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Closing thoughts on ‘Caprica’

CapricaCaprica’s mob storyline reaches a turning point — one of several story strands that played out in satisfying fashion.

As previously alluded to, I will not be individually reviewing the final nine episodes of Caprica as I did the first eight plus the pilot, but I figured I would at least offer up some belated closing thoughts of the defunct Battlestar Galactica prequel, whose final episodes showed that this indeed could’ve been a compelling series. Based on how the first and only season wrapped up, I’d have been back to see more, had it been renewed.

The single-season, 17-episode run of Caprica (not counting the pilot movie, which would make for a total of 19 hourlong episodes), to me plays like a compelling argument for the 12- or 13-episode run typical of many cable dramas. In this day and age, with so many choices out there, with so many mediums of content consumption available to audiences and with their attention divided and their attention spans shortened, does it really make sense to do a TV series — and even more so, a TV serial — that spans 20 or 22 episodes?

Granted, you could make the argument that season one of Caprica could really be called two seasons with two arcs, but that’s not what Syfy or its creators called it — and more to the point, the stories being told here just didn’t warrant as many hours as were devoted to them. (Read more…)

‘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. (Read more…)

Caprica review: ‘End of Line’

Caprica: End of Line

When Daniel’s deadline to deliver Cylons for the military contract is pushed up, he orders the U-87 be copied for mass production — a process that would mean the destruction of Zoe’s program. So Zoe attempts a desperate escape from the laboratory.

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Caprica review: ‘Ghosts in the Machine’

Caprica: Ghosts in the Machine

Daniel embarks on a psychological war of wills to coerce the U-87 into revealing that it contains Zoe’s memories. Joseph finds his mettle tested as he searches for Tamara in New Cap City.

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Caprica review: ‘The Imperfections of Memory’

Caprica: The Imperfections of Memory

Amanda is troubled when she begins having hallucinations about her deceased brother. Joseph searches for Tamara in V-World. Daniel learns a startling truth about the U-87’s MCP.

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Caprica review: ‘Know Thy Enemy’

Caprica: Know Thy Enemy

A Graystone corporate rival from Tauron arrives on Caprica and accuses Daniel of murder and theft. Clarice takes on an unlikely caper on behalf of the STO.

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Caprica review: ‘There Is Another Sky’

Caprica: There Is Another Sky

Tamara Adama, trapped in the virtual world, discovers she is different from the other avatars. Meanwhile, Daniel faces the prospect of a boardroom coup at his company, and Joseph finds an increasing distance opening up between him and his son.

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Caprica review: ‘Gravedancing’

Caprica: Gravedancing

When Daniel agrees to go on a late-night talk show, he considers distorting the truth about his daughter for the sake of public relations. Joseph finds himself caught between his conscience and a brutal Tauron code when he asks Sam to take vengeance on the Graystones.

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Caprica review: ‘Reins of a Waterfall’

Caprica: Reins of a Waterfall

The fallout from Amanda’s shocking public announcement puts Daniel’s business in jeopardy. Joseph and Sam play hardball when paying Daniel a visit. Zoe links back into the virtual realm, where she makes a surprising discovery. Sister Clarice makes contact with the STO.

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Caprica review: ‘Rebirth’

Caprica: Rebirth

Zoe finds herself treated like a machine, with her handlers unaware that her consciousness has been preserved inside a Cylon body. The Graystones’ grief proves troublesome as they consider attending a public memorial for the train bombing victims. William hangs out with his mob-connected uncle Sam, to the ire of Joseph.

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