Blood and Chrome
Story by David Eick & Bradley Thompson & Michael Taylor
& David Weddle
Teleplay by Michael Taylor
Directed by Jonas Pate
William Adama enters the Colonial military as a pilot assigned
to the battlestar
Galactica during the 10th year of the first
Read the summaries of the webisodes at Wikipedia
Notes from the BSG Chronology
This story takes place 10 years into the first Cylon War.
The 94-minute TV movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and
Chrome was the pilot for a proposed ongoing TV series for
SyFy about the young William Adama's exploits during the first
Cylon War. For some reason, SyFy chose to break the pilot into
10 webisodes in November 2012, before showing it as a movie on
TV a few months later. No official announcement was ever made by
SyFy, but the pilot was not picked up for series.
The original script was designed to be for a Battlestar
Galactica video game about William Adama's service during
the first Cylon War. Syfy executives liked the script so much,
they asked if it could be turned into a pilot movie for a potential
TV series instead.
Several actors from
here, playing characters unrelated to those they played in the
Brian Markinson plays
Galactica's commander, Silas Nash. Zak Santiago plays
Captain Diaz. And John Pyper-Ferguson plays Sergeant Toth.
The planet seen in the opening shot is Caprica.
William's voiceover at the beginning is a letter to his father,
Joseph Adama, one of the main characters of
At 0:34 on the Blu-ray, a fleet of Intersun civilian starliners
is seen docked at a spaceport on the bay. Possibly, one of these
is the starliner that becomes Colonial One for
President Laura Roslyn after the second Cylon War starts over 40
years later, as they look identical.
The scenes of Cylons being constructed by Graystone Industries
and used for construction labor are borrowed from the coda of
A civilian model servant or caretaker Cylon is seen at 0:47 on
The scene from 0:56-1:05 on the Blu-ray is from
episode "Pilot" Part 2.
At 1:06 on the Blu-ray, a classic-style Cylon basestar and Cylon
Raiders (as designed for BSG70)
are seen in the skies over Caprica.
At 1:09 on the Blu-ray, the destroyed building in the foreground
is part of the Caprica City spaceport (seen in
actually the real world traffic center of the
International Airport in South Korea.
At 1:43 on the Blu-ray, there appears to be at least a couple of
Cylon Centurions piloting the Raider, unlike the self-piloted
U-shaped Raiders seen in the second Cylon War.
The Vipers seen in this movie must be Mark IIIs, as they have a
different appearance to the old Mark IIs seen in episodes of
At 2:52 on the Blu-ray, the bird emblem on Adama's
helmet is similar to the ones seen on the helmets used
by Galactica pilots in
||Classic Galactica helmet
At 4:35 on the Blu-ray, notice that the reflection of
Galactica's name plate is seen on the window pane before the
battlestar itself is seen in the next shot.
As the Galactica is seen for the first time by Ensign
Adama, a variation of the music from
As pointed out in the study of
the BSG70 comic book story
"Hell Hath No Fury", the
Raptor multipurpose military
craft looks slightly like the
armed scout ship called the
Centaurus aboard the
Galactica in that story.
At 5:12 on the Blu-ray, notice the rows of gun emplacements on
top of the
Galactica. These are mostly gone by the time of
the main BSG2000 series, set 40 years after the first Cylon War.
At 5:31 on the Blu-ray, the new rookies aboard the Galactica
are whisked through the ship on flat stand-on platforms similar to
ones seen in episodes of
The Raptor Adama is assigned to pilot is called the Wild Weasel.
At 8:00 on the Blu-ray, the stenciling of the name of the
previous pilot of the Wild Weasel shows that his callsign was
"Fanboy". This may be a call-out to the so-called "fanboy" arena
of obsessed sci-fi fans, including those of either or both BSG
TV series. The pilot's real name isn't spoken in the episode and
is not legible on the raptor cockpit in the movie, but a deleted
scene in the bonus features on the Blu-ray release shows it as
Lt. Oliver Bear.
