Like a lot of fans of the Battlestar Galactica franchise, I watched the premiere of the proposed pilot for a new series called Battlestar Galactica Blood and Chrome when it ran on the internet, and when it ran on Syfy. In both presentations, it remains a very enjoyable show, with a lot of potential as a series. However, the Syfy presentation of the show has left me very puzzled.
First off, one thing that is truly puzzling me is why February 10th was chosen for the air date putting it up against the Grammy Awards, and two ABC hit shows, Once Upon a Time, and Revenge. Putting a show in that spot is risky at best, but putting a proposed pilot in that slot? Why would a network do such a thing? It makes them look like they are trying to bury it once and for all.
Second, why run it on the internet, and then run the exact same show (minus the editing to break it into ten webisodes) with no new material or enhancements? Sure, they are releasing new material in the DVD release, scheduled for February 19th and that will be nice, but they needed a hook to get folks to tune into what actually became nothing more than re-airing of previously released material. This successfully turned a pilot into a rerun.
The show was great, and quite frankly, much superior in the full length pilot as it was presented on Syfy, then it was in the webisodes with better presentation, and a much better flow of the plot. The show really didn’t need the web screening the way it was presented before, as there is a core of fans from the franchise that would tune in to see it. Could it be that this was a calculated way to artificially keep the show’s number down to prevent it from reaching a level that would make passing on it again look to be a mistake.
If you have missed the movie that night, I would urge you to get the DVD for a very good presentation of the Galactica franchise. It returns it to the famed battlestar and gives us a special glimpse of the events in his life as a pilot that helped make William Adama the amazing character he was in Ronald D. Moore’s re-imaging of the series.
Sadly, the way this pilot has been mishandled and presented has left a very foul taste in my mouth, and questions that will never be answered. If this was an attempt on the part of Syfy to make sure the pilot remained dead and buried, it may have been very successful. I hope I’m just being overly suspicious, but something seems very, very wrong with how this has all been handled.
We will not know until the numbers on cable shows is released. I will be watching tvbythenumbers.com for those numbers and will follow up this article at that time. Be sure and check back with us for more on this matter.