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Genre: Television - Caprica / Theatrical Release: 2009 / Actors: Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Avan Jogia, Genevieve Buechner, Paula Malcomson ... / DVD released 2009-04-21 at Universal Studios / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

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      15.04.2011 14:35

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      pretty good entertainment

      Title: Caprica - Feature Length Pilot Episode
      Starring: Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Alessandra Torresani
      Released: 29th March 2010
      Run time: 89 minutes
      Cert: 15
      Set on Caprica 58 years before the events of the Second Cylon War re-imagined in the Battlestar Galactica saga, the Twelve Colonies are enjoying a long period of peace and prosperity. Yet an act of religious fanaticism sets the fates of the Adamas and the Graystones onto a collision course.

      It's the beginning of the end for the human race as Caprica tells the story of how the Cylon race was born. Two rival dynasties, the Adamas and the Graystones, come together briefly, as future events are set in motion. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz, Pulp Fiction) has developed artificial and biological intelligence. He has developed what I, as a Star Trek fan, would probably think of as a holodeck, where all the kids live out their wildest fantasies - group sex, murder, bloody fist fights, ritual sacrifice, anything goes. His daughter has come up with some way to make her own 'avatar' real. When she dies in a terrorist bombing her father wants to use this duplicate of his daughter, Zoe (played to excellent effect by the talented and beautiful Alessandra Torresani - undoubtedly a star in the making - appearing in Caprica in her first recurring roles having had only bit parts on shows such as CSI and Arrested Development), as the basis for a robotic version of his daughter in the body of a Cylon.
      However when he comes into direct conflict with the charismatic Joseph Adama (Esai Morales, 24), who has also lost his daughter in the same events there begins a conflict of ethics, science and business as the war for the very survival of the human race looms on the horizon.

      I've never watched any of the new incarnation of Battlestar Galactica. All I remember is the ill-fated late 70s version starring Dirk Benedict that ran only 24 episodes (although they were each an hour long, so that's the same as two seasons of 30 minute episodes). It's testimony to the success of the newly imagined series (that ran for 5 seasons) that it has also spawned this prequel series, which if this feature length pilot episode is anything to go by, will be very good indeed.

      I wasn't sure if I would enjoy Caprica or not but I found it to be absorbing and thrilling even if I wasn't sure exactly what it was all about. The script and direction are both strong and the acting is also accomplished. I can say that it has certainly whet my appetite for watching more Battlestar Galatica and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of the series as well as Battlestar newbies.

      It looks as though we can look forward to at least a full season of 17 episodes.

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      31.05.2010 00:34
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      The first episode of the upcoming series

      This is a DVD of the pilot from the new Battlestar Gallactica prequel series. It answers some of the questions unanswered by the remake series and fills out the mythology of the "Gallactica-verse". Unfortunately the way this DVD was marketed you'd think it was a feature film, this unfortunately leaves you very disappointed as it's just a feature length pilot.

      From the start you can see the potential to be excellent just beneath the surface of the slightly flawed pilot episode. The truth is it just doesn't have the same impact of the remakes mini series, but that was such an amazing series its probably best not to compare the two.

      The series revolves around two families the Graystones and the Adamas (as in Bill Adama of the remake series). This series takes place 58 years before the events of the remake and Bill is a kid. The series relies on a lot of CGI which at times to me is subpar, the story and acting is strong enough to overcome this obstacle.

      Many of the things which made Battlestar great is present here such as: the new out look at religion, the class system and terrorism. The main story is about the death of the daughters of both the Graystone and Adams households in an apparent terrorist attack. Zoe Greystone is wrongly blamed for the incident and we see how the family has to deal with this. At the same time an avatar of the deceased girls have been created on holoband (their internet type thing) we are left wondering what is in store for these virtual girls.

      This single episode is on one disc but I'd wait for the entire series if I was you because it doesn't make sense to buy this solitary episode when you need the rest to complete the story.

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      23.04.2010 11:35
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      A great independent show that launches on the back of Battlestar Galactica's success!

      From the creators of the new re-imagined Battlestar Galactica comes this prequel, a pilot for a brand new series, set 58 years before the events shown in its parent show. Caprica takes a look at The Twelve Colonies Of Kobol long before The Fall that saw them all being destroyed by the Cybernetic race known as The Cylons....but don't worry because if you have never seen Battlestar Galactica and considered it to be too sci-fi or geeky then there is still plenty to enjoy here! Previous knowledge of the Battlestar universe is not a requirement by any means!!

      Caprica is a world much like our own several years in the future with major breakthroughs being made in science and technology. But also much like our own world, there is division between the peoples created by differences in their religious faith. Whilst the majority of the population believe in The Twelve Gods Of Kobol, there is a small sect or cult that choose to believe in The One True God! Zoe Greystone, whose father Daniel is a highly successful Cybernetics Engineer and Scientist, falls in with some of this crowd not realising her best friend has been recruited by The Soldiers Of The One True God, a terrorist organisation determined to overthrow the goverment, and is killed when he launches a suicide attack on a crowded domestic train. Also killed in the attack is the wife and daughter of Joesph Adama, father of William Adama who will grow up to command the Battlestar Galactica. Joesph Adama is a lawyer with shady connections and meets Daniel Greystone by accident at a Public Hearing convened to discuss the terrorist attack. Slowly these two parents, united in their tragedy, begin to form a bond of sorts...

