Watch: 'Battlestar Galactica' is back
Posted November 12, 2012
As much as I loved SyFy's reboot of Battlestar Galactica — particularly its crack take on the war on terror — the failed prequel series Capricanever managed to reel me in. It was certainly brainy enough, but the show was a bit light on the action, and, well, let's face it: We knew where this one was going. Those helpful robots were about to get angry and start killing everybody.
Still, I was, like many, very excited about the prospects of a third Battlestar series, this one set 10 years into the first Cylon war and centering around a young Bill Adama, played in the 2004-2009 series by Edward James Olmos. SyFy hasn't been willing to commit to full TV run for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, so what we're getting instead is a stand-alone movie that will be aired uncut next February and released in an unrated version on DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 19.
But there's no need to wait until 2013: In a novel distribution decision, the film is being broken up into a series of 10 webisodes, each 7 to 12 minutes long, that are premiering every Friday on the MachinimaPrime YouTube channel. Last Friday, the first two parts made their debut, meaning you can watch the first 23 minutes of Blood & Chrome right here.
As you'll see, the new series hits all the familiar Battlestar points, opening with a dazzling dogfight between an Adama-piloted Viper and a Cylon Raider (Hold still, you toaster bastards," Adama mutters), and even dropping in the original 1978 series' theme song. Not to mention copious use of the f-word ("Gentlemen, don't frack this up").
These first two mini-eps are certainly promising, if you can get past the ridiculous amount of J.J. Abrams-style lens flare. Still, it'll be interesting to see how, or if, the show's creators evolve the young, cocky-as-all-get-out Adama (played here by Luke Pasqualino of Skins) with Olmos' stone-faced admiral. If nothing, maybe it'll provide more fodder for Portandia.
So what do you think of Blood & Chrome so far, Battlestar fans?
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