Thursday, May 14, 2009

Battlestar Galactica: Caprica

As an ardent Battlestar Galactica fan, I was more than a little apprehensive about the new series, Caprica, debuting this fall on SciFi. The first thing we heard about it said it would be little more than a night-time soap opera set in the Battlestar Universe. Yuck. Then, more details leaked out, and it started to sound a bit more promising. Then, we found out that BSG composer extraordinaire, Bear McCreary, would be composing for Caprica as well - another good sign. When I saw the pilot episode was available for early viewing from Netflix, I couldn't resist - I had to know if I would be disappointed.

I was so, so, so not disappointed!

Caprica is set 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica - before the first cylon war, before the devastation of the 12 colonies. It focuses on two families - the Greystones, and the Adamas - and the events that lead to the creating of the first cylons. In the pilot episode, Zoe Greystone is killed in a terrorist attack by a group promoting the one True God. Her father, devastated by her death, is astonished to learn that Zoe has created an avatar of herself - an exact copy, complete with all her thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories - that exists in a virtual world. Dr. Greystone becomes obesessed with bringing Zoe's avatar into the real world - and succeeds, althought not at all in the way he expected.

I am so excited for this series to begin. In just this first episode, they have answered many questions from the original series, as well as set the groundwork to explore a whole host of interesting issues. Eric Stoltz as Dr. Greystone is wonderful - a perfect combination of grieving father and cold scientist. The rest of the cast is equally brilliant, and of course, the score is beautiful.

This has the potential to be as excellent a series as Battlestar Galactica, which is no small feat. I am already engrossed in this new world, and can't wait for the series to kick into full gear.

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