“Caprica” finally takes off

In my first impressions of the two-hour pilot for “Caprica,” I wrote the following:

While I’m certainly excited about Ronald D. Moore’s next project, I can’t help but be a little leery of a prequel. “Caprica” has the same challenge that the “Star Wars” prequels had: Everyone knows how it turns out. The question is whether or not the history is compelling enough to outweigh the certainty of the story’s outcome.

Were there any “Battlestar Galactica” fans clamoring for a prequel? I’m sure there were a few, but I hadn’t even considered the prospect until I heard that “Caprica” was already in development. How interested are we in seeing how Cylons were developed?

On the whole, I enjoyed the two-hour pilot, though I didn’t find it as compelling as “BG.” And the next two episodes consisted of a lot of mourning, religion and setup — in other words, it was a little slow. It wasn’t until the most recent episode — “There Is Another Sky” — that the series really took off.

And it would seem that most viewers out there agree. The series was getting consistent scores in the 8.2-8.8 range at TV.com, but the latest episode garnered a 9.2, the highest of the series. On the whole, “Caprica” is getting an 8.7 compared to a 9.2 for “Battlestar Galactica.” Some might argue that “BG” fans are being too hard on “Caprica,” but there is also probably some element of support for the show that wouldn’t otherwise be there. Those two factors may very well offset each other.

There are spoilers ahead, so if you recently gave up on “Caprica,” you might want to track down this episode and give it a go. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

** SPOILER ALERT **

This episode of “Caprica” took the story of Joseph Adama’s daughter, Tamara, to another level. In an attempt to escape, she entered a chaotic part of the virtual world, and ultimately discovered that the real life version of her was killed in the train bombing. The storyline has a similar feel as “The Matrix” where the chosen one (Neo/Tamara) has all sorts of abilities in the virtual world. One can’t help but suspect that the two daughters — Tamara and Zoe — represent the genesis of the Cylon intelligence.

The episode ended with Joseph’s discovery that Tamara’s avatar is still alive, so that should give him a purpose again. I’m now looking forward to seeing him meet his daughter again, whether it be in the virtual world or in the real world in the form of a Cylon. She went through quite the metamorphosis in just one episode, so there’s no telling what kind of “person” she’ll be by the time Joseph tracks her down.

  

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