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26 April 2009 @ 11:05 pm
Caprica  
I know I just posted an epically long BSG review, but since I watched Caprica last night, I want to post this one as well. I promise it isn't nearly as long. ;)

I have to be honest. I was expecting to hate Caprica, but I didn't. Now I obviously have my reservations because I will never trust RDM ever again, but since I'm now well aware of that fact that keeping myself at arm's length isn't just smart but necessary, I might actually have a future relationship with this show.

First of all, I kind of love that there's a character named Lacy. Obviously, they should have cast me to play that role, but having my name floating around BSG-verse works just as well I suppose. Other random thoughts: umm, hello gratuitous nudity! I imagine they'll have to tone it down for sci-fi in 2010. Little William is kind of adorable. Esai was really well cast.

I'm trying not to have everything about this show colored by the epic fail that was 4.5, but it's really hard to distance myself from that right now.

It is also hard to accept this as a prequel - hard to mentally insert this world into BSG-verse. I'm still keeping the shows as separate entities and they will only merge as one if and when I allow it.

Caprica has an entirely different tone than BSG. Anyone looking for another BSG will be sorely disappointed. From the opening (where I think they were trying to give me a strobe-light induced seizure), it was apparent that Caprica was it's own show. I don't think that's inherently bad, but it means that they're likely to draw somewhat different audiences and I'm not sure that will work in Caprica's favor.

It does fill in some nice background info on Bill Adama and as I said, he's kind of adorable as a little boy. But, I have my reservations about having his family's past be central to the story. Was it ever established on BSG that Adama was from Tauron? That Adama is a "Tauron name"? I find it kind of hard to accept this considering there was an entire BSG episode about inter-world racism. If Capricans had such disdain for Taurons, did no one know that Adama was really a Tauron descendant? Did it not matter because his family earned honor somehow? I imagine that's the story Caprica will tell, but this is where prequels become incredibly dangerous territory. Plot points that make good story-telling sense for the prequel don't always align with the original series. And sometimes it's not a problem for casual fans, but for BSG fans who we all know are hardcore, I see little things like this being a big problem. Maybe I'm just picky, but I feel like RDM has frakked with my show enough (remember 4.5?) that I don't love the idea of this new show coming along and frakking with it even more.

It was nice to see them use the song "A good lighter" aka the Bill/Lee theme when Joseph was hugging little William. It was probably the only thing in the entire show that felt familiar.

I was glad they finally explained the Adama name because I was SO confused when they kept calling themselves the Adams family (no, not that one...).

I can't buy into the emphasis on religion in Caprica considering how important religion claimed to be in BSG while proving to not matter. I'm taking this as a plot point they'll use until they no longer need it and will then discard it as if it didn't matter.

It's pretty sick that Graystone made a cylon of his dead daughter.

Overall, I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. It's interesting and I'll probably give the series a chance, but I'm not sure how much Adama/Graystone manpain I'll be able to handle...especially considering the fact that it appears Graystone's (doctor!) wife will mostly just be used when needed and not developed in a meaningful way separate from wife and mother.
 

I don't know what my future with Caprica will hold. I have very mixed feelings about it and only time will tell.
 
 
Feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
Sounds: Sex and the City
 
 
 
cujoy: Laura Bill Smokingcujoy on April 27th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
You know, I wouldn't be lying if I didn't admit that one of the things that attracted me to BSG was a President named Laura. hee!

I still haven't watched Caprica, and am unsure, given the epic fail of 4.5 when I will do so. I need more time to distance myself. Perhaps by the time it actually starts airing, I'll care more.

Ouch on the more man-pain. We've had quite enough of that!
star_lace: BSG // Anders Starsstar_lace on April 29th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Hee it's exciting right?! ;)

I'll never care about Caprica like I cared for BSG and truthfully, I don't want to. I'm not sure whether or not I'll stick with the show once it starts airing. As it is now, there are parts I like and parts I don't, but I'm going in with a totally different mindset than I did BSG. Even I do keep watching Caprica, I won't let myself get attached so I imagine my relationship with the show will be rather distant and critical.