The higher your hopes, the deeper your disappointment. After five episodes, here are five things that SyFy’s Caprica is doing wrong.
What Caprica is Doing Wrong
Hammering the Ethnicity Issues
Caprica is not about subtly, although its slow pace may lead you to believe otherwise. The show is hammering the concepts of ethnicity too hard, with characterizations and visuals. The Adama family has been characterized in the vein of stereotypical movie and TV Italians. In case you weren’t getting the mob references and the Italian grandmother, the “Little Tauron” (read “Little Italy” reference), they kind set designers threw in orange and green storefront canopies in one episode.
It’s disappointing to discover continuity issues and seemingly extraneous and dangling scenes so early in the series. Can it be attributed to poor plot or poor editing? The greatest example of a dangling scene is the finger cutting episode. When the Zoe Cylon cuts the finger of one of the young technicians, it’s never discussed with Daniel Graystone. Nobody tells him, he never sees it on any security camera, and it’s as if it never happened. Why wouldn’t’ one of the techs told Graystone that the Cylon in the basement has violent tendencies?
It’s hard to take Eric Stoltz seriously. Maybe I watched Some Kind of Wonderful too many time and my view of him is warped. He is too soft, too quiet and too weak to hold such a prominent role on the show.
Poor Attempt to Interest the Female Audience
Where Battlestar Galactica was mature with smart writing, Caprica seems dumbed down in a lot of ways. The dialogue is nowhere as engaging as that of BSG. The creators, while trying to move away from the nitty gritty BSG with a mostly male audience has changed the wrong things,
in trying to appeal to a female audience. They can claim that they are trying to get the female audience, but with polygamy and four-person marriage bed reminds me of the appeal of the three-breasted woman in Total Recall. The polygamous marriage plot? Purely for male enjoyment, save for the few polyamorous women watching.
Pandering to Youth Culture
The V-world, where the halo bands take people has been criticized as being too much like The Matrix. This analogy is not entirely accurate. The loud and raucous club scenes in V-world are more akin to the clubs in the Blade movies in The Matrix. Unlike BSG, a number of major players in Caprica are young. So young that the last episode was focused on gaming in the V-world, which is more interesting to the young than to adults.
What’s missing from Caprica is the mature edge of Battlestar Galactica.
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