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Save 'Caprica' campaign will bombard Syfy with apples

CAPRICA-appleImage Credit: SyFyCaprica 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 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?

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.) READ FULL STORY

'Battlestar Galactica' exec producer David Eick on 'Caprica' cancellation and 'Battlestar' spin-off 'Blood & Chrome'

David-Eick-BattlestarImage Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.com; Carole Segal/SyFyYesterday, Syfy cancelled its promising-if-struggling drama Caprica, pulling the final five episodes of the Battlestar Galactica prequel series from its regular timeslot to re-air “at a to-be-announced time in the first quarter of 2011.” As luck would have it, the day before yesterday, I spoke with Caprica executive producer David Eick about his new BSG spin-off, tentatively titled Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which Syfy has greenlit as a two-hour pilot with an eye for a full series. Two days ago, Eick insisted that the new show — about the exploits of a 20-something William Adama (played in the original series by Edward James Olmos, pictured) as he enters the First Cylon War — would not effect Caprica‘s chances at the network either way. Today, Eick sent EW the following statement about Caprica‘s cancellation and rescheduling:

“It was unfortunate — though not surprising — to learn yesterday of Caprica‘s cancellation. What was a surprise was the fact that the remaining episodes won’t air until next year. Having spent some time at this network as an executive, I understand that these are rarely simple decisions and I know the current leadership at Syfy genuinely loved the show and were hell-bent on protecting it and seeing it succeed. Hopefully with Blood & Chrome we can carry on the legacy of Battlestar Galactica in a fresh and exciting way, but Caprica was an extremely smart, unique show and it’ll take quite some time for me to get used to the idea that it’s really gone.”

So as one BSG spin-off dies, another rises — you could almost say “is resurrected” — in its wake. But what will Blood & Chrome be like? How did it come together? Will Battlestar and/or Caprica characters show up? Will BSG guru Ron Moore be involved? Eick gladly answered these questions, and more:  READ FULL STORY

'Battlestar Galactica' prequel: SyFy greenlights another Cylon spin-off, 'Blood and Chrome'

bsg-15-thingsImage Credit: Zoic Studios/SyFyBattlestar Galactica ended in March, 2009, and the prequel-spin-off Caprica has never had BSG‘s cultural prominence. (Or its ratings.) Now, it looks like Syfy is hitting the reset button on the Prequel Option: This time, more space violence! According to a press release from Syfy, the network has just greenlit a new two-hour pilot for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, set ten years into the first Cylon war (which would place it about four decades before BSG). The pilot centers on a young William Adama, played by Edward James Olmos in BSG and an adorably annoying child actor in Caprica. Right now, it’s still just a TV movie that might become a series… but let’s be fair, if this thing is half as good as Caprica, it’s going to get at least one season.

Blood & Chrome sounds like a purposeful step back into the political tension and breakneck Viper battles of BSG, which is exciting. Still, I’m worried that this means the end is nigh for the slower, more thoughtful Caprica. And as someone who’s fundamentally suspicious of prequels, I’m pessimistic about any young actor trying to inhabit the Adama character. (Wouldn’t it have been better to focus on someone else?)

But this is still exciting news … right, PopWatchers? What do you think? Does Blood & Chrome sound action-y enough for you? Or would you prefer a different take on the BSG mythos? And am I the only one who keeps confusing the title with Spartacus: Blood & Sand? Blood and Sand and Chrome, Oh My!

'Caprica' midseason premiere: Are you giving the 'BSG' spin-off a second chance?

CAPRICA-Alessandra-TorresaniImage Credit: SyfyCaprica ambitiously tries to be many things — a family drama, a crime thriller, a sci-fi mindbender, a prequel to a great TV show — but to judge by last night’s mid-season premiere, the show is closing in on its ultimate tone: Religious Soap Opera. The episode began with a vision of a virtual heaven that all could see, which would lead to “a religion that removes the need for faith.” The recovering Catholic in me finds this stuff fascinating. But 10 episodes in, with a second-season pickup far from certain, Caprica is starting to look a little bit lost.

Let’s start with the good stuff: Eric Stolz, Eric Stolz, and Eric Stoltz. In the manic genius techno-patriarch Daniel Graystone, Stoltz has molded Caprica‘s one truly original character. READ FULL STORY

Alessandra Torresani of 'Caprica': Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Hottie of 2010

Our annual Sci-Fi Hotties gallery honors a tradition of gorgeous genre gals that stretches back from the supermodel multiples of Battlestar Galactica through Princess Leia’s golden bikini all the way to the dawn of cinema, when Georges Méliès wisely opted to dress a bunch of girls in sailor outfits in A Trip to the Moon. This year, in a close race that included ageless genre vet Milla Jovovich and Tron Legacy‘s robo-vamp Olivia Wilde, readers crowned an unexpected victor: Alessandra Torresani of Caprica seized a thwomping lead. (A little bit of campaigning on Twitter always helps, of course: hope you’re taking notes, Cotillard!) EW talked to the star about the joys of being a geek goddess, the eternal lure of Twitter, and (fingers crossed!) the possibility of a second season for Caprica. (Mild spoilers ahead.) READ FULL STORY

'Caprica' recap: 'Wanna be a terrorist? Let's see some terror.'

