Caprica: Series 1 and 1.5

Ζ How did this get filmed?

Okay, that’s not fair, I know HOW it got filmed, I just want to know WHY?

If one was going to take a great television concept and try to ensure that it would not only fail, but bring down other shows along with it, Caprica should be one’s model. This program totally ignored the successful bits of Battlestar Galactica, focused on the parts that didn’t work, and then took them one step farther. The entirety of the first season could have been told in about three episodes, with most of the storylines serving no purpose towards the greater story arc.

Craprica did pick up a bit in the second half of its sole season, and the last couple of episodes were halfway decent, but by that time the damage had been done. The story line meandered down pointless avenues and had no connection to the Military Sci-Fi origins of the series. Yet, even beyond the pointless soap-operatic wallowing and wandering of the series, Craprica did something that was truly fatal: it broke with Battlestar Galactica’s continuity.

In Battlestar Galactica (BSG), it was noted the Centurions had come up with the concept of the One God “all on their own.” In Craprica, we discover that before the Centurions had been invented, there was a monotheistic cult of humans that committed acts of terrorism and from whom the Centurion theology was clearly taken. In BSG we know that Commander Bill Adama‘s father, Joseph, was a renowned civil rights lawyer. In Craprica he’s a second rate hack who’s tied to the cultural equivalent of the Mafia.

Worst of all, at the start of BSG, no one had ever heard of Skin Job Cylons, and along the way in the series we discover that the Final Five had brought human-style cylon technology with them when they arrived to the Twelve Colonies during the middle of the war. In Craprica Skin Jobs are introduced as an invention before the Cylon War even started. Indeed, worse still (at least for me) is the fact that while BSG gives you the impression (but never states) that Cylons gained consciousness all on their own, Craprica states right from the get go that Cylon intelligence is really nothing more than copied versions of a human intelligence. Bo-ring.

In short, the writers and producers totally reinvented anything that they felt like, and made it worse. If you ask me, Craprica is really only worth watching if you want to see how to kill a golden child.


About Thomas Evans

I'm a writer of mysteries, espionage, and speculative fiction. In my previous incarnation I was an archaeologist specializing in gender and identity in Iron and Bronze Age Europe. Mostly, however, I was known for my works with the use of geomatics, multiscalular spatial analysis and landscape theory within archaeology.
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