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4.0 out of 5 stars Now to discuss what's actually on the DVDs, rather than SyFy's' decision to cancel...., December 21, 2010
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This review is from: Caprica: Season 1.5 (DVD)
Since this product was announced there have been numerous reviews posted here that have nothing, NOTHING, to do with the actual DVD set. While I share in the general anger at SyFy for having canceled Caprica, I thought it best to actually wait until the DVD set arrived before making any judgment and limit that to what was offered. Now, after having watched all three DVDs in the set (down one from the four-set Season 1.0), it's time to open this can o' worms and put out my opinion.

Caprica Season 1.5 includes all nine of the final episodes, those aired in October of this year and the remaining five that SyFy has chosen to air in toto on 5 January, coinciding with ABC's broadcast of "V". Like the first set, these episodes were well written, well executed, and brilliantly acted by the amazing ensemble cast brought into the project. Additionally, there were many more "Easter eggs" for BSG fans, including the origins of "toaster," "skin job," and which of Admiral Adama's parents had the farm with the fox problem mentioned in BSG Season four. These episodes also delved further into Tauron culture and the origins of the Adama family itself in "The Dirteaters," arguably the best episode of the series.

However, there were problems. Aside from the fifteen-second scene in a so-far unaired episode where someone in the props department forgot to cover the British Columbia license plate on a nearby parked car, there were far fewer video blogs and deleted scenes compared to the first set. This either means video blogs weren't produced and the episodes weren't hacked up too much in editing or Universal wanted to get this product out as quickly as possible and overlooked perhaps some more interesting stuff about Caprica. Maybe all of that was covered in the first set, I don't know. I just felt that there could have been more included in this current set; after all, it cost the same as the first.

Still, after watching them I have to agree with many viewers here and on Facebook that the last five episodes were Caprica's best. The final episode, "Apotheosis," ended with what could be seen as both a wrap-up of the series and a teaser for what was supposed to come. If only SyFy had stuck to its science-fiction roots and not gone after the redneck viewer with incessant "ghost-hunting" and "professional wrestling" programs we may have seen Caprica come into its own. Alas, corporate myopia kills another arguably great show.
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2010 2:48:38 AM PST
This is the most direct, to the point review I've yet seen on this set. Mr. Ash answered all the questions I had brewing in my mind and convinced me to buy the set.

Thank you, sir, and Happy New Year to you.

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 10:03:37 AM PST
NoName says:
"...the redneck viewer with incessant 'ghost-hunting' and 'professional wrestling' programs..."
You got that right!

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 12:47:21 PM PST
S. Hughes says:
Thank you for reviewing what is actually on the DVD. One minor correction, though. According to Syfy's web site and my DVR, the final five episodes will be aired on January 4th, not 5th.

Thanks again, this was the type of review I was looking for.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 12:30:07 PM PST
David Huff says:
Agreed with the comment about another idiotic cancellation of an excellent series ala "Jericho", I wonder long it will take for the corporate heads to kill off "The Walking Dead" series on AMC?

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 8:30:35 PM PST
E. Scher says:
Just thought I'd mention...

Those things you mentioned aren't actually "Easter Eggs", they're "Call-backs".

I suppose someone could be pedantic and claim that they are really "Call-Forwards", but whatever the series timeline, in OUR timeline, BSG came first.

Thanks for the useful review though. It was appreciated.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 9:02:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2011 9:05:55 PM PST
nehopsa says:
I just finished the "Marathon" of 1/4/2011. You cannot tell how much ....off I am at sy-fy. Galactica and Caprica were THE ONLY shows I really cared about. The b...ards should have stuck with nice and clean sci-fi and stop the ghost madness and pandering to unwashed rednecks. I am so upset that Caprica was swept off the screen the way it happened. Maybe there is some high level mole in sy-fy channel similar to the one in Caprican security in the film....My explanation anyway. Send a Cylon squad at them! With the current morale at sy-fy there is no chance of Caprica 2.0 ever happening - so nicely foreshadowed by sister Clarice in her final incendiary sermon/teaser. Sigh.
Will buy DVD to keep a memory and NEVER EVER watch sy-fy channel again. That was it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 7:40:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2011 7:50:39 AM PST
Doug Waltz says:
Excellent review...thank you!! Love the "red-neck" comment and could not agree more about the mysterious abandonment of Sci-fi roots taken by "Syfy" (maybe that's why they changed their name), would actually rather watch infomercials than dumb-a** WWE (especially now with the inane "wrestlers have 'Super Hero' powers" angle i see on the commercials). So thanks again for laying it all out there, Mr Ash.

My only question now...with a series so CG centric as Caprica, why the blu ray delay??? I honestly thought the release of the entire series would be in Hi Def. My only thought is Syfy will bundle the original pilot along with all 17 episodes and release that on blu ray...hopefully remastered with ALL special features available.

Holding my breath hoping "Blood and Chrome" gets treated with a little more repect and creative integrity.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2011 11:52:23 PM PST
Low ratings. Thankfully, however, at present this does not appear to be a concern.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 11:56:48 PM PST
"corporate myopia kills another arguably great show."

I couldn't agree with you more.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 5:39:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2011 9:12:16 PM PST
Linquel says:
Great review. I don't suppose you or any of the other commenters know if this set includes all of the bonus features from the 1.0 set (with the possible exception of the Season 1.5 preview)? There's no way I would buy both sets if they didn't include the 1.0 bonus features on this set. But it would let me know how they are treating the fans. I for one was mad as hell when I purchased the BSG: Razor DVD only to have it included in the season 4 set. If they are pulling a similar move and not including the earlier features on this set (maybe expecting people to buy both) then I might just save my money. I don't want to encourage bad behavior.

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I just reread this review and it says that 1.0 had four discs and 1.5 only has three. What's the story there? Are they not including the pilot movie? I thought this set had all the episodes, not just the final nine.
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