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Caprica is a television spin-off of the Re-imagined Series produced by Remi Aubuchon, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick for the Syfy. It is a prequel that focuses on the Adama and Graystone families on the planet Caprica and the invention of the Cylons in the Twelve Colonies. The pilot is set 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica miniseries and was released direct to DVD on April 21, 2009. The series was canceled after one season on October 27, 2010, with the remaining episodes airing first on Canada's Space channel and then on Syfy in a marathon on January 4, 2011.
Just as Battlestar Galactica was about a lot more than space battles, Caprica was as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale. Remi Aubuchon (The Lyon's Den, 24) wrote the pilot script with co-writer (and executive producer) Ronald D. Moore; "Galactica" veterans Ronald D. Moore and David Eick were the executive producers. The two-hour pilot was directed by Jeff Reiner (Friday Night Lights).
The Caprica pilot takes place 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica miniseries. It follows the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama). A startling development occurs by the end of the pilot — the creation of the first cybernetic life-form node or "Cylon".
The Graystone family includes the father Daniel and mother Amanda, a computer scientist and surgeon respectively. When their daughter Zoe dies due to the religious fanaticism of her boyfriend, Ben Stark, her father manages to resurrect her — after a fashion. Already having acquired a digital clone of her personality developed by Zoe herself, he uses stolen technology to create a robotic version of his daughter, the first step towards creating the Cylon race.
The same terrorist attack claims the lives of Joseph Adama's wife Shannon and daughter Tamara. Together with Daniel Graystone he initially works on bringing back their children, but is appalled at his partner's methods and ethics. However, as a result of this tragedy, he grows closer to his eleven-year old son William.
Cast and characters
Additional cast include:
According to an interview with IFmagazine, David Eick said that they had been contemplating a spinoff prequel series since Season 2 began and were tossing around ideas. About the same time, 24 writer Remi Aubuchon pitched a series that had a lot of similarities to the Cylon storyline. Realizing that they could not devote their full time to both Battlestar Galactica and a spinoff, Moore and Eick decided to merge with Auchubon, seeing it as an opportunity: "We took some of what we had and some of what he had ".
According to a post on the official Scifi.com messageboard by Ron Moore's wife Terry Dresbach, executive producer Remi Aubochon will be the showrunner for "Caprica", in charge of the writing staff. Ron Moore will oversee and approve the story arcs, casting, sets, and read the scripts, though Moore will probably rarely write an individual episode for Caprica.
In an interview in Dreamwatch Magazine in May 2006, Remi Aubuchon said that he originally pitched a series which was an "allegorical story about slavery with robots", when approached by Moore and Eick. Aubuchon stated that William Adama will be 11 years old when the series begins. Aubuchon described the new show by saying, "This is a very human story about how our own hubris can lead us to disaster". He goes on to say that Caprica is meant to stand on its own from BSG: while still addressing backstory issues from Battlestar, it will not be required to have watched it to enjoy Caprica. However, "certain elements have been embedded into the first few episodes of season 3" of Battlestar Galactica, which might refer to things which will be further fleshed-out in the prequel series.
On November 6, 2006, the Sci Fi Pulse website reported that Ron D. Moore updated Dreamwatch magazine regarding the new series:
Since April 26, 2006, Caprica was in "development hell" (major rewrites and resubmissions to network executives), until it was seriously considered during the WGA strike of 2007-08. On March 24, 2007, Moore discussed the status of Caprica with Salon.com's Laura Miller:
On September 18, 2007, it was reported that with the end of Battlestar Galactica around the corner and Moore poised to leave Sci Fi for NBC, Sci Fi executives were considering green-lighting the 2-hour pilot for production as a means of keeping Moore with the channel. Contingent on the performance of "Razor", it was reported that Caprica might also see a release in the form of a direct-to-DVD movie that is simultaneously premiered on television . Furthermore, with the writer's strike (the first since 1988), networks scrambled to stockpile finished scripts for various productions, and thus Caprica became a front runner for production because its script had already been completed before said strike.
On December 2, 2008, SciFi Channel officially announced that Caprica was picked up for a 20-episode first season. According to the press release, production is slated to begin in the summer of 2009 and the series is expected to begin airing in 2010. The reason for the delay is attributed to the fact that they are attempting to regroup the core staff that worked on the pilot and Battlestar Galactica, as these persons have since found work on other projects.
In the finale of Battlestar Galactica, our Earth was discovered 150,000 years before the present day. Therefore, unlike most science fiction series, Caprica is a tale of ancient history rather than future history.