Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome – Episodes 5 & 6

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by Ashley Binion

This week, Machinima released episodes five and six of the unaired pilot Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Last week, the audience saw rookie William Adama and his co-pilot Coker find a ghost fleet and join a mission to transport Dr. Kelly to the icy Cylon occupied moon of Djerba.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Episode five began with Adama’s raptor launching and heading off to complete their mission. While they were floating through the atmosphere of Djerba, the battle between the Osiris and the Cylon basestar raged on.

The Osiris began to take heavy fire. As they tried to hold off the Cylon basestar and fire their nukes, the door malfunctioned causing the ship to manually activate the bombs. They ran into the basestar and activated the nukes, sacrificing themselves for the mission. Even though crew of the Osiris was only on screen for a handful of minutes, their sacrifice was quite moving.

Meanwhile, Adama, Coker, and Dr. Kelly began fighting off Cylon raiders with the help of Coker’s old friend Jim Kirby, a pilot who was thought to be deceased and now worked in the ghost fleet. Adama flew the raptor skillfully through the atmosphere and terrain while Coker fired the weapons. Eventually, they destroyed the Cylon raiders that chased after them, but not before the raiders took down Kirby and another Viper. Their raptor was the only one to survive from the mission.

After, Adama safely landed the raptor on the edge of a cliff. With adrenaline pumping and emotions running high, Coker and Adama got into another fight. This time, Dr. Kelly was there to stop them. She was able to track the location of the ground marines, and with that, they trekked off into the icy snow storm.

Once they arrived at the location, they found the marines…dead. The trio ended up down in a hole inside the cave. Down in the ravine, an eel-like animal, the same one that killed the other marines, attacked Coker. While trying to kill the animal developed by the Cylons, a mysterious man repelled down and saved the day. Xander Toth, a tech sergeant, was the only one to survive from his unit.

With some objection by Coker, which I have now come to expect, they were off to take Dr. Kelly to her destination.

Like I have said before, the CGI continues to impress me. Episode five was reminiscent of the most recent Battlestar Galactica series with classic air fights. In episode six, I wasn’t fond of the Cylon-modified animal that attacked the trio. It seemed to have nothing to do with the story so far, which made it feel like a throwaway scene. Also, Djerba reminded me of the planet Hoth from Star Wars. Even the outfits they wore were reminiscent of the outfits the Star Wars characters wore while inhabiting Hoth. So far, I am enjoying the pilot and can’t wait for the next installment next Friday.

What do you think of Blood and Chrome so far?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



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