Sunday, May 22, 2011

Caprica Season 1.0

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Caprica Season 1.0 - 3 out of 5

I'm a big fan of the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. So, you can imagine how excited I was when it was announced that the frakking awesome series would have a prequel come out that would show the 12 colonies BEFORE the first Cylon/Human war and show how the toasters ended up believing in a god (machines believing in god was interesting enough) in an otherwise polytheistic society. Sounds awesome to me! However, then the actual product was aired and I realized my excitement was wasted.

Prior to the release of the series (about an entire year) the producers unleashed the extended (mature rated) pilot. While it didn't have the distinctive qualities I came to know and love from BSG, it held some promises. However, all promise and potential is completely wasted as the series finally gets going. In an effort to bring in more female viewers and not repeat the formula that made BSG amazing, the writers and producers created a show that followed two rival familes, the Graystones and the Adamas, on the world of Caprica. After a terrorist attack claims the lives of the daughters of the two men of these families, Daniel Graystone, an obscenely rich engineer (played by Eric Stoltz), decides he can recreate his lost daughter, Zoey, thanks to a deeply rich avatar she left behind on the Holoband (basically a virtual reality internet). He decides he will place this avatar into a Cybernetic Lifeform Node (a.k.a. a Cylon) body and will do the same for Joseph Adama (the father of William Adama from the reboot series and played by Esai Morales). However, after implanting the avatar into the body, Daniel unknowingly creates the prophet for the word of the one true god that the Cylon's believe in.

Now this sounds amazing but like I said, all potential was completely wasted as the show didn't focus on the rise of the Cylons but rather aimed it towards family squabbling (all for the female viewers, producers? Was it worth it?). When we could have seen the evolution of the Cylons, what we got was a spoiled, annoying brat acting like your typical teenager. The character of Zoey at no point comes off as a messiah to the Cylons during this first half of the season (the only season too, thanks to the poor ratings) but just comes off as a self-entitled punk who arrogantly believes she is right about everything--your typical teenager. If it wasn't for the great acting by Morales and Stolz, this series would have put me to sleep with it's dragging story that did little in the development department. When compared to the reboot of BSG, this show moves at a snail's pace and doesn't offer much intrigue, so all desire to move to the next episode is almost nil.

Okay, I'll admit it's unfair to compare the show to the reboot series since they are two different animals. Battlestar Galactica is an action packed thrill ride filled with compelling stories and captivating characters and Caprica was intended to be more of a focus on family dynamics, loss and the impact of technology and religion on an already unstable society due to arrogance and complacency. While I dig the concepts that Caprica was going to focus on, the reality is, I didn't dig what was delivered. After the pilot, the show had a few episodes that were able to keep my attention and were genuinely interesting to me but after that and towards the end of this first half, all interest was gone as episodes will pass with not much development on story or characters going on.

But it has to get better in Season 1.5 right?

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