Friday, December 14, 2012

Superman and Battlestar Galactica



I was a big fan of the revamped Battlestar Galactica series and I was very excited when I heard about Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a series featuring Adama in his 20's, just joining the war against the Cylons.  I liked Caprica OK, but this seemed like the prequel I was really waiting for.  Unfortunately the show is not going to be picked up, and all that was produced was a pilot.  I watched it in installments at http://www.machinima.com/ and was very surprised at how much I liked it.  The acting, story line and effects all kept me quite engaged, and I highly recommend that BSG fans check it out.  SYFY is going to air the pilot in February and hopefully there will be a big enough reaction that they will perhaps reconsider their decision not to go forward with the series.

13 comments:

pblfsda said...

With the loss of "Eureka" it would be nice if the "Syfy" channel had at least some science fiction on it. It's become the next MTV, which is no longer 'music' television. "Syfy" is really mostly supernatural fantasy. Of course, so is the History Channel nowadays. A&E (Arts & Entertainment) used to be both; now it's neither. I'm afraid that if there were ever a basic cable channel devoted to comic books that it would start out with reruns of the numerous TV series and movies based on comics and seven years later it would be devoted to home repair.

Bob Greenwade said...

I have to agree somewhat with pblfsda: too many TV channels are falling away from their original missions these days. Another example is TLC, whose letters stand for "The Learning Channel" and was originally intended to be full of informative and educational content, but whose currently highest-rated show is "Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo."

However, Syfy still holds true to its original vision, to which the original name was somewhat misleading. Its original mission statement included fantasy and horror with "true" science fiction. So Haven, Warehouse 13, Alphas, Being Human, and all the rest are fitting here. (I do wonder about the wrestling, though.)

That said, we do need a decent space opera on TV, and Syfy would be the ideal place for it. There's been some recent talk about the possibility of reviving or rebooting Firefly, and that would be just perfect.

All that aside, I think this is an interesting cover with great potential for an interesting story. I've said it before, and it bears repeating: if any company (Marvel, DC, both, or someone else) ever decides to actually do something like this in reality, I think you'd be a good choice for editor.

On a slightly different topic, was there ever a comic of Farscape? I think it would be interesting to see an interaction between the crew of the Moya, and the GLC.

Ross said...

Hmm I never checked out Farscape, but it is on Netflix, maybe I'll give it a look one of these days.

johnsmall_1@yahoo.com said...

I was a HUGE fan of the original Galactica, but the revamped version just left me cold. I guess I'm just one of those old dinosaurs that prefers my space operas be fun and not so grim. I get enough grimness and darkness in my everyday life; they call it "escapism" for a reason.

Russian Buffalo said...

????...I really thought TLC stood for "tender loving care" channel or something else like that (greared toward women and families), I had no idea it was originally The Learning Channel. wow. well, I'm still waiting for a cartoon or animated channel that would suit my tastes, since Cartoon Network and Boomerang both suck in my opinion. Thank god for Netflix, but their selection of anime and cartoons are not that great either.

Anonymous said...

Hearing all you guys talk about how much you dislike cable television makes me think I'm doing the right thing not getting it. I made the decision years ago to spend my entertainment budget collecting dvd and blu-ray so I can watch what I want when I want. Don't get me wrong, they make some cool shows like "Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones" so when I hear the buzz about it I just wait for the dvd release. And the previously mentioned "Firefly" is another of my favorites, as is the original "Battlestar Galactica" which I recently acquired. Glad you used the classic style for this cover, Ross!

Anonymous said...

marvin the martian standing over martian manhunter saying you made me very angry also werewolf by night and frankenstien agent of shade also omac and omega the unknown

Bob Greenwade said...

Actually, Anon (#1), there's a lot of pretty decent stuff on cable TV. We watch most of the original series on Syfy, for example, and Animal Planet and Travel Channel have also remained mostly true to their respective original visions and names. Also, BBC America has many good quality "programmes," including Doctor Who.

Speaking of which: I know that there were some semi-official DW/ST crossover comics a short while ago, featuring various starships in the latter franchise, but I don't know if the TARDIS ever landed on the Voyager. I do think it would have been interesting to see The Doctor meet The Doctor.

Anonymous said...

so which Allie is a sleeper cylon agent? Curious minds want to know!

Anonymous said...

also how do you reconcile BSG being in the past with present day superman?

Ross said...

Anonymous - Those are excellent questions... But you'll have to read the issue to find out the answers!

Vince Coleman said...

this kind of reminds me of the mellenium (sp?) series ... when lana lang turned out to be a manhunter spy...

Anonymous said...

Amen, Johnsmall One, amen!

As for the Cylon sleeper? I say it's the Silver Age Red Tornado. After all; nothing human could actually LOVE wearing that stupid red-and-gold costume he was saddled with (simultaneous with that intolerable Perezatanna outfit).

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