Syfy Passes on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME

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It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions for Battlestar Galactica fans today. Earlier we saw a truly fantastic trailer for the long-in-the-works prequel series Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome cut to Karen O’s cover of “Immigrant Song” that was so expertly used in the Dragon Tattoo trailer. Fans have been waiting in vain for some kind of sign that the series still exists since the two-hour pilot was greenlit in 2010. Soon after the wave of excitement over the trailer peaked, Syfy decided to crush our dreams and announce that they won’t be moving forward with the series after all. Hit the jump for more.

battlestar-galactica-blood-chrome-imageBattlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place during the 10th year of the first Cylon war and centers on a young William Adama (played by Luke Pasqualino). The show was initially envisioned as a web series and Syfy greenlighted the two-hour TV pilot in late 2010. The project hasn’t exactly been sitting on the shelf since then, as the network didn’t receive the finished pilot until last November due to a lengthy, visual effects-laden post-production process. Now that the network has gotten a look at the pilot, Deadline reports that they’ve decided to pass on the project as a regular series. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, as Syfy apparently hopes to move forward with the show as a digital web series (as was the original intention). Syfy president of original programming Mark Stern had this to say:

“Though the vision for “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned. We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”

Apparently the trailer that hit earlier today was an unofficial demo reel that wasn’t intended for the public. It was shown at WonderCon last weekend, but NBCUniversal has since removed all vestiges of it from YouTube. While I’m disappointed that Blood & Chrome won’t be moving forward on television, I guess a web series is better than nothing. Still, the budget will presumably be miniscule compared to that of a series meant for cable. The project can still be shopped to other networks, but I seriously doubt any majors will bite. The prequel series Caprica was a ratings disappointment and was swiftly cancelled after just one season.

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  • Nick

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

  • BeenBag

    Big surprise. Frak you Mark Stern you Frakking moron. You are the reason your whole channel is a frakking disgrace.

  • ozzie

    good sci-fi is expensive to produce and syfy isn’t a sci-fi network anymore.

    after the awefull Caprica series i can see why they are hesitant. “Web series” are other words for “crap not worth watching.”

    i am glad they are going to air the pilot. Luke Pasqualino is a good actor and one of the only good things about season 3&4 of skins.

  • B

    Aargh. The reason Caprica was a “ratings disappointment” was because Syfy badly mismanaged the way they scheduled and promoted it, despite the superior quality of the show. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • Opal

    You know why the rating for Caprica weren;t good? There weren’t enough space ships going PEW PEW PEW PEW at each other. if they were to pick this up it would probably do way better than that boring drama.
    TL;DR: CAPRICA NEEDED MOAR SPACESHIPS GOING PEW PEW PEW

  • Josh

    I want my Caprica back, damn it!

  • Phil123

    Am I the only one who thought the trailer looked crap? yes good FX, but nothing else. Also are we not done with sequels yet? BSG was great, don’t ruin it. We know what happened at the end of first Cylon war, and after that, I really don’t need to see the details.

    Let someone with a truly original idea make a series. Or even a brilliantly reimagined old one like BSG was.

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  • kemo517

    I can’t blame them Crapica was so boring!!!!! It was excruciating slow paced, not interesting, and just plain terrible. Ron Moore crapped in the BSG Syfy bed a really long, bad stinker. too bad this looked promising

    • darious

      idiot you must have ADD and not much intelligence.

  • Ryan D

    AMC should pick it up for a Sci Fi series that the channel is lacking. Or could this be another series that Netflix scoops up?

  • che

    Caprica was no BSG. It’s not just that it traded the gritty tension of BSG for slow-paced melodrama, although that’s part of it. Indeed, the lack of spaceships going PEW PEW PEW was a turnoff for me, but I also like shows like Mad Men and watched many seasons of ER, neither of which have much PEW PEWing let alone any spaceships.

    No, Caprica was crummy for more reasons than that. First of all, the show had to fit into the BSGverse after the biggest mistakes had been made on BSG: that is, the introduction of the Final Five and the convoluted, messy storylines they introduced. Second, BSG was a show that felt tense (during the first two seasons at least) because the characters had to grapple with issues while simultaneously under threat of destruction from a relentless pursuing fleet of genocidal robots, indistinguishable sleeper agents, paranoia and mistrust of themselves, dwindling food, water, and fuel, lack of sleep and morale. The situation was always critical, and what could have been melodramatic in some instances came across as necessarily dramatic. Caprica, however, lacks all of these elements, so when characters ramp it up to 11, it feels over the top. Perhaps the biggest failing is that Caprica didn’t cover much new territory. BSG constantly asked what it meant to be alive, grappled with moral issues like torture, incarceration, pre-emptive strikes, occupation and resistance, questioned the nature of faith and belief and free will and did so in an exciting and ambiguous manner (most of the time, at least for the first three seasons). Caprica covers a lot of the same ground. But more boringly. Not just because it’s not a constant chase, but because we’ve already gone over it, and we’ve already heard this universe’s angles. It feels redundant. Prequels OFTEN feel redundant. We know where things will go, we just don’t know how they’ll get there, so getting there has to be fun, and in Caprica it wasn’t.

