Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome Coming to YouTube and Machinima

Will air as a two hour SyFy movie in January

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

All of this has happened before, and it’ll all happen again. That was one of the mantras on the critically acclaimed, and sadly, short-lived, epic SyFy series Battlestar Galactica.  And when it left the air after only 4 seasons, Toaster fans were  saddened, and their moods weren’t helped by the quick demise of Caprica.  But earlier this year, they had their moods elated with the news that Syfy was planning to upgrade Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome from web series to a weekly one hour series.  And then dashed again when SyFy decided to pass.  This left BSG Producer David Eik left with the choice of trying to jump back to the web, or simply accept it as the will of the Lords of Kobol.  An in true colonial fashion, he went back to the web and now we can see more of BSG on YouTube starting this Friday.

Holy frak. Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will FINALLY be released THIS FRIDAY on Machinima Prime. Follow young pilot William Adama in the First Cylon War and his first adventure aboard the Battlestar Galactica.

You may not remember the original Battlestar Galactica starring Lorne Green as Commander Adama back in the late 70s, hitching a ride on the SciFi craze started with Star Wars (in fact, George Lucas always believed that BSG was a blantant rip off).  Then, in the early 200s for this re-imagined version of the saga, writer-producer Ronald D. Moore chose Edward James Olmos to put a harder edge on the galaxies favorite Battlestar skipper for the 4 1/2 year series on SyFy.   Caprica had Adama in it too, or so we thought, until the end when it was implied that William Adama died and another William Adama born in his place.  Very confusing.  And then there was Adama in the Edward James Olmos directed TV movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, which attempted to tell the saga from the Cylon point of view.  So Blood and Chrome is a good fit for mining for of the BSG universe that lies inbetween the 40 years of Caprica and BSG.

“With its top-notch storytelling, pulse-pounding action, and cutting-edge visual effects, Blood & Chrome is the perfect extension of the Battlestar Galactica universe,” said Mark Stern, Syfy programming president and co-head of original content at UCP. “We are thrilled to see this hotly-anticipated event premiere on Machinima, an online network that is unparalleled in its delivery of high-class digital content to millions of viewers.”

When Battlestar Galactica ended it’s epic journey to the shining planet known as earth, producer David Eik already had the idea of furthering the adventures of the ship affectionately known as “the Bucket.”  But he knew it would likely have to be a low budget affair.  And with SyFy/Universal planning on auctioning everything including the kitchen sink to fans, Eik hit on the idea of digitally imaging every set for potential use later.  And this is where Blood and Chome had a leg up.

Blood and Chrome takes place in the wide eyed youth of William Adama (Mk. II) as he begins his first voyage as a hot shot viper pilot during the first Human/Cylon war.  Sadly, though, Ronald D. Moore is not taking turns at the typewriter penning some epic, and edgy scripts.  But Eik has managed to rope in several BSG vets including Michael Taylor, who wrote the Blood and Chrome screenplay,David Weddle, and Caprica vet Jonas Pate (who directed B&C).  The web series stars Luke Pasqualino as young Adama, and Ben Cotton as his veteran superior XO.

Universal plans to release the web series on Machinima Prime’s YouTube channel in ten web installments spread out every four weeks.  Then, SyFy will have a crack at it with a two hour movie of the week that they’ll fit in between cheesy monster flicks, ghost hunting marathons, and WWE Smackdown as it becomes less and less a SciFi network it once was.  Then will come the DVD and Blu-ray releases.  But online, Machinima is a perfect place to showcase Blood and Chrome as it has a built in audience that’s been enjoying Bungie’s Halo 4 series “Forward Unto Dawn,” which has averaged between 3-4 million views per episode after an 8 million view premiere episode.   And with numbers like that, Bungie is bound to enjoy a successful sale of the new Halo 4 video game.

And if Blood and Chrome can swing numbers equal or better, could SyFy take a second look for the fall of 2013?  So say we all.

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