SyFy Announces Another ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Spin-Off Series


Great news Battlestar Galactica fans, Deadline is reporting that SyFy has ordered a 2-hour pilot for a proposed new prequel spin-off series of the franchise. As you may know, Caprica (the current BG prequel spin-off) is still in its first season (with the hope of a season 2 pickup soon) so the folks at SyFy think it’s a great time to introduce another spin-off series that is set in the 10th year of the Cylon War and is focused around the young Academy graduate William Adama (who is just a kid in Caprica and is the seasoned admiral in Battlestar Galactica). Here are the deets about this new spin-off series:

SyFy is going back to the Battlestar Galactica well. After launching prequel Caprica, which is now airing the second part of its first season while awaiting word on a second-season pickup, the cable network has greenlighted a two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome or BGBC how it will probably be known in the Battlestar fan universe. The pilot, about the young years of Ensign William Adama, hails from Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick and Universal Cable Prods. and will involve CGI and virtual technology.

I am a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica and was very sad when the series had to end … but, to be honest, I never really got into Caprica. I watched the series pilot movie but it just didn’t win me over and I decided not to watch the series. That being said, I’m very interested in this new proposed spin-off that focuses on the young William Adama. JJ Abrams found great success with his prequel version of Star Trek which focuses on the young crew of the USS Enterprise … I really think that SyFy can enjoy that kind of success with Battlestar. After the jump, read the official announcement from SyFy about Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

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.

In the end, it all comes down to the writing … Battlestar was such a great show because the writing was so fantastic. I have been hearing great things about Caprica (particularly the fantastic writing) so I may have to give that show a second chance. I am really excited about Blood & Chrome tho … I’m in desperate need of a new sci-fi series to fall in love with. Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome sounds perfect. Any Battlestar fans out there … does this sound like a great idea for a new series to you?


  • Meg

    I loved BSG so very much. And I also really like Caprica, but I can see where many fans of BSG aren’t fans of Caprica. While the writing is solid, it’s a completely different sort of story from BSG. There is very little action, and it takes the underlying emotional/religious storyline from BSG and magnifies it.

    It sounds like this new series will help to bridge the gap for the BSG fans that didn’t fall in to Caprica, with more of the action of the war. As long as they stick to the great writing the rest of the franchise has experienced, I’ll be watching it as well.

  • dholmas

    I have tried to watch Caprica but just cannot get into it. Huge scifi fan. Waiting for the new series of Dr. Who. Been watching that show for years and have seen most episodes from the beginning. It used to be on PBS back in the 70’s-80’s late at night.

  • DJ

    Uh, Caprica is in season 1 with hopes of a pickup for season 2 coming soon?? Hello, season 2 has been AIRING for like three weeks. The “pick up” came A LONG TIME AGO! Season 1 is even out on DVD.

    I understand you dont like the show, but dude, SO off on that one.

    And personally, they need to stop going to the well. BSG was awesome but it’s done. Do something new. Create (or re-create) another series. It’s so sad when producers and writers try to hold onto their one hit and try to milk it for years.

    BSG is done. They found Earth. They settled. They even jumped ahead to present day with Gaius and Six wondering about the human race. It’s over!!

    Really, were any of the Star Trek’s actually good? I’m going with no. They were just retreads of things that happened already. Granted, TNG was a great way to restart the series but all those sad little shows to come after it… DS9, Enterprise, the one with the chick captain… uch, Utter garbage.

    Get creative, people! What you did with BSG was awesome, but it’s time to do something new.

  • BD

    Caprica is in Season Two.

    William Adama is not a baby in Caprica. He’s like 12 or something.

    That said, totally excited about this.

  • vs

    Actually DJ/BD: Caprica is in the second half of Season 1. Syfy like to get all tricky with how they air their seasons, with a break in the middle.

  • loonytick

    What is currently airing is technically not season two, folks. It’s season 1B. They ordered it as one big season, but then split up the airing into two chunks.

  • DJ

    Ah. My bad. I didn’t realize they were also one of those cheap ass companies that does seasons in volumes only to get people to buy more boxed sets.

    Like friggin Glee.

  • Dan

    Loved BSG, but Caprica is a complete yawn. Not only is it all emotional drama with little action, but it basically caters to the teen set, with little of interest for anyone past high school…. Hopefully this new spinoff will take a very different approach.

  • Katie

    I think Caprica has gotten much better. I kinda gave up on it after the pilot and then got back into it later on. I can’t wait for this new show!

  • chadSF

    trying to really get into the new show caprica but this is definitely good news. i can’t wait to hear more details about the show as it unfolds down the road.

  • Mark

    Very excited. As a fan not only of BSG but of the original as well, I’m excited to see “classic” Cylons, Vipers and Raiders. My ONE request is that the they don’t bite off more than they can chew, as in BSG Season 3 and more so, 4. S1 & 2 were brilliant. 3 was good, 4 was a mess with some great eps in there. But the resolution in the final eps was such a letdown! To the makers of BSBC- Don’t bother telling an overly complex, layered story if you don’t know how you’re gonna resolve it.