CAPRICA: Sci-Fi’s riskiest show

26 04 2009

CAPRICA 2 HOUR PILOT EPISODE :VIDEO LINK:

:from Wikipedia.com:

Home Media Magazine’s John Latchem states that Caprica has “all the same dark overtones and richness of character that fans have come to expect from Galactica.” He notes that Caprica “[evokes] a feeling similar to Gattaca in its depiction of a potential near-future (which in fact takes place in the distant past), while infusing elements of the Matrix and Terminator movies to set up a bridge to the events viewers know will unfold.”[29] The Futon Critic’s Brian Ford Sullivan finds the first 15 minutes:
“ A weird mix of teen angst, hedonism and virtual reality … once established, the world of Caprica has the potential to be just as compelling, interesting and multi-faceted as its “sequel” – minus of course the cool stuff blowing up in space. In just 92 minutes, Caprica manages to dish out a surprisingly dense, but not too overwhelming, array of plot threads.[30] ”

Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives the pilot 4 out of 4 stars, stating: “Caprica gives a more forceful, potential-filled first impression than the Battlestar Galactica pilot/miniseries.”[31] The Star-Ledger’s Alan Sepinwall finds the story intriguing, and Stoltz’ and Morales’ performances excellent, while director Jeffrey Reiner “creates an absolutely gorgeous-looking pilot episode.”[32]

Joanna Weiss of The Boston Globe states that “if this episode is any indication, Caprica will be sinister [and] compelling” and “while the technology is inventive, human emotion still drives the plot.”[33] Mark A. Perigard of Boston Herald gave it a B+, stating that the pilot feels more like an intellectual puzzle and lacks the life-or-death intensity of Battlestar Galactica.[34] Lewis Wallace of Wired rates the pilot an 8/10, saying that Caprica has inherited from Battlestar “the lean writing, the strong acting, the exceptional soundtrack by Bear McCreary” and “the characters are richly drawn and ripe for further exploration.”[35]

Maureen Ryan of Chicago Tribune gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars, with particular praise for the casting of Stoltz, Morales, Malcomson, and Walker.[36] The A.V. Club’s Noel Murray says:
“ Some BSG stalwarts may have some difficulty with the muted science-fiction/action elements, but it’s a lovely piece of work on its own merits, imbued with real visual poetry by director Jeffrey Reiner.[37]

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