The commander of the
at this time is Commander Silas Nash, played by actor Brian
Markinson. He also played Caprican Global Defense Department
agent Jordan Durham on
Commander Nash comments on Ensign Adama's family's connections
Ha'la'tha on Tauron. The Ha'la'tha is a crime syndicate on
Tauron with tendrils throughout the Colonies, formerly
a resistance movement against oppression on Tauron. The Adama
family's connections to the Ha'la'tha were seen throughout the
At 12:08 on the Blu-ray, Adama has what appears to be a stylized
version of the flag symbol of planet Tauron as a tattoo on his
On his right shoulder, Captain Tornvald has a tattoo of the words
"So Say We All". The phrase is similar to "Amen" in the BSG
Military men and women are seen to share community showers
communally aboard the Galactica. The idea may have been
borrowed from a similar scene in the 1997 film Starship
Boasting in the showers about the supply milk run he gets to make
for four days, Coker says he definitely intends to layover at
the pick-up point because they have real booze over there,
"...none of this watered-down pruno." Pruno is a term used for
"prison wine", generally made clandestinely by prison inmates
(or military personnel) out of whatever fruit, sugar, etc. is
available for the fermentation process, to make an illicit,
usually weak and bad-tasting, liquor.
When Adama goes off about being there to "destroy the frakkin'
machines before they destroy us," Coker walks away, mockingly
mumbling, "Oorah..." In the real world, this is a battle cry
used by the U.S. Marines as an expression of enthusiasm.
Having learned that Ensign Adama's family has
Ha'la'tha connections, Coker asks him about it and Adama
responds that his father is a lawyer and Coker asks, "Mob
lawyer?" Adama retorts, "Defense attorney." But Joseph Adama did
mob lawyer work, at least before William (the second) was born,
as seen in episodes of
The BSG2000 universe uses DRADIS as something similar to radar
and sonar, but more advanced and encompassing.
DRADIS stands for "Direction, RAnge, DIStance".
After the Wild Weasel is out of
DRADIS range of Galactica, Dr. Becca Kelly gives Coker
and Adama new sealed orders from the admiralty that they are to
rendezvous with the battlestar Archeron, which they
soon find in pieces.
Dr. Kelly reveals to Adama that she used to work for Graystone
Industries and designed an upgrade to the Cylon MCP chip.
At 23:07 on the Blu-ray, a landram is seen floating among the
debris of the
on the right-hand side of the screen! Since it appears to
be white in color, it may even be the snowram that was intended
for use by our heroes on the snow-covered planet Djerba.
A standard ABC (dry chemical) fire extinguisher is seen hanging
on the bulkhead of the Weasel at 28:10 on the Blu-ray.
Adama and Coker are amazed to find the
battlestar Valkyrie among the hidden fleet in the
asteroid belt in Cylon space, Coker exclaiming it was destroyed
at Canceron Prime. Adama will become commander of the
Valkyrie decades after,
before later being transferred to command of Galactica. On Earth, "Valkyrie" is Old Norse for
"chooser of the slain" and, in Norse mythology, was a female
figure sent by the gods to choose who would die in battle.
Presumably, the reference to "Canceron Prime" is to the Colony
Canceron. Does the "Prime" indicate that Canceron is made up of
more than one world?
The heavy cruiser Loki and warship Osiris are
also found here. Loki is the Norse god of evil or mischief. Osiris
was the Egyptian god of the afterlife.
At 31:39 and 31:43 on the Blu-ray, a ship similar to the
BSG70 can be seen.
The unwelcome welcome the crew of the Weasel get from the ghost
fleet makes Coker remark, "Reminds me of Colonial Day at my
mother-in-law's." Colonial Day is seen to be a day of voting in
the BSG2000 episode of the same name.
Adama, Coker, and Kelly's mission takes them from the ghost
fleet to the Cylon-held ice planet Djerba, formerly a Colonial
ski-resort world. There are some minor similarities here to the
on Ice Planet Zero", though there the planet was called
At 35:16 on the Blu-ray, Lt. Kirby's Viper shows his callsign as
The basestar that attacks the Osiris at Djerba
is a hybrid cross between the classic and new basestar
At 44:34 on the Blu-ray, notice that the gun turret that lowers
from the underside of the Weasel has the words "TOASTER SLAYER"
painted on the bottom of it.
After blowing apart a Raider with the toaster slayer, Coker
shouts, "I got one! I frakkin' got one!" This may be a bit of an
homage to Star Wars: A New Hope, when Luke blasts a TIE
fighter away in the gun turret of the Millennium Falcon,
gleefully shouting, "Got him! I got him!"
With hope of surviving the mission dwindling after the loss of
Elias and his Viper, Kirby decides to cut out and "go home".
