‘Caprica’ canceled; Jammer mulls his return

Hello, fans of Jammer’s Blog & Reviews. Hopefully there are still some of you left out there. Long hiatuses can be bad for retaining your audience. One can at least partially ascribe the rating woes of Caprica to that reason after a mid-season break of some six-plus months. (Not to mention the very long time between the initial pilot movie’s release on DVD to when the series premiered in the first place. Syfy’s baffling scheduling of BSG and Caprica prolonged air dates at the expense of rational sense.)

So it was announced today that Caprica has been canceled by Syfy.

Ironically, I had just started to catch up on Caprica last week. Mrs. Jammer and I watched three episodes in one night as part of our process of clearing the DVR of stuff that had piled up in the weeks before and during our wedding and honeymoon (which were both great, by the way). Caprica had followed a Boardwalk Empire marathon.

I had planned to watch yesterday’s Caprica tonight (and still might), and I was devising in my head a catch-up plan for the reviews, which were going to employ some serious shortcuts in the interest of getting back up to date quickly.

That all, however, seems to be moot now.

I see little point in reviewing the remaining episodes of a canceled series, especially since the series has been pulled from Syfy’s schedule and will not air its remaining season-one episodes until sometime in 2011, assuming they get burned off at all.

I also wasn’t sure what exactly those reviews were going to say. Caprica is (well, was) a nice-looking and intriguing series with Big Ideas that was competently acted and produced. But it was also a show that had a lot of plot lines and characters but not a lot of certainty as to which of those plots and characters truly mattered. And, of course, there was something about the show that was so deadly serious and melodramatic without having the sort of immediate emotional and visceral edge that made BSG so great.

I liked how great the constant, ominous, moody rain in “Retribution” looked, for example, but there was absolutely no way I couldn’t have started a review of that episode with anything but, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Caprica often plays like Sophoclean angst where people’s fates are preordained and what’s happening on the screen are convoluted morality plays rather than vivid storytelling and characterization.

Anyway, feel free to discuss any and all of Caprica in the commenting space below, as reviews will not likely be forthcoming now that the show is toast.

So what does that mean for Jammer’s Blog & Reviews? Well, for one, it finally means that for the first time in a long time, I have no currently-airing series on the books. And thus I’ve run out of excuses not to turn back to TNG, finally, at long, long last.

I am still settling into my newlywed life and Mrs. Jammer and I are doing a lot of stuff around the house. But I’m guessing that we will get into our new routines fairly soon, and I will be able to gradually work TNG back into my schedule after two and a half years of having it sit on the back burner (actually off the stove completely, to be honest). And, of course, I’ll get back into a habit of blogging again, about various television and other topics.

So I’ll see you again soon, my faithful readers — those of you still hanging around, that is.

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74 comments on this post

Saturday, November 20, 2010, 5:25 am (UTC -5)

I think that jammer has made it clear that he is not interested in reviewing babylon 5. But what about firefly or dollhouse ?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 9:12 pm (UTC -5)

I’m not really going to miss Caprica. Me and my brother watched the first couple of episodes together, and thought it pretty much sucked, it was a pretty bland opener, and if the show was going to become anything good, I’d probably never rewatch it to find out. Personally, I don’t even see why any of it needed to be tied in with BSG, it could’ve been a fully original IP and could air on the CW or something instead, which is where it seemed like it belonged.

Thursday, November 25, 2010, 8:58 am (UTC -5)

I haven’t seen “Here Be Dragons” yet but the big revelation about Willie Adama (I won’t say more than that) seems rather unbelievable.

