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Great acting from all of the adult actors here, especially Stoltz. I think we can expect BSG-level performances from him and Morales, once they get used to the roles. That said, I thought the teen actors were rather awful (though Adama's daughter's virtual freak-out was decent). Hopefully they'll learn fast.

They're still doing the much-too-obvious thing with the foreshadowing and symbology: I thought the little red Cylon symbols floating through the download were a bit much, especially since that was sort of ripped off from the Matrix to begin with, and the part where the Centurion shoots a paintball at Graystone was way over-the-top. As is the fact that the secret symbol for the it's-totally-not-Christianity Christians is an ichthys with the ends connected -- oops, I meant infinity! Infinity! Do-over! *eyeroll*

I love the Centurion prototype, though. LOVE HIM. He's just perfect: convincingly clumsy and new, and at the same time, totally recognizable. I especially like how he got his red eye when he got his consciousness -- that's a little bit cheesy, but it's still a nice touch. The part where he blows away all the cute lil' robots (and look at that, they are wearing TINY CAMO FLAK JACKETS AREN'T THEY PRECIOUS!) was just great. As with BSG, I already want to give all of the robots their very own show!

I have to admit that most of the sci-fi stuff makes very little sense, though. I figured the Cylons probably got their ridiculous propensity for not keeping any backups from the Final Five, but nope, looks like that comes straight from Grandpa "Let's Use My Only USB Memory Stick Of My Precious Virtual Daughter For This Highly Experimental Download" Graystone. Which leads me to: you can make Cylon copies by Googling? Really? Really? You can make entire people from 300MB of dental records and pyramid ticket stubs? That's incredibly stupid... but then again, I guess I can buy it, because that, right there, explains the Eights! And perhaps Ellen was drunk again when she made John, and typed "Pol Pot" rather than "Poirot"...? Oops!

But then when Zoe is "lost", it doesn't occur to computer-genius Daniel that he could, I dunno, run the same search again and make another copy? Huh? What, did Zoe close the browser window or something? Wait, you mean she clicked the Clear Private Data button in Athenafox?! Noooooooo~! Hopefully they're done with oversharing the details on downloading/virtual-people, because it's really tough to buy.

As for the "message": I think I can kinda see where they're going with this (and I don't mean the Cylon War!), and I doubt they're gonna stop to collect 200 cubits, either. At least Caprica is up-front with the preachiness and the weird anti-technology & anti-intellectual bias, rather than having Angels(tm) pop out of a cake with it at the last possible second, but I'm not sure I really want to sit through an entire show full of it.

Yes, yes, people are awesome and machines are bad, we get it, omg decadent and Godless society, whatever you say. I'm extremely sick of this message, but I'd probably have been able to tolerate it if the show had bothered to explain why it's wrong to have virtual daughters, virtual human sacrifices, or virtual group sex. It doesn't, though -- as with season 4 of BSG, these seem to be axiomatic moral assumptions rather than natural conclusions which arise from the plot and/or characters. A show which honestly explored these issues in a morally-ambiguous way would be pretty interesting, but I'm not sure this is that show, judging from the tone of the pilot. As we're told (not shown!) at least twice, There Is A Right And A Wrong In The World... and oh, would you look at that, it appears the secular pro-technology guy is the baddie again! Whoever would have guessed?! Why, it's almost as if all of this has pissed me off before, and will piss me off again!

Thus, I'm willing to give the show a chance, but I'm not real excited about it: it's enjoyable as a drama, and I like the glimpses of Colonial society, but so far Caprica is way too BSG-season-4 and not enough BSG-season-2 for my taste. I bet there are more scenes with cute Mr. Centurion in them, though, so hurrah for that! <3

Date: 2009-04-21 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lobselvith8.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing the review about Caprica. It looks like it's following the same route that 4.5 went on, and that doesn't please me at all. I'm waiting for the big reveal where we find out it's all Cavil's fault. You know it's coming.

You can make entire people from 300MB of dental records and pyramid ticket stubs? That's incredibly stupid... but then again, I guess I can buy it, because that, right there, explains the Eights!

Frak! If only I knew about the pyramid ticket stubs, I could've brought Boomer back and had a snarky buddy too!

Date: 2009-04-22 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] grey-sw.livejournal.com
I'm waiting for the big reveal where we find out it's all Cavil's fault. You know it's coming.

They've already got this covered, in a way -- Graystone (the Bad Scientist(tm) this time around) is sort of a portmanteau of Baltar's character and Cavil's. He "doesn't put much stock in" religion, is kind of abrupt and sarcastic, believes science will prevail, and seems self-centered and passive-aggressive. Which means I like him, of course, but it's all too easy to see where they'll probably go with his character!

That said, Caprica isn't terrible the way Daybreak was, it's just kinda preachy and eye-roll-inducing. I'd say it's definitely very 4.5ish, though. It has that same not-fully-thought-out atmosphere to it, and plot necessity seems to have far too much bearing on the things that happen. At this point, I could take it or leave it; it'll probably depend on where they go with it during the first season.

It's The Plan which scares me. I suspect that one will either be really amazing or really awful...!

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