April 2, 2010

Review: Caprica

I think this show has been long enough on the air to give it a fair judgement. That judgement, of course, is generally a positive one, as the show has managed to make the interpersonal drama of the many characters, and it has done so without trying too much to play to the audience with an idea of "foreshadowing" that is common to many prequel series.

The basic premise is simple. Following predecessors of key characters in the Battlestar Galactica series 50 years before the events of that show, Caprica focuses mostly on the Graystones and the Adamas, two families living on the planet of Caprica whose paths intersect. Though much of the plot seems to move at a slow pace, and some of it seems outright ridiculous, the overall atmosphere has a feeling of drama and emotional realism that  makes the show plausible.

The show started quickly and has been losing steam. Though the most recent episode introduced excitement, the series as a whole is still trying to find its direction. Nevertheless the multiple paths that it can go down offer a wide variety of potentially great plot lines, all of which I personally want to see.

The acting is alright, though it's mainly the adults that are the best characters. The teenagers and kids don't seem to be fully fleshed out characters, but Daniel Graystone and Joseph Adama are well acted. The special effects are about standard for a science fiction television series today.

Overall the series is worth watching. It has its ups and downs, but as of right now the plot should begin to pick up. Now is the perfect time to jump into the series. If you have been waiting for judgments on this show, then you should start watching now. It's good enough to warrant your attention.

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