, remember when they were trying to stay ahead of the Cylons while they rooted out the mole ship? Great stuff. Capital ship battle is just goddamned compelling when done right.


Is that title a joke? Do those guys not get Starz?

Not a joke, but I didn’t even think about Spartacus: Blood and Sand until you mentioned it. But they’re being different, see! They took out the “and” and replaced it with an ampersand. I agree it’s a stupid title, though.

These guys seem great at starting a show but they can’t seem to be able to finish one.

The later seasons of DS9 beg to differ. But BSG’s last 3 seasons were just awful. Like I said, if they can keep their focus straight, they could have a winner. I’m completely middled on this.

They have my attention, especially if they’re able to effectively capture the best aspects of early BSG.

If, after the series ends, I hear its conclusion is satisfactory, then I’ll watch it.

No one will ever be forgiven for 3-5 of Battlestar. But the ongoing greatness of the betrayal-oriented boardgame they were wise enough to license out (well, someone was) keeps making me nostalgic, and I know I’ll at least give it a chance. I made it through almost 5 episodes of Caprica, IIRC, and that was awful.

You had me going for a second… clearly this is a bad joke.

Oh wow, they updated the article after I initially read it. Moore is not going to be on board. That changes a lot of things.

Yeah, could be better now. But really, why do they need a second spinoff as the first spinoff is still airing and floundering? Ladies and Gentlemen, your new Star Wars! I mean that in all the negative ways it can be taken.

Think Stargate.

That’s precisely why they’re doing a new spinoff. Caprica is shit, and I doubt we’ll even get a second season out of it. Going back to starships and space battles over the melodramatic garbage we have in Caprica seems like a logical choice, since that’s what everyone loved most about BSG. And, thinking about it, they can go even farther this time; epic multiple-battlestar and base ship combat, old school toasters. They can even use this to refine the mess of the lore they created in the last 3 seasons of BSG.

Ditch the spinoff that isn’t working and start over. It makes sense.

[intro movie]

CAG: Dammit, Bill! You can’t go in there, we need you alive!

ADAMA: I have to, Captain. A man doesn’t have a choice when it comes to saving his family.





I would watch this show.

This is what I’ll be tuning in for. Spaceships with the pew pew! Yay!

I don’t know why, but when a capital ship lets loose with a bigass missile volley, I feel a tingle. It’s much better than Star Wars where everything was either ineffectual laser fire or Death Star uberbeam, the creeping cloud of missiles vs. countermeasures just does it. I imagine it’s something sexual, but I’m okay with that.



That was fantastic TV, remember when they were trying to stay ahead of the Cylons while they rooted out the mole ship? Great stuff.

I’ve said it before, but it’s really sad that the best episode of BSG they ever made was the first one (not counting the miniseries). While there were peaks and valleys over the course of the ensuing seasons, in an overall sense, it was all downhill after 33.