It’s been tempting with every iteration of spin off or movie that SyFy has attempted with the “Battlestar Galactica” universe to just dismiss them as transparent money grabs of dubious merit. But then they go and have merit that is anything but dubious and it ruins the easy storyline in our heads. The spinoffs and movies have been of varying quality, but they have always been worth watching. They’re like the books of an aging great author, who isn’t producing at the quality of his prime, but damned if he doesn’t still land a few great hits like a punchdrunk boxer. I like my metaphors like my nuts: mixed.
So “Blood and Chrome” has been in development for a while, long enough that I hardly remember what the last spin off was (“The Plan” in 2010, it seems like longer ago than that). “Blood and Chrome” is set during the first Cylon War, and features a young Bill Adama as a pilot.
Here’s the trailer:
There is a distinct lack of space opera on television and in film these days, which is quite inexcusable given the advances in CGI that make such projects cost a fraction of what they did a couple of decades ago. “Blood and Chrome” premiers on November 9th in webisode form, of which there will be about a dozen adding up to a solid two hours. The entire two hour production will be released after it has been broadcast on the web, which is an innovation that I hope catches on.
I’m still waiting for this generation’s version of “Battlestar Galactica: 1980”.