Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
BSG fans rejoice! And then weep. The long-awaited prequel "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome," which was a pilot for a potential SyFy series that was then unceremoniously dropped and shoved onto the web, is here. And it's fantastic! But weep, because this is all you're gonna' get.
Taking place about 40 years before "Battlestar Galactic" proper took place, the movie stars hottie Luke Pasqualino ("The Borgias") as a young William Adama who is sent to be the pilot of a shuttle during the First Cylon War. He is teamed with cocky and tired Coker (Ben Cotton) to transport a cadre of weapons along with a scientist named Dr. Becca Kelly (Lili Bordan) to somewhere along the outskirts of Cylon territory.
When they discover that Dr. Kelly is not exactly who she says she is and that their mission is off-the-record, the three end up battling Cylons, creatures, the authority and each other.
As directed by BSG-alum Jonas Pate, the hour and a half-long movie is action packed and highly suspenseful. It's also fairly emotional and features terrific performances by the entire cast. While the production cut corners by green screening almost every set, cinematographer Lukas Ettlin does a fantastic job of disguising it enough that it's forgivable. And when they are in space, the effects are jaw dropping.
It's a terrific looking straight-to-DVD prequel and the story by David Eick, Michael Taylor, Bradley Thompson, and David Weddle is intriguing, moving and a great set up for what could have been an awesome series. SyFy really blew it when they decided not to continue this.
Special features include a 30 minute behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film and 30 minutes of (mostly unfinished) deleted scenes that might have added more to the film story-wise, but ultimately would have bogged down a film.
While the special features aren't much, this is a movie for BSG fans they will definitely watch over and over. The combo pack comes with the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and an Ultraviolet copy. Absolutely worth buying.
"Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome"
Blu-ray/DVD combo pack