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'Caprica' - 'The Imperfections of Memory' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 12th 2010 10:52PM
Caprica(S01E07) One of the best aspects of 'Caprica' (and its predecessor series) is the creators' ability to know exactly how long to drag out a storyline before people get bored with it and replace it with the next level of the storyline. The final, single word spoken by Daniel Graystone in tonight's episode proves that the story is ready for the next step.

Another benefit is the ability to have so much happening at once that the viewer has absolutely no idea how the season is going to end, which is why he or she keeps tuning in every week.

Yet another benefit is that the technobabble is nowhere near 'Star Trek' level annoying. It's realistic enough to keep interest without making up every other word.

There were several references to 'Battlestar Galactica' in tonight's episode and to what will eventually become the Cylon culture. The line "this has all happened before..." is straight out of that series. Resurrection was discussed by Sister Clarice. The story also touched on the subject of death becoming a learning experience in V-World. It wouldn't surprise me if someone eventually hacks New Cap City to allow for resurrection, perhaps even Daniel or Zoe.

Joseph Adama continued the search for his daughter's avatar. That plotline seemed more a work-in-progress. Tad did become a sympathetic figure when he died in New Cap City. After all, that life was the best thing he had. His real life sucked. Perhaps this will lead to future storylines where he plots revenge against Joseph Adama.

Lacy Rand is becoming more manipulative and ruthless. What exactly is Zoe's goal? Is she trying to help her father or get to Geminon or both?

Young William Adama and his Uncle Sam were not seen in tonight's episode. It happens. That's why it's an ensemble drama.

It was difficult to tell if Sister Clarice was trying to convert or seduce Amanda Graystone. Maybe it was a little of both. I don't recall if the death of Amanda's brother Darius has been mentioned before, but it's exactly the sort of issue a cult would hook into to reel in another member. Between that and losing her daughter (and the additional stress of having the memorial moved on her), it's no wonder she's boozing it up and taking pills. Sister Clarice reminds me a lot of Gaius Baltar in the final seasons of 'BSG' when he went all preachy, particularly with her talk about God's perfection.

The revelation at the end was not a total shocker. After all, Daniel was well aware that an avatar of Zoe existed since the pilot. He simply thought he lost her. She probably left other clues for him to figure it out. We still don't know the complete context of his words (which is why we will tune in next week), but this could mean the beginning of Cylon mass-production.

Only two more episodes are left until the break. SyFy will air the remaining 11 episodes of the season in October. What are your thoughts on tonight's episode?

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Pasha

Am I the only one who thinks that Lacy will become the model for Number Six?

March 14 2010 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
litehousebeacon

If anyone hacks New Cap City to allow for resurrections it'll be Tamara.

March 14 2010 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

______HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GRACE PARK!_____

March 14 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

Ah bsgfan2003....a breath of fresh air at any site!

Grace Park being signed for Hawaii 5-0 just cheered me up to Mt. Everest heights. When it comes to me even that may be an understatement I quess (lol). They could not have made a wiser, more brilliant choice. What a cheerful thing to look forward to!

March 13 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim McCleese

That multi-propped airship ( in the holographic world) looked straight out of a 1930's pulp magazine story. Very cool.

March 13 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bsgfan2003


Hey there, hear any Hawaii Five-O news lately. ;)

March 13 2010 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The1337

The way everything is progressing, it looks like the Gemenon plot will be central t the mid-season finale. Amanda has acted so weird-almost crazy-that I've been wondering since her outburst at the memorial what is wrong with her. Finally, we learned that her brother died, and she may be much more dysfunctional than we previously knew.

Review of the episode on my blog:
http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/2010/03/review-caprica-season-1-episode-7.html

March 13 2010 at 5:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
muldur

They will have new programming almost all the way through. As soon as this first half-season is over, we get the second half of Stargate Universe, and when that is over, we get season two of Warehouse 13. They are following the rather successful model of FX, which keeps short 13-episode seasons of their shows (Damages, Sons of Anarchy, Rescue Me, Justified) running all year long.

March 13 2010 at 4:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

October!?!? Seriously? They're dragging this out miserably, just like they did at the end for BSG. 2 seasons took like 4 years for BSG to complete. From spring of last year through mid winter next year, that's almost 2 years for a single season of Caprica... It's good, but it's not that good... They need to step it up a bit. I don't understand why they'd wait until October anyway... What happened to Syfy showing new programming during the summer off season?

March 13 2010 at 4:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DarthPaul

Uh, just think of it as 2 seasons twice a year. It's really a lot better than we have in the UK (where series like Being Human was only 8 episodes & managed to end up being utterly rubbish at the end) with this we get 11 episodes twice a year and the quality is spot on.

March 13 2010 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JoeBrooks

Don't forget the writer's strike - that further delayed the airing of Season 4.0 and 4.5. I do prefer the split 10-episode run over a single 20-episode run with a month delay after episodes 10, 2 week delay after episode 12, four week delay after episode 13, 2 week delay after episode 15, 2 week delay after episode 18.. you get the idea. :D

March 13 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JoeBrooks

Another great episode - I'm really fascinated with the V-world and all the BSG callbacks within. Such as last week when Joseph Adama first rezzed into the V-world lobby and the walls had that familiar cylon red video paneling. I admit, I gasped when I saw that.

From this series I guess we can assume the reason why the early cylons were so bent on creating human-like bodies for themselves (even though as Cavil mentioned so often how inferior we are): their minds evolved from the digital imprints of humans.

I don't remember hearing about Amanda's dead brother beforehand. Her being locked up in a mental institution for two years, plausible I suppose. Though it makes me wonder why Daniel married her as she still seems a bit off.

March 13 2010 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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