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SyFy's most recent Battlestar Galactica companion, Blood and Chrome, recently completed its ten episode run on the Machinima Prime YouTube Original Channel. Whether you believe Blood and Chrome could become its own series or if you found it to be underwhelming, it's notable that SyFy chose to release the feature in twelve minute web installments rather than one feature-length TV movie, as the channel had done with previous BSG properties. Was the web series route the correct path for Blood and Chrome, or would it have been better suited for TV? Just for kicks, let's compare it to The Plan, a BSG TV movie first shown on TV in 2010. The Plan was penned by Husbands writer Jane Espenson, so in a slightly different alternate universe it could have seen online release. As it was, The Plan hit SyFy in January 2010, and while its ratings are weirdly difficult to find, the »
- Sam Gutelle
Fans will have glimpsed leaked clips of the space-opera prequel pilot – but finally we have a chance to see the whole thing, albeit in small chunks on YouTube. What do you make of it?
When the reimagined Battlestar Galactica reached its climax three years ago there was already talk of spin-off shows. The prequel series, Caprica, showing the birth of the dreaded Cylon robot-race, came and went in a 19-episode single season. Caprica was far from terrible – but despite being set in a colonial empire of 12 worlds, planet-hopping and outer-space action were kept to an inexplicable bare minimum.
As a response, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, another prequel series placing the action between Caprica and BSG, was mooted. The idea was to cover the Cylon war from the point of view of a young Ensign William Adama, later to become the gruff Admiral Adama. It was to be all conflict: »
- Phelim O'Neill
Well, holy frak. The sequel has a release date.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Blood and Chrome will be released online on Machinima Prime's YouTube Channel in ten 7-12-minute installments starting this Friday, November 9.
The full two-hour pilot will air on Syfy early next year, and an unrated version will be released on home video some time after that.
Refresher course from EW (because it's been a while):
For those who haven’t followed the B&C saga, the project was originally developed as a series for Syfy following the conclusion of the critically beloved Battlestar Galactica reboot and its movie spin-offs The Plan and Razor. BSG vets David Eick and Michael Taylor are executive producers, with Taylor writing the script from a story by Eick, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. Jonas Pate (Caprica) directed.
Universal Cable Productions’ long-awaited Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome has not only found a distribution outlet, but it’s getting a super-close premiere date. Plus, there’s a rather spectacular new trailer (below).
Here’s the raw essentials: BSG: B&C is a prequel movie being presented as ten, 7-12-minute episodes on young-male-targeted entertainment company Machinima’s YouTube channel, called Machinima Prime. The first episode will be released on Friday, Nov. 9, with the »
- James Hibberd
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