Thursday, 7 March 2013

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

Lowdown: The adventure story of young Adama's first sortie on the Galactica.
While I generally refer to myself as a fan of science fiction, I cannot claim to have been totally pleased by the previous decade's reboot of Battlestar Galactica. I found it too occupied with wrapping itself up around cheap philosophies to be of much good, while on the other hand its core adventure story was not half as well developed as it should have been. Then came Caprica, an interesting failure that did provide some background as to the Cylons' beginnings. And now, filling up the gap between Caprica and the Battlestar Galactica series is Blood & Chrome.
This one's story is much simpler and generally devoid of philosophical deliberations. It's an adventure story, the way - in yours truly's opinion - the whole of Battlestar Galactica should have been in the first place. We start off with a young and arrogant Adama (Luke Pasqualino), fresh and arrogant out of flashingly graduating pilot school. Adama reports to this new ship, Battlestar Galactica, where he's assigned not to a Viper fighter but rather to a poorly armed and even more poorly maintained cargo ship duties. Only that the mysterious female passenger on board lives up to her mysteriousness, and a hell of an adventure beckons. Between ghost ships and hidden intel that could help the humans win their war with the robots once and for all, anything goes.
So yeah, high octane adventure lies here. But does the story make sense? No, not at all. I will try not to create bloopers here, but the whole "secret mission for the good of humanity" turned "secret mission for the good of the Cylons?" theme doesn't make sense. For a start, why would the humans bother with it? Then there are the mysterious human ghost ships, pretending to be dead in order to surprise the Cylons; however, why should the Cylons be surprised by their existence when they know they did not destroy them at all?
The only victims of this silliness is us viewers. We are being treated with contempt by the script writers, definitely not the Cylons.
Interesting scene: Battlestar Galactica's toilets seem to have taken a leaf out of the Starship Trooper page and mix naked males and females together. That scene has been virtually carbon copied.
P.S. Yes, they say "frak" a lot.
Overall: Dumb action can only be good action to a degree. Given that this is a TV movie I will be generous and give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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