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Caprica: Key Points from the Pilot

Wow, it seems like only yesterday that I was pining for my BSG Fridays to return (ok, I admit, it actually WAS yesterday), and now I turn around and the pilot to Caprica is being released! What a treat for the fans to be able to hold off some of that BSG melancholy with a little Ron Moore created tonic!

Before digging into the key points from the DVD / Digital release of the pilot, I just have to say - now that Moore and Co. have teased us with an unrated version of the Caprica universe, I wish the show could have been snatched up by HBO or Showtime. The unfettered look into Caprica's decadence (the no-holds-barred V-Club, the criminal underground a la the Sopranos) hit the tone they were going for dead-on, I believe, because they were uninhibited with having to tone down the images.

Anyway, we're not here to wish for the things that could have been, we're here to discuss some key points!

The V-Club

In the DVD extras, Co-Writer and Executive Producer Remi Aubuchon likens the V-Club to a virtual version of Facebook or Myspace and that, as a parent, the idea scared the crap out of him. No kidding! It is not a stretch to believe that teens, if presented with the possibility of a place where they could do anything they wanted without worry of sanctions, would delve into this sort of debauchery.

Having these virtual play-areas will also present the series with some interesting ways of mixing up the scenery. I don't see them ever going down the Star Trek Holodeck route, but the idea is there to play with.

The Families

The family dichotomy presented here is about 10 times more interesting than what I first conjured in my head (to be honest, I really didn't know what to expect). The fact that the Graystones lost touch with their daughter, who in turn creates a virtual clone of herself in the V-Club, who in turn dies in a "terrorist" suicide bombing, who in turn gets used as the first AI for Daniel Graystone's military robot is a great setup for future drama that will play out nicely in series form.

My favorite B-plot, however, involves Joseph Adama (living as the "Adams" on Caprica) and his criminal underground ties. Even though it looks like early on in the pilot Joseph was trying to distance himself from the Ha'la'fa, Daniel's offer to bring back his daughter in virtual form creates too much of a temptation. As the gangster says to him, he crosses a line that he vowed not to cross. After meeting his virtual daughter and the horror the encounter creates, he regrets his decision and calls what Daniel has done an abomination. But now he's in it deep with the Ha'la'fa, and we all know you can't just walk away from a criminal organization. There will be lasting ramifications for that choice for sure.

Led by two incredibly solid actors (how is it that RDM nets these leads?), it looks like we're in for a treat as we delve further into each character's past, as well as their future.

Religion

Picking up where BSG left off, religion is apparently taking a role front and center in the series. Having both polytheism and monotheism at play against one another will not only give the writers fertile ground for dramatic plotlines between the two sects, but will also allow them to make subtle statements about warring factions in our own world, much like BSG was able to do.

What's unclear, however, is the approach they will take to the revelations made in BSG's finale. Since they established that the Galactica world is shaped by "God" and that his "angels" exist, it's odd to see that the monotheistic religion in Caprica is portrayed rather sinisterly (not that the groups supporting polytheism look any better). It's too early to really conjecture on where they're headed with all this, but given that Caprica is a reflection of our own world where religion so often comes into play, it's not unreasonable for the show to tackle these issues.

Cylon Creation

So the Cylons are successfully created out of grief and longing - a dangerous recipe that overrides possibly a natural inclination for Daniel to question whether he should actually be placing AI, especially one based on his daughter, into a robot. It's a question we're going to be faced in our world soon as well.

Oh, and Cybernetic Lifeform Node, or Cylon for short? Very nice Mr. Moore and Aubuchon. Very nice indeed.
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When the credits rolled, I was rather taken aback by the Caprica pilot. Having no idea what to expect (and not really warming to the initial ideas being presented before the pilot aired), I was amazed that Ron Moore had appeared to strike gold again - in a totally different manner. Things could have gone horribly wrong, and yet here was another series set in the same world that managed to be intriguing, emotional, with some manner of suspense and awe thrown in as well - and no space battles to boot!

The only problem now - in typical Syfy fashion, we're going to have to wait until 2010 until the series airs (I'm guessing January, but I could be totally wrong).

Did you watch the pilot? Leave your thoughts below!


Posted by Perrin on April 17, 2009 2:38 PM
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Nice summary. I thought the pilot was quite impressive. Definitely leaves room to grow into a couple of seasons before changing anything dramatically.

I didn't get the impression that Greystone used his daughter's image in the cylon demo machine though. That machine with the image is sitting in the lab at the end... I think he just dropped in a blank system, still utilizing the AI mechanism that was stolen.

-- Posted by: Jonathan at May 3, 2009 3:30 PM

The Pilot was 1000 Times Better then I expected!
It really Sucked me into the Story.

I Never Imagined I would Like Caprica This Much --> I am Dying for January to see the Next Episodes

-- Posted by: SuperiorBrain at June 27, 2009 4:46 PM

After the final conclusion of BSG, it is nice to be able to get back to the roots of that universe and to watch the decisions and choices that get made that ultimately to the Cylon rebellion and war. I wonder if Daniel Graystone would regret his choices if he could see what we saw in BSG or would he continue with them anyway? So much to think about!

-- Posted by: Laura at February 3, 2010 4:38 PM

so informative, thanks to tell us.

-- Posted by: DedoVioheds at September 29, 2010 8:06 PM

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