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'Caprica' - 'Gravedancing' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 20th 2010 1:20AM
Caprica(S01E04) We've now learned a little bit more about the culture of the planet Caprica before the fall. For one thing, drugs were legal. For another, their version of the Internet was owned by one company. That is, until now.

One of the more interesting aspects of the series is its use of anachronisms. The hats that some of the male characters were wearing were something out of a noir film of the 1940's. They also use standard cell phones, yet can transmit data on a piece of digital paper that makes the upcoming Apple iPad look like a stone tablet. The story of the Adamas reads like a high-tech version of 'The Godfather' or 'The Sopranos.' Obviously, Bill would inherit his later strong moral tendencies from his father.

Patton Oswalt should get his own science fiction program; preferably a comedy. His performance on this program, plus his appearances on 'Dollhouse,' really lend credence to that. It's also common knowledge that he's a big sci-fi geek and has even written some comic books. His Baxter Sarno character seemed a strange combination of Jay Leno and Bill O'Reilly. He had both lame jokes and hard-hitting questions.

This show also excels at presenting moral relativism like its predecessor, such as when a single God is described as a "moral dictator." The Taurons seem to represent an amalgam of the classic struggling ethnicities from various shows and stories. Their gangsters seem reminiscent of the Italian Mafia. When it was mentioned that Tauron boys become men at age 13, one could only wonder if a Bar Mitzvah was involved with that.

Then there are the Greystones on the up side of that society, who manage to turn a public confession around by making their virtual world free to the public (and thus slashing Graystone Industries profit by sixty percent). Zoe Graystone (or at least her avatar) seems to be forming a budding romance with that technician. Could a relationship between a boy and a robot really work? Stay tuned.

Lacy seems on course to finding out more about the STO. As a result, she'll likely be the first person to learn exactly who blew up the commuter train. Noting the other explosives in the locker, one can only suspect that the STO plans more terrorist acts in the future. Sister Clarice has also now learned of the existence of the Zoe avatar, and is likely plotting its demise for fear that the avatar knows the same things that the real Zoe did.

Who else noticed the 'Battlestar Galactica' theme among those played for the dancing robot? That hasn't been heard since the series finale of the predecessor show.

'Caprica' remains excellent drama (on par with anything on HBO or Showtime) and exciting to watch. One can only hope that it finds an audience from which it can stay on the air for a little while. Unlike its predecessor, this doesn't seem a series that can be kept to a weekly broadcast by the power of merchandising.

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I think it's coming along nicely and the pacing is fine. I do think the Tamara angle needs to be picked up, explained. There's a lot of nice texture in this show, and that's what I'm really digging.

February 23 2010 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to adhonus's comment

yeah i agree i like the texture to the show as well its being well set up for a great series. Sometimes shows like these take a season to settle and then things move along. I like the different points of view that start up like the difference of monagomy and plural gods. Its all very interesting and i cant wait to watch the entire series when it all comes out.

February 27 2010 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They played the song on another episode too, can't remember which, but it was played in a scene with the Greystones briefly...

I agree, they need to pick up the pace before the show gets canceled...

I wonder if we'll get to see the Gallactica being constructed in a space dry-dock before the show runs its course...

February 21 2010 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode pretty much occurs at the point BSG ended (see the montage of news reports of robotics at the end of the series finale) with the human race choosing to wholly embrace technology despite it's inability to move past petty tribal conventions. The Greystones have opened up the holoband net. Forget that virtual nightclub - everything's up for grabs now that it's unrestricted. Greystone inc. is taking a financial hit but, will make it all back when the colonies begin using his cylon robot armies to fight amongst themselves; and you can see this coming (the cops and their anti-Geminese point of view, the Adama grandma and her traditional Tauron settling of accounts). The speed of technology takes away the time humans need for reflective assessment and leads to rash, reactionary acts (Amanda and her impulsive media faux pas) and we all know how that will end...

February 21 2010 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, the Weblogs Inc people should prevent these tacky posters from advertising their own suck-ass blogs.

I have to admit that Caprica is so slow to watch, and what's taken four episodes to show should have been contained in a single episode. While I realize that this is much different from BSG, the writers should get it going already. How else will you keep your audience interested on a slow TV night (Friday)?

February 20 2010 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

why are so many ppl publicizing their own blogs here?

February 20 2010 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The interview with Sarno was utterly fascinating and the writing was nothing short of brilliant, but the resolution seemed far too pat. The Graystones go from pariahs to heroes in one episode, and they are back to being on top. The stories with Zoe and Lacy seem to be going nowhere, so I'm hoping more time is spent on those stories in the next few episodes.

Review of the episode on my blog:

February 20 2010 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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David Holtzinger

I agree with ya....it's time to move Zoe out of the lab.

February 20 2010 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love Patton Oswalt in this show! He's so great in The US of Tara as well!

I really think that the question of 'consequences' was at the heart of this episode - not only because Sarno blames the virtual world on kids' inability to think about consequences, but also because Amanda herself doesn't seem to consider tham at any point. While that failed her last episode, though, it worked tonight as she jumped onto the stage without thinking. I'm curious to see how this theme continues to develop!

I blog about this episode at http://themothchase.wordpress.com - check us out!

February 20 2010 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

"Who else noticed the 'Battlestar Galactica' theme among those played for the dancing robot?"

It's supposed to be the "Colonial Anthem"--a broadcast sporting event was beginning?

February 20 2010 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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