Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences. A spin-off of the Sci Fi Channel series Battlestar Galactica set 50 years prior to the events of that show.
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I was totally blown away by Battlestar Galactica. When the showpremiered in 2003, I didn't see it. I thought I would hate it. Boy wasI Wrong. The 2003 mini-series is absolutely brilliant. What followed ayear later was totally mind blowing: a full season where every singleepisode was stunningly beautifully executed with a strong story lineand an intriguing and mysterious story arch. I was hooked.Sadly Battlestar stumbled in season two, and lost its way in season 3.Efforts to bring it back to what worked early on only half waysucceeded, and with ample opportunity to end the series as a selfcontained story, the final chapter seemed hurried and slapped on,undermining and belittling the strong origins of the show. Battlestarwas consistently more brilliant than not all the way to the end, but itbecame apparent that the show wasn't planned to go anywhere from thestart, and that the need to spring surprises on the viewer was moreadhered to that to tell an overall story. It de-evolved into episodicTV, and I thin we as an audience have tired of such an out datedconcept. The Cylon plan proved to be anything but a plan.Now comes the pilot of Caprica, a show that has been in the rumor millfor years, and been greatly anticipated by the fans of Battlestar. Butthe downer final act of Battlestar renders the storyline of Capricamoot from the start -- what happened some 50 odd years beforeBattlestar began doesn't really matter anymore, does it? And Capricastruggles form the start. These characters seem bored and uninterestingto us. They seem to be more maneuvered into action by their surroundingthan by their own motivations or personalities. Nowhere to be seen isthe urgency that pulled us in from the start in Battlestar. It's hardto get overly curious about the secret teenage virtual underground, andit's hard to understand where these teenagers conjure up the notion ofa monotheistic God. It's even harder to understand Adama's rationalefor letting himself be played by Greystone and the sudden realizationof the error of his ways comes after a confrontation with aVR-representation of his recently deceased daughter that neither isconvincing nor is in any way credible in relation to how Capricatechnology is depicted.The show definitely have the look and feel of Battlestar on a budget,with noticeably less impressive special effects and production values.And it doesn't help that Greystones villa looks suspiciously likeBaltars, only filmed at slightly different angles.
I highly recommend this DVD to any fans of science fiction that enjoy a good philosophical debate as well as action and adventure.I bought Caprica through Amazon while deployed in Iraq. While we did not have first run movies, we managed to cobble together a fairly nice set-up for showing DVDs. Caprica was the only movie that we ended up watching more than once.Caprica serves as the prequel to the Battlestar Galactica series.Caprica introduces Commander Adama, and we meet his father as well as the creator of the Cylons.The DVD explains how the Cylons came to be created with a "bit of deception in their DNA." (I did not puzzle it out the first time around; my soldiers helped me out. I won't ruin it for you either; you have to watch the final five minutes carefully.)Caprica asks some gnarly philosophical questions without either purporting there are easy answers or letting the audience off the hook without some serious though.What is the nature of intelligent life?Does a clone have a soul? Well, what if the clone is just a magnetic facsimile? What if the original model is dead?Not since Mary Shelly has an artist addressed these questions so profoundly and powerfully.I have not been able to watch the series that the original DVD precluded, but I look forward to seeing it in the future.In service,Rich
This review is from: Caprica (DVD) 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.
This series took a while to develop - I didn't know what the frameworkwas for several episodes. Other BSG fans I know got bored and quitwatching. That's unfortunate - there's a brilliant sci-fi idea andstoryline here.However, the series goes way overboard on all the religion and culturalstuff. It's interesting to a point - but then we need to get back tosci-fi material and/or sci-fi related plot development. This isprobably the biggest problem with the show.The characters, on the other hand, are very well acted. If they hadright scripts, the combo would easily reach the heights that BattleStarGalactica did.All in all, this is pretty good series with a lot of potential. If itpicks up the pace and focuses more on it's sci-fi underpinnings, itwould gain a bigger and more satisfied audience.
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. Character development is outstanding. All shades of gray, no one is all good or all bad amongst the main characters. Actors do a terrific job. It is also great the way it gives background info on William Adama and his father Joseph. I am now watching season 1.0 and 1.5. I would recommend this DVD for anyone who enjoyed Battlestar Galactica.
