Caprica

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Set 50 years before "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" follows two rival families - the Graystones and the Adamas. Bound together by tragedy, their ensuing struggle will determine the fate of the 12 Colonies. Their bitter rivalry will bring the end of life as they know it. Their children are the future.
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Eric StoltzEsai MoralesSina Najafi
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  1. 1. Caprica (Unrated)
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    April 21, 2009
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    An astonishing breakthrough is taking shape on the planet Caprica. The rapidly evolving spheres of human and mechanical engineering have collided, along with the fates of two families. Joined by tragedy in an explosive instant of terror, two rival clans led by powerful patriarchs, Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) and Daniel Greystone (Eric Stoltz) duel in an era of questionable ethics, corporate machinations and unbridled personal ambition as the final war for humanity looms.

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    Get ready for Caprica - the next big thing from the creators of Battlestar Galactica. Download the trailer now and prepare to embark on television's next great galactic adventure.

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Supporting actors
Polly WalkerAlessandra ToresonAvan Jogia
Producers
Ronald D. MooreDavid EickRemi AubuchonBattlestar Galactica
Season year
2009
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Syfy
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Dr. Lee D. CarlsonReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pure twenty-first century
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Captivating in its dialog and in its philosophical and technological undertones, this story is fascinating because of its mirror of today's world. Indeed, Caprica has much in common with the present time: there are spoiled and rebellious teenagers, women who marry into money, tobacco use, terrorist attacks, out of control technology, organized crime, religious fanatics, frenzied greed, corporate espionage, petty rivalries, racism, and pre-meditated murder. But there are differences: the predominant religion of Caprica is polytheistic, with a belief in a single god considered an aberration, even radical. But the followers of monotheism in Caprica are very similar to the ones of our world: they are dogmatic, even violent, and are fond of pointing out how the gods of polytheism do not heal the hurt of the people of Caprica.

It is the character of Zoe that is the most interesting one in this story. She makes the technology viable, and the avatars possible, instead of some teenage prank to access a virtual nightclub. The avatars are conscious of their imperfections. One of them cannot for example feel their heart beat, and another remarks that they don't "feel like a copy." They therefore possess the affective part of their real counterpart's brain, with all its vicissitudes and pleasures. It is amazing what you can experience with only 100 terabytes of information, and even more amazing that you can accept a copy, give it a hug, as Zoe's father did, and ignore the "surface details." However all copying is done with less than 100% fidelity, but this makes life more lively and more interesting.

Zoe's death from a terrorist attack sets up a series of decisions, taken both by her father and his newly found friend/criminal Joseph, that brings into Caprica machines that are self-conscious and goal-directed. To have such machines is the ambition of many of today's technology enthusiasts, who like those in Caprica, are self-absorbed and giddy with optimism about the future. No doubt in future episodes of Caprica, such machines will follow the advice of one of the characters, and "find things in life that make you cry, that make you feel." In our time there is certainly ample opportunity to find such things, both for humans and machines.
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General PeteReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good first effort
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I was very disappointed in Battlestar Galatica Season 4 much too philosophical for my tastes. As a result I was skeptical about Caprica. The story revolves around two families the Greystones rich and powerful business people and the Adamas refuges from social unrest. This is particularly interesting the Admiral's dad is not a refined judge at this point in time he is a mob lawyer walking a thin line. The two families find that they have interests in common after a terrorist attack.

I have to say that at the end of the day watching the first episode I was pleasantly surprised. Good character development and a surprising number of plot threads for such a short amount of time. The plot threads are taken care of in such a way that while there are a lot of them none of it feels rushed.

I will say that so far I really couldn't care less about the Greystone story arch and wish that the Adams (including a very young William Adama) had gotten more in the way of screen time. However if the series is successful that should not be a problem. I recommend this DVD to anyone who was a little disillusioned with season 4 and the final episode of Galactica in particular.

Overall-It remains to be seen if the momentum can be kept up but I will happily tune in when the series is on the air.
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LittleTazzReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great introduction ties directly into the first season of BSG . . .
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I've purchased this film from amazon.com Video on Demand and just got done watching it for the second time; I've also purchased all four seasons of BSG from amazon.com and just finished watching that again through streaming video from amazon.

As a prequel it is an excellent fit which explains much as to the origins of the conflict explored in BSG the mini series which starts the four seasons of BSG including the decadence of Caprica, the materialism, pride, prejudice, and conflict between the monotheist or the belief in one true God and the traditional idolatry of the 13 colonies.

As a stand alone drama it is extremely good, IMO, with quality casting, good CGI and excellent script writing.

