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3.0 out of 5 stars How about just one joke?, 9 July 2011
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This review is from: Caprica: Season 1.5 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I am a major BSG fan, so of course, Caprica had to got - on import - as soon as I new it was available.
My review is of the whole series, 1 and 1.5.
First off - it is not BSG, it is a completely stand-alone piece, that could easily exist without BSG ever having been created.
It is dark.
There is no humour, and this may be part of it's weakness; it makes it hard to feel empathy or sympathy for any of the characters, they are a little 2-dimesional and thoroghly self-obsessed.
It is topically American, with the self-conscious themes of terrorism, religious fanatisism, suicide bombers that go to paradise, corporate corruption and mafia-styled gangster.
Wow, sounds good doesn't it!

There is an overidding feeling of neurosis around all the main characters, which ironically enough, goes some way to adding a little depth to them.
However, this is never really explained, and I had the distinct feeling it was the eerie presence of Eric Stolz, both in the character and the direction and script, that gives this feeling.

The technology behind the virtual world, the main character's (A teenage girl, Zoe Graystone and her virtual copy Zoe-A) ability to create a perfect virtual clone, and the strange presence of an Angelic version of Zoe - none of these things are ever explained; we are to take it on faith, that Zoe is a genius, and angels exist. Ok, I did; I like Sci Fi, what can I say.

Clarice Willow, portrayed by an English actress, has the most depth, and a touch of irony about her - at time she looks like she's stifling a giggle, laughing at the absurdity of the seriousness of the script. She kind of reminded me of the Vicar of Dibley.

But still, I did enjoy it - it has a strange, almost gothic eeriness to it, that is quite edgy and compelling.

For BSG heads it's a must, as it does show, in detail, the birth of the very first Cylon, and hints towards the creation of the Cylon in human form, the Cylon religion, and so on.

Just two minutes of Starbuck, grinning, drinking and cussing, and I'd have given this 4 stars!
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