Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome premiered online on November 9th as the latest installment in the highly-acclaimed science-fiction series. Devout fans of Battlestar Galactica have been waiting a long time to find out if this series would deliver, and it did just that. Blood and Chrome is one of the most stunning things I have seen on any screen in a long time.
In what may become a new system for releasing series, full 7-12-minute episodes are being premiered first online, making Blood and Chrome a web show that has the writing, acting and production of a high-budget television series. The two-hour movie of this series will make its television premier in February of 2013. That same month, the unedited unrated DVD and Blu-Ray disks of Blood and Chrome will become available, along with deleted scenes and unreleased material. But for now, fans of Battlestar Galactica who have been waiting for Blood and Chrome will get to watch the episodes online.
The series first started in 1978 with a short-lived run that developed a small but devout following. Next came an ill-conceived second series two years later called Galactica: 1980. In 2003, the series was re-booted into a new, more exciting, sexier form on the Sci-Fi Channel. This new re-imagining of the story had a much larger audience than the original version of Galactica and the fanfare was well-deserved. Time Magazine named it one of the best 100 TV shows of all time. After the second BG series went off the air, the prequel Caprica spent one season on the air. The story of Blood and Chrome takes place approximately 40 years before the re-booted original series begins, and about 10 years after Caprica.
For those who may not be familiar with the storyline behind Galactica, the focus is on a band of humans who are the survivors of a nuclear holocaust that destroyed the 12 planets in their civilization’s planetary systems. Forced to limp along in space looking for a rumored habitable planet called Earth, they fight constant battles with their enemies, the Cyclons. The Cylons are a race of robots originally designed by humans who rebelled against their makers, launching the nuclear annihilation.
Blood and Chrome follows the young Bill Adama (Luke Pasqualino, Skins), a hotshot young fighter pilot fresh from the flight Academy as he is put aboard his new assignment, the Galactica. We know he will one day go on to become the commander of Galactica and the rag-tag fleet which she leads. Like many other stories of a similar genre, Adama’s hot-hotheadedness and impatience leads to him butting heads with many of the people around him. His first mission, a “milk run” with co-pilot Coker Fasjovik (Ben Cotton, The Chronicles of Riddick), which Adama believes will be too easy for him, encounters trouble and Adama has the first real challenge of his career.