Up late and accidentally hit upon the return of Caprica around 3:00am on the Mansquito Network (SyFy they call it) ... even worse than before, if that's possible.

Every single thing I liked about the 2003-2006 Battlestar Galactica reboot is slowly being sucked out of this show, as if they let some of those teen-angst vampires that stalk every media nook-and-cranny nowadays loose upon the show to suck what little life it had right out of it.

Terrible ideas drive this show, which should be no surprise because lunch-lister Jane Espensen has been put in charge - and she was always the weakest writer on BSG. Way too many story threads overlap and bump into each other - like a schizophrenic was put in charge of making the area rug for the foyer. Every evocative mention and image of the 12 colonies in BSG is made cheap, and dumbed-down for Caprica. There is no magic, just the mundane.

What ever happened to the gold sky of Caprica? Key timeline error: if Daniel Graystone invents the robots and one generation later William Adama is the key military leader fighting the Cylons, when was the golden age when robots and man and the gods all lived together from the mythos of the earlier show? Bah.

The look of the show grows more like Stargate meets Sin City, the high-style slickness to the look of the Graystone parts of the story are completely undermined by this whole mafia subplot. Really, what a joke. My cat can cough up a furball with more interesting elements that these Caprica episodes. We've seen it all before, and done better.

Have mercy, kill this show soon.


Potiphar Breen said...

Hi Radii!

When you said: "Stargate meets Sin City" I could not have thought you read my mind so damn well.

Everything you wrote is 100% valid and to the point.

Here's a perfect opportunity to build a beautifully intertwined thought-provoking backstory to the gritty desperation that was BSG Reimagined and they just flushed it all down the toilet.

Caprica's attempt to do a mind-meld of a gangster-GMan-terrorist-religion-teen-angst-business war scenario with basically a smart robot is a really crappy disconnect without a doubt.

One small benefit so far is there are no frakkin Angels...yet.


Potiphar Breen, the last one said...

Well if you have nothing to say...

I guess that's it.

No hard feelings then.

radii said...

Didn't get a chance to reply before. Thanks for the comments - always appreciated.

I do like the new Frankenhole on Adult Swim and Ugly Americans on Comedy Central - both twisted animated satire.

Caprica - what a let-down. I think they're taking inspiration from Frank Miller's The Spirit (and geometric versions of Maori tattoos) for their gangster shtick

Potiphar Breen said...

That's OK, radii...I understand.

The only thing I am watching CAPRICA for is how they intend to develop the theme of the machines rebelling after somehow determining on their own that people suck.

Of course I want to also see how - or IF - that whole 'Final Five' insert into BSG/Reimagined will be tied into the storyline.

Recall that a DANIEL was mentioned as part of the evolved human CYLONS (pre BSG) so I'm wondering just how Daniel Greystone turns into a machine.

Also wondering how many others -the human people - get the opportunity to become avatars in the Cylon world.

I know, I know...I hope for too much at this late date.

radii said...

oh, and don't forget ... Daniel was the "sensitive" one according to the Final Five (seems more like an amoral, greedy capitalist prick to me) ... there's no way they can get Tab A to fit into Slot B ... they've just abandoned any hope of it