SyFy's new Battlestar Galactica prequel pilot, Blood & Chrome, has begun casting its three lead characters — roles that shed light on what this new show is about. The series is set in the tenth year of the first Cylon war and centers around hotshot rookie pilot William Adama (played by Edward James Olmos in the 2004-09 series) as he is assigned to Galactica, the Colonial fleet's newest battlestar.
Adama will be in his early-to-mid 20s, and is described as Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun — a cocky and fearless jock. His experience as a fighter pilot thus far has been limited to simulations, but he can't wait to duke it out with the Cylons. His over-enthusiasm and risky maneuvers cause him to butt heads with the more experienced and cynical Electronic Countermeasures Officer, Coker Fasjovik.
ECO Fasjovik, in his late 20s to mid 30s, is weary after a long mission serving on Adama's first ship, a less-than-impressive Raptor called the Weasel. He is homebound after just 45 days of fighting this bloody war. Coker is none too happy to discover what was supposed to be a routine final assignment turns out to be a very dangerous task.
Unlike the trusting Adama, Coker sees through the beautiful female officer named Beka who has been assigned to their ship and realizes she's not what she appears. Indeed, she has a treasonous agenda that could cost them their lives as they set out on what proves to be a confusing and challenging mission. By the end of this first mission, Adama — faced with loss — will already be less trusting and more protective of his colleagues.
Sounds pretty awesome to me. Your thoughts, Battlestar fans?