Almost a full two years after it went before cameras, Syfy's second attempt to launch a Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Blood & Chrome, finally premiered in November as a series of ten-part webisodes via Machinima.com. The final two episodes went live last Friday, December 7 (you can watch the entire series here) and will be followed by a full-length airing on Syfy in February as well as a standalone DVD edition. And, barring a last-minute reprieve, that will probably be the last we ever hear of Blood & Chrome, as the network has already made it clear that the BSG franchise won't be returning to its airwaves anytime soon and its future as an online property seems dubious at best. Having followed along with the series (and as major BSG fans from back in the day), we've got mixed feeling about its likely demise. Here are three reasons why we'd like Blood & Chrome to continue and three reasons why we're glad it won't.
With all of the sub-par reality shows and mediocre scripted series not good enough to air during the regular season, the return of True Blood in all of its trashy, soapy, supernatural glory is like a breathe of fresh air. With fairies, werewolves, vampires, waitresses, shapeshifters, witches and lots of sex, it's the perfect summer escapist fare. Here's why we've been counting the minutes until its premiere:
The first True Blood minisode (a.k.a. "A Drop of True Blood") just debuted, and while it was just a tease of the show I've been desperately missing since last summer, it was still a tasty little treat. I was actually surprised since I typically don't love minisodes or webisodes or whatever the marketing folks call them. But with this one, they managed to combine so many of the things I like about the show -- including Eric, Pam, Fangtasia!, '80s movie homages and terrible dance auditions -- into one brief, little scene. It's as if the writers somehow tapped into my psyche and put it all on film.
If there was ever an era that was perfect to be made into a pay-cable TV series, it's ancient Rome. Courtly intrigue, coupled with the excesses that the Romans indulged in -- glorious conquest, opulent wealth, killing for entertainment, sex as a distraction from boredom -- form the perfect recipe for mass entertainment. Why else do you think Gladiator won an Academy Award? The HBO series Rome tried to capture that glory, and succeeded; unfortunately, it was too expensive to last more than two seasons. Starz is following a different route, however -- they're emulating the film 300, which re-created ancient Greece on a budget by using computers and green screens. There are sets in Spartacus, of course, but they're far from the massive exteriors of Rome, and most of their characters (like the Spartans in 300), require very little costuming. I don't know what budgetary category "washboard abs" falls under (catering?), but it ain't costumes.
Last night saw the season finale of True Blood, which wrapped up all of the summer's mysteries and story arcs in a nice, pretty bow while setting up a couple new intriguing twists for next season along with a cliffhanger to keep us guessing until at least next summer. All in all, it was a satisfying (if peculiarly paced) conclusion to a wild ride. I'm not sure how a third season will be able to top the entire town of Bon Temps being mind-controlled by a malicious maenad going on a wild orgiastic rampage ending in a human sacrifice, but we can't wait to find out. To tide us over until next summer, we're reflecting upon the five best and worst developments of the second season. Spoiler alert for those who haven't watched the finale yet.
This was a tough one. With True Blood finishing its first season Sunday, and Twilight hitting theaters, we put all our knowledge of the two most popular undying love stories around right now to use to figure out which one is the best bloodsucking tale adapted for the screen this year. We've read the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, we're obsessed with Alan Ball's take on them, and after reading all of the Twilight books, we'll be first in line to see the flick, no matter what those critics may say. So sink your teeth into our side-by-side comparison and see if you agree with our final judgment.
Good news, fans of sexy vampire TV shows: True Blood got picked up for a second season after airing just two episodes. (Ep. 2 got a nice bump... likely because they didn't air it during a holiday weekend!) Either HBO's real desperate, or it knows that its got a slow-building culty hit on its hands. I'm hoping for the later, but I'm kind of a realist these days, so it is probably the former. Having read a bunch of the Sookie Stackhouse books (or the Southern Vampire novels as they are oft referred to) there's a lot of potential. Given that the first two episodes are mostly in keeping with the first novel (with a few additional and amalgam characters), but only tackle a few chapters, I presume that the first season will finish out the tale the unfurls in book one.
As usual, last night's return of Breaking Bad brought much comfort and joy to everyone not named Walter White and/or Jesse Pinkman. But the experience of watching the season premiere was accompanied by more than a little sadness amongst those of us at home, seeing as how after the next eight episodes, we'll be bidding farewell to Walt, Jesse, Skyler, Hank and Saul (well… maybe not Saul) for good. Depressing though that thought may be, we're going to try and stay on the bright side by spending the next eight episodes picking our eight favorite things about each episode. To kick things off, here's our "8 for 8" for "Blood Money."
Time to venture back to bloody ol' Bon Temps.
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