Posts Tagged ‘Caprica’

Review – Battlestar Galatica – Pilot/Mini-Series

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

When did space capes stop being cool?

Synopsis:
Some 40ish years after the first Cylon wars, the Cylons return from their new home with vengeance on their mind. The colonists have no idea what hits them. This is essentially the brief lead up to the first day following the “fall.” Questions of faith, humanity, belief and right and wrong are asked that we spend the next 80 odd hours answering.

Pluses:
God gods – I had forgotten so much which meant I got sucked in totally again!
Jamie Bamber was so young! Almost as young as when he was in Hornblower!
I had totally forgotten the early animosity of Apollo and Adama and that Tigh was a drunkard!
Damn, those reduxed cylons were sharply designed!
The well played out deceptions (and there were a lot of them).

What is it about space robots with maniacal plans than make them overly dramatic and need to compensate?

Just how amoral Baltar was.
Lots of pew pew pew.
Really sharp editing.
The line from Adama to Leoben that man didn’t give the cylons a soul – so much more meaning after watching Caprica.

Minuses:
I had forgotten just how grainy it was.
Was Roslin always that annoying? I know I didn’t like her when she got all mystical, but I don’t remember disliking her so early.

It was great to go back and watch this – it must have been 6 years since I last watched it. It was interesting to see how much of the style has been adopted, especially the camera work, into TV and movies now to make it “gritty.” Still brilliant after all these years. Bring on Season One again!

#fourbadassspacecapewearingpandas

Review – Caprica – Apotheosis (Series Final)

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Alessandra Torresani couldn't act her way out of a wet paper bag.

This week:
The Adamas overcome the impossible and save the day (with v little effort it seems). Clarice gets what for. Everyone lives happily ever after (except the Cylons who are disaffected and have found God).

Pluses:
Bill Adama isn’t a cylon.
I am God.
Vengeance.
It kind of set it up for the next series.

Minuses:
Oh god – where to start.
Nothing of interest with Lacy’s journey.
Way too formulaic.
Continuity errors to BSG.
The script.
The ease in which the Greystones saved the day.
Greystones saving the day.
The lack of gratifying resolution.
Ummm Tamara anyone?

This was a wholly unsatisfying final to a series that rarely met its potential, let alone being in the same suburb as it. The first half of the season teased and promised so much, yet never really delivered. The thing I most wanted to see in the conclusion was Lacy’s takeover of the STO, we got zilch. Just one line towards the end? Meh. At least Bill Adama wasn’t a cylon.

#twopandas

Review – Caprica – Here Be Dragons

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

If only we followed more of Lacy's story this show wouldn't have sucked so hard

This week:
Daniel, Amanda and Sam journey deeper into V-World to meet with Zoe and Tamara. The Tauran mafia comes after Joseph and his family. Clarice and her followers get to their prize. Lacy gets her revolution on and Zoe tries on a new/old outfit.

Pluses:
Some decent suspense while the Greystones were out of the real world and Clarice and co were trying to break in.
The Lacy execution scene.
Action – plot development – serious this was the most eventful ep in the history of Caprica – unfortunately it wasn’t executed v well.
Sam as always.

Minuses:
Pretty lame dragons.
Obvious what was going to happen with Zoe and the timing.
The ONE thing I said I wouldn’t accept they did… really? It is just stupid.
Atrocious editing as usual.
Too much happening with not enough cohesion.
Umm so where was Tamara?
Skin Jobs line.

I was kind of enjoying this episode even with its faults but the whole Greystones in the forrest was way overshot – 3 mins would have been fine – we are clever – we know when the lights go down day has changed to night. I am majorly disappointed in what they did to one of the minor characters – which I won’t say here as I try not to do spoilers – but it blows major holes in all of BSG on so many levels. It was a cheap and easy twist that was, well, lame.

#twoandahalfcylonpandas

PS. One more ep to go – now that I know who is going to be uploaded I don’t want to see it – all I want to see is what Lacy does with the STO and how that leads to the First Cylon War.

Review – Caprica – The Heavens Will Rise

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Ok - alone in a room filled with armed killer robots is not a turn on... well ok maybe.

This week:

Daniel and Amanda rebond over the truth and their common sense of regret. “By your command.” Zoe is still cranky. Clarice’s dreams of godhood are one step closer. The truth comes out re Mar-Beth. Giddyup!

Pluses:
I really liked Zoe sticking it to her Dad.
Clarice’s realisation of a bad decision.
Everyone is playing everyone.
The Blessed Mother choosing her words.
The Cylon room.

Minuses:
I still think the actors behind Tamara and Zoe aren’t strong enough.
It took us way too long to get here and much of what we went through isn’t relevant.

There was a LOT going on this week. All the stories are slowly pulling together. Clarice wants vengeance, the Adamas want closure, the Greystones want forgiveness, and the STO want power. I am looking forward to the next two (and final eps). I am curious as to whether Zoe is the base model to all Cylons, though I have to tell you, it would suck if they made Commander Adama a Cylon – it would make no sense as he didn’t hear the call. But I just have this feeling they are going to make a Cylon out of him – or maybe Sam, but I think William. And where is James Marsters’ Barnabas Greeley. Did he shoot the GDO officer and take the holoband?

Finally, I wonder if the title is a reference back to the creation myth/belief/fact (pick your own word there).


#threeandahalfpandas

Review – Caprica – The DirtEaters

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

caprica dirteaters avenging angels

What all the cool New Cap City players are wearing.

This week:
The idea of ethnicity is re-explored through flash backs and choices by the Adama family. Daniel makes yet another deal with the devil. The Avenging Angels are the latest fad.

Pluses:
The idea that honest work like farming could be so distasteful to others.
One’s own choosing to return to the soil.
Sam and Joseph’s journey as children.
Daniel being even more devious.
Everyone has their own agenda.

