CAPRICA: Sci-Fi’s riskiest show

26 04 2009



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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