This is a spoiler-free review of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (BSG:B&C)
Syfy premiered the prequel web series Sunday night, 2-10-13, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, from David Eick Productions. It starred Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Apparition) as a young William Adama, Ben Cotton (Stargate Atlantis, Hellcats) as his disgruntled co-pilot Coker and Lili Bordán as Dr. Becca Kelly. If you had a keen sense of observation, you probably caught Tricia Helfer. Mike Dopud was hard to miss and Brian Markinson was someone you have probably started noticing in various genre series.
Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon War. The web (Originally “aired” on Machinima.com in November of 2012) to TV series promised more action than the sedate drama, Caprica presented, as we followed the young and ambitious Ensign Adama in his first mission. And oh, what a mission it was.
The movie opens to a space battle with Adama in the middle of it, and right off the bat, we get he’s a daringly excellent pilot with a sense for “flying.” But being cocky and “knowing” he was a good Viper pilot put him in a spot and his very first real assignment on the Galactica was a “milk” run, transporting Dr. Becca Kelly to a destination in a clunker of a ship, a Raptor. He wasn’t happy at all about it.
But the episode takes Adama (and the viewer) on a surprise, action-filled journey that was very reminiscent of the Ronald Moore remake of the original series. The series that helped solidify Syfy’s place on the map of networks, back in the day.
Though there were spots or moments that the effects didn’t hold up to a perfect 10, the 2-hour TV movie had me riveted. It was a great story and it was good to be watching Battlestar Galactica on TV once again! And I’d love to see a series based on the young Adama come to life. It was awesome seeing the Galactica in its day, in seeing the older Cylons and their base ships. This is what BSG is about and if it mustered up enough interest/ratings from fans, I think it would make an excellent new addition to the Galactica franchise.
I’m still waiting for the TV ratings to be released 2 days later. I haven’t seen any noise from the network, so there’s nothing they feel worth boasting about. But the the users chiming in over on IMDb have been rating it with an 8.0 out of 10. An 8/10 on IMDb is pretty big actually.
But I can only guess that the ratings for BSG: B&C won’t be incredible… It premiered four months ago on the web, which probably pulled some of its ratings TV steam. I watched the first two segments and bowed out because I wanted to catch it all fresh during it’s TV premiere. The other issue I see getting in the way of it’s ratings is because the 2nd hour of the movie was up against the mid-season return/premiere of The Walking Dead, and sure as s***!, Syfy put the program up against a power horse of a ratings getter.
And while writing this just now, I finally caught the top-100 show TV ratings numbers for cable from the weekend and BSG: B&C is not on that list. But is that bad? The 100th show on the list, Storage Wars from A&E, pulled in 1.54 million viewers. OK, maybe that’s not good.
If I see any real numbers, I’ll update it here in this article.
Update: The TV Ratings for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome are reported to be “1.145 million viewers, 0.31 A18-49.” Thanks to “Blin” in the comments for passing that on.
But now, I guess we wait to see how the DVD of Blood & Chrome sells. (On Amazon: Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (Unrated Edition)) If it does well enough, Syfy might be prompted to do a new series.
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But putting this BSG prequel series up on Sunday night felt a bit like when they moved the prequel series, Caprica, from Fridays to Mondays. As if Friday wasn’t bad enough, the move to Mondays outright killed it. And the network then had every “right” to cancel the series due to ratings. As one fan wrote me the other day, “I swear, some days, I think someone over at NBC has it out for BSG!“ (That was heavily edited, removing the expletives and other emotional content. Sorry Jeff.)
And putting the show on after many TV series are coming back from their mid-season breaks seemed an uphill battle. I don’t care if it already premiered on the web four months ago. I think the TV movie should have been slapped out there on a Friday night or even as a Saturday Night Original Movie during the TV season winter break. It would have had a much better chance at minimally decent ratings. (This reminds me of the PBA always telecasting their bowling tournaments during NFL or NASCAR events. The sport has a solid fan base but just horribly non-optimal airing times.)
I’m happy to have had a new piece of the franchise entertain me. The Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome TV movie was a fantastic addition to the franchise. But for the moment, I’m not holding my breath on seeing any more of it, at least on TV.
Keep in mind, Syfy is now run by a corporation with a laser-focused eye on profit. One of their very first acts when the net was taken over was to cancel the long-running Eureka series. So I’m not sure we’ll see this on TV again. Maybe a recurring, single-camera, green screen web-series? I’d love to see something more from this. It was fun!
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