There's a new Battlestar Galactica series starting today. Called Blood & Chrome, it's the first part of SyFy movie that will premiere next February. It looks like an action packed war and adventures movie. Update: it's out. You can watch it above.

The new series and movie follows the adventures of the young Admiral Adama, back when he was Husker, a Viper pilot fighting in the Cylon Wars. Most of it is filmed like the Star Wars prequels, using green screen techniques, according to Doug Drexler, CG supervisor on Blood & Chrome:

because the show was all greenscreen, we had an opportunity to expand the ship and give it greater scope.

They also used some of the same software used in Star Wars, both in the prequels and the release of the latest restored copies, which included new battle scenes entirely rendered using LightWave. LightWave is a classic animation program and a favorite of John Knoll, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic for those scenes. If he sounds familiar to you, maybe it is because he's the co-inventor of Photoshop with his brother, Thomas.

If the pilot is successful, I guess there will be a long series after. I hope!

The best part: it will be available online, for free, starting with the first episode out of ten today. The worst part: they are only seven to ten minutes long.

But I don't care. By coincidence—I wasn't aware of the development of these series at all—I finished watching all the seasons of Battlestar Galactica yesterday. It's been my second time and I can't wait for this new dose of intergalactic space opera.

Here's the second episode: