A bit more Battlestar

Anyone who knows me understands that I’m a huge Battlestar Galactica fan. I came to the series several years after it had finished, so I was able to have a few weeks of back-to-back watching. I was totally sucked in and engrossed, and have watched the series several times over since those first few days. Then I threw myself into Caprica and loved the spin-off series, despite it being radically different from the militaristic sci-fi that I’d first fallen into. Then, when all hope was fading, along came the Blood & Chrome webisode series. Alas, though this has been discontinued, it was another great romp into the BSG universe.

There have been a couple of BSG movies that I hadn’t, until now, had time to watch; Razor and The Plan. I picked up both on Amazon really cheaply (The Plan is £5.50, Razor’s only £3.43) and both are definitely worthwhile seeing if you want more BSG indulgence.

The Plan

battlestarplanboxThe Plan answers a hell of a lot of questions regarding how and why the cylons carried out their attack. Following the path of two brother Cavil’s (number one’s), the movie starts at the very initiation of the cylon attack and finished when the two Cavil’s are outed on-board Galactica and air-locked. You get to see how the remaining cylons in the fleet tried to kill everyone once and for all, including who and what orchestrated Sharon Valerii (Boomer) into blowing up the water tanks and shooting Adama. Meanwhile, on the surface of Caprica, the story follows Anders and the Pyramid crew as they battle for survival.

As well as a lot of questions being answered there are a lot of cut scenes from the series, so don’t expect to be seeing new content from a lot of the cast. The scenes are needed to continue the flow but are spliced into the content quite a lot. Still, it’s still under £6 and does reveal a lot – including how all of the final five managed to survive the cylon attack and end up in the fleet. In addition, make sure you watch the deleted scenes. Whilst most are just cut scenes that only relate to The Plan’s story, the last is quite significant. This shows just what happens to the six and eight ‘hero’s’ after they let Anders go…and I’m quite surprised it didn’t make the final cut.

Razor

bsrazor2dDamn, when sci-fi favourite Michelle Forbes turned up, it was quickly apparent that she was a complete bitch. She shot her own XO in cold blood, ordered families to be lined up against the bulkheads and shot and tortured a number six to such an extent that you forgot it was a cylon at all. But she wasn’t always that way.

Razor takes place when Lee is made captain of the Pegasus, and introduces Lieutenant Kendra Shaw; a new addition to the Pegasus crew. Her flashbacks take you right into the heart of the cylon attack and the steps that Admiral Cain took to save her crew and keep the war raging. It’s only got three stars on Amazon which I’m quite surprised at because I loved it. I gives all the Pegasus crew far more depth and shows that we were given a one-sided picture in the series. As always, Forbes is excellent, and there’s also lots of new scenes with our favourites – Lee, Starbuck and Adama – so it’s well worth the watch!

Now….if only we can convince them to make some more BSG related material!

Battlestar Galactica – Blood and Chrome on SyFy

As you know, I’m a complete die-hard Battlestar Galactica fan. It’s probably one of the only TV shows that I’ve watched all the way through time and time again without getting bored. I only need to see one episode and I’m caught back in the BSG trap and wanting to enjoy the story from the beginning.

We’ve been lusting for more BSG for ages, and after Caprica got the can, there was a glimmer of hope that Battlestar Galactica – Blood & Chrome would get a television series. Unfortunately it didn’t, but it did get a webisode spin-off late last year.

Now, the webisodes are coming to SyFy, spliced together as a 2 hour feature film WITH ADDITIONAL UNSEEN FOOTAGE. Joy! Can’t wait, I’ll be watching. 😀

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Blood and Chrome is a fracking Battlestar Galactica triumph

When I first heard that Blood and Chrome, the attempt at breathing fresh life into Battlestar Galactica, had been relegated to the internet by SyFy, I was less than impressed. I was absolutely devastated when Battlestar Galactica came to an end. I was a VERY latecomer to this series, so unlike most, I got to sit through the entire series watching each season back to back. And then, almost as quickly as it started, it was over. I moved onto Caprica; another ill fated series that got cut well before it’s prime. Then, rumours started to circulate – SyFy was developing a new series, a thrilling adventure set during the first Cylon war with a rookie William Adama taking his first footsteps into battle.

Originally this series was slated for television, but it became quickly apparent that the powers that be were dragging their heels, eventually demoting the show to online entertainment only. Well, here comes another crappy web-based series made with a couple of dollars, I thought. Oh, but now I eat my own words, how wrong I was!

Blood & Chrome has already thrilled me with the first four online episodes, and it truly seems that there’s no expense spared. These may only be 12 minute long episodes, but each is crammed with awesome acting, vipers, Cylons, battle scenes and some references back to Caprica to help tie the entire show into the Battlestar Galactica expanded universe. Luke Pasqualino does a fantastic job of bringing the gun ready and cocky young Adama to life, and half of the Caprica cast seem to be making appearances – but that only makes it more exciting in my opinion.

Whilst I’m craving longer episodes to enjoy the action for longer, if you watch all four first episodes in one go you pretty much have a great 40 mins of NEW BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. It’s worth it, I assure you. And, with the web series doing so well, and talk of Syfy airing the original pilot in Jan 2013 anyway – here’s hoping to rapturous applause – Blood and Chrome is already a fracking triumph in my eyes.

Watch Episode One now:

And for those who want to know when it’s all airing, here are the dates!