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817 of 955 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
I feel your pain my friends but the only way this could've become a series is if it were sold to TNT or perhaps AMC! They are the only channels showing anything bold or even remotely considered sci-fi. That would be a show called "Falling Skies", the single closest thing to sci-fi on American television. Shame.

The actual SYFY channel has completely abandoned all things science fiction. A few years ago MGM was taken over by new management and they immediately decided to cancel the following: SG:A, SG:U, the new SG-1 movie (SG: Revolution), and the new SG:A movie (SGA: Extinction).

As long as this current bunch of skin-jobs is in charge we will never get real sci-fi. Instead we get a steady diet of rediculous monster movies with horrible acting and direction. We get fed one ghost hunting show after another. We're up to 5 of those shows now right? Oh and my personal favorite - wresting. Wrestling? What the fraaaaak? I just cant wait to see steroid injected men all greased up in baby oil throwing eachother around for a buck. Yup. That qualifies as sci-fi now folks.

Unfortunately for us "real fans", we will never see a full blown BSG: B&C series. Not while those circle jerkers are in charge...!

...............UPDATE (3-20-13).................
I finally got a chance to watch this pilot/movie for the first time and mow im pipping mad! I cant believe America has given up on all things science fiction and let this one go. BSG:B&C is nothing short of spectacular. The story is compelling, with a bit of a callback to G. Baltar of the origanal series. They really know how to perfectly cast the BSG universe with the makers recasting many BSG/Caprica alumni. Us real fans will identify them immediatly. The new faces are top picks as well including the guy playing young (and dumb) Adama.

The picture quality is brutally sharp and crisp on Blu-ray disc. The audio is big and precise, as I expected, especially for those of us with surround sound systems (Definitive Technology 8.2).

The CG effects for Blood & Chrome are only rivaled in the movies! A small gripe for us computer animators - we'll instantly notice the underdeveloped dynamics programing and very quick decay rates on those effects but other than that it's all top grade stuff. I understand that the action-packed nature of the pilot/movie is to give the viewers a glimps of the kind of quality and intensity the show has to offer with following episodes. To bad that's not going to happen.

I will forever be se stunned at how something this amazing will never get off the ground. We have screwed ourselves out of truly brilliant story telling. Again. I was hoping for Bryan Singer's BSG movie to get going but I suspect after he sees this he might give up on it. Blood & Chrome is just that good!
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89 of 102 people found the following review helpful
The Time: The first Cylon War. The Place: Battlestar Galactica. Ensin Bill Adama is a young man right out of Viper Training, and sent on his first mission. Of course its top secret, and of course the fate of the war hangs on it, and of course he fracks a beautiful woman. Altho you can watch it bit by bit on line, it'll be far more fun to own the DVD, since the extra scenes often made Battlestar Galactica DVDs far more interesting, and complete. Also producer/developer/writer Ron's video commentary could be used for a college class in creative writing, since he's always revealing more than just dropped scenes and insider banter, but insights into his creative process. As for the film itself, its impressive. The computer graphics are along the line of PROMETHEUS. THe camerawork include a lot of bright lights shining into the lense, for realistic atmosphere, as well as outrageous futuristic technology. From the first moments of a viper battle, thru the latest technology inside the Battlestar, the residue of Battlestars in a battlefield in space, right up to the creepiest cylon creature yet, the film is a visual feast. But I deducted a star because as fun as this movie is, its far more eye candy orienated, than anything from the 2000 Battlestar series. BLOOD AND CHROME is a film with chills and thrills, but lacking the dramatic interplay, and philosophical overtones . This film contained three characters, with a couple of other people giving a few lines. Since no one believes that SYFY will pick up the option to turn this into a series, its hard to tell if "BLOOD AND CHROME" might have developed more character orienated scripts during season one. I've watched the film twice now, and BLOOD AND CHROME lacks the sophistication of Battlestar Galactica. Its that simple.
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97 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
I'm ordering this already based just on the first two web episodes that just came out. Everything is just so... Galactica... the young Adama is perfect, the look, the music, the effects, the story so far....frakking loving it! My biggest hope is this does so well they do a new series. Please Mr. SyFy channel - make this into a full series now!
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73 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2013
It is the tenth year of the Cylon War. The Colonial Fleet is gradually being worn down by their former slaves turned enemies, the Cylons. Bill Adama, a newly-graduated pilot assigned to the battlestar Galactica, takes part in what should be a simple escort mission but turns into a major operation which could have important ramifications for the entire war.

Blood and Chrome started life as a proposed full spin-off series of the new(er) Battlestar Galactica. The first spin-off, Caprica, had been a failure and was cancelled after one season. Popular opinion has it that the show was too talky, too cerebral and simply too dull, having moved away from the dogfights and political infighting that made the original series so compelling. For this second spin-off, the proposal was to make a balls-to-the-wall action show, a Top Gun in space with Vipers and Cylons. Setting the show during the First Cylon War would also allow the show to resolve some storylines from Caprica - which took place about sixteen years earlier - and foreshadow some of the events of BSG itself (which starts about forty-two years later).

