Thursday, October 14, 2010

Battlestar GaCaprica.

I'm a BIG Battlestar Galactica Fan.  I started watching the season again this week since I've been sick and lazy.  I can't tell you how much I love BSG.  It's just so frakking awesome.  It's got the awesome sci-fi that I love, it's got drama and sensuality and humor and scandal... I love it.  And I love that it wasn't just a "boy show"; I know lots of other gals that were just as hooked as I was, because they really went into the relationships and storyline.

I was so sad when it ended.

And then I got Caprica.

So far it doesn't look like Caprica is all that popular with most BSG fans.  It doesn't have the same sci-fi feel to it because it's not set in space, although in the series, space travel has been master for a long time. Here's a plot summary, from SyFy's website:

Set 58 years before Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families - the Graystones and the Adamas - as they grow, compete, and thrive in the vibrant world of the peaceful 12 Colonies, living in a society close to our own. Entangled in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe-to-toe, blending action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics. Caprica will deliver, intrigue, political backbiting and family conflict in television's first science fiction family saga.

Daniel Graystone, a computer genius, is owner of a large computer corporation that is spearheading the development of artificial intelligence. He and his wife Amanda, who's a brilliant surgeon, are both relentless in their scientific pursuits. The Adama clan is helmed by Joseph Adama, a renowned criminal defense attorney and father of future Battlestar commander William Adama. When tragedy strikes both families, lines are drawn that will determine the fate of the human race.

Other BSG fans will recognize the name Adama - as in Admiral William Adama.  Ohhh yes, this is the story of Admiral Adama's father, as well as the Graystones.  It's set on the planet Caprica (one of the twelve worlds), with bits and pieces shown from Geminon and Tauron.  It has a futuristic yet 1950's feel to it.  Caprica is where we find out how the Cylons were created; "Humanity's struggle for survival has a beginning" as the byline goes.  So far the storyline has a lot to do with Caprican society, with a big emphasis on religion. Polytheism is the norm for this civilization (for all of the twelve worlds, save Geminon, to some extent) but monotheist groups are popping up, and many use terrorism as their means of getting across their beliefs.  Politics, religion, family and power are the big themes in the tv show Caprica.

And I love it so far.

(All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again... This is the running theme in the BSG universe)

Any other Battlestar Galactica or Caprica fans out there??

EDIT:  Just saw Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica) on The Big Bang Theory this evening... Hilarious!


  1. Caprica is on our DVD queue on Netflix. I'm excited to get it!

  2. From what I've read I wonder if it has a similar feel of a bit of the Romeo and Juliet that Leonardo DiCaprio was in....A timeless story of rival families set in the future. What do you think? - Mom

  3. It's similar in that it's largely about two families that are rivals but at times their worlds intertwine. It gets more into the society though; the Adamas are Tauron (from that planet), and they are part of a sort of Mafia. Tauron is a very dry planet with little vegetation, and its people have a strong belief in honor, family, and 'an eye for an eye.' The Graystones are Caprican, so they see themselves as very progressive; Caprica is very similar to America, although things like homosexuality, gay marriage and plural marriage are a normal part of society. Geminon is the planet that's most religious; they believe in a literal translation of their scriptures, and that's where you have the monotheistic religion spring up from, as well as the terrorist group STO (Soldiers of the One). It's definitely a gritty show in a similar way that Romeo + Juliet was, but it's not as flashy. You should watch it, but know that the pilot was released to DVD first and it's unrated, so it's similar to Stargate's pilot in that there's nudity, but there's also a lot of violence and sexuality in the pilot. If you get it from the library, and there's an option as to watching the extended unedited one, or the one shown on tv, I'd watch the one shown on tv. The unedited gives you a little more information as to the hedonism that takes place in the virtual world, but the tv one talks about it while the unedited one shows it, and it's not necessary to the plotline.

  4. We've been watching BSG with Marc and Valerie and we're on the third disc of the first season. We really enjoy it and will probably watch "Caprica" after we're done.