      Daniel is working on a project to create Cybernetic Soldiers that he calls Cylon Centurions but is missing a vital piece of the puzzle that will give his creations intelligence. When he discovers a virtual version of his daughter that she created in Holographic Cyberspace, he starts to think that maybe he has discovered the answer to his problems. But then, he also begins to consider the fact that he might be able to bring his daughter back; not as she was but as a carbon copy of her former self. All he needs to secure this vision is one vital component and unfortunately that is held by one of his competitors. Which is when he enlists the help of Joesph Adama.....

      Anyone expecting another BSG may be disappointed by this latest offering by Eick and Moore. There are no big space battles, no shots of the planet from the stars and little relation to their previous show. This is much more of a sci-fi drama than a battle-for-the-stars sci-fi show. But that is why it works! If it was just a re-hash of BSG, no-one would be interested. Instead this works on a number of different levels and does it very well!

      There are a few subtle nods to BSG too though for those loyal fans who wish to see how events in that show all began. Daniel Greystone's Cylon is a version of the original Centurion from the seventies' Battlestar Galactica (complete with catchphrase, "By your Command") as seen in flashbacks in some episodes of the newer show and of course Joesph Adama, as previously mentioned, is depicted here both as a lawyer and as the father of son, William Adama who played such a vital role in BSG. But I like the way the show doesn't dwell on these things so that new fans can walk right in and swallow up this highly competent pilot that shows lots of excellent potential!

      I was half expecting not to like this, and indeed found the first ten minutes or so of this a little confusing until I becan to piece together what was going on, but can honestly say I was very impressed. Alessandra Torresani puts in a sterling performance as Zoe Greystone and Eric Stolz equally as her father. Likewise Esai Morales is instantly believable as Joesph Adama; a man we have heard lots about in BSG but whom we meet for the first time here! The conflicts between these two parents, Daniel and Joesph, and how they deal with their grief seperately and in very different ways looks like it will provide the full show with plenty of intriguing angles and interesting story-lines that will take it far further than just being a Battlestar Prequel and more into the realms of being a successful show in its own right!

      The pilot runs for 1 hr 28 minutes, is priced £9.99 from Amazon and gives a great taster of what is to come.... personally I cannot wait for the whole series to come out on DVD and love the way this first episode ends; setting the scene for all sorts of potential story-lines! As a BSG fanatic, this is one show that has me feeling very, very excited!!

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      29.09.2009 22:31
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      Go see!

      This is a review of the pilot episode of 'Caprica' - a separate release, not the series.
      First off let me say that I am a massive fan of the recent new updated version of Battlestar Galactica, whether that hinders my opinion of this new spin-off show or not - I'll let you decide! For anyone that doesn't know anything about the updated series, here it is in a nutshell:

      Humans have existed peacefully on the planet Caprica for around fifty years or so, ever since 'The Cylons' waged war against mankind. The Cylons were evil robots that humans created that eventually rebelled against their masters. Battlestar Galactica tells the tale of a fleet of human spaceships that are left after Caprica was nuked back to the stoneage. This new show 'Caprica' is set at the beginning of the invention of the Cylons, a time when robotics and technology are rife in society.

      Imagine Caprica to be like our planet, only a few years in the future. Technology rules our lives and many teenagers as well as adults enjoy the benefits of virtual reality. None more so than Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and his dysfunctional family unit. Graystone is one of the pioneers of the new robotic craze and wants to expand the limits of the robots military potential.

      Thrown into the mix is lawyer Joseph Adama who loses his wife and daughter to an act of supposed terrorism at the beginning of the pilot show. Both men are similar in their own way and are bonded together through the loss of their daughters.

      Caprica is a fantastic pilot thats shaping up to be a great series. It neatly introduces us to the characters, without being reliant on previous knowledge of Battlestar. In fact, it's much less 'spacey' than the previous show, meaning it may be a lot more accessible to people uninterested in sci-fi. It's a show that will probably appeal a lot more to fans of the X-Files and Fringe to say, Star Trek. Its also based in a world very similar to our own - just with a few more robots!

      The pilot also looks fantastic. It appears to have had a massive budget and comes very close to that of a feature film and while heavily reliant on CGI this doesn't ever detract from the quality of the programme in any way. Some CGI can appear very ropey in other shows - here its quite seamless.

      Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales are excellent in their roles and I hope they manage to develop these characters as the series goes on. With someone like Ronald D Moore in charge, you know that this is going to be great. With all the intricate plot twists and political intrigue that Battlestar threw up it'll be fun watching how this one develops over time.
      Paula Malcomson is also very effective in her role as Graystone's daughter who goes through many interesting changes throughout the pilot show. Polly Walker is also an interesting character as 'Sister' Clarice Willow.
      When the show comes onto Sky early next year you really need to watch it and enjoy quality sci-fi at its best. Highly recommended.

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