I really loved the reimagining of Battlestar Galactica. The show was smart, exciting, and occasionally philosophically interesting. It also had some pretty absurd hiccups along the way, but it’s one of the best science fiction series ever made. After a four-season run, it wrapped up its story pretty definitively (and controversially), in a way that ensured there could be no endless returning to the well of the property for rehashing with sequels. Which is nice, since our culture generally refuses to let anything die (COUGHstarwarsCOUGH). Except there was nothing to prevent someone from endlessly returning to the well of the property for rehasing with prequels*. Which is what has happened. First The Plan, a TV movie, then Caprica, another series. And now Blood and Chrome.
Blood and Chrome was originally developed as another TV show for Syfy, but the network passed on it. So now that pilot has been reworked into a movie, which will be released in 7-12 minute installments on YouTube by Machinima Prime, with the first installment coming this Friday. The movie will then air on Syfy in 2013, after which it will get a home video release. The movie follows Will Adama (Luke Pasqualino) as a fighter pilot during the war that serves as the background for BSG. In the show proper, he’s a grizzled old hulk of greatness played by Edward James Olmos, but here, he’s just a young rookie. We’ll see if the movie can overcome the crippling lack of tension inherent when you know exactly how everything will play out. Watch the newly-released trailer for the movie below.
*Or more remakes of the original 1970’s show, which Bryan Singer is working on.