Saturday, June 21, 2008

Caprica Is A Go

If you're a Battlestar Galactica junkie like I am, you were tuned in last week to see the Season 4 midseason finale. The Colonial Fleet after three years of travel, having their twelve home planets nuked, finding and losing the Pegasus, a Cylon civil war, and surviving the New Caprica occupation arrive at Earth.

Only one problem. It's a radioactive wasteland.

You'll find out how it got that way and who the final Cylon is when they broadcast the final ten Battlestar Galactica episodes in 2009.

In the meantime, while we're waiting for those last BSG episodes, executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick have another project to keep them busy with the help of Remi Aubuchon.

It's been rumored for a few years, but it's gonna happen. The Caprica series, which takes place 50 years before the events of BSG, got greenlighted.

Caprica will follow the lives of two Caprican families who are on opposite sides of the Colonial artificial intelligence debate, the Graystones and the Adamas.

Yep, those Adamas. The Adamas oppose the creation of the intelligent robots that result from the scientific breakthrough that will have major consequences for Caprica, the Colonies, and the human race.

The pilot is scheduled for a December 1, 2008 air date, and they're assembling the cast as we speak. Actor Eric Stoltz was recently signed to play Dr. Daniel Graystone, the creator of the Toasters, err Cylons. Esai Morales will play Joseph Adama, Admiral Bill Adama's father and Vice President Lee Adama's grandfather.

The BSG show also will not end with the broadcast of the final ten episodes. They are talking about filming up to three BSG movies similar to Razor, which explore backstory events in the BSG series. The movies have the blessing of the current Battlestar actors, although which BSG character appears in what movie will depend on whether they're available from their post-BSG work. Katee Sackhoff is getting a lot of offers as a result of her BSG work and other cast members are garnering attention as well.

While I'm sad that Battlestar will be ending after four years, I am looking forward to seeing Caprica and whatever BSG movies are on the horizon.

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