Presumably, he decided he wanted to see the son he learned about
from Coker aboard the Osiris and plans to go AWOL to see him.
But it seems unlikely he would be able to make it back to a
Colonial outpost unless his Viper has FTL (faster-than-light)
After the Weasel crash-lands on Djerba, Adama comments that the
Osiris had been an Orion-class ship, with a standard
crew of 150, not counting pilots.
Orion was a hunter in Greek mythology.
Notice that the giant snake-like creature that attacks the team
in the ice cave has glowing red eyes, indicating it is partially
Cylon. In the "Blood and Chrome: Visual Effects" bonus
feature on the Blu-ray, producer David Eick refers to the creature as a
Sergeant Toth is played by John Pyper-Ferguson, who also played
Tomas Vergis on
At 58:20 on the Blu-ray, notice that a flickering electronic
sign inside the abandoned ski lodge is still working,
advertising a visit to Tauron.
During mealtime with Toth, Coker reveals he's from Aerilon.
This movie features a different type of Cylon Centurion
than seen elsewhere. It seems to be bulkier and perhaps
a bit taller than those seen before or after and they
have a different head shape. It may be an early
prototype of the centurions seen in BSG2000.
Additionally, there is some similarity to the early
pre-production Cylon concept paintings by Ralph
BSG70. It also looks similar
to the Cylon Centurion concept art developed for the
unrealized Tom DeSanto/Bryan Singer revival of BSG in
The "grill" on the face of this Cylon ripples a couple of times in
its scenes. What is that all about? Is this a partially
organic Cylon that needs to breathe? Notice that the
lower portion of the face even looks a bit like a filter
or gas mask. And we did already see the Cython creature
earlier in the movie, proving some cyborg technology
already in use.
|Blood and Chrome Centurion
||DeSanto/Singer Cylon concept
As Dr. Kelly discovers the human body parts in the walk-in
freezer at 1:09:05 on the Blu-ray, notice that there is a full,
skinned human body hanging in the background in the top left
corner of the screen. Other bodies, in various states of
dissection or decomposition, can be seen as Kelly's encounter
with the centurion progresses in the freezer.
The central chamber of the Cylon transmissions facility
has somewhat of a Gigeresque look to it.
As they wait in the snow for rescue after activating their
beacon, Coker tells Adama he has a wife named Katie.
Tricia Helfer (Number 6 on BSG2000) provided the voice of the
hybrid Cylon who kills Dr. Kelly near the end of the movie, in
an uncredited role.
One of the mottos of the Colonial military pilots is
"Service before self", as seen at 1:29:40 on the
Blu-ray. This is also one of the mottos that appears on
the Airman's coin awarded to airmen of the U.S. Air
Force upon completion of basic training; the complete
text on the Air Force symbol side of the coin is
Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All
Notice that the pilot's designation plaque below the canopy of a
Viper is in the octagonal shape of many of the physical forms of
Colonial media such as paper, books, and photo frames.
The emblems of various fighter squadrons are seen on the hangar
deck of the Galactica at 1:29:44
on the Blu-ray. Legible are the 8th's Red Aces, the 6th's
Vampires, the 4th's Demons, and 1st Squadron Primus (which Adama
is seen to be a member of later in "The Lab"). Photos of
pilots are also seen hanging above the row of emblems; possibly
these are Galactica pilots who have been lost in the
Notes from the Deleted Scenes in the Bonus Features on
the Blu-ray release
In the movie itself, we never learn what Coker's use of "husker"
as a derogatory term applied to Adama means. In one of the
deleted scenes, he explains that, on his homeworld of Aerilon,
in the farming districts, a husker is a hayseed who can't drive
his tractor straight. As we know, Adama winds up adopting the
term as his callsign.
In one of the deleted scenes, Adama is adding Cylon Raider
silhouettes to the Wild Weasel's hull to indicate the number
he's shot down. But the
silhouettes are the new style Raiders seen in episodes of
BSG2000, not the Raider types seen in this movie!
What happened to Kirby? After he decides to "go home" we don't
hear anything else about him. Perhaps we'd have learned if
Blood and Chrome had gone to series.
Which Viper squadron did Adama get assigned to?
At the end of the movie, we see Adama launch from the
Galactica in his first assigned Viper, but we don't learn
what squadron he was assigned to. We can only presume he was
assigned from the start as a member of 1st Squadron Primus as he
is depicted later in "The Lab".