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24th April 09, 09:58 AM
So I watched the pilot... It was interesting but I'll let this review speak for me -

April 15, 2009 - The opening moments of Caprica -- and indeed, the entire 90-minute pilot may just surprise long-time Battlestar fans who've become used to the claustrophobic tension and dramatic action of the legendary sci-fi series. Rather, Caprica is much more of a drama, a character study of two men, and while the show is certainly filled with its fair share of atmosphere and mystery, much of that is left to be played out in further episodes. This fascinating opening salvo chooses, instead, to focus squarely on its two main characters and the establishment of a world not so dissimilar to our own: Caprica.

It's a half-century before the fall of man, before William Adama, son of Joseph Adama, will take command of Gallactica and lead his people to Earth, pursued along the way by the treacherous Cylons. Yet, until the closing moments of this cinematic pilot, the Cylons have yet to exist. Open on a virtual world, a raging nightclub filled with group sex, murder and ritual sacrifice. Zoe Graystone and her fellow teenage friends move through this 3D online space which had, years earlier, been invented by her father Daniel toward a room which holds a magnificent secret: a virtual copy of Zoe's consciousness, constructed by the genius' equally genius daughter. But it's a parting encounter, as Zoe says goodbye to her creation and boards a real-world train, hoping to run away, off-planet, to a far-away colony and away from the stresses of being a Graystone. Also on the train are the wife and daughter of Joseph Adama, a prominent and slightly corrupt attorney, who never gets to say farewell before the train explodes, the target of a religious bombing.

The deaths push both men into the same, small sphere and a chance meeting quickly leads to a tenuous friendship. Daniel plummets into his work, attempting to complete a military contract for the government an autonomous cybernetic soldier, codenamed, of course, as "Cylon." Joseph, on the other hand, is forced to rethink his mob ties as he bonds more closely with his son, young William Adama, but the criminal underworld rarely lets go so easily. But when Daniel discovers Zoe's doppelganger in the online world, his obsession is realized, and his efforts to draw out the copy into a cybernetic shell gives birth to what we all know will eventually result in the creation of the human-looking Cylons.

To say any more would be to venture too far into spoiler territory, but Caprica ultimately, and rightfully, feels less like a "prequel" than its own, connected narrative. By virtue of its setting, it's more grounded, more open, setting up a series driven more by character and intrigue than space-opera adventure. Esai Morales and Eric Stoltz both nail their respective roles, bringing just the right amount of obsession and sympathy, and it's difficult not to think, perhaps somewhat, of Graystone as a more fully-realized version of William Hurt's character from Kubrick's A.I., looking to bring back his loved ones by any means necessary, and at any cost. With such moral implications injected into this friendship forged through tragedy rooted in a world where politics and religion collide how can there not be enough to fuel another five-year epic from the great Ron Moore.

Overall, the world of Caprica feels fresh enough to be new and similar enough to be inviting. It's smart and daring without winking at the BSG fans at every turn, and it carefully distinguishes itself as both a part of and apart from that very series. Dynamic and dramatic, Caprica no doubt has the potential for television greatness when it finally goes to series in the not-so-near future.

(continued at IGN)


and all I have to say is BOOBIES BOOBIES BOOBIES!

24th April 09, 10:04 AM
Any idea when this might air? Hopefully before anymore Quetzaquatol/Zombie Apocalypse/Jabberwock CGI come out.

24th April 09, 10:27 AM
It's currently on DVD and available for *ahem* download from the usual sources

24th April 09, 11:12 AM
F__k!!! I missed it. Hope they replay it soon.

Damn do I miss BSG.

24th April 09, 12:21 PM
I watched this last night.

Very much feels like a William Gibson story. I almost threw Neal Stephenson in there too, but Caprica definitly lacks Stephenson's dose of humor- so far anyways.

Great sci-fi story.

Very distinct from BSG- I was afraid it'd feel like a cheap spin off, but it is very much its own thing.

Also, Polly Walker- FUCK YEAH!

24th April 09, 12:58 PM
let me stress that you need to watch the unrated/extended version...