With the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica set to air this Friday night, it’s likely that many BSG fans haven’t been able to give much thought or speculation to the premise of the big BSG prequel, Caprica, which has been officially greenlit for production. When the news broke, few details were given about Caprica other than that it will center on two rivaling families, the Adamas and the Graystones and that it will take place 50 years before the Battlestar Galactica timeframe.
E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos got some very interesting (but somewhat spoiler-ish) information about the premise of Caprica. So if you don’t want to know anything about Caprica other than the premiere date (and unfortunately, we don’t have that yet), read no further!
Two houses, both alike in dignity, in fair Caprica, where we lay our scene. Ok, not quite. It doesn’t look like there are any star-crossed lovers in this series (at least, not that we know of). Here’s the breakdown, according to Dos Santos’ report. Apparently, the series includes the Adams (that’s "Adama", minus the second A but we’re dealing with the same family. Dos Santos didn't mention how, when or why the A gets added on) and the Graystones.
Joseph Adam(a) is a big shot civil rights attorney. We knew this already as Grandpa-Adama was referenced numerous times in the third season of BSG. He's a married man with a daughter named Tamara as well as a son (9-year-old Bill “future admiral of Galactica” Adama). Daniel Graystone is the head of the Graystones family and a computer genius. He’s married to Amanda (that's "Adama" backwards minus the n but I don't think that's relevant) and fathers a daughter named Zoe. Unfortunately, Zoe’s boyfriend is a religious fanatic who ends up blowing up a bunch of people, Mrs. Adama, daughter Tamara Adama and Zoe included.
Because Zoe installed “rudimentary elements of her personality and DNA” into a machine, Daniel Graystone is able to use the technology to create Zoe-R, which as you might have guessed, is the first Cylon. He makes a robot replica of Tamara for Joseph but Adama is “ethically appalled by the robot version of his dead [daughter], Tamara, and repents his actions.” Instead of hanging out with his very own robot daughter, Joseph forms a stronger bond with his son, Bill.
The premise is definitely intriguing. For one thing, it’s made me realize how little we know about the Old Man and his family’s background (outside of the military). Tragedy, terrorism and robot replicas? What do you think? Will Caprica be able to match Battlestar Galactica in terms of it’s greatness? Or is this reported premise not really ringing your bells?
Like BSG, it seems like technology, politics and human drama will all play a part in this new series. The only thing that’s missing is the war between man vs. machine and frequent space-battles (I suspect many hardcore scifi fans will miss that quite a bit) but at least it takes place in the same “universe” as BSG. This means we could get to see more of things like actual Pyramid games, not to mention seeing the way the people of Caprica live when their lives aren’t constantly in mortal danger.
Maybe I'm just being overly optimistic but I think Caprica has the potential to be great. What say you?
It should be noted that Dos Santos posted her story on April 1st (the day when many TV and movie rumors turn out to be nothing more than April fools pranks) so this entire premise could turn out to be yet another fake-news story. Then again, nothing about the premise seems crazy enough to be made up (at least not compared to some of the other April Fools jokes we've seen today) . Guess we'll have to wait and see if there are any updates.