William 'Husker' Adama
This could be bad news for Caprica, but it hit the web last week that the SciFi Syfy Channel has greenlit another prequel to the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica. TVSquad’s Maureen Ryan broke the news that Syfy will air the 2 hour tv-movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome in late 2011 or early 2012. This movie will focus on a young William “Husker” Adama as a Viper pilot in the first cylon war. According the the news I’ve seen so far ‘Blood & Chrome,’ takes place roughly 20 years after the events of Caprica and about 40 years before the end of the worlds depicted in BSG. On a sidenote, I’d just like to say I called this back in March 2009 and asked online for the SciFi Syfy Channel to please take this idea and run with it. Now they are doing so… not that I’m taking credit or anything.
Some other interesting news is that the movie will take place on the Grand Old Lady herself, the Galactica. Now I am truly excited; Galactica is back and Adama is back. Seems like good news to me. The movie will take place during the 10th year of the Cylon War and follows Ensign William Adama as he undertakes a mission that could change the tide of the war. See? This is good stuff!
Mark Stern is Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming and gave some news on the potential timeline of the series being filmed. He said the network hoped to begin production on the pilot in Vancouver in early 2011. This maps up quite nicely for a late 2011 or early 2012 release. Stern gave a lot more information that I am going to quote directly so I can get everything across:
“This is very much an action-adventure, war series,” Stern said. “This is definitely dealing with people who are fighting the fight. … As you hope ‘Battlestar’ would do, it kind of comments on that process a little bit… but not in a preachy way, not in an issues-oriented way, not in a hitting-you-over-the-head way. Really, the fabric and the canvas of the series are people in the fight and what they grapple with when it comes to each other and what they grapple with when it comes to the enemy they’re fighting.”
“Your way into the story is a young William Adama who is not the grizzled old veteran we have come to love in ‘BSG,'” Stern noted. “This is someone who is more like us, in terms of coming into this with certain preconceptions and learning as you go. … It’s very much about relationships along the way. I think ultimately the arc of the pilot and of the series is about getting Adama to be who you came to know in ‘BSG,’ but it’s also about the deep relationships he forms. And I don’t think there are any deeper relationships than the ones you form in life-or-death situations.”
The interesting thing is Syfy originally intended to show Blood and Chrome as an online series, but they liked the outline so much that have turned it into a TV movie with the intent of using it as a backdoor pilot. Meaning, that if the movie gets good rating we might just get a new BSG prequel on TV. This is actually the same process that was used for BSG back in 2003 and turned out successful so keep your fingers crossed.
I can tell you that I am 100% sold on this new prequel, however that might be mostly because I’m such a huge Battlestar Galactica fan. This is what I had originally hoped to see as a prequel to BSG and I think it has a better chance of capturing audience interest than Caprica. I still enjoy Caprica but it’s very plot-driven and slowly developing. That’s fine for me but many fans need something they can get interested in that keeps grabbing their attention. A war time series should do that. Hopefully Caprica can chug along and be paired with the new BSG in the future. However, it seems things might be looking a little grim for Caprica right now. It’s not bringing in a lot of new viewers.