Reins of a Waterfall

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The Reins of a Waterfall
"The Reins of a Waterfall"
An episode of the Caprica Series
Episode No. Season 1, Episode 3 (discuss)
Writer(s) Michael Angeli
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Director Ronald D. Moore
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US airdate USA February 5, 2010
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UK airdate UK February 16, 2010
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Overview

Daniel Graystone attempts damage control in light of his wife's false revelation that their daughter was one of the suicide bombers of Maglev 23. Meanwhile, Joseph Adama continues his pursuit of seeing the Tamara avatar again while Willie Adama and Sam Adama continue to bond.

Summary

Teaser

  • Scenes from the Caprican media: Amanda's "revelation" of her daughter's involvement in the bombing are replayed on the news, Baxter Sarno mentions in his monologue that V-World hackers are re-creating the bombing before making comments about Daniel, students at the Athena Academy tell reporters that they were unnerved being in the same school and the same classes with Zoe Graystone, and Amanda is caught on camera leaving Caprica General Hospital as protestors chant "Terror Mom."
  • At the hospital, Amanda is walking fast toward her car, but she quickly answers a reporter's question about her employment future by saying that she has resigned from the hospital. Encouraged to share her side of the story with the audience, Amanda pauses long enough to tell the report that they are not interested in the truth. A bottle is thrown, and a shard cuts Amanda's forehead. She speeds away.
  • At the Athena Academy, students--including Keon Gatwick--stare at Lacy Rand, harasses her, and make thinly veiled threats. Sister Clarice watches from a distance.
  • Daniel spars in the boxing ring at the Red Gloves Gym, an old and run-down facility, while talking with Xander. Xander recommends hiring Priyah Magnus as a consultant to address the growing public relations problem. Daniel expresses his distaste for PR, but Xander disagrees, pointing out that Daniel is at this gym rather than in Graystone Industries' facilities precisely because he wants to be seen as a man of the people. Daniel is unmoved.
  • As Daniel walks to his car, his driver, Kalil, opens a door--and Sam Adama steps out. He accepts the keys from Kalil. Sam seizes Daniel and brings him to an alley, and proceeds to rough him up for being the parent of a terrorist who killed his neice. Joseph Adama joins them. He kneels next to Daniel and demands to see his daughter's avatar again. Daniel reluctantly agrees to search for the avatar. Joseph promises to call on him again.

Act 1

  • Willie walks into a Tauron social club near his apartment building, carrying a box of burritos for sale. He approaches a group of men at a card game, who give him a hard time, even when he tells them about his brief time in jail. Sam pulls him aside and asks what he is doing there so early, telling him that he needs to go to school first for attendance before coming to the club. Sam concocts an excuse for him, hands him a beer, and they drink.
  • Daniel limps into his home. Serge starts to play the day's news broadcasts for him before it quickly becomes obvious that it will all be dominated by the fallout from Zoe's alleged involvement in the Maglev 23 bombing, and Daniel orders the stories to be deleted. Serge offers Daniel medical treatment, but he prefers to do it himself in the downstairs lab.
  • Evelyn greets Joseph at the courthouse entrance, telling him that he has to wait for a judge who for some reason is upset with him, despite all the appropriate paperwork and "special delivery" for the judge being in order. He asks Evelyn to get him coffee. She reluctantly agrees.
  • At the Academy, Clarice Willow makes tea for Lacy, telling her that all the monotheists at the school have to be careful, in order to avoid being linked to the bombing. She asks Lacy to open up to her, the way the Zoe did. Obviously uncomfortable, Lacy excuses herself, claiming to have problems with her classwork.
  • In the lab, Amanda finds Daniel. They are immediately worried about the injuries of the other. Amanda tries tending to Daniel's wounds first. While this is happening, Zoe-A watches from inside the U-87. Amanda and Daniel lapse into an argument about Zoe's supposed involvement in the bombing. Daniel eventually accepts Amanda's claim about their daughter's guilt, shocking Zoe-A, but he is still amazed that Amanda admitted this on television. She cries, claiming that it "just happened" and that she is sorry for it. Daniel kisses her tenderly. Eventually, Amanda asks him, "How about a good frak?" Despite his wounds, the two of the carefully start to make love, in front of the U-87.

