Caprica (series)

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For information on the colony in the Re-imagined Series, see Caprica (RDM). For other uses, see Caprica.
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Remi Aubuchon
Theme music by Bear McCreary
Production company NBC Universal
Number of seasons 1
Number of episodes 18 (two-hour pilot plus 17 regular episodes) (list)
Debut channel Sci Fi Channel
US first-run airdates USA 2010-2011[1]
UK first-run airdates UK Spring 2009[2]
DVD release
Production staff
Executive producer(s) Ronald D. Moore
David Eick
Remi Aubuchon (pilot only)
Jane Espenson (starting with "Rebirth")
Kevin Murphy (starting with "Unvanquished")
Supervising producer(s)
Associate producer(s)
Story editor(s)
Online Purchasing
Available at iTunes – [ Purchase]

Caprica is a television spin-off of the Re-imagined Series produced by Remi Aubuchon, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick for Syfy. It is a prequel that focuses on the Adama and Graystone families on the planet Caprica and the invention of the Cylons. The pilot is set 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica Miniseries and was released direct to DVD on 21 April 2009. The series was canceled after one season on 27 October 2010, with the remaining episodes airing first on Canada's Space channel and then on Syfy in a marathon on 4 January 2011.[3]

Production History


Development of Caprica began as early as the 2005-06 season of Battlestar Galactica according to an IFmagazine interview with producer David Eick. About the same time, 24 writer Remi Aubuchon pitched a series to the Sci Fi Channel similar to the Cylon storyline. Realizing that they could not devote their full time to both Battlestar Galactica and a spinoff, Eick and Ronald D. Moore decided to team with Aubuchon: "We took some of what we had and some of what he had".

In a may 2006 interview with Dreamwatch Magazine, Remi Aubuchon stated that he originally pitched a series that was an "allegorical story about slavery with robots" when approached by Moore and Eick. Aubuchon elaborated on details about the Battlestar spinoff, saying that William Adama would be 11 years old when the series begins. Aubuchon described the series as meant to stand on its own from Battlestar Galactica, but that "certain elements have been embedded into the first few episodes of season 3" of the current series.

On November 6, 2006, the Sci Fi Pulse website reported that Ron D. Moore updated Dreamwatch magazine regarding the new series:

"It's actually a prequel, and this would be a one hour pilot not a mini – series. It takes place 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica and it's essentially about the creation of the Cylons.
"It's a very different show; it's not action – adventure and it's not even in space. It takes place on the Planet (sic) Caprica and it’s more of a family drama, with political and corporate intrigue. We're well into the writing of it actually; we're doing re-writes on the script right now and Sci Fi has been very happy so far. At the moment, we're just waiting to see if they greenlight it or not. Generally, there’s always a two step process: there's ordering the pilot and then there's ordering the series, but because we're not designing it as a mini – series, I don't know that anybody would even see the pilot if they chose not to go to series with it.
"Tonally, it will be very different," promises Moore. “This is Caprica before the fall. It's a decadent world, but also a world that's going at a very fast pace. It's a prosperous society that hasn’t experienced the devastation of the first Cylon war yet, so this culture has really not been taken down a peg, and their hubris is getting the better of them. It's a go – go society that's teetering on the brink, so it’s not that apocalyptic survival scenario of Galactica. The whole thing is tonally very different." [4]

Development Hell

By 26 April 2006, development of Caprica had stalled and the series was considered to be stuck in "development hell". On 24 March 2007, Moore discussed the status of Caprica with's Laura Miller:

"It's possible [that the series will still happen]. It's been in development at Sci Fi for a while and they haven't picked it up. And I don't know if they're going to pick it up at this point. There's talk of doing it as a TV movie and seeing how that works, as a back-door pilot, much as we did with the "Galactica" miniseries. Right now there's nothing telling me that they're going to move on it anytime soon, so I'm starting to feel that it's going to remain on the development shelf.
"It was a different kind of show. Instead of an action-adventure sci-fi piece, it was more of a prime-time soap, a sci-fi "Dallas." It was about a family, the Adamas, and a company, and it was about the creation of the Cylons 50 years ago. It was not going to be space-based, but set entirely on the planet of Caprica. But it would have sci-fi touches, and it would deal with issues like artificial intelligence and the various schemings and backbitings that you get in the traditional soap opera."[5]

