Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge SciFi fan. 7 years ago Ronald D. Moore and David Eick made a spectacular production of a reimagining of Battlestar Galactica. This reimagining was an origin story that was shown as a mini series and played on SciFi. It was amazing and fans immediately begged for more. Mr. Moore and Mr. Eick granted the fans wish with 5 years of television that made my Friday nights something to really look forward to. Like all good stories though, it needed to end. It was getting long in the tooth and the characters were developed as far as they could go. So, they gave the series a proper ending that I personally was satisfied with.
Now here we are a year later and Ronald D. Moore and David Eick were probably sitting around Ronald’s house in Berkeley smoking something that isn’t legal without a prescription and the thought hit them, “Who created the Cylons, and why are the sentient?” This is the basis of the new TV show Caprica.
The pilot for Caprica is an 84 minute wonder that leaves the watcher begging for more. The NSFW version has been available since April 2009 on DVD and online includes visions of people being bludgeoned to death and mass orgies in a virtual world created by kids hacking around. The “appropriate for television” version of the pilot premiered on 22 January 2010 to a fairly small audience.
The world itself is 58 years before the fall of New Caprica in Battlestar Galactica. It all revolves around a terrorist organization that worships one God blowing up a train and the aftermath and grief this caused.
The world and the characters are quiet a bit darker than in BSG (Battlestar Galactica). This makes for some more interesting story lines than were possible in BSG.
There have only been a few episodes shown, but every week there are fewer and fewer viewers. Some experts are saying that puts Caprica “on the bubble.” This term means that it is likely to get canceled. I’m really saddened by that and I hope that everyone reading this blog goes out and watches at least one episode. It is a far better show than all of the SciFi currently shown on TV (like FlashForward, V, and yes even Lost).