There is always tension and has some surprises, at least IMO, up until the very last scene . . . the last scene being touching, spooky and also full of anticipation as to what will happen during the TV series.

Hopefully, the TV series will be of the quality of this film. If that is the case then we could be in for a treat for the next few years. I am very excited to see the coming series.

If you like BSG, I'm rather confident you will like "Caprica" the film and hopefully enjoy Caprica the TV series.

At your command . . . ha ha.
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Avid ReaderReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting and Thoughtful
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When I first heard the Sci Fi Channel (or as it's soon to be called: Syfy) was going to make a prequel series to Battlestar Galactica I was somewhat hesitant. Not because I was one of those science fiction snobs who thinks the genre can only be about space battles, aliens, and a certain startship that shall remain nameless. No, I was hesitant because I knew the network's history of meddling. The disaster that was season three of BSG can be squarely placed on the shoulders of the network suits. The idea of bringing the history of the colonies to life has the potential to be interesting and thought provoking television. After viewing the finished product recently released on DVD I have to say they've succeeded in many ways.

The story of Caprica takes place "58 years before the fall" of the colonies. At the heart of the story are two families: the Graystones, a wealthy family whose patriarch founded a technology company (a company that inadvertently leads to the downfall of all mankind); and the Adamas, a less-than-wealthy family from the world of Tauron. Joseph Adama, father of the future Admiral Adama (now only an eleven-year-old boy) is attempting to hide his family's ties to Tauron by changing their name to Adams. Both of these families are drawn together by tragedy when Graystone's daughter, Zoe, is killed in a terrorist attack by a monotheistic group along with Joseph Adama's wife and daughter.

By accident, Graystone discovers that his daughter created a fully functional avatar in a virtual world where she and her friends, along with the youth of Caprica, go to escape their mundane world. Using his daughter's work and a piece of stolen technology, Graystone downloads Zoe into a robotic form his company is working on for the Defense Ministry. This scene alone is one of the most eerie of the entire episode. As you watch Zoe attempt to get comfortable with her new metal body and see the look on Daniel Graystone's face as he watches, it's like seeing a father witnessing the birth of his child. Very Frankenstein-esque.

Caprica is filled with the some intriguing ideas and concepts. Of course, you have the usual BSG-speak. "Frak" is used often, you have the gods, and the twelve colonies named for astrological signs. What will make Caprica stand out is its ability to flesh out many of the concepts that we just took at face value with the parent series. In this pilot alone were learn more about the religion and prejudices of the colonies than we ever did in Battlestar Galactica, but it wasn't appropriate for BSG to tackle those topics. Caprica is designed to do just that.

One of the more intriguing concepts I hope Caprica will tackle are the people of Tauron. Like any large society, the people of Caprica have their prejudices and there seems to be a strong prejudice against the people of Tauron, or "dirt eaters" as some call them. From what we can glean from the pilot, the people of Tauron are peasants who toil at hard labor and are looked down upon by the rest of the colonies. Out of this servitude an organized crime group has formed; a group with close ties to the Adama clan. From what we see in this pilot episode, the people of Tauron look similar to South American Indian cultures such as the Mayans or Aztecs in how their presented. It will be interesting to see how this is developed.

This pilot has some fun "ah ha!" moments. One of the more interesting "ah ha!" moments comes when we learn just how the Cylons developed their belief in the One True God. That revelation alone makes everything coming in 58 years even more understandable. It's moments like this along with scenes showing the development of the Cybernetic Lifeform Node, or Cylon, that will make Caprica an intriguing series to watch. It's these moments that allow me to forgive the series for starting out a little slow. Hopefully, Caprica can find a fan base that will make it worthwhile for Syfy to keep it on the air for a few years.
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ViragoReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good first act, more to come
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I just finished watching "Caprica" for the first time on my 42" Toshiba REGZA HDTV. I opted for a regular DVD since I've watched all of Battlestar Galactica in less than Blu-ray definition, downloading it from the iTunes Store. This DVD, played on an upconverting Toshiba REGZA DVD player that links with the television, was visually and orally splendid.

I was familiar with the plot before watching, knowing that "Caprica" is about the genesis of the Cylons. I found the reasons for the terrorist act that results in the need for an artificial brain and makeshift body less than convincing, but it does lay the foundation. Like other facets of BSG, the development relies on religious fanaticism as an explanation. Esai Morales (Joseph Adama) and Eric Stoltz (Daniel Greystone) are emotionally authentic and largely believable in their roles. Alessandra Torresani, the young actress who plays the Eve of the Cylons, Zoe, more or less holds her own with the veterans.

