SyFy Casts Skins Star For Battlestar Galactica Prequel

| 26 Jan 2011 22:45
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Luke Pasqualino, one of the stars of the U.K. version of Skins, will play a young William Adama in Blood & Chrome.

In October of 2010, SyFy announced production of a new series in the Battlestar Galactica series. Blood & Chrome will focus on the rookie days of William Adama on the brand-new Galactica. Edward James Olmos played the role in the 2004 Battlestar Galactica series, and SyFy has just announced Luke Pasqualino will step into the commander's shoes in the prequel. Pasqualino is best known for his role as Freddie Mclair on the original British version of Skins.

Blood & Chrome is set in the tenth year of the first Cylon war, and will focus on the intensity of the battle between humans and Cylons. Starring alongside Pasqualino is Ben Cotton (Stargate Atlantis, Hellcats) as Adama's commanding officer, Coker.

SyFy will kick off the new show with a two-hour pilot, but have not yet specified an airdate. To placate BSG fans in the meantime, SyFy has released concept art, which can be seen here.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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SonicWaffle:

Therumancer:
IMO if they are going to mess with the property, I think they should work on a sequel set after the evolution on the new world. Since we all know how this is supposed to work despite the high note, it would actually be kind of interesting if they used that audience knowlege of the "this has happened before, it will happen again" thing to have someone derail the entire process, break the cycle, and restore free will so to speak.

Can't see it working, to be honest. I mean, it'd just be a repeat with minor changes, like the ending of the Dark Tower; each time we go around the same loop, hoping to get a better ending.

Besides, what free will is there when every significant event is manipulated by "angels"? Everything in the show goes according to some divine plan, and I can't see how they'd break out of that.

I forgot to respond to this when I first received it. ;)

To be honest I think it works quite well actually as the same basic set up has been used for a lot of fiction. The "how do you beat a cosmic manipulator" thing has been done a lot of times with various results. Indeed that's the whole premise of "Neon Genesis Evangelion", and also of the second "Knights Of The Old Republic" game even if the plotline was not finished. Humanity being an underdog in a situation like that is what would make it an exciting situation. It could also be used to raise certain questions as to whether or not we're better off with or without the cycle. While NGE is anime, it's arguably the moral of the story that as soon as humanity gained it's freedom from god it blew things 30 seconds later. :P

That said, it appears in Battlestar Galactica, that free will is not entirely undermined as the Angels need to manipulate people into making desicins. They make it very hard not to do what they want you to, but in the end the playing pieces do always seem to have the option. That's what makes it seem like there is a chance of derailing things, especially as they seem to rely on the element of surprise so to speak (ie people not realizing what's going on). They more or less work through manipulation to make their own prophecies come true.

This of course raises the question as to whether these Angels represent a higher power, or are involved in some kind of self-goverment. If there is an actual "god" when they fail, does he step in? If he does what does humanity and it's creator have to say to each other? It's also possible that there is no being like that, and these "Angels" perpetuate this cycle to prevent humanity (and perhaps other races throughout the universe) from advancing beyond a certain point so they can remain in control. It's interesting to note that humanity didn't seem to expand much beyond a couple of solar systems, yet the technology of both humans and cylons did seem to be moving along at a pretty good clip. Getting to the point where they develop serious, and efficient inter-system travel and larger scale exploration and colonization might have been what caused the new "cycle" to start. It might also be a matter of the angels doing the manipulation not fully understanding the motivations beyond what they are doing, maybe they think they are striving for some ideal result when in reality they are hitting a sort of "reset" button periodically where the results don't matter to who or whatever is ordering it. A sort of "Reaper Like" cycle (Mass Effect referance) without the guilt of actual genocide since the species survives overall.

None of these ideas are perfect mind you, I'm hardly a professional writer, I'm just saying it can be done, it's not a hard premise to work with.

[rant]
Great another of my favourite shows cancelled! that's SGU, Caprica and i remember seeing the new V was tanking. Caprica's 2nd season hasn't even aired in the UK yet (as far as i know anyway) so now i'm not even sure there's a point in watching it.

