CAPRICA: SEASON 1.0
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences. A spin-off of the Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica" set 50 years prior to the events of that show.
Is it good movie?
I don't watch Battlestar Galactica. I've heard it's a pretty decent show, but I've never seen anything other than a flick I had to review for this site. This is simply a warning to those of you who are wanting to know how this syncs up with the show or what it really has to do with it. I don't really have a clue.
This show is all over the place. It sometimes feels like a mafia drama, or a 'who crossed who' show, mixed in with some strange pseudo-drama elements and some sci-fi for good measure. This season feels like a pretty good starting off point, but I can't bring myself to say that it's awesome yet. It feels 'pretty okay' but not quite there.
So the gist of this show is that there are two families, the Graystones and the Adamas. Joseph Adamas is a creepy lawyer who doesn't always walk the straight and narrow while Dan Graystone is a scientist who's looking to land a contract with the military. From here there's a ton of stuff going on, including virtual worlds, terrorists, monotheistic religious debates, runaway eloping, marital problems, substance abuse and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Yeah, there's a lot going on.
The characters seem relatively well written and the show seems to have been created by people who undoubtedly care. The dialogue is rich and the characters are motivated and three dimensional. If you're into the Cylons, you get see how they come about in this series.
There are a few things I didn't really like about the show as well. I really didn't care for V-World, the whole 'Matrix' part of the show that is a wagging finger at internet sites like MySpace and Facebook. This virtual world plot device is used way too often and seems to be really broad where more of the show seems focused.
Although they're well acted, the characters of Zoe and Lacey drove me crazy as well. They're a bit too angst-ridden for my liking. They're whiny and annoying and their indecision drove me nuts. Zoe has her issues with her father, while Lacey doesn't know if she's a secret member of the terrorist group, Soldiers of the One (get it, they believe in one god instead of many!). Annoying, for sure. Also, there's way too much smoking in this show. I get it, in this future, smoking is cool. I GET IT.
This is a show that moves relatively slowly and not all of the plots and subplots are going to appeal to everyone's taste. It's nice to see Eric Stoltz doing some quality work again. Although the writing is pretty decent I personally thought the show wasn't exciting enough to keep me interested and by the time I got to the end of the set, I was happy it was over.
There are 10 episodes in all here, and my most recommended watches are the extended Pilot, Know Thy Enemy and Ghosts in the Machine.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks bright, sharp and vibrant.
Audio is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1 and it too sounds quite good.
There are commentary tracks with Caprica's producers on the Pilot, Reins of a Waterfall and Gravedancing.
You'll also notice David Eick's Caprica Podcast commentaries and 13 video blogs showing up here, and he's a really fun guy to listen to.
There are over 70 minutes of deleted scenes! No, I didn't watch them all although most are short in length.
There's also a thirteen minute featurette detailing how the show came about called The Caprica Dynasty.
Two more short featurettes run about 5 minutes each but don't contribute a lot overall, known as The Look of Caprica and Creating a world.
Finally, a 3 minute look at Season 1.5 finishes the set off.
There's something to like about Caprica. I liked the terrorism themes and the whole creation of sentient life alongside the conflicts of human life. The pilot itself is really well fleshed out here and there's some cool stuff to be found within but the show feels uneven and marred by a bit too much teen drama that felt out of place. On top of that, I don't really know where it fits in with the Battlestar Galactica crowd!