In the event, it never happened. Blood and Chrome - the proposed pilot episode of the spin-off - was not picked up and, unless the imminent DVD/Blu-Ray release sells like gangbusters, will not be in the future. As it stands, it is left behind as a curiosity and, it has to be said, not a particularly compelling one.

Blood and Chrome was not filmed in the traditional manner. With the existing (massive and expensive-to-maintain) Galactica sets all destroyed at the end of filming, the producers were forced to rely on greenscreens and digital scans to reproduce the original sets. In fact, they were able to adjust the sets to reflect the fact that it's forty years earlier, with less-advanced technology available. The same 'bones' of the original structures are there, but the detailing is different. This works quite well, giving the sense that this is the same ship at a different point in its lifespan. The quality of the greenscreen sets is rather variable, with most of them falling into the 'somewhat fake but you don't notice after a while' category. Some of them are pretty good: the CIC set is surprisingly well-done, though the fact that it's quite a dark set helps. On the other hand, scenes on the ice planet and inside the abandoned facility there are blatantly fake. There's also rather too much lens flare going on in the CGI scenes, which gets distracting after a while.

Other CGI is reasonable, though the decision was made to use very fast cuts. This meant both an insane number of CGI shots (this 120-minute TV movie has more than 1,800 shots, compared to 1,488 for the three-and-a-half hour cinematic film The Return of the King) and almost no time to appreciate them. Whilst the original show was guilty of fast-paced cutting at times which made it difficult to follow what was going on, Blood and Chrome takes this to a new level. The confrontation between the Colonial heavy cruiser Osiris and a Cylon basestar should be a tense, epic moment, but instead turns into a confusing melee of badly-cut CGI shots and explosions. Given that Blood and Chrome has resources available to it that Ronald Moore and his team would have killed to have on the original BSG pilot a decade ago, it's a shame to see them wasted in such a fashion.

That leaves the writing and acting to back up the effects and, unfortunately, neither are very accomplished. There's some attempts at characterisation which should be a lot stronger than it is, since the show really only has to focus on Adama, his co-pilot Coker and their civilian passenger Becca for most of its length. Instead it's all a bit half-hearted and actors Luke Pasqualino, Ben Cotton and Lili Bordan seem uninspired by the material, which is cliched and trite. A few attempts to lampshade the macho pilot genre of action films and series fall flat (as the show immediately employs many of those tropes with no sense of irony or intelligence). Later in the movie there is an attempt to discuss the rights and wrongs of the war and its immense bodycount, but it's all rather tepid compared to the issues that the original BSG raised on a regular basis. There's also a cameo appearance by a BSG regular which helps place the TV movie a bit better in the timeline, but even this misfires as it causes confusion with the flashback scenes in the BSG TV movie Razor, which supposedly happens two years after Blood and Chrome.

What we are left with, then, is a confusing morass of explosions, a ton of CGI (some impressive, most not), some cliched writing and indifferent performances, with occasional bursts of effort. What Blood and Chrome does prove, conclusively, is that BSG is at its heart about compelling characters, ethical conflicts and difficult-to-answer questions. Removing the ambiguity in favour of explosions and space dogfights clearly does not work. However, given that in a few years (when technology has improved a bit more) a lot more shows may be made this way, it's certainly worth watching as a hint of the future of TV production.

Blood and Chrome (**½) will be available on 19 February.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2013
Not nearly as engrossing as BSG. The writing, the acting, and the character development are all lacking. Entertaining? sure, but not even close to the depth of BSG.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
This was just plain bad. That story was poorly written and totally predictable. The acting was terrible. There was no resemblance whatsoever to the realistically gritty look and feel of the BSG series and previous spin-off movies. The special effects were over the top to the point of looking more like a video game than a movie. They trotted out every scifi and action adventure cliche they could come up with. Even the garbage compactor monster from Star Wars had a cameo role. Just unbelievably bad and did nothing to contribute anything meaningful to the reimagined BSG universe. I love the BSG series and really wish I could find something positive to say about BSG: B&C, but there is none.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2013
To be honest I was really disappointed and not by the story itself which is really good. It was too short and left too much out, it didn't even cover the climactic battle with the Cylons that it was building towards. The intent was good but the follow through was really weak. I recommend this as a rental or streaming but not to purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2013
i'm a huge fan of battlestar galactica ... this movie should not be associated with the rest of the series: bad acting, bad plot, bad movie. i'd love to see a continuation of the series, but it would need to be much better quality than this.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
Having been a big fan of the 2004-09 BSG series, I watched this new "movie" with fairly high expectations. The fact that Ronald Moore's name is no where to be found on it should have been clue that this was not going to be good. However, I certainly did not expect it to be as bad as it is. The thing that was so great about BSG was it's ability to constantly surprise the viewer, to provide those "Holy crap I can't believe they did that!" moments. In comparison, Blood and Chrome is stale boring typical TV. Every character is a paper thin stereotype and every plot development is obvious from a mile away. The only good thing I will say is that the production values are OK, assuming one likes lens flares. Obviously there is a lot of CGI, some of which looks good, some does not, but this was true of the 2004 series as well. Really, it's the writing that kills this show, but there are other problems as well. I made a list of them.

