Some pretty big news out of the TV world today. TV SQUAD is reporting that Syfy (that still feels weird to type) is going ahead with a pilot for a new Battlestar Galactica spinoff. This one, known as Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, follows a young William Adama’s journey through the Cylon War. Think they were watching Spartacus: Blood & Sand when they came up with the title?
The pilot itself originated as an online series that the network commissioned Michael Taylor to write. Apparently the script was really good. So good, in fact, they wanted even more. Here’s what Syfy’s executive VP, Mark Stern, had to say:
"When we read Michael's script, it was so clearly a full-blown pilot for a series. The scope is fantastic and bigger, I think, than anticipated, so we said, 'Let's do it as a 2-hour backdoor pilot."
The 2-hour backdoor pilot method might sound familiar to all you Battlestar fans, because that’s exactly how the series got on the air in the first place. Another plus for fans -- they’re bringing back a version of the Galactica for the show. Ronald D. Moore, the executive producer of Battlestar Galactica, isn’t directly involved with the project yet, but the hope is he’ll jump on if the pilot goes to series.
I was a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica, so I’m definitely looking forward to this. Although I’ve enjoyed Caprica, a lot of people were turned off by its lack of action. I think this is Syfy’s answer to those complaints as the series is supposed to be a gritty look at the harsh realities of war through the eyes of a soldier.