This is one of those surreal moments in life, the likes of which no geek wants to experience.
While writing up a short piece for the the awesome first trailer for Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica prequel, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, I went to find out when this exciting new series was going to finally premiere. The answer I found was: never. It’s being reported that Syfy has decided NOT to move forward with the show after years of development.
As it turns out, the “trailer” was just a demo reel set to Trent Reznor and Karen O’s “Immigrant Song” cover from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that was shown at WonderCon. Syfy apparently thought it over for a long time, but ultimately decided it was not in their best interest (who cares what the fans want, right?) to continue forward with the property as a series. This might not, however, mean that we’ll never see Blood & Chrome.
You can read why there’s still some hope to see this and check out the fast-paced first “trailer” by clicking on over to the other side now.
When it was first conceived, BSG: Blood & Chrome was planned as a web series. It would appear that Syfy will now instead “actively pursue” it as just that: a digital series. The 90-minute pilot episode will eventually air on Syfy, so even though the series as a whole won’t premiere we should still at least get to see one episode on TV.
Syfy’s president of original programming, Mark Stern, had this to say:
“Though the vision for ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’ has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned.
We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”
The show follows everyone’s favorite eventual Battlestar admiral, William Adama (played by Edward James Olmos in the Ron Moore and David Eick series), back when he was just a hotshot fighter pilot in the 10th year of the first Cylon War. The young Adama in Blood & Chrome is played by Luke Pasqualino.
There’s been an empty space in many of our hearts since Battlestar Galactica ended. The first prequel series, Caprica, wasn’t nearly as good, but it was still pretty darn good…up until Syfy canceled it after one season. BSG fans were now looking to Blood & Chrome as the next chance for us to get back into that world we love so much, and now the only way we’ll be able to do that is in an online web series? Something tells me this won’t go over well.
And the ironic thing? While first writing about this trailer, knowing Syfy’s reputation, I couldn’t help but wonder if we would even get a full season of the new show before it was canceled. This is the company who canceled Caprica. The company that canceled Stargate SG1. The company who cares more about reality shows, horrible movies, and WRESTLING than actual science fiction shows. And you wonder why they decided to change their name from SciFi to the still-goofy Syfy.
I’m sure many of you will join me in saying, Syfy, you are now dead to us.
Speak your mind, ladies and gentlemen. What do you think of Syfy’s new gameplan to tell us about exciting new sci-fi shows and cancel them before they even start?