Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Episode 1: Frak the Greystones


To round out our blogging sortie we have included the services of one who has not seen the critically acknowledged: Battlestar Galactica- of course since this is a prequel, that should work out just fine.  I will, however, have to ignore numerous inside references made for the benefit of all the Battlestar fans, and start working really hard to care about these characters I can only assume have a much more interesting role later on.

For now I must take this for what it is: a decently written sci-fi show with pretty good budget and just the right amount of glaring plot holes.  As with any futuristic space-ish show, a suspension of disbelief is absolutely critical to allow for any enjoyment.

The world of Caprica takes place on the planet Caprica, which is convenient for those of us bad with places and names.  We have some racial tensions between the people of Caprica and those of the 1950's Italian gangster planet Tauron, a self-made technology magnate trying to get his piece of the military industrial complex by building an army of kill-bots, a secret hedonistic virtual world for teenagers and other miscreants, and a terrorist attack perpetrated by some clearly dangerous monotheists.  Rounding it all out we have a virtual representation of a person, or an avatar, that manages to live on after the person it was based on has died.

This show has some potential, so long as it doesn't try to hard to answer the 'what is a soul' question it opened up by putting Zoey into a computer chip.  I have a feeling whatever they try to say about that will be stupid, kinda like Star Trek: The Motion Picture having a satellite crash into God and teach us things.  Stick with what you know: thinly veiled social commentary, cool gadgets, explosions, and saying frak instead of fuck.

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