SCI FI Channel announced the development of Caprica, a spinoff prequel of its hit Battlestar Galactica, in presentations to advertisers in New York on April 26. Caprica would come from Galactica executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, writer Remi Aubuchon (24) and NBC Universal Television Studio.
Caprica would take place more than half a century before the events that play out in Battlestar Galactica. The people of the Twelve Colonies are at peace and living in a society not unlike our own, but where high-technology has changed the lives of virtually everyone for the better.
But a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot: a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the Battlestar Galactica), Caprica will weave together corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television's first science fiction family saga, the channel announced.
- I don't know if anyone on the BSG production staff has noticed, but the show is floundering. I was under the, it now seems, hopelessly naive impression that the decision to push the show's third season premiere back to October was made at least in part in order to give its writers a chance to take stock and put their show back on track. Now is not the time to split the production team's creative energies.
- Once again, maybe I was being naive, but I had assumed that the story of the Cylons' evolution and the first war would be introduced on Galactica itself. Splitting off the original show's backstory strikes me as a phenomenally bad idea.
- Corporate intrigue, sexual politics--if the second season has demonstrated anything, it's that these are exactly the topics that Galactica's writing staff tends to stumble over and mishandle. Sure, there's 'techno-action' stuck in the middle, but I doubt there are going to be a lot of space battles on this show.
- I had my fill of science fiction family sagas with Taken.