By Alison Willmore | Indiewire January 28, 2013 at 6:50AM
"Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," a prequel to Ronald D. Moore's hit reimagining of the 1978 sci-fi drama, was made into a pilot but never ordered to series by Syfy. Instead, the 90-minute episode, created by Michael Taylor and David Eick ("Caprica") and directed by Jonas Pate ("Shrink"), headed to YouTube channel Machinima Prime, where it aired in 10 webisodes and attracted over 8 million total views.
Now Syfy's announced an air date for "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," which will premiere on the network as a standalone TV movie on Sunday, February 10 at 9pm, featuring additional scenes that weren't in the online release, before heading to DVD.
Like "Caprica," Syfy's fascinating and flawed earlier "Battlestar Galactica" prequel, "Blood & Chrome" is set before the events of the main series, but in a closer and more familiar setting (and more lens flares). It follows a young William Adama ("Borgias" star Luke Pasqualino) as he first joins the Colonial fleet battlestar he'll come to command as a fighter pilot during the first Cylon war. Ben Cotton play Coker, the battle-scarred co-pilot the eager Adama clashes with, and Lili Bordán is also part of the cast.
Edward James Olmos played Commander William Adama in "Battlestar Galactica," which ran from 2004-2009.