“Caprica: Rebirth, Reigns of Waterfall”
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Alessandra Torresani.
Airdates: Friday, January 29 & February 5
Slice of SciFi Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
After the pilot episode of “Caprica” hit DVD last year, many fans (this one included) walked away cautiously optimistic about the series’ potential and curious to see where and how this world would be expanded and explored on a weekly basis.
Now having seen the first two regular episodes, the biggest thing that springs to mind is that it’s kind of a shame that this series is tied to the “Galactica” universe. I don’t say that to belittle the superb work done on the re-imagined “Galactica” but instead to say that “Caprica” is a solid enough project that it could have stood on its own without necessarily being a prequel.
The first two episodes begin to dig a bit deeper into the characters we met in the pilot episode. And just like the original series, not everyone here is wholly likable. But the stories do a fascinating job of painting the characters in such a way that while we may not always like or agree with what they’re doing or how they’re acting, we will at least understand their motivation. Eric Stoltz leads the cast and watching his obsession with trying to replicate the successful test from the end of the pilot is fascinating and compelling. Equally interesting is seeing the Zoe avatar surviving inside the Cylon body and the questions of identity that the show is raising in its initial storylines.
The story also works on a world-building level, allowing us to see a bit more into the world we only got hints of during the original “Galactica” run.
However, the show does have a few stumbling points. Early on, the mob storyline involving a young William Adama seems a bit too forced and doesn’t really cover any new or interesting ground. It may also lead to a lot of nitpicking among hard-core fans about the character arc and whether or not this fits into what we know about Adama from the former series.
But so far, “Caprica” is working hard to make sure the show is accessible to new fans as well as providing rewards for “Galactica” fanatics. And while the planetbound nature of the series means we won’t get any space battles or shows of the ship falling through the atmosphere, the real fireworks could come from the fascinating characters and the world-building aspect of the show.