Syfy Orders New Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome Pilot

In a move no one saw coming, Syfy has officially ordered a two-hour pilot for a new show set in the Battlestar Galactica universe wedged between the currently airing Caprica series and the four-year run of Battlestar Galactica.

Dubbed Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (not to be confused with Spartacus: Blood and Sand), the show will be set 10 years into the first Cylon War and center around a “brash rookie viper pilot” named William Adama who is assigned to the newly constructed Galactica. He will be tasked in the pilot to lead a secret mission that could help finally turn the tide of the war.

We already got a promising glimpse of this almost exact time period in the TV movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor. Nico Cortez convincingly played a younger version of Adama (to Edward James Olmos’ Admiral version from Battlestar Galactica) and could potentially return to the role, though Syfy has not made any casting decisions as of yet.

Showrunner David Eick, no stranger to the Battlestar universe having been involved in now all three shows, offered a glimpse of what he’s gunning for with Blood and Chrome. “While maintaining the themes of politics, social propaganda, and the timeless question: what does it mean to be human?,” Eick remarked. “‘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.”

Lingering questions right now are when is Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome set to air, and will Syfy pick up a second season of Caprica after this news. The latter is expected to be answered within the next few weeks and Syfy has adamantly stated the arrival of Blood and Chrome will have no impact on the decision to continue or cancel Caprica.

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