About ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome’ [w/ Concept Art]

by on April 20, 2011

in Entertainment

'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome' Raptor concept art

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is the up and coming new prequel that will air on the Syfy channel that may just work a bit better than the previous prequel, Caprica, did.  Blood and Chrome covers the era between the time Caprica touched on and the events that started up the Ronald D. Moore re-imagined BSG series.  But hopefully this time around there will be less soap opera and more battle opera!  Today, I decided to look around and see if there were any new developments and I didn’t find much on that front, but I did happen across some concept art that I missed when it first came out, plus I reiterate the press release on what the show will be about.

With that said, the era between Caprica and BSG is when Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will take place, chronicling the adventures of the young William Adama during the era of the first Cylon War with the humans.

Though Caprica floundered in the ratings on the Syfy channel, it was a good story that focused on the development of the first Cylon.  What bogged it down, in my opinion, was all the side-plots that tried to build up the surrounding intrigue of the series.  Aside from the Cylon development we had organized crime, political intrigue, murder, mayhem and the usual dysfunctional families.  But there was so much of the side-stories that it detracted from the original premise of the prequel.  I forgot what it was supposed to be about.  This isn’t a ding, but an opinion:  It was like watching how the first Ford automobile got built, and then experiencing the drama behind how the lug-nuts and every other component were created.  You forgot there was a car in the story.  Or at least you became so caught up in the intrigue of the other stories that you forgot.  The writing was wonderful, the cast, a dream for me.  But it lost too many viewers to maintain viability in the eyes of the advertisers.

It didn’t hold viewers, as evidenced by comments around the web, was there wasn’t enough action to entice and thrill the TV audience with.  If Blood and Chrome is done right, we’ll have our battle opera and have it peppered with decent underlying plots that advance the battle scenes accordingly.

Blood and Chrome comes to us from David Eick Productions and will directed by Jonas Pate.  Pate was the second unit director for Friday Night Lights and directed a few episodes of Caprica.    He also has writing & directorial experience in the 2005 series, Surface.

Writers will include David Eick (Caprica, Battlestar Galactica), Michael Taylor ((worked with Eick) plus Stephen King’s Dead Zone and Star Trek Voyager).   David Weddle (CSI) is on the writing team also, as is Glen A. Larson, for his contribution of the original series.

Luke Pasqualino

Luke Pasqualino

The cast will include Luke Pasqualino (The Borgias, Skins) as the young William Adama, Ben Cotton (Hellcats, Harper’s Island, SGA, ) will play Coker Fasjovik & Lili Bordán (Silent Witness) will play Dr. Becca Kelly.  Other cast includes Leo Li Chiang, Carmen Moore, Allison Warnyca, Mike Dopud (Stargate Universe, Smallville), Adrian Holmes (Smallville, Red Riding Hood, The Cabin in the Woods), Toby Levins (Home and Away), Brian Markinson (Shattered, Caprica), John Pyper-Ferguson (Caprica), & Zak Santiago (‘V‘, Caprica).

Ben Cotton

Ben Cotton

Lili Bordán

In an interview about the series, Taylor compared it to The Hurt Locker…but then again, in the middle of 2010, that was the go-to war movie catching folks attention.  Production started back in February.

What worries me is when a show tries to compare itself to something great.  Why?  What are we worried about?  What else worries me is that I didn’t notice Ronald D. Moore’s name associated with this new project.  What’s up with that?  Could be he was too busy.  Having written the screenplay for The Thing, which is in post-production right now, and working on the new TV show 17th Precinct, well, just may haps, a tad too busy.  But still, I’d love to have seen his hand in the process somewhere.  Much like when J.J. Abrams kicks off a show  then moves on the next project.

This is the official synopsis of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome:

via press release:

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

Joining Pasqualino and Cotton in the cast is Lili Bordan, who will play Dr. Beka Kelly, a Ph.D. who worked for Graystone Industries that created the Cylon robots. Currently assigned to a secret military mission, Beka and Adama quickly establish a rapport.

From the award-winning producers of Battlestar Galactica, this new action-packed chapter of the BSG canon was written by Michael Taylor form a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle and directed by Jonas Pate. David Eick, Jonas Pate and Michael Taylor will serve as executive producers.

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The question remains, that though I want to like this premise and idea, do I commit to a show, come to like it then watch it get put into a time-slot that will kill it off?  Or will be be supported and treated like the sci-fi series we’d love to see put out there?  I hope this pilot episode carries some weight, generates ratings traction and goes on to become a series.  I hope it’s good enough on par with Moore’s vision.

Concept Art for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

'Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome' cylon design

'Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome' cylon cyborg concept art

'Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome' cython concept art

A Cython!

'Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome' raptor concept art

,Caprica on Amazon ,Concept Art:  blastr.com

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