I jumped into a sci-fi television series without stopping to think if i have the time to waste on something so useless and cool at the same time. not to mention that i didn’t even consider whether my already dwindling street cred could handle another hit like the last time this happened:
Female blonde coworker: hey cole, you’re kind of a nerd . . . what’s that really geeky thing with all the space stuff?
Me: star wars?, star trek?
Female blonde coworker: no, way more geeky, i don’t think anybody’s ever heard of it
Me: battlestar galactica?
Female blonde coworker: yeah! these guys at the bar were talking about it last night and they sounded so lame, have you ever seen it?
Me: (shamefully, as i was about to be instantly judged and permanently labeled) pretty much all of it . . .
And so the story goes.
A quick flashback: Caprica is a miniseries airing on the newly and retardedly titled Syfy network set 50 years before the Cylon attack of Battlestar Galactica (10years before the first Cylon war). Per the guide channel blurb, it follows the lives of the Adama and Greystone families as they shape the world we lost ourselves in for 4 seasons.
After watching the pilot episode (which is a hefty 93 minutes running time) for a second time, I am honestly excited about where this could be headed. Eric Stoltz heads up a (so far) well acted cast of teens and adults in a surprisingly serious and foreboding pilot. Despite the fact that a good part of the cast isn’t going to be able to enjoy the festivities of the season launch party, the nudity (in the extended version) in the first ten minutes alludes to the fact that Miley Cyrus probably won’t be making a cameo this season.
While the pilot to any serious Sci-Fi series is generally given a much larger budget than it’s mid-season counterparts, the graphics were a stand up performance on par and exceeding that of its space-entrenched counterpart. While we can readily expect to see far less zero-G dogfighting in Caprica, there promises to be no shortage of robots, androids, and cybernetic life form nodes to ogle at.
Once again, as it’s predecessor, it seems Caprica is well on its way to earning praise for it’s depth and character development, especially in the female characters (you’ll see what i mean when you see the pilot, it gets pretty messy right from the gun); and if there are any more similarities, we can expect to be introduced to approximately 28 other main characters over the course of the coming season.
On the other hand, while this is a separate series with (so far) only one recurring character in the mark of a pre-pubescent Bill Adama, i don’t see any way that this series could go forward without the precursor of the BSG series. Some may see this as a downside, and many prequels or spinoffs can catch extra ratings by opening up to people who have not seen the original series. This clearly is not going to be the case with Caprica. If you want to enjoy this series at all, and haven’t seen at least the first 2 seasons of BSG, consider this your warning, you have till friday (1-29-2010) to catch up (enjoy it, i’ll probably be watching along with you).
With that said, i give a hearty recommendation to tune in to Syfy on friday nights (please for the love of gods, DVR this so you don’t have to sit through all of the promos for their made-for-tv movies) and see if we can get a glimpse of exactly how they made the 6’s