This prequel to the Battlestar Galactica mini series is set 58 year before the first episode. The cast include a young William Adama.A teen computer wiz, Zoe Graystone (Allesandra Torrensani) has created an artificial version of herself with all her memories which she uploads into a virtual nightclub using a technology called holoband, an invention of her father Daniel (Eric Stoltz).Although she enjoys a life of privilege as her father is very wealthy, Zoe is rebellious. She plans to leave with two friends and start a new life off-world, one of which, Lacey (Magda Apanowicz) backs out and remains on the train platform. The train is blown to smithereens by a terrorist bomb carried by her friend Ben who is a member of a radical religious group which espouses the existence of a single, all-knowing, all-powerful God.Via Lacey, Graystone finds out about the copy of Zoe, and, by using his contacts in the business world, his great wealth and influence he obtains a critical piece of new computer hardware into which he loads Zoe's virtual copy; and then he mounts this hardware into a robot very similar to the Cylon "toasters," in appearance.Thus, the first Cylon is created . .. a Cylon with a religious belief so prominent throughout the BSG mini series,[...]This is a film that can stand alone, but it is better appreciated if one has seen the BSG mini series. The first half of the film, the viewer must pay rather close attention to get all the facts straight, but in the later part of the film the action and flow of the plot take over as the tension builds. The acting of Esai Morales as Adama, is, IMO, consistent with the later Admiral Adama and is performed well as is all the acting.I found the plot development believable and the information I obtained much appreciated in placing BSG the mini series in perspective. After all, who didn't wonder how the Cylons originally were developed. Ironically, the first Cylon was made to create life, and the Cylons virtually destroyed humanity many years later. "Caprica" mirrors the themes and tone of its parent show consistently, IMO, along with thematic concerns such as what does it mean to be human, and makes various references to the BSG such as the appearance of the Cylon "toaster" style.
Most of the bad reviews here seem to come from those who watched and loved BSG. I never watched a single episode of that show so I have nothing to compare Caprica to. I really like the show. It is more of a drama about people than it is science fiction, and maybe that's why so many who watched BSG are disappointed.
This show is fantastic. It's not exactly Battlestar Galactica, but it wasn't meant to be. I find it very sad that SyFy is cancelling this series. They wouldn't know good SyFy if it hit them, or so it seems. I hope to see another great series related to BSG that SyFy lets continue through the entire series. Ronald Moore and company are brilliant writers and team.
I am a big BSG fan, so I was excited to hear a "prequel" of BSG was coming out. I definitely thought it would be interesting to see how the Cylons came into being. So we are 7 episodes in, watching weekly on SyFy channel, and I give it an "OK," but reserve judgment to increase or decrease that rating later. To me, the characters aren't as compelling as in BSG. We do get to see Bill Adama as a young boy, and his father in his prime, but other than that, no other characters that will tie you back to BSG.I'm definitely going to keep watching, because I am hoping it will improve, but it definitely didn't draw me in the way BSG did. I couldn't wait for the next episode of BSG to air. However, this one I TiVo and forget about. I don't even watch it live because I can wait to skip the commercials.
I am a big BSG fan, so I was excited to hear a "prequel" of BSG was coming out. I definitely thought it would be interesting to see how the Cylons came into being. So we are 7 episodes in, watching weekly on SyFy channel, and I give it an "OK," but reserve judgment to increase or decrease that rating later. To me, the characters or story lines aren't as compelling as in BSG. We do get to see Bill Adama as a young boy, and his father in his prime, but other than that, no other characters that will tie you back to BSG at this point. I'm definitely going to keep watching, because I am hoping it will improve, but it definitely didn't draw me in the way BSG did. I couldn't wait for the next episode of BSG to air. However, this one I TiVo and forget about. I don't even watch it live because I can wait to skip the commercials.
This review is from: Caprica (DVD) Highly rated because of the quality of the product I received, and the speed with which it arrived at my home.
"Battlestar Galactica: Caprica" tells the interesting and revealing story of the creation of the Cylons, but otherwise it is a drab drama about dull people. Ron Moore, who co-wrote "Caprica", says in the commentary that they wanted "Caprica" to be a drama that centers on compelling characters, and in my humble opinion they have failed. Much like "Battlestar Galactica", most of the characters in "Caprica" are so depressed that they are nearly motionless. "Caprica" does resemble "Battlestar Galactica" in its tone and themes, but it does not approach the best episodes of "Galactica". Missing are the compelling crises and the fragile moments of choice. Also missing, for what it's worth, are the action sequences and supermodels. I do not plan to watch the series. The DVD has commentary from the creators and deleted scenes. Reviewed 4/21/2009 after watching on DVD.
After reviewing the entire first season of Caprica I felt like washingmy eyes out with bleach. This was the series that took the crown ofBattlestar Galactica and threw it as far down into the mud as it could.Season one is so slow moving and painful to watch that not only hasOxford dictionary used it as an example for the word plodding but it'sbeen rumoured that the Allied forces in Afghanistan are using it tocompel Taliban insurgents to talk.Don't get me wrong, I wanted to like this show. I wanted to love it.But then I watched it. From the first painful episode to the lastdreadful minute where climax somehow became climin.The franchise seems to be creatively bankrupt. The characters littlemore than mouthpieces used to string out stale clichÃ©s to theirbreaking point. The familial relationships aren't even ones ofconvenience. You just can't care about any of these people. Capricadoesn't develop characters or even use them to advance a plot. They arelittle more than meat puppets jerking grotesquely for no reasonwhatsoever.Even the Ceylon has nothing to do. I would've given the writers somecredit if they came close to exploring the complexities of artificiallife or even if they gave us a washed and faded version of Frankensteinbut instead they give us a teenage girl brooding in a robot.The video game world which seems central to this wandering andmeandering series is frankly unbelievable. One of the characters, stuckin the game, gives us a glimmer that there may be something interestingto this series but her story is lost in the greater grotesquery.I hope the series turns around and becomes something great as Babylon 5did. I hope it even becomes watchable. But I'm a realist. This seriesseems destined, if it's lucky, to one day reach mediocrity then fadeinto a footnote.
