Idol Chatter

Idol Chatter


Excited for ‘Caprica’

posted by Donna Freitas

caprica.jpgFinally, the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ prequel series ‘Caprica’ premiered on SyFy last Friday. Of course, the two hour pilot has been available on DVD and On Demand for months, but whatever. The real news is that new episodes are upon us (finally) and I’m excited to see what this Battlestar prequel will bring.
What I loved about Battlestar: the characters (of course)–it’s one of the best character-driven dramas I’ve seen on television–but also the religious themes of polytheism vs monotheism, and of course, science, technology, and the repercussions of human hubris.
‘Caprica’ seems to bring similar promise, at least in the religion department if not the characters themselves (at least not yet). So far, there isn’t a slam dunk personality like that of Starbuck or Lee or Odama. Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone is the center character of ‘Caprica’ right now, and I don’t find him very magnetic. Alessandra Torresani as Zoe, his daughter, probably runs a close second as far as significance and I’m not in love with her either. But I’m willing to give them a chance, and then, the show’s season previews include glimpses of James Marsters, who I adore, and I can’t pass up watching a show that features him.
Much more interesting is the promise of the polytheism vs. monotheism theme, this time giving viewers the background story to what becomes the central division between Cylons and humans in Battlestar–to believe in one god or many gods? ‘Caprica’ already has linked up terrorist cells with the fight for a monotheistic faith, pitting the one-god folks against the many-god folks. Perhaps most interesting of all is the hubris issue, since with Caprica, we get to see the birth and rise of the Cylon. The end of the pilot is chilling and Frankenstein-esque–with Daniel imbuing a “toaster” Cylon prototype with his daughter’s avatar. To hear her voice come out of a Cylon body is utterly upsetting and gripping. This, I hope, will turn out to be the heart of the show.
The New York Times review of ‘Caprica’ is less kind. Regardless, I’m excited to see whether ‘Caprica’ can come anywhere near the level of amazing that Battlestar reached.



Previous Posts

Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra Launch Sixth All - New Meditation Experience 'Expanding Your Happiness'
Registration Starts Today Monday, July 14 at Oprah.com/meditation Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra announced the launch of their latest, all-new meditation experience "Expanding Your Happiness," which is open for registration starting today at www.Oprah.com/meditation.  The free 21-day meditation

posted 11:56:20am Jul. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Anchor Stuart Scott Honored at ESPYs for Perseverance
ESPN’s anchor Stuart Scott offers strength to many on air. It’s not only for his smooth delivery or a career that’s spanned over two decades-it’s fighting a deadly form of cancer since 2007. This week Scott, 48, was presented the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs by actor Kief

posted 10:01:07am Jul. 18, 2014 | read full post »

WORLD WIDE EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS from 'The Good Lie' Starring Reese Witherspoon
“The Good Lie,” a new movie from Warner Brothers, stars Reese Witherspoon as Carrie Davis, a woman who agrees to help a group of Sudanese refugees who win a lottery for relocation in the United States. Film director Philippe Falardeau brings the story of survival to life, displaying the power of

posted 8:42:17am Jul. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Planes: Fires & Rescue - Exclusive Trailer
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” the theatrical sequel to the 2013 animated film “Planes” is a comedy-adventure featuring a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. The team learns that with hard work, faith and re

posted 8:30:42am Jul. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Polygamist Wife Escapes Terror of Cult Leader in Memoir, 'The Witness Wore Red'
The Witness Wore Red is a riveting, harrowing tale of Rebecca Musser, who fled a polygamist cult and their leader, Warren Jeffs. Raised in the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a sect of the Mormon Church, Musser shares the sexual and emotional abuse she suffered since childh

posted 5:49:47pm Jul. 11, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.