Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome – Episodes Three and Four


by Ashley Binion

Each week, Machinima will release chapters of the unseen Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome pilot. Last week, a young William Adama arrived for the first time on the Battlestar Galactica and immediately sent on a transport mission. This week, they released chapters three and four.

Warning: Spoilers ahead! 

Episode three began right where two left off, with Adama and Coker being attacked by Cylon raiders. Of course, since a raptor is just a glorified transport ship that isn’t made for fighting, they made it work. Adama skillfully maneuvered the raptor through the debris field of the fallen Battlestar Archeron while Coker fired the weapons. Eventually, they destroyed the Cylon raiders and safely escaped.

Right after the boys began celebrating their victory, Dr. Kelly, the engineer they were transporting gave them a new set of orders. They were to fly further into Cylon-controlled space, Sector 12. This, of course, did not sit well with Coker. Since he only has a month and a half left on his second tour, he wanted to go back to Galactica. Adama and Dr. Kelly both disagreed, leading them to continue their mission.

Once they arrived at their destination, they found a fleet of ghost ships. All of the ships in this fleet, along with their crew, were either reported destroyed or missing. They entered the fleet, but not before almost being shot down because they didn’t know the password.

The three boarded the Osiris, where they were granted to participate in a mission, which Coker reluctantly agreed. Their mission was to transport the doctor to Djerba, a former winter resort moon that is now under Cylon control and used as an outpost.

In one of the few calm and sweet moments, Coker reunited with one of his “deceased” friends, Jim Kirby, and told him his wife gave birth to his son while he was away. This scene embodied the Battlestar Galactica universe. Even though the world is largely about a struggle between humans and machines, at the heart of the franchise is its characters and their interaction with one another.

Once they jumped into the space above Djerba, they encountered a Cylon basestar. Commander Ozar, the leader of the ghost fleet, decided that they would fight so they would successfully complete their mission of delivering Dr. Kelly to the moon’s ground extraction team. With that, the Cylons released their raiders and the ghost fleet launched their planes.

The CGI continues to impress me, especially during the battle scenes in space. It just shows how far technology has come. On a side note, how is it possible that the Battlestar Galactica universe and this pilot, with a slightly smaller budget, can get the CGI so right, but a bigger budget and network show like Once Upon A Time continues to get the technology so wrong?

Anyway, I am enjoying the look at a rookie William Adama and his co-pilot Coker. The pilot continues to be promising and fits well within the Battlestar Galactica universe.

What do you think of Blood and Chrome so far?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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