The film/series pilot for Caprica (2009, Remi Aubuchon) made the festival circuit this year and is slated to broadcast on Syfy in January 2010. This version posits an interesting twist to the saga: that the virtual intelligence of a brainiac teenage girl may be the origin of the race of humanoid cyborgs, the Cylons. As the continuum point for the Battlestar Galactica series, this core story thread explores a new age group altogether. Teenagers were non-existent on the original show. Youth-wise, only one or two babies found their way into the storyline, most noticeably those with mixed Cylon/Human parentage. As a survivalist outer space narrative about humans on the run after their planet's destruction, the show was populated mostly with adult female babes and grizzled men. So now, in this prequel series, the spotlight lands on adolescent brainiac girls for a definitive representational shift. Or wait. Maybe we're back to the most familiar terrain of all....
While the pilot emphasizes the computer whiz-ardry of Zoe Graystone (Alessandra Torresani), the promotional poster for the upcoming series is as old as the Bible. Yup, you guessed it. Eve and the apple resurfaces, this time as a dark-haired Lolita. Ah, big yawn to marketing. Ever the same tropes. While the virtual reality universe that Zoe and her friends visit using trans-Wii gadget headsets takes them into violent club of sex-cess, it serves as a backdrop for a morality shift: the teenagers want to use technology to change the world at its moral core. Zoe is a visionary, a renegade. But the bad seed has been programmed into the icon's DNA. And it probably won't go away.
With the mother, Amanda Graystone (Paula Malcomson) an ice queen physician immediately at odds with Zoe, father/daughter loyalty is writ large. Eric Stoltz plays Daniel Graystone, a wealthy inventor who wants to solve the mystery of his daughter's activities. He joins forces with Joseph Adama (Esai Morales), the eventual patriach-captain of Battlestar Galactica, in his pre-piloting days. As a student at the Athena Academy, Zoe is designed to be born from her father's head. But will she emerge as a warrior goddess? Or the apple-biting Eve?
Guess it's a wait and see until January.
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