In 2003, Battlestar Galactica was re-imagined as a 3-hour mini-series. It’s success led to four seasons between 2004 and 2009. Bleak and gritty, often informed by real-world events, the show garnered critical acclaim outside of the sci-fi community, in non-genre publications.
The show’s screenwriter was Ronald D Moore, who had previously worked on Star Trek The Next Generation and was produced by David Eick. Battlestar Galactica had it’s own spin-off show, Caprica, that lasted just two seasons and never garnered the ratings, nor critical praise of it’s forebear.
Blood and Chrome was to be a further spin-off show and was initially supposed to premiere on SyFy as a two hour pilot. Ultimately, SyFy decided against moving forward with a new TV series and that two hour pilot looks set to be chopped into 7-10 minute installments and released as webisodes by Machinima. Next year, the show will be presented as a 2-hour TV movie on SyFy, before the inevitable DVD and Blu-Ray release.
The trailer certainly looks impressive, but I shall be waiting to watch it on television. Do we really need more Battlestar Galactica? especially as Brian Singer is apparently working on a big-screen remake. Whilst I enjoyed the series, Ron Moore is not involved with Blood and Chrome due to his development contract with Sony Pictures. Whilst a lot of the production staff, including the legendary F/X maestro Doug Drexler are working on Blood and Chrome, I do not recognise any of the actors. Hopefully, these concerns will prove unfounded – certainly the production values (and virtual sets) look impressive. Here is the synopsis from SyFy:
This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and hungry for action, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz). With only 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle as much as Adama craves its onset.”
Blood and Chrome premieres on Machinima November 9, 2012.