When last I checked the Syfy network section of my Comcast OnDemand service, the channel was spelled “Sci-Fi,” and Comcast were charging people, I think, $0.99 per viewing. Needless to say I didn’t do any re-watching of Battlestar Galatica (BSG) at the time. Likewise NBC shows were charging the same amount. No “The Office” or “Heroes” for me either via my OnDemand feature.
My only solution was that I could check the shows out online via Hulu without being charged. However, I preferred to see many of the shows on my TV. There were other channels Comcast offered free viewings for, so I forgot about Sci-Fi Network, NBC, and the games they played with my desire to see the programs I liked.
Today I peeked through my Comcast OnDemand section. For grins and giggles I looked up the SyFy section. I saw Caprica and it was free to view. I remember Caprica being released on DVD first.
Mind you, at the time I had a very soured relationship with BSG and Sci-Fi. BSG had its seasons broken into parts and shown at different times of the same year. Also the ending of BSG left me very, very cold. Now I had to pay for Caprica before seeing or knowing what it was about. It was worth not bothering with, until now.
For the record, I can see several aspects of BSG story structure in Caprica (no surprise). The main theme seems to be about cheating death and the differences in religion. A monotheistic faith verses polytheism. Elements of terrorism initiate the tragedy of the story. We see the world initially through the heroine’s eye. We also the tragic failures of her father, who really doesn’t want to let go of his daughter.
It is interesting to see the birth of a second generation of Cylons on Caprica. The unfolding story feels very frightening, sad, and intriguing. The end of the planet Caprica comes from the overwhelming desire to cheat death. Tragedy begets more tragedy, as Zoë’s description of her father being able to rationalize anything shows us his true flaw. One man’s ambition and inability to compromise his own viewpoints leads to the end of the world.
Noting history here, as through BSG we discover the truth about the legendary 13th colony, which are first generation Cylons. Their story’s been long lost to all who believe the 13th colony leads to human salvation from genocide.
As a world, Caprica looks beautiful. The tech is highly advanced, and on the surface looks utopian. One look past the wonderful surface, and we see that the world is incredibly racist, and unwilling to budge from that stance.
Note the lack of space travel or some battles in this series. Clearly there’s an attempt to not repeat to the stylish space elements of BSG.