Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome - Collider: Luke Pasqualino & David Eick Interview

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COLLIDER: Luke Pasqualino and David Eick Talk BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME, Producing a Web Series, How Big a Role Cylons Play and More

by Christina Radish
November 14th, 2012

Executive produced by David Eick, the first two chapters of Blood & Chrome have premiered on the YouTube channel, Machinima Prime, with new episodes being added each week, until November 30th. This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war, as the battle between humans and the robotic Cylons rages across the 12 colonial worlds. Gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet – the Galactica – but he quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, Coker (Ben Cotton). Once those 10 episodes have all been made available, a two-hour movie will air on Syfy, sometime in the first quarter of 2013, with a release on DVD/Blu-ray on sale on February 19th.

During this recent interview about the unique new project, executive producer David Eick talked about how this was always intended as an online project, planning out the entire story arc, having future ideas already developed for further episodes, what it’s like to produce a series like this for the web, why Battlestar Galactica/Caprica executive producer Ronald D. Moore is not involved this time, how big of a role the Cylons will play, and the relationship between Adama and Coker, while actor Luke Pasqualino talked about how grateful he is for this opportunity, his auditioning process for the role, and finding the emotional core of his performance while being surrounded by virtual sets and green screen...

... Q: How big of a part will the Cylons play in Blood & Chrome?

PASQUALINO: "I think me and David both have different views on this, but it does have quite a lot to do with the Cylons and the birth of the Cylons. You actually find things out about the Cylons, in these earlier stages. In Caprica, we saw the complete birth of the Cylons. I don’t think Battlestar would really be Battlestar without the Cylon element in there. To see them from a young Adama’s point of view is something completely different. There are so many different stories that come together to make a big family. There’s the Battlestar story, there’s the Adama story, there’s the Coker storyline, and there’s the Adama and Coker element to it. To see the progression of the Cylons, in that story, throughout Blood & Chrome, is quite magical, really."

EICK: "For sure. Very well put. The only thing that I would add is that I think what the viewers of the 10 segments of this Blood & Chrome story will discover is that, as the Cylons embark on their decision to mimic and surpass human beings, which is a storyline that those who watched Battlestar Galactica know all too well, they didn’t do it overnight. It’s not like they were machines with gears and rivets one day, and then had soft skin the next day. They took time to attempt to approximate an evolution. Human beings went through the fish stage, amphibious stage, a bird stage and a reptile stage, before finally becoming mammals. Throughout this story, we will see examples of those approximations of evolution, and how the Cylons were attempting to push through their evolutionary process in becoming more human-like. Those results can be terrifying and unexpected..."

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