SyFy Casts Skins Star For Battlestar Galactica Prequel

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SyFy Casts Skins Star For Battlestar Galactica Prequel

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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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I've been wanting this ever since I finished watching the final season of Battlestar Galactica. My prayers have been answered!

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?

WTF is Syfy?

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

SomethingAmazing:
WTF is Syfy?

A really shitty channel that hosts low budget Sci-fi stuff

Let the decaying corpse rot already kthxbi

Elizabeth Grunewald:
Luke Pasqualino, one of the stars of the U.K. version of Skins, will play a young William Adama in Blood & Chrome.

I thought that said Blood & Khorne for a second. I was all excited and confused.

Damn it, I wanted Nico Cortez to reprise the role... Oh well, the interesting concept art has neatly offset that particular bit of disappointment.

I was thinking that we would be talking about the casts in made-for syfy channel movies
like Jerry the middle aged pool boy

Well now I have to watch some episodes of Skins to see whether or not to be dissapointed or happy. To 40D!

I'm sorry, it's just so hard to take something seriously when it's meant to be on SeeFee channel

So they've gone from light sci-fi with an emphasis on character development, to heavy sci-fi with an emphasis on explosions. Meh, worth a shot I suppose. Hopefully they'll manage to grab an audience this time.

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 :/

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.

SyFy has already proven that it doesn't give a crap about the Battlestar Galactica fanbase, or the universe of the show. It proved that with the almost deliberate attempts to screw up Caprica, which ended up iving them perfect reason to cn the show in it's prime. I don't hold high hopes, therefore, for Blood and Chrome, purely because yFy's approach to quality entertainment is much the same as Fox's approach - wait until it gets really good, then cancel it (Family Guy), or don't give it a chance from the outset (Firefly).

That being said, I have no doubt the show will be good, it's just doomed to failure because of the network. And as a Brit, who watches Skins, I've seen Luke Pasqualino act before, and he's a pretty damn good actor, definitely one of the UK's newer hotly tipped stars of the future. So it's certainly a good casting choice, if somewhat different to playing a weed-smoking teenager like his Skins character... good luck to the lad, I say, and hopefully he'll be able to bring his acting talent to the forefront and help keep Blod and Chrome out of the meddling hands of executive retards...

A Cython? Oh SyFy, you and your unhealthy obsession with snakes.

My opinion is that Battlestar Galactica was an okay series that suffered from an absolutly awful ending even if it did tie things up. It left me feeling very unsatisfied overall.

I've never been a big fan of direct prequels. It's one thing to set something so far in the past of a world that it has no bearing on the events of whatever the main series/product was, quite another to work backwards with continuity.

That said, I suppose if they are launching another prequel series, the fanbase must be that hot from the first one they did.

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. Maybe having someone from the Galactica playing Hari Seldon (Asimov referance), using their understanding of the revelation to start a secret society to keep an eye out for this, or perhaps records designed to be triggered should similar events seem to be transpiring again. Maybe both in a true "First" and "Second" foundation style.

Of course then again I'd rather they took the money they are investing in this and would launch a new project. Enough with the trippy Cylon space angels already. ;)

What happened to Caprica? That series had a lot of promise.

Still Life:
What happened to Caprica? That series had a lot of promise.

Sadly, SyFy screwed with it just enough to make it die.

Although, to be honest, 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. Still, it's a shame it had to be so cut short when they had such a great story to tell.

Sweet! Battlestar Galactica was an absolutely amazing show, but I found Caprica to be absolutely dreadful. Hopefully this goes back to the BSG roots.

We have the Space channel in Canada, which is our version of SyFy, although I don't know how similar they are so I can't really complain. As long as they don't screw up scheduling I'm happy :D

Godamnit can't SyFy just leave Battlestar alone? Seriously SyFy is to Sci-Fi as Kathy Bates is to Jame's Caan's ankles. Looks like they learned nothing from Caprica.

Therumancer:
My opinion is that Battlestar Galactica was an okay series that suffered from an absolutly awful ending even if it did tie things up. It left me feeling very unsatisfied overall.

I've never been a big fan of direct prequels. It's one thing to set something so far in the past of a world that it has no bearing on the events of whatever the main series/product was, quite another to work backwards with continuity.

That said, I suppose if they are launching another prequel series, the fanbase must be that hot from the first one they did.

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. Maybe having someone from the Galactica playing Hari Seldon (Asimov referance), using their understanding of the revelation to start a secret society to keep an eye out for this, or perhaps records designed to be triggered should similar events seem to be transpiring again. Maybe both in a true "First" and "Second" foundation style.

Of course then again I'd rather they took the money they are investing in this and would launch a new project. Enough with the trippy Cylon space angels already. ;)

This is the same channel that unleashed Sharktopus upon to world and didn't even have the decency to apologize afterwards. Such subtlety is utterly beyond their comprehension.

teh_Canape:
I'm sorry, it's just so hard to take something seriously when it's meant to be on SeeFee channel

That's what I was thinking. I mean, Sharktopus.

Although this is a little early to be judging, I don't really see this guy as Adama (yet), I thought the guy from Razor was perfect. He just seems too...well, pretty. I mean, even in Caprica Adama was hanging out with the Tauren mafia AT THE AGE OF FIFTEEN. I'd expect him to be a bit scarred and tougher-looking at this age, Adama has always seemed like the kind of man who made a lot of mistakes when he was young, and gained a lot of wisdom as a result. Also, I'm hoping for a young Saul Tigh to show up, if that happens I'll...well, this:

Why do I get the feeling Adama is going to be a generic pretty-boy with a chip on his shoulder and NO RESPECT FOR THE RULES!!! The show will be filled with teen angst, generic sexual situations, and explosions.

It'll be like Smallville in SPAAAAAACE!!!!!

Trivun:

I've seen Luke Pasqualino act before, and he's a pretty damn good actor, definitely one of the UK's newer hotly tipped stars of the future. So it's certainly a good casting choice, if somewhat different to playing a weed-smoking teenager like his Skins character... good luck to the lad, I say, and hopefully he'll be able to bring his acting talent to the forefront and help keep Blod and Chrome out of the meddling hands of executive retards...

I'm really pleased to hear that the kid can act. :) I saw the picture, and all I saw was a boy that looked like one of my ex girlfriends (one of the really dyke-like kinds). He's a very pretty kid, which will resonate with the hipsters, I'm sure. That bothered me. Edward James Olmos played a battle marred old man. Far from his prime, and ugly (not really ugly- but extremely well-rugged, if that makes sense). Something needs to happen to this kid, besides age, to muss up that pretty face of his before I'm okay with him being an Adama.

NOOOOOO! This guy can't act for shit. He was terrible in Skins and he's NOT Adama. Ergh. Thanks scyfy. I'm now no longer watching this show.

elvor0:
Well now I have to watch some episodes of Skins to see whether or not to be dissapointed or happy. To 40D!

Don't waste your time - he isn't in the good Skins (series 1 and 2), he's in the shitty second generation. Not worth watching, TBH, and I don't remember the kid being particularly notable. I'm more interested in who they'll get to play young Tigh, frankly!

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.

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.

But skins is rubbish. And the acting is shite.

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

You know, Battlestar Galactica prequel.

I could be wrong, though.

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.

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

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