Caprica Trailer Promises Drama… and Little Else

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.  The show’s in its final season, and now a new trailer has been released for its supposed successor.  Which is technically a predecessor…  The prequel series, Caprica, takes place several years before the events of BSG.  By the looks of the trailer, it may also be several years before anything of interest took place on the planet.  Take a gander.

See what I mean?  A family drama about the creation of the first Cylons?  Without Vipers, dogfights, cliffhangers, or frakkin Grace Park?  One of BSG‘s many strengths is its strong, dramatic story lines, but they work as part of the whole BSG package.  Removing everything but the drama would probably make for a decent TV movie, but an entire series?  The only things of interest I can see from the trailer is a continued look at religious fanaticism (something BSG has always excelled at) and the dancing booby at the 1:14 mark.  (Yes, my tastes do concurrently run both highbrow and trashy.)  With the likes of Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales on board it’s guaranteed the acting will be strong; and BSG creator, Ronald Moore, is shepherding Caprica as well so it’ll definitely be a quality production.  And yet…

Caprica revolves around the intertwining lives, morals, and families of two men, Joseph Adams (Adama) and Daniel Graystone.  Adams’ daughter, Zoe, is killed in a terrorist act by her fanatical boyfriend, but not before having uploaded her DNA and memories into her new iPhone.  Graystone, a scientific and practical minded kind of guy, mixes those elements with a little bit of elbow grease and creates a robot Zoe, the first skinjob.  (Wikipedia, always an impeccable fountain of knowledge, lists dead daughter Zoe as belonging to the Graystones, but it seems clear in the trailer that she is in fact an Adams, which of course makes her Admiral William Adama’s sister.)

What do you think of the first trailer for Caprica?

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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