- For information on the colony in the Re-imagined Series, see Caprica (RDM). For other uses, see Caprica.
|Created by||Ronald D. Moore|
|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||2010-2011|
|UK first-run airdates||Spring 2009|
|Executive producer(s)||Ronald D. Moore|
Remi Aubuchon (pilot only)
Jane Espenson (starting with "Rebirth")
Kevin Murphy (starting with "Unvanquished")
|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.
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." 
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 Salon.com'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."
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 . 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.
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. 
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. On 7 May 2008, Esai Morales and Paula Malcomson were announced in the roles of Joseph Adams and Amanda Graystone, 12 May 2006 Eric Stoltz was announced in the role of Daniel Graystone. On 19 May 2008, TVGuide revealed Polly Walker had been cast as Clarice Willow, describing the character as "one twisted sister."
On December 1, 2008, Sci Fi Channel officially announced that Caprica was picked up for a 20-episode first season. According to the press release, production was to begin Summer 2009 with an expected air date of early 2010. The following month, on 23 January 2009, veteran Battlestar Galactica writers Michael Taylor and Ryan Mottesheard joined the growing behind-the-scenes staff of Caprica, along with composer Bear McCreary, production designer Richard Hudolin, and VFX supervisor Gary Hutzel. Jane Espenson was also announced as show runner, taking over for Ronald D. Moore following the writing staff's assembly the following February.
The DVD of the two-hour pilot episode was released on 21 April 2009, selling 130,220 units totaling $2,527,570 in its first week in stores.  The episode received generally positive reviews, with Wired.com praising all aspects of the production, despite its "somewhat sluggish start".
On 27 April 2009, E! Entertainment reported that production on Caprica would begin in Vancouver in July 2009 with a "rigorous" eight month shooting schedule. The following day, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Sasha Roiz's supporting role as Sam Adama had been upgraded to series regular. 
While the pilot episode was shot primarily on location in Vancouver, production of regular episodes required the construction of new sets. Sets representing the Graystone Estate and the Adama Family's Little Tauron apartment were built on a soundstage, replicating the real locations used previously.
On 24 July 2009, Syfy issued a press release stating Caprica would premiere on 22 January 2010. Two days later at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, a panel comprised of Executive Producers Ronald D. Moore, David Eick and Jane Espenson as well as Caprica star Esai Morales and Battlestar Galactica star Edward James Olmos discussed the series. At the panel, Espenson discussed her desire to bring "dark humor" to Caprica and the forthcoming television movie The Plan.
Syfy held press tours promoting its upcoming series, with several reporters visiting the sets of Caprica on 22 October 2009. The tour also included interviews with the cast as well as a glimpse at the practical U-87 Cylon prop. VFX artist Doug Drexler elaborated on the construction of the U-87 prop in his blog saying, "Gary [Hutzel] knew that Caprica would have shots where the proto-Cylon would be deactivated and standing by. It made sense to have a real world version built for those, saving us from having to render and composite the CG version."
Prior to the release of regular episodes, Syfy released the pilot episode - edited from its DVD version for content - on Hulu and other web-based outlets. The multi-platform release garnered an estimated 1.5 million views before the series even premiered on televison. Shortly thereafter, the two-hour pilot aired on Friday, 22 January on Syfy with additional visual effects and a re-shot sequence taking place at Atlas Arena. The episode was watched by 1.6 million households.
Syfy and television analysts speculated that soft ratings for Caprica were a result of the pilot's mutli-platform release. The following week, however, the first new episode aired on 29 January to even lower ratings, reaching 1.4 million viewers. Despite the series' positive (if guarded) reviews, questions quickly arose as to the longevity of Caprica
The Caprica pilot takes place 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica miniseries. It follows the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (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
- Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone
- Esai Morales as Joseph Adama
- Paula Malcomson as Amanda Graystone
- Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone
- Magda Apanowicz as Lacy Rand
- Polly Walker as Sister Clarice Willow
Additional cast include:
- The two-hour pilot episode was released in advance of the series premiere on 21 April 2009.
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- Ryan, Maureen, "'Caprica' Is Cancelled by Syfy", TV Squad, 27 October 2010. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. (written in English)
- 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)
- Miller, Laura, "The man behind "Battlestar Galactica"", Salon.com, 24 March 2007, p. 3. Retrieved on 25 April 2007.
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- SciFi Channel Stockpiling For Writers Strike (backup available on Archive.org) . (September 20, 2007).
- "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.