Minuses:
I still lack empathy for Amanda.
That stupid editing between V-World and Caprica.
Tamara and Zoe aren’t strong enough actors to pull of their current story lines.

This was an incredibly strong character driven episode. It is a shame that just as this series/season found its feet, they were removed out from under. I write this having seen The Heavens Will Rise, and I found this episode a perfect counterpoint for the next step.

#threeandahalfpandas

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Review – Caprica – Blowback

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

The exits are located here, here and here.

This week:
A trap is set for a STO member hiding in plain sight amongst Caprica’s finest. Lucy Rand arrives on Gemenon, hijinks ensue. Clarice’s religious fervour knows no bounds. Amanda in the Lion’s Den. Daniel is running out of time and discovers an uncomfortable truth. Sam can’t believe Joseph and Joseph sells out his morals and memories.

Pluses:
Even more reasons why the clyons are monotheistic.
Great set piece on the jump ship even if it was predictable.
Sam’s reaction when he finds out about the cylons and just to whom they are being sold.
The cylon in action.
The harsh true nature of the STO exhibited both on Geminon and on Caprica.
No Zoe.

Minuses:
No Zoe again which makes me fearful or a Zoe centric ep coming our way.
Grace – shudderific.
What ever happened to Serge?

On the heels of the announcement of their cancellation – Blowback reminds us why this can be such a strong show. Unfortunately we spent too much time on the Greystones (particularly Daniel and to some extent Zoe) in the middle of this journey – and they aren’t really where the story is at. Yes they created the cylons but their real “birth” isn’t their building, but their evolution – which seems to be outside of Greystone Industries. The Tauran subplot is also strong, as is the STO when it isn’t just religious rhetoric. Unfortunately it is too late for this show, but I will continue to delve into the world before the Fall on Caprica.

#fourpandas

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Review – Caprica – False Labor

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

No one can hate themselves more than Daniel right now.

This week:
Daniel Greystone works through his mistakes and grief. Amanda Greystone fully immerses into the world of sister of Clarice.  Sam Adama gets his patriotism on. Joseph Adama gets lucky.

Pluses:
The Tauron subplot.
Character development of Sam – why are only learning of this now?
Daniel’s mechanisations.
Amanda’s subterfuge.
Don’t piss of someone with access to a Cylon.
No Zoe.

Minuses:
Acting of Anita Torrance’s Mar-Beth – plank of wood anyone? She is Australian isn’t she?
No Lucy Rand.

I am sure many people who watched this ep would have thought, OMG so slow! But it wasn’t slow – it was pure character driven drama – which is what the show should be.  This episode worked because it wasn’t trying to address too many themes at once, and the themes they did discuss were pure and honest.

#threeandahalfpandas

 
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Review – Caprica – Things We Lock Away

Monday, October 25th, 2010

A massacre in a massacre in a massacre

This week:
Hostage. Euthanasia. Cleaning. Manipulation. Battle for mind and heart.

Pluses:
Vergis telling Greystone he didn’t have the stones.
Vergis winning.

Minuses:
No Adama family development.
Lucy’s arc (yawn).
Pretty much the whole episode.

I was quite excited when this ep opened, as it seemed like we were going to do a New Cap City centric ep. We did, but it wasn’t the storyline I was hoping for – I don’t know what I wanted, but two 45kg girls trying to fight and then deciding to braid each other’s hair sure as frak wasn’t it.

Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep (Fringe) was a much better attempt at understanding what is it that makes someone ‘human.’ The whole hallucinating avatar was frustrating and the battle scene annoying on multiple levels. There were some moments throughout the duration of the ep when I thought YES – but nothing happened. I should check who wrote it – cause it was unstructured, out of character and lacking in depth. One twitterer in my stream asked me if Avatar Zoe had created her own Avatar Zoe. Yes, the writing was that messy.

Incase you missed it – there is a new BSG spinoff. I get what they were trying to achieve, but think they failed miserably – are they trying to get cancelled? With eps like TWLB, the writing isn’t just on the wall for Caprica, the grave is being dug.

#halfapanda

Another BSG Spin Off!

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

I still can't see him without remembering that awful pre-Fall drinking binge.

If you don’t follow the awesome Jace via @televisionary (who also writes for @thedailybeast FYI) you won’t have seen this yet.

Blood and Chrome is being pushed from a webseries into a pilot as a the lead for a new BSG series.

Caprica’s speed (or lack of it) and day to day routine life on Caprica has failed to inspire many viewers who want to see vipers pew pew pewing in space.

Blood and Chrome is a young Adama (post tween as he is in Caprica) as an Ensign at the start of the Cylon war.

The writing is on the wall in New Cap City it seems. I just hope we get some resolution.

Click the pic of a non-spewing Adama to read the whole story by Jace.

Review – Caprica – Retribution

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

 

 

So much talent, so little time.

This week:
Flashbacks. Suicide. Flashbacks. Murder. Flashbacks. Betrayal. Flashbacks. Boom. Flashbacks.

Pluses:
I like the police development.
Interesting development of Lucy Rand.

Minuses:
Dealt only with the Religion premise, not Humanity.
Even though lots of things happened it felt slower than treacle going up hill in winter.
Complete waste of James Masters (again).
Lack of empathy developing for main characters.
No Adama development.
Way too many flashbacks.
No silver hotpants (ie. No New Cap City).

Caprica moves slow. We know this. But what I don’t understand is how an episode with four deaths caused by other characters can feel so slow. Perhaps in a few weeks I will look back at this episode and see it as a game changer, recognising all the clues I missed, but right now, I am hoping that things “step up” next week. The ground work has been laid, let’s make it happen!

#twopandas