Caprica! The New Battlestar Galactica Prequel

I’m a huge fan of the new version of Battlestar Galactica! That show is one of the best TV shows I have ever seen. The story arc continued throughout the entire series and the ending of the show made complete sense, answered the questions I had, and left you with some mysteries of their past and future that made you hope for more. When I heard that a new show from the creators of Battlestar was coming out and would be set in this same incredible world, I knew I had to see it ASAP. They have released the extended pilot episode of Caprica” on DVD this past week, however the show is not set to begin airing until the fall of 2009 or possibly the beginning of 2010.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this show, but what I saw on this disc was amazing! Caprica is set about 50 years before the events of Battlestar and takes place on the planet Caprica that has yet to meet or fear the Cylons. They live in a world much like ours only with more advanced technology and with eleven other sister planets and colonies in their galaxy. We get to meet Joseph Adama, the father of Admiral William Adama from the first show and we also meet William as a young boy before he ever fights against the Cylons or tries to save humanity when their planets are destroyed.

We are also introduced to the Graystone family. The father, Daniel, seems to be a genius who is the owner of a technology company that is at the forefront of robotics and artificial intelligence. It seems that his love of all things computerized has been passed down to his daughter, Zoe. All indications point to the fact that this family contributes to the development of the Cylons and the birth of their resurrection technology.

I felt that the origin story for this new series did a great job of tying together familiar names, people and history of the Capricans before there is ever a Cylon threat. It also opens the door to how the Cylons came to be and I’m certain that we will learn more of their development in the new show. The premise of the one god, told at length in Battlestar, is also explored further here and shows that many people followed this belief and religion before the Cylons came into the picture. I am eager to find out where the creators will take this story and how much of this history they will tell. Will they show the Cylon revolt that led to the first Cylon war? Will they explore how the 12 models were created? Are their other Cylons on the planet that we didn”t know before or will we see familiar faces pop up throughout the series?

I’m not certain how many new fans this series will generate. I would highly recommend you watch the entire series of Battlestar Galactica before venturing on to Caprica. Never the less, this story was very interesting, highly entertaining, thought provoking, well made, and would make a great place to start the Cylon saga. I can’t frakkin wait to see where they go from here!

~J. Chandler

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