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Caprica: Season 1.0
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on July 22, 2015
Maybe this is for pre teen and teenage girls but it misses me. The narrative was from high school.
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20 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2010
I was really into Battlestar Galactica and so I watch Caprica because I want to see more of that world. Sadly, despite having so many great things going for it, this show cannot pull itself together. I have to blame the writers because I love the actors, love the sets, and love the music, but after 12 episodes I still couldn't tell you what this show is about.

I think the writers were trying to be post-modern or something by creating a show without a central plot line or idea. However, I think shows, even the absolute best shows, should have central concepts that you can sum up in one sentence. You simply can't do that with Caprica and so the show stumbles from one episode to the next as you wonder what characters you should be investing in. I have no problem rooting for an anti-hero or a bad guy, but if I don't understand a character's motivation then I have no idea what I'm rooting for. I just don't understand what any of the characters want so instead I watch them fight, watch them grieve, watch them plot and scheme without caring or connecting.

I would like this show to find it's voice but I will be shocked if it can do that in time to get picked up for a second season. This first half of Caprica's first Season has it's moments, but it's a confused show. I would rather watch a BSG sequel where Chief Tyrol and Lee Adama scrounge around for berries on Earth II then re-watch any episode on this DVD set.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2014
The apple fell far from the tree. And it was rotten.

I was a kid when the first Battlestar Galactica (BSG) series came in the 70s, and I loved it. It isn't great by today's standards, but still has its merits. When BSG was re-imagined in the 2000s I loved it even more. Many magazines and critics called BSG the best show on TV, and it was easy to see why. It wasn't perfect, and the way the series wrapped up wasn't as good as hoped. But it was an awesome ride. Not only was it the best sci fi candy you could want, but it was emotionally compelling. I cried, cheered... it was unmatched. It examined humanity and made you feel moved to be human, flaws and all. Which is what good sci fi does.

I finally got around to trying out the "Caprica" prequel. I was very disappointed. No wonder it got cancelled after 1 season. It could have been successful, but it had major shortcomings.

Even if the purpose of "Caprica" was to show us the initial cyclon creation and rebellion, they didn't have to start from almost nothing and move so slowly. The BSG '03 series started with a major event that immediately put in the compelling conflict (new war with the Cylons) for the rest of the show. Caprica started with "meh" and was very slow to get any better. It had plenty of plot turns, but they were all over the place and too many didn't seem to go anywhere. Plot threads which seemed potentially major were dropped almost as fast as they showed up, and left the audience wondering why they bothered. It finally got a little interesting at the end of season 1, and the trailer for what would come in season 2 (which never got made) looked intriguing. But they didn't get the show off the ground fast enough, and they paid the price.

The other major flaw: The characters. They were shallow and whiney. It was hard to care about any of them. Even the ones you wanted to care about and root for from the beginning quickly became pathetic and void of redeeming qualities. I'm not saying that characters have to be bright and shiney heros in order to be interesting. Part of what I liked about the '03 BSG reboot was that many of the characters had deep personal flaws, and yet were admirable and trying live to some kind of code of values. You still cared what happened to humanity. In Caprica, the flaws run so deeply that it destroys your reasons to care.

Maybe it was intended that we start off "disappointed in humanity" in order to impress us with developments later. That could fit with the BSG universe previously established. But if you make the audience so disappointed that you lose them, you're gonna fail.

Despite the fact that I'm a huge BSG devotee, a major sci-fi fan, and easily invest my time into a series, I came away regretting this waste of my time. Don't bother with it. Now I'm re-watching BSG (03) to get the bad "Caprica" taste out of my mouth. And it's still impressive the second time around.
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on July 5, 2015
Craptastic show, boring and cheesy.
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on January 22, 2015
Don't make it so expensive!!!!
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2013
This show has a pretty good if unusual idea. Basically, a girl makes a digital clone of herself in what passes for the Internet in her world. She dies and her clone lives on, eventually being placed in the first Cylon body. From there it goes down hill into amateur hour TV. Some of it is even unintentional funny, including a scene in which the actress is in a giant robot body talking to her best friend about boys on the phone. So, literally the Terminator is on the phone with her best girlfriend dishing. What else can I say? I can't even finish watching the season. It's that bad.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
Couldn't get past the first 5 minute re-cap. Frack the frackin' I guess some Sci-Fi isn't meant for everyone, bah.
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2012
Compleat snore fest. The Cylons all started from a bratty 14 year old girl who was programmed into a robot? Really? This is what you come up with? Is this BattleStar or "A Small wonder"? The Wolfman Jack episodes of Galactica 1980 are better then this
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2012
The title says it all. Still waiting for my Complete Season 1 DVD Set PRICED AT THE INDUSTRY STANDARD, not the vulture frakkin' money-grubbing "half season at full season price" you used to seppuku the show's retail sales and consequently the entire series with.
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11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2010
After the incredible trip that was Battlestar Galactica, I was really looking forward to seeing what could be done with Caprica. The show started out fairly strong, but by the middle of the season it was very apparent that the plot and characters were going no where. By the end of season I could have cared less about the characters, what they felt, what they thought, where they were going, etc. The story line became very bogged down with minutiae. Even for a Battlestar plot line, the characters acted in contradictory manners. The "character physics" of the Caprica universe seemed to be ill defined and just not very interesting. I would really like to learn more about how the Cylons started, what was their relationship to their creators, etc. But I am just not willing to wade through all this crap to get there. I deleted Caprica from my Tivo line up, and I will not be adding it back for Season 2, should it ever see the light of day.
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