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SciFi Greenlights 'Caprica'

According to Variety, we'll be seeing the series in 2010. Production is to begin around the middle of next year and they are trying to "regroup the core" of BSG's writing staff. We'll see how that works out.

"'Battlestar Galactica' was absolutely our flagship show. It put us on the map and helped transform the perception of the network," said Sci Fi prexy Dave Howe, noting that the cabler hopes to draw a broader audience to a series it sees as more compelling family drama than "space opera."

"We want people to come to this who have never heard of 'Battlestar Galactica,'" he added. "I think, because ('Galactica's') backdrop was space and spaceships, there was a barrier to entry for some viewers. 'Caprica' has none of that. It's an intense family drama set on an Earthlike planet, in the near future, speaking to a lot of the ethical dilemmas that we as a human race are going to have to face very shortly."

Family drama on SciFi? OK. To be honest, I haven't been keen on the idea of Caprica and rewatching BSG from the beginning has made me less keen on the idea. I'll elaborate as to why when I post thoughts on my rewatch.
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Ya know, I just recall a rumor I saw awhile back - that SciFI was considering rebranding themselves and changing the name of the network. Picking up Caprica at this late date, planning a launch in 2010, and pushing it as a family drama make me wonder if it's more than a rumor. :/
I'm very, very meh on Caprica, rapidly heading toward active hostility. I was reasonably interested when I first heard about it, but the way that it's being used as an excuse to slag off scifi and legitimise the choice to not watch things because of spaceships. Because clearly for something to be relevant it must be set in the "near-future" and deal with issues that we're going to have to face "very shortly". ::eyeroll::

It's a pet peeve of mine, I guess. But it pisses me off that every time a genre show is intelligent and thought-provoking it has to be an example of it "transcending" the genre as though the genre inherently limits and shackles it, instead of being an example of what the genre can achieve. Every time genre stuff starts to gain some traction as SRS BSNS, we start moving backwards. BSG has phones with cords and a non-scifi visual aesthetic. Let's move even further backwards. The prequel to Caprica can be about the ethical questions behind stem-cell research in 2009! YAY!

(Sidenote: like when I got a place on my Creative Writing Masters' degree course and the first thing I was told was that they disapproved of the fact that my submitted portfolio was science fiction, but that the quality of the writing shone through regardless. Man, that pissed me off.)

Which are, of course, quibbles that might be unfairly levelled against Caprica as the show is not its marketing, and one might even level those same irritations at the marketing of BSG (and indeed it bugs me) or the aesthetic the writers chose for BSG (which, on the contrary, I think is genius).

However, I've been left profoundly concerned and bored and unmoved by the trailers. I don't really want to watch Dynasty, thanks very much, and it really, really worries me that the two aspects of BSG I find most fascinating - the independent cylon development of human-form models and their monotheism - are quite possibly being retconned as originally stemming from sekrit early human creators. Which is just...way to totally take away a lot of the allegorical evolutionary power of the story, guys.

I'm really...concerned. And dammit, I was hoping all of this would just quietly slide away into development hell. :(
I was reasonably interested when I first heard about it, but the way that it's being used as an excuse to slag off scifi and legitimise the choice to not watch things because of spaceships. Because clearly for something to be relevant it must be set in the "near-future" and deal with issues that we're going to have to face "very shortly".

As I just mentioned to SDW, I'm now recalling a rumor I saw about SciFI rebranding itself and changing it's name and the comments about spaceships and family drama make me wonder if they are heading in a vastly different direction. Granted, the reason I love BSG is the characters and the drama they create, but I also love cool ships and the occasional space battle. I just don't get their continued efforts to alienate their core audience to become, what?, the next TNT?

It's a pet peeve of mine, I guess. But it pisses me off that every time a genre show is intelligent and thought-provoking it has to be an example of it "transcending" the genre as though the genre inherently limits and shackles it, instead of being an example of what the genre can achieve.

ITA. :)

and it really, really worries me that the two aspects of BSG I find most fascinating - the independent cylon development of human-form models and their monotheism - are quite possibly being retconned as originally stemming from sekrit early human creators.

Yep, that is a big concern of mine as well and, having read the sides, it's a possibility. The humans created the robotic Cylons. The fact that those Cylons sought to evolve and created the hybrid and humanoid Cylons is fascinating. They sought to better themselves and be more like their creators. To find out that humans created the humanoid Cylons will destroy an intriguing idea and genesis. But it seems as if SciFi doesn't care about the BSG audience and wants to start fresh which, just isn't going to happen.

What I plan on elaborating on in a later post is I don't know how any of this fits into, "This is all happened before and will happen again." Doesn't that make Caprica pointless? If we know the how BSG and their history ends, what's the point in caring about the actions of the characters in Caprica?

And dammit, I was hoping all of this would just quietly slide away into development hell.

Me too. :(
YES! To everything you wrote. I've been an ardent reader of sf/f my entire life, and also an ardent viewer of sf tv and movies. I am so VERY tired of the dismissive attitude for the genre by the media, tv execs, etc. Hell, the Stargate writers seem ashamed of the fact that they write for an SF show. GAH! I love it when the actors (for example Patrick Stewart, Ben Browder, Jamie Bamber) push back at the hackneyed stereotyping they get in asked about in interviews, etc.

Heh, sorry to go off on a rant there! It's definitely a sore spot for me. ;)
"I think, because ('Galactica's') backdrop was space and spaceships, there was a barrier to entry for some viewers. 'Caprica' has none of that. It's an intense family drama set on an Earthlike planet, in the near future, speaking to a lot of the ethical dilemmas that we as a human race are going to have to face very shortly."

I share everyone's frustration with the SciFi channel wanting to run away from spaceships. I also think they are, as usual, exactly backwards--TV audiences seem to be moving toward genre and unusual storytelling elements, rather than away from them.

Mostly, though, I'm filled with dismay, because the premise of this new show just doesn't sound interesting at all. The more I hear about it, the less interesting it sounds. I think they risk losing the BSG audience without being able to fill the gap with people who are thinking to themselves, "Well, I would have watched that other show, but I was turned off by all the spaceships," since those people don't actually exist. As usual, the thought process of TV executives baffles me.
I'm not sure who the audience for Caprica is. It will still be on the SciFi network (unless they do change their name) and it will be a prequel to BSG, so there will still be a stigma attached to it they fear. The statements they are making are alienating segments of the built in audience. Plus, once we know how it all ends, do we care what happened before? Does Joseph Adama walk by the library and my mind go to, "That's where Helo shot the rat feeding off a corpse." And I have huge concerns about this screwing up continuity.
I find this really bizarre. The concept doesn't sound very appealing, and it sounds even less appealing if it promises tons of retcon and us finding out that the Adamas and the Roslins and the Thighs have long-entwined histories and were There for all the important colony history and some such nonsense...

Um, now I feel so negative...
Retconning is a huge concern to me. I've read sides for Caprica and I was seeing things that I didn't feel fit with what we knew or were meant to believe. And I really don't care about Bill as a kid since I'm not fond of the adult. :p
I'm totally unthrilled by the idea of Caprica. Glad I'm not alone.