I knew something was up when suddenly everyone was posting a trailer that “debuted” at Wondercon for the much anticipated SyFy series Blood & Chrome. If you happened to catch the trailer (before it was yanked from YouTube), you’ll have noticed that there was a complete lack of SyFy branding on it. This was my first tip-off that this “trailer” was not official and why I did not post it here.
Nonetheless, other sites jumped on the bandwagon and many now have a video link that goes to a message that NBC/Universal has blocked the video.
Today, SyFy announced that this video was unauthorized, as I had suspected. SyFy also pretty much killed the original idea of Blood & Chrome being a television series. In fact, the latest is that we’re only going to see this as a web series. Yep, that’s it.
I’m pretty sure that back in 2010, the words TELEVISION SERIES was used, so SyFy has pretty much screwed Battlestar Galactica fans here. Blood & Chrome details the adventures of a young Captain Adama. And from the unauthorized trailer I saw, it looks as if it might have even been pretty darn amazing. But this series is not going to happen in the way that we want.
Now don’t get me wrong, SyFy has put out some pretty good web series. If you haven’t seen Mercury Men or Riese, I highly recommend them. But we, the Battlestar Galactica fans, were promised this as a new television series from SyFy. So the show getting downgraded to a web series is very disappointing. Captain Adama’s story cannot be told in 10 minute clips. We’ll want more. MUCH more.
I can’t say I didn’t see this coming, though. Every time I tried to ask SyFy about Blood & Chrome, I was ignored or deflected. They know they’re screwing the fans over. And they just don’t care.
Instead, we get more reality t.v. Again, a show like Face Off has a place on SyFy. But I’ve watched Monster Man, and it’s basically Keeping Up With The Kardashians, except with Cleve Hall’s family (who are actually a lot more normal than the Kardashians).
Why? Because these types of shows, along with the B movies SyFy continuously pumps out are cheap to produce. A series like Blood & Chrome is not. It’s simple economics. But it’s also a lack of faith in the genre, which I find highly disturbing from a network that once thrived on similar series (Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, the many Stargate series).
All I can hope now is that this is as ground-breaking a web series as we’re currently being promised. According to Mark Stern, SyFy’s President of Original Content:
“Though the vision for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome has evolved over the course of the past year, our enthusiasm for this ambitious project has not waned. We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen. The 90-minute pilot movie will air on Syfy in its entirety at a future date.”