It looks like fans of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ will once again be disappointed with the Syfy channel. Last year, just as they cancelled the show ‘Caprica’, they announced that they would air the prequel ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome’ not as a web series as originally planned, but as a 2 hour movie with the possibility of turning it into a pilot for a new series. Now it looks like they have changed their mind once again and are considering releasing it online.
Filming of the movie has already been concluded and Syfy executives have seen an early cut without the visual and computer effects completed. Because there is post production work still needing to be done, Syfy has not given the movie an air date and is now seriously considering transforming it back to the original webisodes format. Syfy president of original programming, Mark Stern, even hinted about this during San Diego Comic-Con last month when he stated that no decision had been made on the ultimate fate of ‘Blood & Chrome.’
Written by Michael Taylor (writer and co-producer of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Caprica’) ‘Blood and Chrome’ is set to take place between the timelines of ‘Caprica’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and follows a young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) as he begins his journey in the Colonial fleet during the first Cylon War. The series, if it were to have been picked up, would contain several plot twists and turns and would feature never before seen versions of Cylons.
I find it hard to believe the plot of the movie written by Taylor himself would not be worth airing considering Syfy has a history of showing such notable original films like ‘Sharktopus’,‘Mega Python vs. Gatoroid’ and the ever popular ‘Mongolian Death Worm.’ With the recent announcement of Rob Spodek as Syfy’s new Vice President, many sci-fi fans were hoping the channel would revert back to its original premise: to bring science fiction shows to the small screen. Although no official verdict has been made, ‘Blood and Chrome’ should at least be given a chance to air on TV. Even if it doesn’t do well on the small screen, they can still upload an online episodic version of the movie which fans would still watch and it would no doubt prove to be a profitable move for the company.
Hopefully Syfy will stop frakking around and give us a decision soon. Either way, we’ll keep you updated on the latest news of the future of ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome’ as soon as it comes in.