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Like I said I would be, I'm back, having watched Blood and Chrome. Let put aside my being an insufferable and incorrigible BSG franchise fanboy (which means I'm bound to like almost anything it delivers). Objectively, it's a solid intro, but if they leave it at that, I don't think it carries much weight. It gives an interesting insight into the character of young Bill Adama (plus tidbits of backstory, like how he obtained the call sign "Husker").

But the story itself is pretty static (I'm not doing a spoiler cut on the assumption that only one person on my flist watches BSG and she's already seen this): a young hot-headed pilot who thinks he's better than everyone else gets taken down a peg or two after his seemingly quiet mission goes awry. So basically it's your average story of breaking in. In the end, Bill also notes in his letter to his father that this war isn't what he thought it was. My only response to that is: Well, duh, is any war?
For some reason, I couldn't shake off the parallels between this webseries and the latest reboot of Stark Trek. A cocky pilot? Check. An ice planet riddled with all kinds of scary traps? Check. A crazy bloke on the ice planet? Check. A fucked up first mission? Check. Even the shot of Bill looking out the window and seeing Galactica for the first time is reminiscent of Kirk seeing the Enterprise for the first time. I have to say, as a fan, I was exhilarated to see Galactica as a new ship, with no clear signs of falling apart. XPP
The visuals are nice but sometimes it reminds me of a computer game too much. The series is clearly expensive and well-designed, but it sort of lacks humanity that BSG had. Caprica was partly set in the V-world but all the computer stuff was done with far more style. I suppose time limit and severe focus on the mission is to blame in the case of Blood and Chrome.
Acting-wise, I don't think there was much acting. Bill did a good job, though it's still difficult to reconcile this kid with Admiral Adama, but it's the fault of the time skip. If we ever do get shown the actual development of his career and character, then I can bitch about OOCness.

If anything, he's on the cute side of hot, so who am I to complain? A little eye candy won't hurt. Not to mention, British. Now there's something to be proud of. ;)
The actress who played Beka seemed to severely overdo it most of the time. Or maybe I just didn't like the character. The accent was interesting though. Not to mention she actually had some sane ideas about ending the war.

Coker was great and his chemistry with Bill is amazing. I want more of these two.

And of course, the best surprise ever: a Tricia Helfer cameo and her iconic "Are you alive?" question. I feel that more could be done with Beka and the Cylons, but once again, time limit.
I disliked the Bill/Beka moment intensely. Not because, as shaitanah has pointed out, I believe like some fans do that Bill belongs with Roslin, but because it came out of nowhere and it's really very banal to establish a man's naivete via seduction. It's especially annoying when a character gets hurt by another character's betrayal because they'd slept together. So what? Is sex automatically linked to implicit trust or something? To be fair, I liked it that Beka didn't explicitly try to seduce him and even told him he would regret it. I bet he did. XPP But only after he let his prick do all the thinking. (Speaking of that, Coker's reaction was priceless: I think I do ship them.)
The non-military visuals were quite beautiful: Coker in the abandoned hotel playing the piano under the falling snow, the Cylon computer, the Cylon played by Tricia Helfer, Galactica in space, etc. The score was awesome, especially the final piece. Now I can't find it anywhere. Damn. XPP
I appreciated some references not just to BSG but to Caprica also: Adama's Tauron background, Ha'la'tha, Graystone Industries, holobands, Joseph the defence attorney, etc. And of course, the view of what I can only assume is Caprica-city:

All in all, it was a pleasure to see the familiar sights and feel the familiar atmosphere: thrilling but not downright bleak since the Colonies are still there and no word of the genocide just yet. It's a nice bridge between Caprica and BSG, but it still leaves a lot to be told and I do hope they are planning to tell it.
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On December 15th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC), istne_pieklo commented:
Wow, you did a real review! XDD Awesome)))
I think I agree with pretty much everything here. LOL, Star Trek! Come to think of it, it's true! Even Coker kind of reminds me of crazy!Bones. Re: the crazy guy in the ice planet, I instantly thought of Armageddon and that cracked Russian cosmonaut. XD And the ice planet reminded me of Star Wars obviously. XD
I agree that young Bill is super-cute. XD They must continue if only for that)))
I loved Tricia Helfer's cameo. I wish we'd seen more of her, both in terms of time and appearance. It's interesting how the Cylons are so hateful towards humanity now but how they evolve in BSG, esp. season 4.
Loved the Caprica refs too. Damn, I wanna know what happened to Graystone Industries and the rest of the Adama family! T_T
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On December 15th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC), dune_master replied:
I'd say it's more ramble-ramble-ramble than an actual review. XPP I might need to rewatch it (or marathon the entire BSG) to get an actual coherent impression.

Haha, I hadn't thought of Armageddon but now that you mention it... XPP

I adore Tricia Helfer. One line, and it's already brilliant both in terms of writing and deliverance. I'd say this series's got some great lines.

*sigh* Don't we all? They're hiding the truth from us. I guess they all died horrible for angst reasons. XPP
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On December 15th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC), shaitanah replied:
I hope you don't mind that I linked to this post from my LJ))) I can't be bothered to write a review now))) You touched upon everything I would. XD
I agree, she's gorgeous. <3
LOL, but horrible deaths must happen on screen (or at least be mentioned), otherwise what's the point? Clearly their PhD in Horribleness has taugh them nothing!
Btw were you surprised that Coker survived? I honestly was! To the point where when he appeared at the end, I was pretty sure he was a hallucination or smth. XDDD I think even Bill was surprised, the way he was staring. Damn, now I want a huge series about these two. XD But I checked AO3, there aren't even any fics. T_T
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On December 18th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC), dune_master replied:
I'm flattered. XPP

Haha, yes, I kind of expected Coker to croak. But I'm glad he didn't. I'd say we now have fanfic material (write write?) but the fandom seems to be dead-ish. For B&C specifically, I mean.
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