    In my opinion, the show was further undermined by two major elements. 1) As already mentioned: The Final Five. Everything about them undermines the premise as set up in the early seasons of the show. 2) A virtual girl as the first cylon soul. Hear me out on this one. The idea of rebelling robot workers is much more compelling if we truly CREATE these workers, push the boundaries of our science and inadvertently create a being with a will of its own. It makes us question what life is, what a soul is. Did we create the fertile digital ground for life to spontaneously occur, or did we program something so close to it, that it took off? When the Cylons are essentially all variations on one guy’s dead daughter, it becomes a bit maudlin. While children do rebel against parents, and one could assume that Zoe would increasingly embrace her new form, and recognize she is NOT Zoe, but is a new entity patterned as Zoe, it feels a lot less profound. A lot smaller. Also, virtual murder kill dance clubs is kind of corny.

    So, what’s this all have to do with Blood and Chrome? Very little. Except that as a series, Blood and Chrome will be plagued by some of the same problems. In order to remain canon, it will have to bow to some of the silly ideas that cropped up in late BSG and now Caprica. No huge revelations can occur to characters who will live, or else there is a problem with the release of information on BSG. The show simply becomes about war and survival against a race of robots hellbent on destroying you. And we’ve already seen that. Except that we also had the added dramatic elements of nuclear holocaust, sleeper agents, and the nagging question that maybe we’ll run out of gas and be stuck in the middle of nowhere FOREVER.

    If the Cylon “Plan” hadn’t turned out to be some juvenile revenge masterminded by a single petulant Cylon (perhaps the biggest disappointment in the entire series), then Blood and Chrome could have explored the evolution of the Cylons further towards that end. If they hadn’t radically altered Tigh’s backstory, we might get to see his exploits as well as Bill Adama’s.

    As much as I want to see Vipers shooting down Raiders (and trust me, I always want to see that), or marines battling hallway by hallway to retake a ship that the Cylons have infiltrated (because that’s awesome too), I fear that the show simply has little to offer in terms of expanding the universe in a good way. What new questions need to be asked and answered that this show will be in a position to handle?

    And will they be forced to work with the Razor designs, which were all, frankly, too much of a wink and a nudge at the 1970s BSG (which I also used to watch as a kid, but which is its own entity and should stay as far away from the new show as possible, except maybe the cute use of the theme as the Colonial Anthem)?

    I’d love to see Blood and Chrome, but in the same way I was curious about The Plan. I don’t think an ongoing series will benefit the BSG universe at all. The only thing that will benefit the BSG universe is to erase every episode after Unfinished Business and just redo the final season and a half. Seriously. Then I’ll entertain prequels and side stories.

    • Mr. Gone

      I agree. The show jumped the shark at the onset of the final five plot. It seemed like Ron Moore became more concerned with coming up with an ending that no one saw coming then playing out a good story that the fans had partially figured out. In the end he wreaked his once great show to make a huge portion of his audience feel stupid.

  • che

    That said, the trailer looks really exciting and action packed. So… maybe I’m just a guy who lost faith after the series creators fouled up their own story with miracles and coincidences and disappearing characters and stupid retcons. Maybe they’ve learned and will bring us something interesting… Maybe…

  • MArco

    This is a real shame. Syfy channel is full of series that vaguely relate to sci-fi. They keep “killing” the genre one show after another and this kind of decisions they make regarding great shows are mindbogglingly retarded.

    I actually don’t watch syfy channel anymore. This just proves my point once again …

    In short: FRAK YOU SYFY !!!!

  • Guerino

    I think that They should do something with kara thrace and Lee adams a prequel of charachters. or a sequel on starbuck…Just and Idea

  • Vermincelli

    That’s it, I’m done with SyFy.

    I blow 80/mo. on Dish TV with syfy being the main reason but the damn network acts like it’s purposely trying to kill itself off. Screw it. done with syfy, done with Dish TV.

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