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October 25, 2010

‘Battlestar’ movie will introduce Beka Kelly, an enigmatic software genius

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David Eick. (Syfy)

Syfy has just announcedBattlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” a two-hour spin-off pilot that  gets back into the Viper with a young version of William Adama and executive producer David Eick. We caught up with the veteran creator to get some early intel on a project that will be getting underway after the first of the year.

GB: What can you tell us about where this falls in the mythology?

DE: The show takes place when William Adama, the character played by Edward James Olmos in “BSG,” is in his 20s, fresh out of cadet school, on the precipice of experiencing his first taste of combat.  The era — in our mythology — is the threatening, treacherous period known as the First Cylon War, which fans of “Battlestar Galactica” may remember took place over 40 years before the events of “BSG.”

GB: In some ways, all the previously shown history might be seen as confining — we know who lives and dies at this point — so how do you sidestep those challenges?

DE: I’m not sure it’s true that our past history is confining — just because we might meet someone in “Blood & Chrome” whom we don’t recognize as a younger version of someone from the realm of “Battlestar Galactica” doesn’t mean that character necessarily died.  Alternatively, we may meet the ancestors of characters we’ve come to know in “BSG,” which can be Easter eggs for the “BSG” faithful without being a distraction to new viewers of “Blood & Chrome” who may not be familiar with “BSG.”

GB: Anything you can tell us about the title or its origins?

DE: Michael Taylor, one of my partners on the cracking of this story and the writer of the teleplay, gets full credit for the title.  We’d been calling it “the ‘Young Adama’ project,” and then one day the script shows up with that wild and provocative title.

GB: Is there a new character being introduced that you might give us a hint or two about?

DE: “Blood & Chrome” is loaded with new characters, but I’d say the most compelling and unusual is the woman with whom Adama connects most deeply in the pilot — Beka Kelly, an enigmatic, seemingly impenetrable software genius who gives Adama a run for his money in more ways than one.  She’s definitely in the tradition of “BSG’s” and “Caprica’s” uniquely strong, remarkable female characters and will be a huge casting opportunity for someone out there, whom we look forward to discovering…

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Cylon. (Syfy)

GB: I didn’t see Ronald D. Moore’s name in the credits. Is that because he has been kidnapped by aliens? I heard a rumor …

DE: Ron Moore was not kidnapped by aliens, that’s absurd.  However, you didn’t think the guy you’ve been seeing around lately on YouTube and panels and DVD bonus extras is the real him, do you?  The reason he’s so gifted at tales of synthetic life forms and humanoid robots is because he is one.  There are many copies.  That’s how he’s able to be in so many places at once.  Dude.  Wake up.

GB: Will this new tale be informed by the events of “Caprica,” or is it hitched to the “BSG” side of things so much that it is separate and apart from “Caprica”?

DE: It will definitely be informed by the history, as established in “Caprica,” and the future, as established in “BSG” — and, yet, neither of those things should matter.  The goal with “Blood & Chrome” is to appeal to our fan base, of course, but it’s primarily to reach out to new fans who do not have, and will not require, any allegiance to either previous show.

GB: Last question: Will the Dallas Cowboys actually make it to 8-8?

DE: 10-6, baby.  Their resurrection begins Monday night.  You heard it here.

– Geoff Boucher

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