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Battlestar Galactica: Caprica

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-12-14 06:22:49

I <3 BSG

BSG was one of the finest television series of the millennium. Even its occasional low points were passably watchable. It did have an occasional penchant to overly indulge in mysticism, determinism, and dreamstuffs, but even that had a future payoff more often than not.

Now we have Caprica, an upcoming prequel spinoff series scheduled to begin airing next month. The pilot has been available on DVD for some time now, and I finally got around to checking it out. It's reasonably well acted and directed, but today's strip encapsulates the central reasons for my disdain.

Furthermore, the central conflict of the series looks like it'll revolve around Joseph Adama (future Admiral Bill Adama's attorney father) and Daniel Graystone, the morally irresponsible creator of the Cylons. A hardass Adama fighting for political influence with an arrogant, self-centered scientist? I would hope for a new idea; they've played the "This Has Happened Before" card too hard for this to be interesting to me anymore. It's past the point of being a legitimate theme, and is now just lazy writing.

I also finally checked out "The Plan". It's a television movie depicting the events of BSG from the Cylons' point of view. Squishy's Mike was so enthusiastic about it that he set me up for severe disappointment. Firstly, much of the footage is recycled from the main series. The result was a disjointed narrative flow, sans any of the sociopolitical allegory that was the crux of the series' importance. Instead, it felt like a DVD bonus segment of discarded behind-the-scenes material.

Secondly, you want to know what the Cylons' great Plan was? Kill all the humans. Oh did some manage to escape? Guess what the revised Plan was. Kill all the humans. Disappointing. "The Plan" centered around two of the Cavils' (the primary Cylon villain) response to increased interaction with humanity. This model of Cylon is always terrifically portrayed by Dean Stockwell, but the writing he had to deliver was so forced as to be laughable. The "evil" Cavil (SPOILER ALERT) shanks a little boy for no practical reason. The entire scene was just to show "OMG SEE HOW EVIL HE IS SHOCK SHOCK". The only bits I genuinely enjoyed were the Sam Anderson sequences following his time spent as a guerrilla fighter on Caprica.

All in all, it was as good as the worst of the main series, only it dragged on for a couple of hours. Ultimately, it contributed nothing of significance to the BSG mythos.

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