I never watched Battlestar Galactica on real live television. I got into the show when a roommate loaned me the season 1 DVD. That was summer, 2005. In early 2006, a classmate sent me a link to a (vaguely) legal website that was hosting all the season 2 episodes. I became an honest citizen for season 3: I suffered the commercial breaks watching episodes on the official network website. (Back then, Sci-Fi was spelled correctly). By the time the back half of season four finally started in 2008, I was tired of pixelated video. So I went show-crazy and paid real money to download every episode from iTunes. You do crazy things for love.

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'Caprica' recap: The gods might die, but the dogs remain

capricaImage Credit: Eike Schroter/SyfyYesterday, Amanda Graystone smoked cigarettes. Lots of them. She got bored, so she turned on the window video. She slouched around all day. When the sun went down, she slouched around all night. Someone stopped by the house and told her some terrible news about a member of her family. She said she didn’t believe the news, but it was clear she did.

This all happened on last night’s episode of Caprica, the eighth episode of the season, but it also happened way back in episode 2. (The visitor was Agent Duram instead of Vergis, but they said the same thing: “There’s a murderer in your house.”) Viewers, I think that we’re reaching the critical mass point with Sad Amanda; it’s starting to feel less like believable grieving time, and more like pathological depression. The dead-brother visions feel like a double anchor – how many dead relatives does this lady have, anyways? READ FULL STORY

'Caprica' Recap: My brain hurts so good

Caprica-MemoryImage Credit: Eike Schroter/SyfyI try not to talk too much about Battlestar Galactica in these recaps. I feel that I’d be doing Caprica a bit of a disservice; this new show is still barely half a season old, while BSG exists now as a complete story, in 75 chapters (plus webisodes.) Moreover, since Caprica is a spin-off and a prequel, there’s always the danger that a comparison would just lead us down rhetorical dead ends. I like Caprica for what it is: the weirdest, smartest, and most consistently surprising show on TV.

How surprising? Last night’s episode was titled “The Imperfections of Memory,” which sounds like a college textbook for Psych 101, or maybe a fake textbook in a Borges short story. Viewers, I thought the first half of last night’s episode was the worst we’ve seen of Caprica yet. There was the arrival of an imaginary dead brother, and the counterbalancing descent of Amanda Graystone into a depressive ennui that’s beginning to feel like self-parody. There was Tad Thorean, overexplaining everything about New Cap City in case we didn’t get it the first five times. There was Zoe on a Viper date with her darling Philo, in a special-effects sequence so non sequitur and awful that I could swear the writers overheard some BSG fans who were missing all those old Viper fights and decided, in a fit of pique, to throw a couple of Vipers in their faces. READ FULL STORY

'Caprica' recap: Sipping Scorpion Ambrosia in the dead girl's empty bedroom

caprica_320.jpg Image Credit: Eike Schroter/Syfy Tomas Vergis looks a little bit like a propaganda cartoon version of Daniel Graystone. He wears the same suits, but with better tailoring, and with the added hint of blue-collar Tauronese muscle underneath those fitted shirt sleeves. Danny Graystone is a family man, a failed father who needs his wife to rescue him from Baxter Sarno. Tommy Vergis (go ahead, call him Tommy, we’re friends) goes on Sarno with a gift bag of Tauron cigars, radiating nonchalant charisma as he teases Caprica City about his immigration plans. (Watching him on Sarno, I thought he looked a little bit like an alternate-universe Richard Burton who never drank before dinnertime and never married the same girl twice).

Tomas Vergis is, in short, the kind of Tauron everyone, even your traditional Caprican grandmother, would love. Just make sure he doesn’t roll up those shirt sleeves. Grammy might be understanding, but those tattoos will give her a heart attack.

We heard a little bit about Vergis before last night’s episode of Caprica, and last night we finally got to meet him. John Pyper-Ferguson was the actor (BSG fans might remember him as Captain Cole Taylor, one of many ill-fated officers from the Pegasus), and in under an hour, he added yet another fascinating characterization to the ever-expanding Caprica cast. And his wasn’t even the most eye-popping introduction: that would be Barnabas, played by a strikingly un-Spike-ish James Marsters, emerging from his hiding place at the docks with his arm wrapped in what looked like barbed wire. Ah, so he’s that kind of monotheist. READ FULL STORY

'Caprica' Recap: They Say the Bad Sleep Well, Here in New Cap City

Ender’s Game is about a videogame. Or maybe it isn’t. Or maybe it is, but not in the way you think. There’s a strange little subplot in Orson Scott Card’s space-fi masterpiece, about playing a game called The Giant’s Drink. The gameplay is sub-Pong: a Giant offers you two glasses filled with liquid. If you drink the wrong one, you’ll die; if you drink the right one, you get to go to Fairyland. Like the Kobayashi Maru, it’s a lose-lose: it’s a game of complete chance, and nobody in Battle School ever chooses the right one. There is no right one. There is no Fairyland. READ FULL STORY

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