As for Babylon 5, I’ve just started watching it. ‘The Gathering’ was ‘okay’. The first four episodes of the first season were mostly garbage, but now it’s starting to pick up, I’ve seen up to “And the Sky Full of Stars” and now I’m really curious to see what’ll happen next. JMS really does hate Star Trek though…

Thursday, November 25, 2010, 4:22 pm (UTC -5)

TNG reviews would be fine by me. During your hiatus, the AV Club has been catching up, now beginning the 4th season. At this rate, they’ll beat you to the 5th season by, oh, February.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 8:23 am (UTC -5)

Ron Moore was not writing/leading the show and Weddle/thompson were gone.. they gave a buffy writer the show running position.. no wonder it was a mess.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 8:24 am (UTC -5)

As for Babylon 5, the show only shines with nostalgia for viewers.. the acting was atrocious, almost every episode was resolved with deus ex machina, and the effrects were cringeworthy.

Dexter is certainly a show worth reviewing.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7:00 pm (UTC -5)

Feel sorry for you guys losing Caprica (even if I watched only about 10 mins of pilot) but I’m not really all surprised. It was such a niche show that i could only imagine two seasons tops. The long drawn out storyline character stuff reminds me of john from cincinatti but that had no payoff whatsoever, and shows today can’t bank on a few seasons to deal out storylines. maybe a 10 ep season like bsg season 1 would force them to make the most of what they have.

B5 to me is in the same vein as TNG as it doesn’t need to be completely dark to deal with dark subject matter. And it had some pretty thought provoking storylines and themes that wasn’t wrapped up in one episode, shows like ‘long twilight struggle’ ‘severed dreams’ ‘signs and portents’ ‘fall of night’ ‘passing through gethsemane’ ‘intersections in real time’ etc etc etc….

But hey, definitely onboard for bsg: b & c, but how bout that new BSG new movie by Bryan Singer, eh?!! I’m definitely stoked! Vipers with frickin laser beams!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 10:13 pm (UTC -5)

Now that the finale has aired, I strongly suggest that when SyFy airs them, you review them. At least maybe a single review for the whole half season. The back half started slow but man, it picked up like crazy. Last 10 mins of last episode was euphoric.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 9:39 pm (UTC -5)

After having watched all of Caprica to the finale, it seems pretty obvious syfy made the wrong decision. The last episodes were fantastic, and all it took was a little more urgent direction. With all the shooting robots and the fantasy worlds it’s hard to imagine that people wouldn’t have watched that. It’s still ultimately the show runners fault for not beginning the series this way (I guess), but watching it to the end it really came together as a very interesting and original piece of work. I never like prequels, and I wasn’t a die-hard fan of Caprica or anything, but the last episodes sold me on the concept. It’s really too bad. You’d think the network could at least let the episodes air and just see what happens.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 4:54 am (UTC -5)

Yes the final 4 episodes were very good indeed and i think that the show runners have made a creative approach to the “perquel problem” (:prequel problem”= why see a prequel when you allready know how the story ends?).
I think jammer that when the final episodes will air on january 4th you could make something like a single review or a season recap for the whole season 1.5

Jeff O’Connor
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 12:48 am (UTC -5)

Getting into the discussion pretty late, so I’ll simply say that I look forward to those TNG reviews and wish you the best in getting settled in with Mrs. Jammer. I’ve thanked you in the past, and I continue to visit this site often enough to feel compelled to do so again.

Thanks for all the fish.

Friday, December 10, 2010, 12:38 am (UTC -5)

Jammer you’ve really gotta get on The Walking Dead. It’s one of the best shows on TV.

If you need a sci-fi connection, the composer for the music in the series is Bear McCreary. There, you have your opening.

Have at it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 12:04 am (UTC -5)

Have to thank you guys for pointing out The Walking Dead, never heard of it before the mention in the comments section of Jammer’s blog site. I’m definitely hooked on it, it’s now my all time favorite TV show! There’s elements within the show that are reminiscent of BSG…the loss of civialization, the darker side of people when everything goes to *hit, overcoming differences to try and survive, and the survivors traveling together to try and find a new home (all whilst constantly under attack at any minute).

I love the concept of structure, order and stability suddenly undone and how people have to cope and manage with it. I first I thought it’d be ridiculous seeing Jammer review a TV series about zombies, but now that I’ve watched the first 5 episodes, it’s not a bad idea.

