Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Blu-ray Review: It Leaves You Wanting More
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome does a wonderful job of making you miss having new episodes of Battlestar Galactica every week and I can’t believe it has been almost 10 years now since the Battlestar Galactica miniseries first aired on sci-fi.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome revolves around a young William Adama during the thick of the first cylon war where we get just a peak of what it was like during those times.
Starting from the beginning I found it slightly difficult to get use to the characters and I had a really unsure feeling about this film. It’s not that I had any expectations when, in fact, I didn’t expect anything from the film outside of a good Battlestar experience. Maybe I just didn’t respond well to Adama’s cocky attitude and the actor that played him even though that might be exactly how a young pilot should act. I think the biggest reason behind my unease was only because it was something new. So maybe, deep down inside, I did have certain expectations for this film. As it turns out, I just needed to give it time, because after a while, the characters did begin to grow on me and then all of a sudden I was in this brand-new Battlestar Galactica adventure.
It helps that it follows William Adama, easily a favorite character of mine during the BSG series. It’s great to get a glimpse into this timeline and see how things were when he was young and to learn more about the cylons during the first cylon war. Let me just mention that without spoilers, you will see some things in this film that will make you cry out for more. Give me more! Give me a series! I want more stories from this timeline!!
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome moves very quickly and delivers a lot of action in just a short period of time. I won’t blame the action, but you can feel the sense that the entire film moves along at a faster pace than maybe one would have liked. I would have appreciated some additional character building and getting to know the younger Adama better. The same goes for his co-pilot Coker and their passenger, Dr. Becca Kelly. I believe better character development could have improved this experience greatly and made some of the situations that were good, even more enjoyable.
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome gives you just enough though for the 90 minutes that this film offers and you can always watch the deleted scenes for more, some of which I felt might have been good to have in the film. Also, I was glad a few other scenes got cut as well, but it’s still worth checking out those deleted scenes.
Visually, Blood & Chrome looks great. Watching the special effects on Blu-ray was really enjoyable even though you could tell that some moments didn’t blend together in the best way possible. However, let me add that the Blu-ray doesn’t have many bonus features when, in fact, it only features deleted scenes and a visual effects documentary. The reason I bring that up now is because after you are done watching the movie you should absolutely watch the visual effects bonus feature. It really sheds a lot of light on just how much work went into making this film. It really is incredible and makes you appreciate the work and effort that went into the visual effects.
What does Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome do for the viewer? It’s simple; it gives you a nice fast-paced adventure in the Battlestar Galactica universe and leaves you wanting so much more. It completes the mission that they set out on, but as a short story within a much larger story, there is plenty of action and adventure yet to experience. As I said at the beginning, Blood & Chrome does a wonderful job at making you miss having new episodes of Battlestar Galactica every week. It’s slightly odd imagining Adama being so young and reckless, but this would have made a fantastic series following a character we all know and love.
Battlestar Galactica fans should appreciate what this film offers and I can imagine that if you’re like me, the end will leave you wanting more.