Fans of the Battlestar Galactica series that had its end last Spring should enjoy Caprica, which just made its appearance on Hulu. That’s pretty good, because I do most of TV watching on Hulu anyway.
This two-hour pilot was actually available on DVD months ago. I suppose SyFy wanted the money from diehard BSG fans who just “had to see” the prequel.
I had pretty low expectations for this show, as I do any spin-off. Most spin-offs are just carbon copies of their source material, but Caprica is quite original while staying true to the BSG universe.
I must warn Christian readers that they might be greatly offended at the opening of Caprica, which takes place in a nightclub where anything goes. It turns out the nightclub is not real, but simply a holographic, interactive social network. It makes sense when you see it. Yes, there is a lot of sinful activity there, and the show addresses it. It is by no means gratuitous.
It turns out that Caprica is one of the most thoughtful shows on the air right now. It takes place in an age where scientists are creating artificial life, and they are about to reap the whirlwind of consequences.
It starts when two fathers lose their daughters in a terrorist suicide bombing, and try to bring them back to life as some sort of holographic simulation.
Of course, BSG fans can see that what they are really creating is the Cylons, the somewhat sympathetic villains from BSG.
Considering that the backstory of BSG involved some war with the Cylons that took place forty years before the first episode, we never got a chance to see it. Caprica looks like a chronicle of that war, and it takes place in a science fiction universe that is completely believable.
The technology of Caprica is advanced, but it isn’t as advanced as Star Wars or Star Trek. In fact, it looks rather contemporary, and possibly the result of only on hundred years of advancement.
In short, Caprica is worth watching, worth talking about, and I look forward to where it will go, even though I know the inevitable conclusion.