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on 26 January 2011
Excellent pre-quel to Battlestar Galactica my only advise is dont buy the CAPRICA pilot dvd which is sold seperately as the first episode on disc 1 of this series IS the pilot episode. I made the mistake and bought both the pilot dvd and the series set of 4 dvds because it was not mentioned anywhere.
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Caprica while slow, is developing nicely and turning into one of the best and most intriguing sci fi shows out there. While not as good as Battlestar Galactica, it's a very well acted and well made show. No space battles here, but it does show what life was like on Caprica before it was nuked by The Cylons in the Battlestar Galactica mini series and i for one hope they show life on the other colonies as well. Picking up where the pilot left off, the series follows 2 families, the Greystones, Daniel Greystone will end up creating the Cylons, and the Adamas. Performances are excellent, and there are plenty of plot twists, though the scene where Daniel Greystone proudly shows off his creations to the millatry proclaiming that they are the ultimate soldier and will never disobey or betray you, you do know what will eventually happen! The cliffhanger is excellent and i can't wait to see what happens next.
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on 3 November 2010
5 stars to Caprica, NO stars for SyFy who dicked endlessly around with this unique show's schedule and now have just cancelled it.

Anyway, it is a great series, possibly the most mature and complex sci-fi series ever brought to our TV screens. If you were only watching Battlestar Galactica for space fights and hotties like Grace Park, then this probably isn't for you. However, if you were stimulated by the moral dilemmas and the political and religious satire of Battlestar AS WELL AS hotties like Grace Park, then snap this up. It still has hotties and robots, but at it's heart it is an altogether deeper more thoughtful Battlestar. It concerns the birth of the Cylon in a tech obsessed society that mirrors our own. Standout performances all around and one of the most imaginative plots ever written for television.

Way ahead of itself.
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on 5 September 2010
This has to be in my opinion, the best sci-fi broadcast this year. The season's pilot was gripping and laid out questions right from the off. The writers were genious in that these questions were just beginning to be answered when on the last episode of the first half, the whole story is shook up and you are back to the stat with even more mystery to the plot.

I personally haven't watched any BSG and i found this to be a great series. Just a shame that Syfy don't eem that convinced (at time of writing) as we are still waiting for approval of season 2.

All i can say is this is a great DVD (although shame not on Blu-Ray) and can't wait for the second half of season 1 which airs in January.

NOTE: Do not buy the Pilot DVD if you don't already have it as this comes with the broadcast pilot AND an extended pilot with commentry.

One final word... BRILLIANT
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on 16 January 2011
Usually, I don't like reviews that are not about the actual movie/TV series itself, however, this situation is so extreme, I felt compelled to write this very negative review: what you get with this purchase, mentioned nowhere in the technical description, is only HALF of season one of Caprica.

But it is even worse than that: Episode one is the pilot, which you may have already ordered separately as a stand-alone purchase (as I did). Then to add insult to injury, episode 2 is a REPEAT of the same pilot. The only difference is heavy-handed use of the US Censorship pen (i.e. no naked female breasts on display, but all the same violent deaths and beatings still shown).

So what you are finally left with are just 8 episodes. If that's what you want, fine, buy the product, but be aware of what you are getting. The series itself (the first half, at least!!) is very good (I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars), and such a shame that there will be no 2nd season.
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VINE VOICEon 3 November 2010
Another really promising show cancelled before it had a chance to prove itself. It's a great shame, because coming from the team behind BSG, I'm sure it would have developed into a cracking series....just as BSG did. Another example of the networks (and Syfy) putting ratings ahead of quality. Caprica was pulled from the US schedules at short notice with effect from 02/11/2010, and the final episodes will now air in the States in early 2011.
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on 24 November 2014
I liked BSG , I really did, I watched it all on DVD , episodes and stand alones, in a few weeks of compulsive 'what next ?' viewing, right the way up until the writers painted themselves into a corner and tried to wriggle out with that ending ...

So I thought I'd give Caprica a go to keep me occupied on these cold winter evenings . It has taken me as long to plough through series 1 vol 1 as it did the whole of BSG, because after the first three or four episodes I just could not be bothered .
I've tried to analyse what the problem is that I have with the series , why I have fallen asleep watching or found myself absorbed in reading my e-mail instead , and I have come to the conclusion that the story is incoherent , I find none (NONE!) of the characters in the least sympathetic ( when you find yourself hoping for Serge the butler type robot to appear and announce someone is visiting the house you know things are getting desperate ) , and the 'New Cap City' teenage gaming is far sillier than the immersive games in Red Dwarf ( and they were supposed to be silly ).
That virtual city also owes much to Blade Runner , we know it's scary but unreal there because the lighting and colour is like Sin City , the echoes of RoboCop are inescapable , the virtual Zoe is a manga comic character , and I swear her parents house is off Tracey Island ( if only the trees hinged to allow TB2 out the whole thing would go up a notch in my estimation ) . The warring family plots are pure soap opera , whilst the attempts at profundity by adding elements of religion and fundamentalist terrorism were simply tedious to me . I was just not engaged with story or character in the slightest .
There were a few interesting touches : the Tauron culture was one, but overall I'm disappointed , and find myself thinking I must re watch a series which knew where it was going and how it would get there right from the start . Back to Babylon5 for me then !
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on 1 October 2010
I don't get people who are derisory over this because there are no space conflicts. How can there be any space conflicts when Cylons haven't been transformed into a race yet?

Come on, use your head!

This starts to answer questions which you never thought of asking in the first place but are glad of the knowledge anyway. One true God for example.

This is a promising start to a series that I hope will run and run. This might even lead up to the armistice after the first cylon war which I am sure most fans will be only too pleased about.
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on 4 July 2011
This is a slow burner, not unlike most great sci-fi shows of today...Firefly, BG, Stargate, Stargate Atlantis..they all started off a bit 'creaky' or take a bit longer to get you drawn in. This did so for me and it's a pity it was cancelled, again Firefly a good series is killed off for the wrong reasons..when will they learn?!
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on 12 July 2011
Caprica Season 1 tells a very intriguing story of two families on Caprica. The Greystones have a big industry in computer networks and creates virtual worlds that both look and feel real, much like the virtual world in the movie the Matrix. The father Daniel Greystone doesn't stop at that and tries to research artifical intelligence so one can't tell the difference between AI and real human behaviour. However it's his wiz-head daughter Zoe that secretly succeeds in making a near perfect copy of herself in the virtual world.

The other family, the Adamas are pretty much the opposite. The very down to earth Joseph Adama is utterly shocked when he sees a copy of his daughter in the virtual world, who seems lost an bewildered. His connections aren't exactly at the right side of the law, and he lives by a code of honor to the ones he trusts, his family, his extended family and the godfather. A conflict with the Greystones doesn't seem too far off.

It's a catastrophic terrorist event that causes losses in both families that makes the two families cross roads.


The show is exciting from the very start, blurring reality and the virtual world and callenging the viewers. It also gets creepy when the Greystones attempt to bring artificial intelligence into the real world in a very crude robot.

The show looses some of it's momentum in the mid-episodes, but picks up to a very exciting ending on the final DVD.

5 stars - it's an excellent buy for anyone who would like a non-military sci-fi drama.



The show also does a good job of showing off the Caprican society and life before the cylon holocaust, which should be of great interest to BSG fans. However it's a civil drama and very different from the post-holocaust situation in BSG.
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