Review: Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

I always thought that even at its weakest, Battlestar Galactica was still great and incredibly engrossing television.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, serialized online in 10 episodes last fall, brings the BSG torch back to TV with its Syfy broadcast premiere this Sunday.

A standalone prequel set in the early years of humanity’s war with the Cylons, Blood & Chrome strikes a decent balance between the overwrought origin stories of Caprica and the convoluted character and mythology arcs of BSG itself. I’ve seen the complaints that this production is a lightweight that doesn’t belong alongside either of those two series, but really, that’s not a fair comparison. Blood & Chrome functions as designed: Two hours of straightforward storytelling centered on just a few characters and bearing the right amount of emotional resonance for this particular tale.
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