“Blood & Chrome,” the second “Battlestar Galactica” prequel that had a more rocky life than the first prequel, will finally get some airtime on Syfy in February.
But don’t expect there to be much more than that.
The project, originally designed as a Web series, but kicked up to a series pilot for Syfy just before the cancellation of the other prequel “Caprica,” and then what languished on the shelf for more than a year, will debut on Syfy Feb. 10.
Many fans, however, have already seen the broken pilot, in pieces at least. Syfy decided to debut the show as part of an arrangement with YouTube’s Machinima Prime late last year, and generated 2.8 million views for the initial episode alone.
But the numbers didn’t hold for the subsequent episodes. The second part lost two-thirds of those viewers, finishing just over 905,000. While Episodes 3 through 6 picked up a little bit to the 930,000 range, that audience was cut down to around 600,000 viewers for the final parts.
The broadcast of the series will likely be more of a way to promote the uncensored version of the Web series, which is set for a Feb. 19 release on DVD and Blu-ray.
The end of “Blood & Chrome,” which was not picked up as a series by Syfy, could mean the end of the Battlestar Galactica franchise on the cable channel. The original series debuted in 2003 in a backdoor pilot that actually grew its audience from the first night to the second night, and became a critically acclaimed show that helped put Syfy on the map.
When “Battlestar” ended, Syfy tried to keep the series alive with a short-lived prequel, “Caprica,” that took place nearly 60 years before the first series. However, that show lasted just a single season, and “Blood & Chrome,” which was set to take place following “Caprica,” was elevated to series pilot from simple Web series.
“Blood & Chrome” starred Luke Pasqualino as the fifth actor to play Adama behind Lorne Greene, Edward James Olmos, Nico Cortez (in the telemovie “Razor”), and Marcus Towfigh (in the series finale of “Caprica”). The project also starred Ben Cotton and Lili Bordan.
It was created by popular writer Michael Taylor as well as “Battlestar” executive producer David Eick, and was written by Taylor based on a story created by Eick, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle.
Taylor was nominated for two Hugo awards in the past, for “Battlestar Galactica: Razor” in 2008 and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in 1996.
Syfy currently has no announced Battlestar projects in development.