Earlier this week I had the opportunity to see the pilot for the new and upcoming TV series Caprica. Being a big Battlestar Galactica (circa-2004 TV series) fan, I was tentatively hopeful about this prequel to BG. I wasn’t getting my hopes up of course…I mean, how do you pull off a story line about the creation of the Terminator 1 reminiscent Cylons in a way that is engaging and that the audience can identify with, without be cliché?
Well, they pulled it off. You come away thinking that you’d probably have made similar decisions if placed in the same situation. And the wildcards introduced are to some extent unexpected, elements I don’t remember being addressed in BG, but sure to make for some interesting twists and turns. In a way, it helps make the whole Cylon revolt back-story plausible..imagine that.
It was nice that it wasn’t put into motion by another weak-willed and self-gratifying Dr. Gaius Baltar scenario, and instead was a catalyst of love, regret, fear and loss…things most of us can identify with to some level.
The take away? Bad things can evolve out of good intentions. We all hate that when it happens. There are no true villains yet, just a bunch of people trying to do what they think is right. Good writing. No scapegoats this time. At least not yet.
The bottomline is, if you liked Battlestar Galactica I am guessing you'll like Caprica.