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My review of “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” (2012)

I’m blogging my past film and tv reviews from Facebook.  It’s too bad this promising BSG prequel never made it past the pilot phase.

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I was happy with the prequel web-miniseries “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” (2012) – it really seemed like a return to form to the immensely popular first two seasons of the tv show.  I’d give it an 8 out of 10.  Gone are the weird and confusing plotlines involving divine intervention and … (sigh) angels.  Instead we’re treated to a decent, escapist and gratifying sci-fi war-adventure story, with a few gritty horror elements thrown in to remind us that this is still Ron Moore’s unique Battlestar Galactica universe.  It seemed to consciously emulate “Aliens” (1986), which is a direction I think a lot of BSG fans would have been thrilled with.  (I’m a little confused about whether the SyFy Channel intended this as a possible pilot for a regular tv series … it seems that way, from how it’s written.)

There are also nice nods to the series, its followup prequel series, “Caprica,” and even the original 1970’s tv show.   I loved how one key actor/actress appeared to lend his/her voice to really nail a nice surprise in the finale.  That’s some damn fun continuity right there, and awesome fan service.

It’s a shaky pilot (?) in some ways.  Young William Adama is a two-dimensional clone of “Starship Troopers’” Johnny Rico, though he does grow a bit by the end of the story. There are also other clichés – at one point a commander states something along the lines of “the fate of the entire war hinging on this battle!!”  Ugh.  Another flaw was its inclusion of actors from the series – in different roles.  It was probably cool for Moore to keep it in the family and give these talented people additional high-profile work.  (My personal favorite is the great, underused character actor Ty Olsson.)  But it’s jarring, and takes you right out of the story – sometimes you’re too busy saying, “Hey!  It’s THAT guy!” to get immersed in the show.

Still, this was cool and exciting and fun.  What a shame it’s (apparently) not turning into a regular series.

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Lions and Tigers and BEAR! Oh my!!

Horror fans are the nicest people in the world.  I mentioned the other day how much I enjoyed composer Bear McCreary’s work on “Battlestar Galactica” — Wednesday Lee Friday told me she’d interviewed him a while back for Zombie Zone News.  (McCreary is also the composer for “The Walking Dead.”)

When I asked her if I could read it, she was cool enough to retrieve the interview from offline limbo after a website error, and reran it here, along with her other regular interviews for ZZN:

http://wednes.dreamwidth.org/862921.html

It’s a great interview, and he sounds like a fun and articulate subject.  Check out the story behind “Gaeta’s Lament.”  It’s one of my favorites from the BSG soundtrack, and it set the tone perfectly for both the episode in which it was featured and the mutiny storyline episodes that followed.

Damn, I wish “Caprica” hadn’t been cancelled.