The disappointing aspect of "Caprica" is its abrupt and rather clumsy ending. I believe there should have been at least one more scene about the melding of cybernetic brain and mechanical brawn to prepare the audience for the upcoming series. But, the movie leaves us with have only the most rudimentary understanding of what is to come.
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Jonella A. MooreReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Caprica- another great show from Battlestar Galactica creators
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I was eager to see this new pilot DVD for the series that will begin in 2010. I certainly wasn't disappointed, as the creators of Battlestar Galactica have come out with a sneak peek of the new series "Caprica" that will begin next year. Set in the time when Cylons were first created, the storyline will hook you as fast as Battlestar did! It involves Bill Adama's grandfather as one primary character, and Eric Stolz is wonderfully cast as the creator of the the Cylons. The backstory involves how the loss of someone we love may cause a person to do anything within their power to bring that love back to them, even in a bizarre and dangerous way. It deals with the subtexts of greed, indifference, grief, cruelty , love and compassion. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who was a Battlestar Galactica fan, and also to those who have never even watched it. I can hardly wait to see what happens when the season begins!
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DJ Joe SixpackReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent
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"Caprica," the prequel series to the now-departed "Battlestar Galactica" opus, begins with this fine 90-minute pilot episode, in which numerous vivid, involving characters are introduced, the gritty social politics of the twelve colonies of Kobol begin to be fleshed out, and the Cylon race is born.

As a standalone show, without the benefit of four stunning seasons of BSG, I'm not sure how well this pilot would hold up, but as part of the Galactica mythos, it's utterly delicious and delightful. As is their wont, the writers and producers introduce a flurry of fantastic concepts, and we see at least four different ways the original Cylon codes could have been corrupted. And when that first Toaster starts walking and talking... and shooting... Well, I'm in, baby! I enjoyed this episode immensely and can't wait to see where they go from here. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
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Harry LinReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing pilot episode for BSG fans; non-fans maybe not so much
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I worked for five years at one of the Big Three television networks and, due to my position, had the privilege of watching all of the network's pilots every season. Each season, only a handful of pilots get chosen for airing (and, of course, only about 25% of aired pilots make it past their first season - broadcast TV is a brutal business). The most important trait that all successful television series' pilots share is that they are intriguing and leave you wanting to see the next episode. The second most important trait is that, in a single pilot episode, they set up seasons' worth of character development, plot dynamic, and themes and subtext. I believe "Caprica" manifests both these traits. It'd be misguided to evaluate "Caprica" as, say, a stand-alone movie or as encompassing the entire series. It's the pilot and has a specific goal and should be evaluated as such.

My rating, based on that context, is 4 out of 5. I can barely wait for the series to start.

I'm a BSG fan and, like many commenters, I was worried about this new series for all the reasons people have shared. Striking the appropriate balance between pleasing the BSG faithful and drawing in non-fans was a huge order, nigh impossible really, given BSG's utterly singular vision and audience fanaticism (well-earned fanaticism, I'd add; BSG is some of the best television, ever, period). "Caprica" didn't strike that balance; it leans toward the BSG faithful more than toward than the uninitiated. I think it'll have a hard time luring non-BSGgers. But for serving BSGgers and their hunger for more more more, "Caprica" does right. How did the Cylons first get created? Why are they called "Cylons"? What was Admiral Bill Adama's father like? What's with all this religion stuff anyway? "Caprica" expands upon that BSG mythology in fascinating ways. Don't care or don't know about that mythology? Well then you may find "Caprica" sort of boring and nonsensical.

I do wish the pilot's story had focused more on the "adult" characters -- Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales are very good -- and less on the teenagers, none of whom I found terribly interesting. (Aside: Love the headmistress at the private school! She's wicked.) And I wish the acting and action had been fiercer and more dynamic, though I think the pacing and tone were very deliberate artistic choices (said so in the DVD extras!).

As I wept during the series' finale of BSG, I had to realize that there will never be another "Battlestar Galactica" and that I was lucky to have experienced it the first time around. BSG is a remarkable artifact of pop culture that actually meant Something Important to millions of viewers. "Caprica" probably won't be that. But as I said, based on this pilot, I want to see the next episode.

The DVD is acceptable. Video quality is okay, menu system is fine, extras are thin (web site backstage videos, a few deleted scenes, and producer/director commentary tracks). I purchased a used copy from an Amazon Marketplace seller and my copy had scratches and freezes at two points. I've asked the seller to replace or refund my purchase.

Thanks for reading.
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