Spinning off from the massively successful Battlestar Galactica
is a prequel series, and an intense one at that. It’s not a requirement to have watched Battlestar
to enjoy it, although inevitably you might get a bit more out of it if you have. Yet either way, this is ambitious science fiction, and all the better for it.
The first half of Caprica was rightly criticised for over-complicating things, and laying in so much back story that there was little here and now drama to enjoy. This second half of the season addresses many of those wrongs, as well as leading up to a tie-in with Battlestar. It’s surprising just how much plot the story manages to get through, while still managing to reach a satisfactory conclusion.
Caprica really speeds up in these episodes, and if you’re one of the many who was put off by some of the decisions made in the earlier parts, then do consider giving it another try. We won’t spoil story points here, because the show invests so much in putting them into place. But if you’re crying out for intelligent science fiction drama, that stretches a budget well above its limits, then Caprica might just be your show. The only shame is that there’s going to be just one season of it. Given the evidence on display in this lavish set, that’s a real pity. --Jon Foster