On 18 September 2007, it was reported that with the end of Battlestar Galactica nearing and Moore poised to leave Sci Fi for NBC, Sci Fi executives were considering green-lighting the two-hour pilot for production as a means of keeping Moore with the channel. Contingent on the performance of the television movie "Razor", it was reported that Caprica might also see a release in the form of a direct-to-DVD movie that to be simultaneously premiered on television [6]. Following the WGA strike, television network were scrambling to stockpile finished scripts for various productions, placing the finished pilot script for Caprica as a front runner for production.[7]


On 18 March 2008, the Sci Fi Channel officially announced the green-lighting of a two-hour backdoor pilot for Caprica to be produced that Spring. The teaming of Moore, Eick and Aubuchon was confirmed by the press release, the pilot's director, Friday Night Lights veteran Jeffrey Reiner was also announced. [8]

In April of 2008, character breakdowns were issued to casting agents describing Daniel Graystone, Joseph Adams, Amanda Graystone, Sister Clarice Willow, William Adams and Zoe Graystone.[9] On 7 May 2008, Esai Morales and Paula Malcomson were announced in the roles of Joseph Adams and Amanda Graystone,[10] 12 May 2006 Eric Stoltz was announced in the role of Daniel Graystone.[11] On 19 May 2008, TVGuide revealed Polly Walker had been cast as Clarice Willow, describing the character as "one twisted sister."[12]

By Summer 2008, Caprica had begun principal photography, with photos of a Vancouver, British Columbia restaurant dressed as a Caprican-Gemenese cafe appearing online on 18 June 2008. [13]

Series pickup

On December 2, 2008, SciFi Channel officially announced that Caprica was picked up for a 20-episode first season. According to the press release, production is slated to begin in the summer of 2009 and the series is expected to begin airing in 2010. The reason for the delay is attributed to the fact that they are attempting to regroup the core staff that worked on the pilot and Battlestar Galactica, as these persons have since found work on other projects.[14]

Plot summary

The Caprica pilot takes place 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica miniseries. It follows the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas[15] (the family of William Adama). A startling development occurs by the end of the pilot — the creation of the first cybernetic life-form node or "Cylon".

The Graystone family includes the father Daniel and mother Amanda, a computer scientist and surgeon respectively. When their daughter Zoe dies due to the religious fanaticism of her boyfriend, Ben Stark, her father manages to resurrect her — after a fashion. Already having acquired a digital clone of her personality developed by Zoe herself, he uses stolen technology to create a robotic version of his daughter, the first step towards creating the Cylon race.

The same terrorist attack claims the lives of Joseph Adama's wife Shannon and daughter Tamara. Together with Daniel Graystone he initially works on bringing back their children, but is appalled at his partner's methods and ethics. However, as a result of this tragedy, he grows closer to his eleven-year old son William.

Cast and characters

Additional cast include:

Jogia was only credited as part of the main cast for the pilot. Roiz and Markinson were both upgraded to series stars for the second episode of the series.


  1. The two-hour pilot episode was released in advance of the series premiere on 21 April 2009.
  2. Aylott, Chris, "Sky1 secures exclusive UK rights to Battlestar Galactica prequel CAPRICA", 6 August 2008. Retrieved on 9 August 2008.
  3. Ryan, Maureen, "'Caprica' Is Cancelled by Syfy", TV Squad, 27 October 2010. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. (written in English)
  4. Cullen, Ian M., "Ron D. Moore Gives Progress Report For Caprica", Sci Fi Pulse, 6 November 2006. Retrieved on 10 November 2006. (written in English)
  5. Miller, Laura, "The man behind "Battlestar Galactica"",, 24 March 2007, p. 3. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
  6. Sci Fi Executives Weigh 'Battlestar Galactica' Options (backup available on . (September 18, 2007). Retrieved on September 18, 2007.
  7. SciFi Channel Stockpiling For Writers Strike (backup available on . (September 20, 2007).
  14. Rosenblatt, Michelle, "Official Press Release: 'Battlestar Galactica' Prequel Gets 20 Episode Order", NBC-Universal, 2 Decmeber 2008. Retrieved on 2 December 2008.
  15. "Adams" is the Caprican surname adopted by the Adamas, since Adama is a Tauron name. The name was changed due to anti-Tauron prejudices on Caprica at the time.