SyFy Orders New ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Spin-Off Pilot

Excellent news for fans of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica that were disappointed when the show ended its run on SyFy a couple years back, a new show called Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is coming that’s sure to make you happy. This new show, which we mentioned previously as just a possibility for the web, has now been given the greenlight for a two hour pilot by the powers that be at SyFy.

In case you forgot or didn’t hear about this new show before, it deals with the young years of Ensign William Adama as he begins his journey through the first Human Cylon war. It takes place between the events of the first BSG series and those of the currently running show Caprica and is being produced by David Eick.

While this is good news for fans of the show who wanted more, one question remains. Will this new show be given the treatment it deserves or will it, in fact, be a web show as was previously reported? Obviously, we would prefer a full blown series with all that entails instead of a web series. Not that we have anything against web series, we certainly don’t.

However, if we have a choice we would prefer the show to be much like the previous BSG series and have that kind of budget and scope. A two hour pilot seems like a promising start so I guess we’ll find out soon enough what’s going to happen. In the meantime, we’ve always got our BSG complete series on Blu-ray.

Check out the full press release from SyFy after the jump.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, a sentient robotic race, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a brash rookie viper pilot enters the fray. Ensign William Adama, barely in his 20’s and a recent Academy graduate, finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet… the Galactica.

The talented but hot-headed risk-taker soon finds himself leading a dangerous top secret mission that, if successful, will turn the tide of the decade long war in favor of the desperate fleet. “The ‘Galactica’ universe as re-imagined by Ron Moore and David Eick is rich with possibilities and backstory,” said SyFy’s Mark Stern. “We jumped at the chance to revisit the William Adama character and explore this exciting chapter in the BSG narrative which falls between the events of the original series and the prequel, ‘Caprica,’ currently airing on Syfy.”

“While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human? – ‘Blood & Chrome’ will also return us to the authentic, relentless depiction of combat and the agony and ecstasy of human-Cylon war, which was the hallmark of ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ early seasons,” said Eick. Michael Taylor wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle.

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