A Lament for Caprica
Why do you cancel critically acclaimed, well written, actual science fiction mid-season (just when it's getting really interesting) and put on schlock like Behemoth and wrestling? And to rub salt in the wound, you advertise that you're going to show the rest of episodes in January--and then you unceremoniously dump them in a midweek, late afternoon / early evening mini marathon, which doesn't even show up on my DVR as new episodes so I can record them? Really?
Of course, I'm talking about Caprica, the prequel to Ron Moore's Battlestar Galactica. Caprica is (was) set 58 years before the Cylons attack Caprica (and the other Colonies) at the beginning of BSG. Caprica is about the genesis of the Cylons, whose birth comes from a fascinating intersection between military contracting, teenage gaming genius, and radical religious terrorism. The show is also about personal and societal excess and power--and the inevitable fall from those heights. There's also Yakusa-style gangsters, virtual gaming worlds, and teen angst. Think Dallas and the Sopranos meet the Matrix with a touch of Buffy thrown in.
How could you cancel that? Rather easily, I guess. Wrestling is a little cheaper to produce. At least Warehouse 13 is still on (knock wood).
Any other Caprica fans? What other gone-but-not forgotten science fiction or fantasy shows do you miss?
BTW, you can watch the episodes on SyFy.com or Hulu. Here's the first of the last 5 episodes.
Posted by Angie Smibert at Thursday, January 20, 2011
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