Battlestar Galactica spawned a critically acclaimed remake, and after its end, began a prequel entitled Caprica; which dealt with the events before the first Cylon war. Syfy recently green lit another prequel to Battlestar entitled Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. It’ll be set during the first Cylon war, following William Adama as a rookie Viper pilot.
“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.”
Many of my friends (by many, I mean all) know I’m a huge fan of Battlestar, but this latest installment has me pessimistic. I like the Adama character, but should he be the center of both Cylon wars? It seems far too contrived.
From a viewer standpoint, having William Adama as the main character in a prequel greatly lessens the show. There won’t be any sense of danger for him. We already know he’s safe; that he’ll make it to the Battlestar remake. So why bother watching?
I like the concept of a show based on the first Cylon war, but Syfy should have made the protagonist an unknown and build that person up. Not knowing the fate of the character would give it the same sense of danger that the Battlestar remake had. It’s what the prior viewers would want. Without it, it’s just a show running through the motions.