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MAKE-UP SEX (also AN AFFAIR): Caprica

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Yes, it’s been ages. So sorry for the prolonged period of celibacy. But I’m back and – whaddya know – first post of the year I’m having an affair. With television.

DISCLAIMER: I have not, nor do I plan to, watch Battlestar Galactica. Sci-Fi heads be warned. However, I don’t think this invalidates my upcoming Caprica rant. So, without further ado…

Zoe Graystone - more or less.

Caprica had been hyped to death by geeky friends everywhere, so I thought I’d give it a go. It seemed promising enough – the print ads were stunning and it is, after all, the prequel to Battlestar Galactica and I know enough people who love that show. AND – thanks to Star Trek’s resurgence – sci-fi is sooOOooO in. Unfortunately, Caprica has been found wanting. Allow me to expand in categories.

WRITING. Caprica’s main problem. This makes me sad because the premise promises so much. The story is there – it’s just told ever so slowly and ever so painfully. I can overlook a slow start. After all, it was a pilot and much had to be explained. Only, it never picked up. The characters dragged their feet getting to where they had to go, not to mention their really awkward interactions with each other once they crossed paths.

Mr. Graystone and Mr. Adama

CHARACTERS [[SPOILER ALERT]]. Newcomer Alessandra Toressani as Zoe Graystone is adorable. She could be the third Deschanel sister with her wide eyes and adorable-ness. Unfortunately, we don’t see much of her since she blows up and is reincarnated as a giant robot thingee. Here’s hoping that her electronic voice is as easy to latch on to as her physical self. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stolz) and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) as individual characters are fine – but (again, I fault the writers) their roles as good and evil incarnate are far too apparent, far too early. Not to mention we’re beat over the head with it. Finally, little Adama (played by Sina Najafi and grows up to be Commander Adama in BG) is barely even a character. He’s unattached and unfeeling. Not exactly the leader of the ship on which I would like to be.

STYLE: So, if anyone aside from myself remembers the short-lived ‘Kings,’ you’ll remember how bloody well done it was. A modernized biblical setting where characters and concepts were rooted in religious parables. Stylistically, it was PERFECT. The line between historic and modern was clear and consistent, if something was referential, we knew it. Caprica seems a bit confused. The Graystones are unattainable, living in a future to which we have no relation while the Adamas come from some other planet (the name of which I can’t even bother to look up) but which MUST look like 1950s New York – and they MUST know the Corleones.

At the end of the day, the writing is key. Unfortunately, these writers just don’t make the cut. I’m going to go ahead and skip this one – lest I get sucked into the show of no return. Anyway, that role is already filled by a little ditty called Heroes.

Photos via SyFy.