Caprica

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During a panel about the state of the Battlestar Galactica franchise at this year’s WonderCon, Michael Taylor, the co-creator of Blood and Chrome—a Battlestar prequel that you may remember was green-lighted by SyFy back in 2010—screened a trailer for the two-hour pilot. This latest extension of the Battlestar universe revolves around 20-something William Adama, a recent Academy graduate. The images Taylor culled together and presented to the WonderCon audience were exciting—set in space and filled with Viper pilots, the look of it is much more in line with the original (reimagined) series than Caprica—if a bit depressing, since the show’s future is still uncertain. Last anyone heard, SyFy’s enthusiasm for the project was waning and as a result, they were thinking of maybe, possibly, one day breaking the pilot up into pieces and delivering it to us as an online series instead of airing it in its entirety on TV. As much as I’d like to eventually see Blood & Chrome in one form or another, I understand SyFy’s ambivalence. Caprica really did kill the franchise’s momentum.

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If fans of Battlestar Galactica showed up at Comic-Con this year expecting some Caprica shaking news, they most certainly walked away disappointed. During the panel, storymen Kevin Grazier and Michael Taylor were on hand, along with Composer Bear McCreary, and former-Apollo current-Zarek Richard Hatch served as moderator. When asked about the potential for more movies, the word was that they “weren’t sure how much [they] can say,” but there is an effort to address more stories in a way similar to how The Plan furthered the universal view of all things modern BSG. I’m certain fans can expect more Battlestar movies in the future though, as we were told that “the Universe will continue to give us more adventure in the future.” Also still in the future are new episodes of the SyFy series Caprica, which airs in January, and the November 2010 release of “The Science of Battlestar Galactica.

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Caprica

As expected, SyFy has announced the return of Caprica, the television series prequel to Battlestar Galactica. The second half of the (rather long) first season will debut in January 2011, with the exact date yet to be determined. In season 1.5, the once idyllic world of Caprica – as well as life across the colonies – falls prey to an explosive chain reaction of consequences set off by the characters’ many questionable actions in the season’s first half. Tensions rise, power shifts and the line between reality and the virtual world becomes increasingly blurred as everyone struggles to learn – and conquer – the stakes in this volatile setting. As the season races towards its stunning conclusion, events of each episode lay the framework for the inevitable (and brutal) clash between the newly-created Cylon race and their human creators. A trailer for the second half of the season will be shown at the Caprica panel at Comic-Con on July 23. It will hit the web several days later. [SyFy]

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Caprica: End of the Line

The first half of season one didn’t end with a bang…it ended with two bangs and a possible suicide.

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Caprica

If I have to hear Joseph Adama say, “I’m looking for my daughter,” or “baby” one more time, I’m going to…well, I probably won’t do anything, but still, it’s getting a little tedious. Sure, New Cap City and the V-World are completely alien to him but this extreme naïveté, week after week, is frustrating to watch.

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You can’t watch ten minutes of Caprica without coming across a little dramatic irony. The show’s just brimming with the stuff. If you haven’t been keeping a running tally of every time that we—the audience—are privy to information that the Adamas, the Graystones, or the conniving monotheists aren’t, you needn’t fret, my friend, because I have. So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite dramatically ironic Caprica moments.

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If you gave up on Caprica after the first few episodes, I urge you to start watching again. Despite all my little quibbles, this is a great show and, with only a few episodes to go before the mid-season break, it deserves a second look. So rather than doing a run-of-the-mill episode review, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit and list three reasons why all of you Caprica denouncers should rethink your position.

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“There is Another Sky” confirmed something that I’ve felt since Caprica’s premiere: The Adamas are more entertaining than the Graystones. Up until this point, the show has revolved around Daniel and Zoe. And while there’s definitely something fascinating about the Cylon genesis story, the Adamas and all of their familial strife are far more appealing.

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Prior to this episode, I’d been ambivalent about the show’s insistence upon over the top cliffhangers, but “Gravedancing” was all about dénouement, at least for the Graystones, and even though I understand that that’s necessary, I couldn’t help feeling a little gypped.

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All in all, Caprica held steady with another satisfying episode. Lacy persuades a friend of the Mag-Lev bomber to help her transport Zoe’s avatar and its massive, metal Cylon shell to Gemenon, showing that she isn’t as timid and oblivious as she may have seemed in the past; snooty Daniel Graystone is roughed-up and emasculated in an alley by the Adamas, something that brought great joy to my life, even though the guy didn’t “technically” deserve it; and Patton Oswalt plays Braxton Samo, a talk show host, cracking wise at the expense of the disgraced Graystones.

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It was great to see more of Amanda Graystone in this episode, not because she’s a particularly interesting character (at least not yet), but through her, the grief that you might have expected Zoe’s parents to feel immediately following the death of their only daughter in the pilot episode, was finally present.

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The first episode of SyFy’s Caprica, begins in medias res, which is Latin for, “in the middle of a debaucherous virtual nightclub where teens get their jollies by watching the ritualistic sacrifice of their peers.

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The folks at SyFy have sent over the brand new poster for the upcoming series Caprica this evening, and we’re not quite sure what to make of it.

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Saturday at AFF: An Education; Battlestar Galactica: Caprica panel, screening, and Q&A; a downright amazing Apollo 13 screening and panel with Ron Howard, Captain Jim Lovell, and others; and a storytellers panel with Mitch Hurwitz, Ron Howard, and Steve Zaillian. Also, fake blind people.

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Rob Hunter continues his DVD buying rampage with a Battlestar Galactica spin-off, a major horror franchise box set and 2008’s great comeback story.

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The email attached to the press release for the following clips had this to say: “Thank the gods. Just when you thought you were running low on BSG awesomeness…” No, anonymous publicist who wrote this press released, I am not thanking the gods. This does not make me happy.

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Caprica Trailer

I’m a huge fan of the Sci-Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica reboot… as should be anyone with a taste for quality action, drama, character development, and eye candy.

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