|Is this Zoe, or Tamara?|
First lets touch on the notion that Battlestar Galactica was about action and spaceships blowing themselves up. It was not. If one goes back and watches the show, you'll notice there are only two points where the series goes on into an F/X "lets blow it up real good" extravaganza. The action-ers were either at the start of a season, or at the end of a season. Much of the series was actually a great deal of walking and talking strewn with a Viper launch here or there. The more gadget prone, action centered fans used to complain about this.
But moving on, Syfy's stupidity. Mark Stern (he who claimed to back Caprica "All the way") mentioned they're trying to figure out the economics of getting Blood & Chrome on the air. You see the series being almost entirely "green screen" means there's an effect in every shot. If you fudge something like that, its going to look really cheesy.
Now you see the economics are the same as that which are keeping Star Wars: Underworld off the air. All virtual sets/each episode would cost a small fortune to produce - yet George Lucas could if he really desired to spend his own cash to make Star Wars: Underworld, even he's not willing to take that financial risk... Syfy Channel does not however have that cushion when it comes to producing Blood & Chrome yet they're trying to surmount the same hilltop with fewer resources.
The irony is, they cancelled Caprica, a show with STANDING SETS, a fan base, oh and a Cylon robot model which someone sunk money into with the hopes of putting on this more action centered show that actually began life intended to be a web series and may yet end up as just that.
Did that Cylon mock up ever get auctioned off?