Thoughts on Caprica

And now back to the more standard blogging…

Finally finished our backlog of Caprica on the DVR this weekend; the show ended its current run on ‘SyFy’ back in March.  It kept us engaged and interested, though it’s not on the same level as Battlestar Galactica. Developed by Ronald Moore and David Eick, the creative team behind BSG, and set about 50 years before the BSG series, Caprica shares many of the same traits as its predecessor.  A very strong cast, featuring Esai Morales as Joseph Adama (father of Admiral Bill Adama), Eric Stoltz as billionaire tech developer Daniel Graystone, Paula Malcomson as Dr. Amanda Graystone (Daniel’s wife), and Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone (Daniel and Amanda’s sort-of dead daughter), distinct visual style and set production, good musical score, and lots of contemporary allegory on themes such as religion, terrorism, materialism, and technology.

The pilot sets up the main plotlines with monotheist terrorists (you may remember that in the BSG world, most of the people are polytheists, while the Cylons believed in the one true god) blowing up a commuter train with the help of some disillusioned wealthy kids.  Among their cell is Zoe Graystone, who is a technical whiz and the daughter of Daniel, one of Caprica’s most powerful industrialists.  Also on the train – Joseph Adama’s wife and teen-aged daughter, Tamara.  Joesph and Daniel strike up an acquaintance and commiserate.  But it turns out, their daughters aren’t really dead.  How’s that?  On Caprica, one of the main forms of entertainment is virtual reality (complete with VR goggle-type headware), and Zoe has figured out how to upload her memories and traits to the grid.  It’s the old Ghost in the Machine trick, straight out of Neuromancer. Somehow, Zoe gets this done and pulls along Tamara Adama in the process, right before the train blows up. Continue reading