Apotheosis (episode)

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For the belief held by various members of the Soldiers of the One, see apotheosis.

An episode of the Caprica Series
Episode No. Season 1, Episode 18
Writer(s) Jane Espenson
Kevin Murphy
Story by
Director Jonas Pate
Assistant Director
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US airdate USA 4 January 2011[1][2]
CAN airdate CAN November 30, 2010 [3]
UK airdate UK
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Extended Info Series Finale
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Daniel and Amanda Graystone and Zoe-A race to stop Clarice Willow's master plan and save thousands of lives before Caprica is changed forever (Caprica series finale).



Act 1

Act 2

Act 3

Act 4


  • Apotheosis has been mentioned in conjunction with Zoe Graystone's avatar program and is one of Sister Clarice Willow's goals.
  • The pentagon roundel on the wings of the Caprican marine aircraft carrying the Cylon squad is identical to the roundels on raiders in the original series. The roof of Graystone Industries' headquarters also features the design.
  • According to Bear McCreary's Twitter, the Caprican national anthem heard in "Rebirth" will be featured.[4]
  • On the DVD commentary for this episode, executive producer Kevin Murphy says the ramifications of the coda sequence, set five years later, would be explored in Season Two. This commentary was recorded prior to the show's cancellation.


  • The Cylon marine commander's helmet or cranial armour appears to be the inspiration for the First War Centurians' heads. It features an eve protecting the 'ears' and back of the neck, as well as a center comb ridge from front to back. Additionally, as will be the case in the First Cylon War in which command Centurions are distinguished by their golden armour, the marine commander is 'dressed' uniquely from the other Cylon marines.
  • Theoretically, the avatars of the dead STO members should have the same ability to control V-world as Zoe-A and Tamara-A have, unless the backup of Zoe's program used to create them was imperfect. It appears that Zoe-A was able to destroy them due to their relative lack of experience.
  • It is possible that the Zoe listening to Clarice's sermon was Messenger Zoe. Given the events of Caprica, especially the previous episode and this one, it seems unlikely that Clarice would tolerate Zoe-A's presence under any circumstances or that that Zoe-A would allow Clarice to even suggest violence, much less preach it openly. Only a brief glimpse of Zoe is offered, so there are none of the usual indicators of a Messenger, such as others in the same space obviously ignoring the character, or a non-Messenger character having a conversation with what turns out to be air. However, it is unknown how relationships may change between the characters, and events may occur that would indeed drive Zoe-A to seek rebellion. Clarice's "prophecy" that there is one who will set the Cylons free seems to refer to Zoe.
  • Alternatively, as the congregation is otherwise entirely Cylon, the Zoe may be Zoe-R (i.e, Zoe-A inhabbiting a Cylon body). The usual indicator of such an appearance - a CGI Cylon shown first in place of Zoe-R - is seen, albeit with several scene cuts in the interim. On the pew behind Zoe are a petite white Cylon and a Centurion. During the initial montage of Willow's congregation (prior to Willow's pilgrimage to Mother Lacy on Gemenon), a Centurion is seen with a petite white Cylon and a Centurion on the pew behind it, the three in the same relative positions; additionally, the two sequences are each preceded by identical shots of a Centurion genuflecting next to a column. Zoe-A's resurrection into her skinjob body does not occur until after Zoe's appearance in the congregation.
  • Amanda's skills as a plastic surgeon appear to come into play in the creation of Zoe's skin-job body.
  • Fidelia Fazekas' recognition of the need to support the rebellion on Tauron suggests that she will continue the flow of Cylons started by the Adamas, or even increase it.
  • Odin appears to have taken on a role similar to that of Diego now that Lacy is the new Blessed Mother.
  • Although Clarice preaches that the Cylons will rise and "crush the ones that first gave them life", she probably is not advocating total human extinction, given her intention to form an alliance between the Cylons and the church on Gemenon.
  • Ruth maintains ties to the Adama family during Bill's childhood and may still live with them, despite not being related by blood to the surviving Adamas.
  • The "Things to Come" epilogue naturally parallels the rise of the apes described in Escape from the Planet of the Apes and subsequently depicted in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, much as "Sometimes a Great Notion" extensively parallels and pays homage to the first Planet of the Apes film. The harried Cylon dog walker passing a statue of the Cylon marines seems to possibly be an homage to the cat & dog statue which many ape slaves pass in Conquest.
  • When resurrecting, Zoe-R does not appear to express the panic, confusion, and shock previously displayed by humanoid Cylons when awakening in the tanks. Even the principal engineer of resurrection technology, Ellen Tigh, reacts that way in "No Exit". Perhaps those emotions are related more to the Cylons' deaths and/or the uploading of their avatars from their dead bodies into the computer systems, than they are to the ressurection itself.


  • What happened to Xander after the Graystones escaped?
  • What happened to Singh?
    • Were the charges against the Graystones dropped (as can be inferred from the epilogue) because he was outed as a member of the Soldiers of the One?
    • If Singh was outed, was Jordan Duram able to rejoin the GDD?
  • What is Tamara-A doing during the events of this episode and the epilogue?
    • Would she have become a skin-job also eventually, or would she have had some other role to play?
  • How old is Bill Adama when he is shown in the epilogue?
  • Do the Adamas continue to associate with the Ha'la'tha throughout Bill's childhood?
  • How much, if anything, is Bill told about Tamara-A and his family's involvement with the rise of the Cylons?
  • When does Joseph's focus as a lawyer change from getting Ha'la'tha members off to civil liberties?
  • How does the Ha'la'tha operate under Fidelia?
  • How do the Monad Church and the STO operate under Lacy?
    • How popular is Lacy with the human monotheists?
  • How does the meeting between Clarice and Lacy go?
    • Does Lacy decree that Cylons have souls and/or that their sentience is equal to human sentience?
  • What makes Clarice become an advocate of Cylon rebellion?
    • Has her confrontation with Zoe affected Clarice's faith and her relationship with Zoe?
  • How does Zoe-A discover and communicate with the Final Five 13-15 years (colonial perspective) before their arrival? How can they effectively communicate, given the Five's relativistic speed?
  • Given the "I am Spartacus" scene in "Here Be Dragons", how does the ressurected Zoe-R's fight under Duram against the Cylons affect the Cylons' psyche and self-perception?
  • Although the Cylons do not spare Gemenon as a whole in the Second Cylon War, is the Monad territory (or at least the environs of Lacy's temple) treated as sacrosanct in either war, in light of both the Centurions' personal obedience to her and the temple being the seat of their religion?

Official Statements

  • From the Caprica panel at the Paley Center:
    • Sasha Roiz: "Our finale is unbelievable. It's so powerful that I remember me and Esai calling each other after reading the script. We were both absolutely floored by how it ends."
    • Esai Morales: "The finale drove me to tears on various occasions. What happens is so profound and out of the blue. [It was] so unexpected it took my breath away."

Noteworthy Dialogue

  • Clarice protests as Zoe-A destroys her virtual Heaven
Clarice: This is what God wants!
Zoe-A I am God!

Guest Stars


  1. Gorman, Bill (27 October 2010). Caprica Cancelled by Syfy (backup available on Archive.org) . Retrieved on 28 October 2010.
  2. Exclusive: Syfy's "Caprica" to Sign Off Tuesday, January 4 (backup available on Archive.org) . (19 November 2010). Retrieved on 19 November 2010.
  3. SPACE Schedule (backup available on Archive.org) . Retrieved on 21 November 2011.
  4. McCreary, Bear (27 October 2010). Twitter (backup available on Archive.org) . Retrieved on 28 October 2010.