Calvinball. For some reason, this did not resonate with the public at large, and the Battlestar Galactica spin-off/prequel was canceled last week. But fandom springs eternal, and the “Save Caprica” campaign has announced a plan to attack the Syfy offices with apples (a reference to the show’s original advertising). This is reminiscent to the famous “Peanuts” incident, when fans of Jericho bombarded CBS with peanuts. That campaign actually succeeded. Will the Caprica apples sway Syfy? And should Caprica be saved?Caprica is a family melodrama about robots, religion, big business, virtual reality, immigrant space-gangsters, and a sport called Pyramid that plays like Rugby crossed with
To answer the first question: Probably not. Syfy has already committed to another Battlestar Galactica spin-off that might as well be called Battlestar Galactica: All the Space Battles and Killer Robots You Missed on Caprica. Caprica is an expensive show to produce, and it looks a bit out of place on a network that now favors frothy fare like Warehouse 13 and Eureka. (You could argue that Caprica was more of an AMC show. Heck, you could argue that Caprica is Rubicon with hats.)
Which brings us to the more interesting question: Does Caprica really deserve be saved? Don’t get me wrong — I’m a fan of the show. The pilot was an eye-popping brain teaser, and the midseason finale literally sent me into semi-religious ecstasy that my therapist and I are still working out. But Caprica always had problems. Brilliant supporting players like Patton Oswalt’s Baxter Sarno regularly stole the show from the main characters. Paula Malcomson literally spent the first half of the season lying on a couch smoking cigarettes.
You could always count on Caprica for an intriguing cocktail of ideas, but I don’t know if all those ideas ever quite cohered. Much as I wanted Caprica to bring it all together in season 1.5, there’s a part of me that felt like the cancellation was a mercy-killing. What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you join up with the Apple Brigade? Are you ready to move on to Blood & Chrome? Or is this all just too much Battlestar for you?
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