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Awesome trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which premieres online Friday


And they have a plan...well, a release strategy, anyway...

Awesome trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which premieres online this Friday

In an unconventional but interesting move (first reported by EW), the much-anticipated prequel Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, from BSG’s David Eick and Michael Taylor, will be released in three stages. First online on Machinima Prime, starting from this Friday, November 9, and releasing the pilot, broken up into 10 episodes of 7-12 minutes each, over the next four weeks. Second, the two-hour version will air on SyFy early in 2013. Third, the unrated DVD will be released.

Machinima Prime, the YouTube channel of, has been home to not only machinima, but also other popular live action web series, such as Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

Making the episodes 7-12 minutes long seems like a missed opportunity for 33-minute episodes, but never mind…

Will the episodes be rolled out in approximately real-time for the Battlestar universe? If so, that would be cool.

Judging by the new trailer below, Blood & Chrome will be more action-heavy than Battlestar Galactica (Actual), with an impressive montage of space battles and explosions, set to music by stalwart Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary. Fittingly, it’s familiar but different, and thus feels fresh, while very much in keeping with the universe that’s already been established.

The moment where the Viper lowers in what looks like slow motion and the choir kicks in is just plain awesome.

The exotic and thrilling score meshes perfectly with the visual style (using virtual sets), which looks set to replicate, and possibly even top, Battlestar’s combination of gritty immediacy and stunning space opera.

Tonally and stylistically, it feels a lot like one of the intro sequences to episodes of Battlestar Galactica, which teased the episode to come with quick cutting between flash-forwards to dramatic moments. Debate over possible spoilers aside, those sequences were very skilfully edited, and whet the appetite for the episode ahead. The same is true of this trailer. Battlestar Galactica has some very talented editors.

We get brief glimpses of some of the characters, though it’s yet to be seen whether they’ll form as strong an ensemble as Battlestar Galactica’s, or offer characters as complex, flawed, and memorable as James Callis’ Gaius Baltar or Michael Hogan’s Saul Tigh, for instance.

In any case, we'll find out quite soon. Many fans saw the series as a distant blip on the horizon, but now, as if it’s done an FTL jump, it’s nearly here.

(Weirdly, a similar thing seems like it’s the case with The Hobbit, even though we’ve known the release date for ages. The Hobbit is one of those film projects that seems like, however much one is anticipating it, somehow it should always be on the horizon, like we’re always heading towards it but never getting there.)

Space opera prequels are awesome. The Star Wars prequels (whatever anyone says), J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, and now Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which looks very promising.


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