Here's a review I wrote of the pilot episode to Caprica many years ago. I first published it at the now-defunct Loaded Couch Potatoes, and resurrect it now for the sake of . . . uh . . . 'cause I want to.
With the much-lauded Battlestar Galactica having reached its end on television screens a few weeks ago, producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick now unveil the pilot to its prequel series, Caprica. Hitting DVD a full year before the series is scheduled to begin, can it possibly live up to the high expectations fans have for it?
We almost didn’t get a chance to find out. The concept for the prequel was announced several years ago, but Sci-Fi Channel dragged its feet for months with no firm commitment toward actually making the pilot. In the end, the WGA strike — and the resultant fears of severe product shortage it engendered — led the channel to give the project a greenlight. Even then, it was months before they decided to commit to taking the pilot to series. Now, though, the series is filming, and the pilot is completed and sitting on store shelves; does the end product justify all that behind-the-scenes drama?