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

Oct. 25, 2010 | 9:27 a.m.
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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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17 Responses to ‘Battlestar’ movie will introduce Beka Kelly, an enigmatic software genius

  1. bettye198 says:

    If we have Caprica that houses the young child Adama why are we crossing over to a teen-twenties Adama? Seems a bit desperate. I am a BSG and Caprica fan but so tired of the historical flashbacks as if that is trendy. No. it is confusing and reversed in energy.

  2. cylon1 says:

    Caprica isn't really about the young Adama and is more about the sociology of the worlds back then and how their follies led them to having their own creations wanting to turn against them out of no where and the people responsible for it. This new one however seems more like they'll explore how the colonies gather together for a common cause against their creations, and will be a bit of a war story, rather than BSG which was a survival/cat & mouse story at the start. Plus Caprica is a more of a cyberpunk story, not a space show.

  3. sharkypants says:

    If they don't bring back the actor that played Young Adama in Razor they are CRAAAZYYYY!! He was awesome!

    • Laura says:

      Yeah Nico Cortez was stellar! In an interview in August he said he was very interested when the news of a web series broke out. –I like both BSG and Caprica although at times I feel Caprica is missing the mystical pull of BSG and I wish they wouldn't be so afraid of connecting it to it's roots in some way.

      I think I will enjoy this series (if we are so lucky) more as I think the war and Adama at that age would be the perfect bridge inbetween time periods giving us more weight thematically, and something in spirit of a space opera!

  4. GUEST says:

    THAT ACTOR IN THE RAZOR FLASHBACKS WAS VERY GOOD, THEY BETTER USE HIM

  5. sasoc says:

    BSG was the best show in television history: best writing, best science fiction, best drama, best story, best occult themes, best eroticism, best special effects, best political themes, best casting, and best acting. A complete masterpiece. Anything more from the creators of the show is most welcome, god be praised.

  6. Solider46 says:

    Good Bye to Caprica…and Good Riddance. Perverts, weirdos, and socio-paths.

    Blood and Chrome had better have some positive characters to cheer for, or to the cancellation tubes with it, as well.

    • issle says:

      Dont you think the the children in Caprica, "Zoe, Her red headed friend, and Tamara" are characters worth rooting for?

  7. oz1967 says:

    sorry Ron but DS9 and BSG rocked and really really tried to love Caprica or even like caprica but it blew. slow dull and plan self indulgent tripe..blood and chrome, but the name alone….god blood and sand is already on and Lucy lawless will cringe with that title it sort of cheapens the brand..but will look forward to it anyways as nothing is on at all and as for young Adama it can only be Nico Cortez for the role, come on you owe us something, bsg finale sucked (angels really??? shades of the prophets and sisco, ya did it before Ron) caprica blew don't keep giving us swill….cast cortez and get back in the saddle with some real sci fi kick like galactica was….(still love six snappin the babies neck, new this show was goona rock from then)

  8. Plan says:

    Every time they talk about these new series, it’s always “appeal to new fans” and “draw the female demographic.”

    BSG had the strongest female characters on television. If the show didn’t draw enough female viewers, that’s a failure of MARKETING and not the show itself.

    Instead of worrying about who will watch, the creators should leave that to SyFy’s marketing team and concentrate on making a good science fiction drama.

    Clearly, we don’t want to see Caprica, we want space opera, Cylons and war.

  9. Marc says:

    star trek enterprise, stargate universe, caprica – this genre of sci-fi – space faring civilisations – always seems to fizzle away when it becomes more interesting than a soap opera / car chase. I guess the yanks don't have any imagination for the exploration of terrorism, different religions, mob mentaility and in general the less clean-cut grounds. 900k viewers isn't enough – unless it appeals to the great unwashed, forget it :( I get it, but I'm still sad that there's no room in our world for nearly a million people's desire to see something through. I blame a lack of intelligence and smarts on the business side for not being able to work out ways to make money from an audience nearly a million strong – I wish I had that problem! Anyways – back to kiddy's science fiction.

  10. Baltar says:

    This is the series that they should have made in the first place, instead of indulging in some lame quest to reach a different audience (and abandon the BSG fan base).

  11. tony says:

    SyFy's problem is all they do is marketing ! There are almost no good shows on, What does wrestling and Ghost Hunters have to do with SiFi ? Ghost Hunters is on all the time and is STUPID! The same for wrestling. How about stop showing reruns. There marketing claims "blockbuster movies". The only movies they show are almost 10 years old. How about some shows with a good story like SG1 or Atlantis had but only a few SGU. Now it's canceled too ! They ruined the last 2 seasons of SG1 and Atlantis with crappy stories thrown together. How about another Outer Limits, Bablylon 5, DS9 or other Star Trek..
    We PAY for the shows but get MORE commercials than "FREE" TV. How about 60 minutes of show since we PAY FOR IT. We have commercails and pay for cable but have much better shows on FOX, CBS, CW. Start putting the money we pay for into a whole lot of new movies or shows or MAKE CABLE FREE LIKE IT SHOULD BE SINCE IT HAS MORE COMMERCIALS AND WAY MORE RERUNS ! $60 a month for about 4 -6 new shows(at best)( 0 shows during the summer) a month and the rest are all reruns.
    We should get what we pay for… 0 new shows should be 0 cost. for $60 a month I could see 6 $10 new movies or 20 $3 movie rentals at Blockbuster or other movie rental place.
    Someone start a petition. Make cable free or remove the commercials and reruns. Stop complaining about the cost of making shows. Cable is making a killing! They take in way for than the "FREE" networks but there is about 30 mew shows a week on them CBS, NBC ABS, CW FOX. but only 0 -5 shows a week on cable. It is a hugh wastes of money! It should be FREE or No Comercials and have No Reruns!!!!!!!!!!

  12. tony says:

    SyFy's problem is all they do is marketing ! There are almost no good shows on, What does wrestling and Ghost Hunters have to do with SiFi ? Ghost Hunters is on all the time and is STUPID! The same for wrestling. How about stop showing reruns. There marketing claims "blockbuster movies". The only movies they show are almost 10 years old. How about some shows with a good story like SG1 or Atlantis had but only a few SGU. Now it's canceled too ! They ruined the last 2 seasons of SG1 and Atlantis with crappy stories thrown together. How about another Outer Limits, Bablylon 5, DS9 or other Star Trek..

  13. Steven says:

    Why are people hating on caprica? I loved the show especially its ending. i am looking forward to BSG Blood and Chrome.

  14. huffer says:

    I totally agree that BSG was one of the best show's on TV. I could not wait until it came on TV each week, I was addicted!!! I tried to get into Caprica, but could not, it blew. Ready for BSG, the movie, cant wait!

  15. mike says:

    They should have used Nico Cortez, hes awesome did great in razor and Adama isnt a skinny pretty wussy hes a soldier, a rough soldier. Why do they always get these emoesque actors to play tough guys it doesnt work, its not believable. Look at camalot.Emo king arthur, FAIL. He didnt even look like he could hold a sword. Nico Cortez. Why is everybody in hollywood stupid?

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