Act 2

Act 3

Act 4

Notes

Analysis

  • Sam Adama and his husband Larry have decided not to have children, at least not at this time because of Sam's "occupation." It is not conducive to having children. Ironically Larry is right considering how Sam is corrupting his nephew William into a life of crime.
  • Caprica, and perhaps the other 11 Worlds as well, has a Juvenile Curfew Law. No minor is to be on the street after 10pm. This is the cause that had Ben Stark picked up by the GDD. In modern day Earth in some jurisdictions there are Juvenile Curfew Laws in some localities to maintain the general peace and to combat juvenile crime. Presumably Caprica have them for the same reasons. Civil Liberties organizations in the United States such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are generally against such laws, both on general principles that it violates the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and in particulars that they are unfairly enforced due to vagueness, lack of exemptions and sometimes are racially discriminatory. It is not known todate if Caprican Civil Liberties advocates oppose such laws. One non US example of curfew laws is Russia passing a law in 2009 allowing localities to pass curfew laws against juveniles. One important difference between Caprica and real life America is that the Global Defense Department (GDD) help enforce these curfew laws. In the US curfew laws are strictly a municipal and county creations. The State and Federal government do not enact or enforce these laws. On Caprica their "national" police force have a hand in enforcing these laws, the equivalent of the FBI or the United States Homeland Security doing so on Earth.
    • It is possible that GDD was only questioning Ben due to the wiring and detonators discovered in his possession, making him a possible security risk (which he was given his affiliation with the Soldiers of the One terrorist organization).
  • It is possible that Gara Singh, Director of the GDD, sanctions the destruction of evidence if he believes it could hold the Department in a bad light. He did criticize Agent Youngblood for alleged incompetence about not destroying a misfiled and forgotten interrogation tape of her questioning Ben Stark after he was picked up on Aprilus 9th, YR41 for a curfew violation and found with what could be interpreted as bomb making materials (Stark explained it away as model rocketry components) nearly a year prior to the attack. Singh was concerned that if it came out it could had been portrayed in the press with 20/20 hindsight as GDD incompetence in letting one of the bombers go instead of holding him and perhaps saving many lives. To an outside observer his comment about her not even being competent enough to destroy the tape saving herself and the Department embarrassment could had been taken as sarcasm. However, as soon as Singh left Agent Jordan Durham and Youngblood's presence Durham did exactly that, destroyed the tape. This seem to indicate that Singh is willing to sanction acts like this because Durham did not express any concern about not being able to producing the tape in the future if Singh or any other GDD or government official asked for it nor did Agent Youngblood object. This could be taken as another example of the corruption of the Government on either Caprica in particular or the other 11 Worlds as a whole.
  • Baxter Sarno is similar in form and style to real-life talkshow hosts like David Letterman or Jay Leno. However, Priyah's statement that he is a major news source for young people even though he's a comedian is likely a reference to Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, which have also been cited as a common source of news for young people.
  • Daniel claimed to Joseph that it would be impossible for him to construct another avatar like Tamara's, "no matter how many bones you break," because he would need to work from the supposedly lost Zoe avatar. It is unclear why Tamara-A could not serve as a template for future avatars. Perhaps Zoe-A actively collaborated with Daniel, consulting him in the process of creating of Tamara-A, and that he can not do this kind of work without her help. It is also possible that some technological barrier exists. A third option could be that Daniel was simply lying, giving Joseph what he demanded while coming up with a story that would get the Adamas out of his life at the earliest possible moment.

Questions

  • The documentation in the Battlestar Galactica episode "Hero" gave William Adama's parents as Joseph and Evelyn Adama and stated that Evelyn was an accountant. Does this mean that Joseph will marry his clerk assistant Evelyn?
  • What will become of the Tamara avatar? Will she realize she is no longer in real space? (Answer)
  • Is there actually a model rocket club at Athena Academy?
  • Is Sister Clarice aware of these STO meetings Ben and Keon attended that were not held by her?
  • How factionalized are the STO? (Partial answer)
  • What is "apotheosis"? Is it a plan for immortality via virtual avatars? (Answer)
  • What views of apotheosis are there other than Clarice's?

Official Statements

Noteworthy Dialogue

  • Daniel Graystone is sparring in a boxing ring as he discusses with Cyrus (who is outside the ring) the PR disaster his wife Amanda's public confession is causing the business:
Daniel Graystone: Scandals are sunburns, Cyrus; they fade.
Cyrus: Or they give you cancer.
  • The Graystone's situation has become grist for the late night comedian's mill:
Baxter Sarno: Big news in the publishing world today. Daniel Graystone is revising his autobiography. A lot of you know it as The Man Who Could See The Future. It is now going to be titled Wow, I Didn't See That Coming.
  • In a renewed sense of grief and anger over not being able to contact the avatar of his dead daughter Tamara, he gives Sam a veiled but still chillingly clear order:
Joseph Adama [to Sam]: Daniel Graystone lost his daughter, right? I lost my daughter and my wife. [thoughtful pause] Balance it out.
  • As Sister Clarice tries to open Lacy to her, Lacy retreats, claiming problems with her astronomy class work:
Lacy Rand: Got a problem with my stars.

Guest Stars

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