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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome – Okay for a webseries

Battlestar Galactica - Blood & ChromeBattlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome by Jonas Pate
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

An all-new, unrated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga, Blood & Chrome takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Though Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz), the two men must set their differences aside when a routine escort mission with an enigmatic passenger (Lili Bordán, Silent Witness) turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

I have to admit that I never really liked the Battlestar Galactica reboot. I also have to admit that I was so put off by some of the early episodes that I stopped watching it so I do not really know if it got any better (from my point of view) than those first episodes. I probably should make the effort some day and watch it in its entirety. Anyway, my oldest son is as much a Science Fiction fan as I am though and I knew he would want to watch it so when I saw this one coming out in “movie format” on Amazon I bought it.

For a webseries I have to say that it was quite okay. Using Blu-ray as a media was rather wasted though. A lot of the scenes are very harsh and seemed overexposed. In the beginning almost every scene is full of flares and blooms from various light spots. Maybe this was intended but I certainly did not like it. It looked like it had been shot using very cheap equipment. The CGI is also not the best but it is a webseries after all so you would not really expect it to be top notch in these areas.

As for the movie itself. It was quite okay. Especially in the beginning when they were actually out in space flying around. In the latter half of the movie the three main characters got stuck down on a planet. This part I was not so thrilled about. On the whole the movie is a nice little action adventure and, luckily, there is not too much of the soap opera style bullshit that I felt had taken over the reboot. Instead it is a simple and straightforward adventure.

Sure there is the usual we-have-to-negotiate person that tries to screw things up. I just do not understand why they just have to put some idiot like that into the movies or episodes all the time? They Cylons have proven time after time that they are out to exterminate the human race and nothing else. Just fight them and be done with it. Anyway, most of the movie is good straightforward adventure and action.

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