Why do decent shows always tank when they try create a story? Is there something in the US Sci-Fi audience that can't handle a story that takes more than episode or lacks explosions. the last two stargates were pretty episodic and lasted for years, SGU tries to create a large story arc and gets canned. BSG was quite action orientated, Caprica concentrated entirely on story with hardly any action and dies. Is the entire American audience imbecilic? (sorry if that offends but the US pretty much controls all the sci-fi we get over here)
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OT: this will tank fast, that guy has absolutely no talent or personality, adama deserves a decent actor.

sniddy:
Yeh I know too many good, promising, series canned prematurely - I mean we'll probably never see another gun smoke or the likes of that - but giving something a chance to run...

It's getting more and more and more common - and anything that....heaven forbids....actually engages the brain and isn't 'MOAR REALTY/SIT COM' seems to be constantly fighting for survival.

It's possibly partly that with channels comes diminishing returns - but some shows are still profitable when destroyed.

...wouldn't it be nice if a sci-fi channel existed that would support decent shows, and let them run....instead of looking at it's demographic and thinking you know what {that group} is supposed to like, wrestling, lets put some wrestling in there....and execs actually let a show run without meddling constant

I'm not going to try and excuse the executive meddling at SyFy, but this all really just a symptom of what's happened to television as a whole. What with the rise of DVR and the realization that the internet is a viable alternative to TV, the industry is scrambling all over to keep people watching one way or another. As a response to fear and uncertainty, humans often take more conservative investment plans and methods of resource management, while conversely taking more rash actions when pressed. TV is in a fight or flight state of mind, where it takes far fewer chances and lashes out harder against those who they believe to oppose them. In this case, SyFy is trying to be more than just a niche network, in order to draw a large enough audience to survive.
That, and Smackdown is a refugee from the sinking, Fox backed, MyNetwork TV
It'll be a while before it goes too, since NBC Universal has a great relationship with Titan Sports.
I recommend using Youtube and Torrent sites to get your fix of good Science Fiction. Maybe try some stuff you may have not seen before. I know quite a few American Science Fiction watchers that haven't heard of Quatermass...

Yeh I know too many good, promising, series canned prematurely - I mean we'll probably never see another gun smoke or the likes of that - but giving something a chance to run...

It's getting more and more and more common - and anything that....heaven forbids....actually engages the brain and isn't 'MOAR REALTY/SIT COM' seems to be constantly fighting for survival.

It's possibly partly that with channels comes diminishing returns - but some shows are still profitable when destroyed.

...wouldn't it be nice if a sci-fi channel existed that would support decent shows, and let them run....instead of looking at it's demographic and thinking you know what {that group} is supposed to like, wrestling, lets put some wrestling in there....and execs actually let a show run without meddling constant

What ever happened to continuing Caprica?!

sniddy:

Wicky_42:

manythings:
Maybe I'mm wrong but hasn't the BSG fandom died down enough to kill that other prequal series? Why would this suddenly revitalise things?

Yeah, I was watching Caprica - it was just building to an awesome action-packed third season when they fucked it. Screw 'em, not planning on watching Blood n Chrome until it's finished a full season and has a second confirmed - I've been burnt too many times getting invested into TV shows that start out fantastically then just get binned :/

This is a common thing now a days and who can blame people?

Oh, I know it's common - am I meant to be blaming someone or not? I think I can, and I will; blame TV execs for not catering to my needs :p Now, Buffy was a series: 7 seasons of awesome, with some seriously fun episodes thrown into the mix. Lost, BSG, Prison Break - tehre are plenty that ran the course, but far too many promising ones are canned :/

This guy has to be one of the most boring Skins characters out of the lot. Whether it was the script or his acting, I am not sure.

I like how this is released on the day the new season of Skins airs..

Wicky_42:

manythings:
Maybe I'mm wrong but hasn't the BSG fandom died down enough to kill that other prequal series? Why would this suddenly revitalise things?

Yeah, I was watching Caprica - it was just building to an awesome action-packed third season when they fucked it. Screw 'em, not planning on watching Blood n Chrome until it's finished a full season and has a second confirmed - I've been burnt too many times getting invested into TV shows that start out fantastically then just get binned :/

This is a common thing now a days and who can blame people?

the two prerequisites for BSG are angst and promiscuity
a skins actor makes sense to me

I loathe Skins in all of its vile forms so I don't think I could bring myself to watch a program starring one of the dregs off of it ruining something I love.