Oh, and thanks for pointing out ‘redlettermedia’ for Trek reviews. Anyone who hasn’t watched those, stop what you’re doing and go to that site and watch the Trek movie reviews. They’re absolutely hilarious!

Jeff O’Connor
Friday, December 17, 2010, 3:49 am (UTC -5)

Stargate Universe is now dead too. I stopped watching that show a while back but generally speaking I’ve been something of a franchise fan. We’re about to see the first time in fourteen years that nothing Stargate is on the air.

Almost like that eighteen years of Trek.

Friday, December 17, 2010, 5:55 am (UTC -5)

I’m afraid that science fiction is not going well on american tv. I would like to hear jammer’s opinion about that.

Brian H
Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 10:09 pm (UTC -5)

Just got season 1.5 of Caprica on DVD. This is going to be bittersweet!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 11:05 pm (UTC -5)

Just noticed this earlier tonight: According to my DVR, Syfy is airing the last five episodes of Caprica on Monday, January 4, from 5-10 p.m. CST. A true dump job, but I guess understandable since the DVDs are now out.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 1:03 am (UTC -5)

Now that you have nothing to review, perhaps you can do Star Trek the animated series. I would love to hear your take on it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:08 am (UTC -5)

the first concept are for Bllod and Chrome was released on the syfy site.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:09 am (UTC -5)

I mean concept art

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 4:09 pm (UTC -5)

Thanks for the reviews you have done. I had a blast “reading along” while systematically watching Deep Space Nine and BSG on disk. Not to throw cold water on any plans you have, but the AV Club (http://www.avclub.com/) is doing a pretty good series of reviews on The Next Generation. They’re just about up to season four, I believe.

Jammer’s Glands
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 3:39 pm (UTC -5)

CAPRICA…isn’t that what you call those anti-spam things on web site forms?

Saturday, June 30, 2012, 2:31 am (UTC -5)

To the people saying that Babylon 5 was anything less than brilliant…

The show was produced on a budget that was SIGNIFICANTLY lower than that of Star Trek. They did all their effects with CGI. NO MODELS. Which in it’s day was pretty revolutionary. Also they were one of the first shows that did not only story arcs that spanned a few episodes but the whole series. I will say the first season is a little difficult to watch from a visual stand point during some episodes, but it’s worth it once you get to season 2 because the story builds from everything you’ve seen before. Seasons 2, 3, and 4 are just amazing. The thing is that shows creator planned the series out as a 5 year story. Alas, they eventually crammed all the really good stuff from the 5th year into season 4 because they weren’t sure they’d get renewed for another season. That’s why i think season 5 turned out to be such crap. But if you watch seasons 1-4 I think you will feel a thing or two during that time. And the acting is not crap. The characters are over the top but that is how they are written. Everyone in that show owns their character. G’kar is probably one of the greatest scifi characters ever. His transformation from petty bickering to religious prophet and political leader is so captivating. And the things that the crew goes through leading up to the civil war is just great to watch. I still get goosebumps when I watch the scene of Sheridan’s supposedly dead wife approaching him on the balcony with the Shadows flanking her at the end of season 3. But I feel I may have gone off on a tangent. I just believe anyone that gives the show a real chance could ever NOT recommend it to a friend. I’ve converted a friend or two that were VERY against it because of the visuals in the beginning. At the end they were begging for more. Jammer… this is the kind of show that you would have such a skill at exploring. It’s almost a crime to leave it unreviewed. Please thoroughly consider it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 7:48 am (UTC -5)

@Hayesimus, To be fair, I gave B5 a shot after reading your post. I like it, but it’s a very flawed show and doesn’t hold a candle to DS9. I’d be more sympathetic to arguments that it had a lower budget if the show used the budget more wisely. Ironically, B5’s first two seasons had far more special effects shots and battle scenes than DS9’s first two seasons. Sometimes quality counts more than quality.

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