I am, and always will be, a huge Battlestar Galactica fan. When I was a young kid, I watched the original series. And when it came back in its latest incarnation, I eagerly devoured every episode as they aired on television. So when I heard that they were doing a prequel movie, I was a very happy man indeed. And now that Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is finally here, I am even happier.
It’s been in planning for years, only recently making it through the production process to be a completed film. It was supposed to air on SyFy as one of their “original movies” (the kind that often strike fear into the hearts of sci-fi lovers), but something went bad.
The producers of the film were hoping to use it to pilot a new series, but that didn’t happen and, worse yet, the new flick is being pieced out as webisodes on the Internet. Each weekend features two more installments and each is around 12 minutes long.
So far, only the first two parts have been released, but damn it’s already so good. There’s a unique mixing of the newer series with elements from the older series that draws in lovers of both. The music, ship designs and cylons are all a beautiful melding of both BSG runs.
Taking place 10 years into the first Cylon War, Blood and Chrome follows the story of a young William Adama as he exits his academy training, hoping to be the next amazing fighter pilot. Instead, the poor hopeful-hero gets stuck on a Raptor and must fly a cargo mission.
But if you know BSG, you know that it never ends up simple. Adama, his co-pilot and their “cargo” - a scientist who helped developed the cylons run into more than they bargained for. Where it goes from there, I have yet to find out…
This new piece-meal movie has all the elements that made me a fan of the series. The FX look good, the actors do a great job and the tension is kept tight and leaves you wanting more. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this thing pans out. And, if I’m really lucky, perhaps they will decide that a new BSG series is in order, despite the horrible failure of Caprica, and Blood and Chrome will become a new regular addition to my television viewing schedule.