Big fan of the Battlestar Galactica series.I bought the Caprica DVD and literally had trouble staying awake. It's very slow getting to the depth of the story, excruciatingly slow. Very much like the Matrix, most of the characters are overly calm and soft spoken... the only really animated character is Zoe the child, which makes her seem more annoying than she really is because she is such a contrast from everyone else.The sex scenes, just infrared tainted topless girls, girl-girl kissing in a very dark nightclub. If you added all the nude scenes together I doubt that it would be more than 15-20 seconds total.The special effects are far inferior to Battlestar Galactica. But to be fair, the Battlestar effects were of things that didn't exist... whereas the effects in Caprica have to do with things we see on a daily basis - city scenes, trains, buildings, etc., harder to fake. Nevertheless, the quality of effects was on the level of a made-for-tv disaster movie... a little disappointing.The story is well written and well acted... it just doesn't keep your attention, until the nude scenes... which kind of tells you how much action and/or heightened suspense there isn't on this dvd. The story is clever, but you keep waiting and waiting for something pivotal to happen, and by that time... you stop caring about the characters they're trying to make you care about.I would wait to rent this for a dollar or buy it used for under $5 and I definitely would not let this be an influence to purchasing cable. If you really like the quality, story, acting and action of True Blood and consider True Blood to be a 10... this rates about a 5 in comparison.
This review is from: Caprica: Season 1.0 (DVD) Arrived as stated... there are spots on a few DVDs where the Audio has very short problem and it is always near the area close to the center of the DVD in the third hour of the recording... the Video is fine... other than that it was fine. No information on how to get replacment disks
It took me a couple of episodes to really get excited about BattlestarGalactica. When I finished watching all I could find, includingwebisodes and extended episodes, I was hooked and wanted more. EnterCaprica. A show which was going to show me the birth of Cylons. Just mything. I watched the pilot and it was eight kinds of not awesome. Ifound myself having to sit through grueling childhood trauma stories ofWilliam Adama and the story about an angry teenager, whose virtualrepresentation is inserted into the Cylon prototype. Which essentiallygives us a robot with issues. The premise of BSG has always been thatthe Cylons were sentient and were thus able to rebel. I had neverimagined that their starting point (this time around) was going to beteen angst.Caprica sports a fine cast, who deliver good acting performances. It isjust a major fault of the show that the writing of the characters isboring. The sense of urgency in which the characters of BSG developedand evolved is gone. The only sense of urgency in Caprica is that thereis a deadline for a delivery of robots. True, it is a family dramawhich should depict the birth of the modern Cylons but as far as familydramas go, it is not all that interesting. It hooks itself to the trendof throwing little pieces of the original in, to give it a connectionboth with the re-imagined series and the original one, such as "by yourcommand" and "so say we all" but the way it is done, makes it seem tograsp at connectivity instead of focusing on developing a story whichis interesting to follow. Nine episodes in, I can only hope that the show will take a turn forthe better and start giving us some story lines which will once againenthrall and captivate the audience. If it succeeds in doing so, itwill still suffer from the curse of having a 9 episode longintroduction to interesting events, which frankly isn't good enough.
This review is from: Caprica (DVD) Parts of it were a little hard to follow, but I definitely look forward to the series.We're watching it again as I type, so I'll probably be able to figure out what I didn't understand.All in all, a great start!
First off I would not buy this as this will be released in the future as part of a season boxset and I am not going to be double-dipped again.I would rather download a krappy watermarked divx than spend my money on a product that will be double-dipped just like we have seen with BSG in the past.On another note I have the strong feeling i will dislike this show as it seems to be an even more soap opera than BSG was.I hate soap operas and straight up drama shows.At least BSG had my attention cause it had a lot of cool scfi type entertainment mixed in to the drama.We saw outer space,cylons,space battles,exploring planets,intrigue,and more actiony type plots.In a few weeks we will see what gives on Caprica and then we will know if it is Crapica or Caprica.
For BG fans, this movie sets the stage for future events in the TV series. Background about Cylons and insight into their motivations. A must see!
This review is from: Caprica (Amazon Instant Video) 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.