I hated the seasons of skins this guy was in; so I'm pretty apathetic about this.

008Zulu:

SyFy: Catering to morons with giant snakes and aligators fighting.

And the sequel MUST have gianter snakes and alligators. And they'd actually use the word "gianter" because.. well.. they're SyFy.

They may have decided it was cheap enough to do, they probably still have all the CG elements on a disc somewhere and I bet most of the sets are still in good enough condition to be re-used. Still, SyFy being SyFy will figure out how to jump the shark before series 1 is over.

SyFy: Jumping the Sharktopus since 2009.

DustyDrB:
The heart of BSG is the question "What does it mean to be human?". The main series pulled this off very well even in its weakest moments. If they can't follow that theme or explore a different one just as well, then the show fails.

Maybe I just prefer the OLD BSG, but the new one just.... didn't really bring up that question. It was more of a question of "What does it mean to be a robot that's confused about being human?"

Um...they did this already.

It was called Caprica.

It tanked.

obisean:

Lono Shrugged:
What the hell?! That dude from Razor had Olmos nailed. As long as it makes Cylons scary again and doesn't make them out to be totally inept like The Plan I'll be happy.

Also that concept work looks frakking amazing.

http://blastr.com/2010/12/-concept-art-from-battles1s.php#3

I'm sure that if it were possible, and you could watch a reality show of Hitler (the last "real" bad guy our of our world), you would see that he was just as inept while at the same time, just as scary as he ever was. It's when you don't know anything about something that it truly is scary.

I know that Hitler himself was kind of a moron in the militaristic sense (at least towards the end of the war), and that the Allies really only won (at least as quick as they did) because he stopped listening to his generals. This is a known fact, and makes him a little less scary. But that just proves the point that the more you know about something, the less scared you are of it.

That's exactly what bothered me. I liked Cylons when they are all creepy and mysterious. (exactly why I like the concept art) The plan kinda ruined a lot of mystery I would spend ages scratching my head over. Good scratching. I totally agree with your point and the fact Cavil blew his head off in the last episode really backs it up. He was a despotic little child, like pretty much all modern dictators

Lono Shrugged:
What the hell?! That dude from Razor had Olmos nailed. As long as it makes Cylons scary again and doesn't make them out to be totally inept like The Plan I'll be happy.

Also that concept work looks frakking amazing.

http://blastr.com/2010/12/-concept-art-from-battles1s.php#3

I'm sure that if it were possible, and you could watch a reality show of Hitler (the last "real" bad guy our of our world), you would see that he was just as inept while at the same time, just as scary as he ever was. It's when you don't know anything about something that it truly is scary.

I know that Hitler himself was kind of a moron in the militaristic sense (at least towards the end of the war), and that the Allies really only won (at least as quick as they did) because he stopped listening to his generals. This is a known fact, and makes him a little less scary. But that just proves the point that the more you know about something, the less scared you are of it.

...I thought that was the point of Caprica.

You know, Battlestar Galactica prequel.

I could be wrong, though.

But skins is rubbish. And the acting is shite.

AC Medina:
I think the show was always a little too smart and not action-oriented enough to appeal to the average viewer and really have a long run.

SyFy: Catering to morons with giant snakes and aligators fighting.

They may have decided it was cheap enough to do, they probably still have all the CG elements on a disc somewhere and I bet most of the sets are still in good enough condition to be re-used. Still, SyFy being SyFy will figure out how to jump the shark before series 1 is over.

Therumancer:
IMO if they are going to mess with the property, I think they should work on a sequel set after the evolution on the new world. Since we all know how this is supposed to work despite the high note, it would actually be kind of interesting if they used that audience knowlege of the "this has happened before, it will happen again" thing to have someone derail the entire process, break the cycle, and restore free will so to speak.

Can't see it working, to be honest. I mean, it'd just be a repeat with minor changes, like the ending of the Dark Tower; each time we go around the same loop, hoping to get a better ending.

Besides, what free will is there when every significant event is manipulated by "angels"? Everything in the show goes according to some divine plan, and I can't see how they'd break out of that.

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