*Warning, Spoilers Ahead!!*

1. Cliches abound. Every bit of dialogue at the beginning of this show sounds like it was copied from every other film you have ever seen about military pilots/soldiers. It's not original nor is it interesting. The "cocky young pilot teamed with jaded short timer" thing was particularly irritating. Kinda like Lethal Weapon in Space.

2. Why is Captain Kelly a space marine decades before he was born? Does this mean he was a cylon too? According to Battlestar Wiki, at least 12 of the actors in this film appeared in either BSG or Caprica, or both! In a few cases, these were pretty memorable supporting characters like Captain Kelly or Jordan Duram. Considering that BSG is about cylons that appear as multiple copies of the same person, recycling actors in this way is a really bad idea.

3. Why do the cylon centurions look new? Shouldn't the centurions look like the old school chrome models that were in the flashback scenes in BSG Razor? I found it funny that a show with "Chrome" in the title did not use the chrome toaster model centurions. And why did the centurions eye not move back and forth? It's the one instantly recognizable feature of all cylon robots and they didn't use it. Lame.

4. Cylon snakes. Seriously, what the hell was that?

5. The plot was a bit convoluted to say the least. From what I can gather, the plan all along was to rely on a rookie pilot to transport a (secret) human traitor through cylon territory to meet up with a group of (dead) space marines so she could reveal the location of a secret colonial fleet. This was all done as an elaborate counter intelligence operation to lure the cylon fleet away from where the colonials plan to attack. I'm no military genius, but what is the point of intentionally revealing to the cylons the fact that there is a secret fleet at all? To gain the element of surprise? They already have that, its a secret frakking fleet! Anyway, with FTL drives giving both sides the ability to appear instantly where every they want, aren't all attacks surprise attacks?

6. After traipsing through the barren frozen wastelands of CGI Hoth, Adama and co. find a ski resort. His copilot plays the piano. Adama gets laid. This is supposed to make us feel bad for Adama when he later realizes she is a traitor and leaves her for dead. At least that's probably what the writers thought. It doesn't work.

7. Apparently, cylon centurions groan in agony when they die. Not sure how this makes sense on any level.

8. In almost every episode of the 2004 BSG firearms were barely effective against cylon centurions. In Blood and Chrome a pistol is powerful enough to destroy a cylon raider with a few shots. Fired from the open cockpit of a viper. I am not making this up.

9. Remember how in BSG Razor they got an actor that kinda looked and sounded like a younger Bill Adama? This time they didn't bother with that little detail, instead casting some guy with zero screen presence.

10. We learn that FTL drives are kinda like the chompers in Galaxy Quest that exist for no other reason than to provide a deadly series of obstacles for our protagonists to escape through using proper timing.

Since Ronald Moore was not associated with this sorry excuse of a movie, I think we can regulate it to "non-canon" status. Think of it as fan fiction with production values. That's really all it is.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
First off I love BSG, Specificully the mini-series, Season 1,2 & Razor Thats it. After that, I was choking on season 3,4 & Caprica.
I want to start off with my beloved bucket.....THE GALACTICA herself. They had two versions of her in Blood & Chrome. Two different crews desigend their own version. WTF? The first version was awesome, but you could tell it was incomplete. The first 4 to 6 batteries they show from the aft topside looked to small and you could see they didnt look apart of Galactica. Then they put 2 batteries over where the nukes should have been. Those who know battships know there shouldnt be batteries over the bridges that connect the flight pods to the mainship. STILL, IT LOOKED INTIMIDATING. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS MODEL.
Now the second version was designed by someone who doesnt unerstand the design & armor thickness of a warship and the excessive consentration of batteries placed in one area. The head of the Galictica.
Anyway, enough of that.
William 'Bill' Adama aka HUSKER. Now if you know Edward James Olmos, you know why he's named HUSKER. Now in 'Razor' Nico Cortez was a perfect fit playing the younger Adama. This kid playing Adama now is no 'HUSKER', HE JUST DIDNT FIT. HOW DOES RAZOR + BLOME & CHROME EXPLAIN Admiral Adamas background? The BSG ALUMNI did a great job. LSO Cpt. Kelly, NARCHO, Spl. Gage, KAG Capt Taylor, Sgt. Hadrian did a great job. COKER MADE THE MOVIE. I just want to add the unrated version is the same as the webisodes and the Feb. 10 debut. All they did was edit a side profile of some girls boob and undeleted some profanity. Unrated my A$$!
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