Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is a spinoff of Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), serving as a prequel to BSG and a sequel to Caprica.Set ten years into the Cylon War, it focuses on then-Ensign William Adama, who has been assigned to then-new Galactica fresh out of the academy. The irascible newbie is more than a little irritated to be assigned to be a Raptor "bus driver" rather than a Viper jock. However, things become much more interesting fast when the routine "milk run" he and his more experienced but surly co-pilot Lt. Coker Fasjovik are assigned to turns out to be a cover for a top-secret mission involving the mysterious Dr. Becca Kelly.It was in Development Hell for a long time, but finally made it out the door in online mini-episodes in November 2012 and a longer version aired as a two-hour pilot movie on February 10, 2013. The uncut, unrated DVD and Blu-Ray of the pilot was released on February 19, 2013.
Anachronism Stew: Like Caprica, it's bound to contain shades of this, with fashions and hair styles so far reminiscent of the Vietnam War.
Call Back / Meaningful Echo: "Are you alive?" A Cylon humanoid prototype asks it of Dr. Kelly before killing her, like a Six asks it of the Colonial officer at Armistice Station before the Cylons blow the station up. The echo is inverted, as in this prequel she is literally questioning Dr. Kelly's status. In the pilot miniseries of Battlestar Galactica, which takes place decades later, the question is more philosophical
Continuity Snarl: The Galactica has a different CIC, sickbay and hangar design and Adama flies a newer Mark III Viper with his name on it at the end (despite flying the older Mark II, which is a major plot device in the Re-Imagined series).
Establishing Character Moment: In the very first scene, Bill's in a (simulated) dogfight with two Raiders. When he gets his Viper's windscreen damaged destroying one, he jettisons it despite the radiation hazard and uses his handgun to destroy the other. It also foreshadows/Calls Forward to his mature self's tolerance of Starbuck's antics.
Mildly Military: The Colonials. The entire plot is basically driven by an Ensign who thinks he can order around a Lieutenant. Although to be fair, given that they're 10 years into a brutal war standards might have slipped a little.
Position outweighs rank. Coker outranked Adama, but as pilot, Adama was in charge of the Raptor. Also, Coker was acting chicken, while Adama was focused on completing their assigned mission.
The Other Darrin: Bill is portrayed by Luke Pasqualino, instead of Nico Cortez as in the Razor flashbacks. However, he is a few years younger here than in Razor Flashbacks.
Sealed Orders: Only once they're already on their way to deliver "supplies" do the guys get their real orders handed to them.
Sound Effect Bleep: "Frak" still gets a free pass, but any "normal" oaths get concealed by convenient locker slams, spanner drops, something that is not mandated by Youtube whatsoever. Meanwhile, the Blu-rays are explicitly advertised as unrated.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Coker was created because the writers remembered that they established Adama and Tigh had never served together during the First Cylon War (in fact, Tigh's memories of being in the war at all are Fake Memories).
Time for Plan B: Used a couple of times, once by the cocky Adama and then a call back near the end from Coker.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Coker's buddy Kirby escorts Adama's team to the ice planet, then abandons them after his Viper is damaged, saying he's going home. We never hear from him again, or find out how he planned to get anywhere in a damaged short-range fighter whose carrier was just destroyed.
You Look Familiar: Several actors who played supporting roles in Battlestar Galactica and/or Caprica play new characters here, including Ben Cotton, Brian Markinson, Carmen Moore, Ty Olsson, Jill Teed, Sebastian Spence, John Pyper-Ferguson and Leo Li Chiang.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dr. Kelly wants to end the war by forcing the Colonial government to negotiate with the Cylons. Unfortunately, her plan involves giving the Cylons information about a hidden Colonial fleet, which would lead to thousands of human deaths.
But then again, she herself is being played by the Colonial leadership.