Caprica : Season 1

  • Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 22, 2010
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    If this prequel can maintain the quality of its initial salvo, that will likely motivate at least those viewers to beseech whatever gods they pray to that Caprica be blessed with a prolonged stay in this place called Earth.
  2. Executive producer David Eick said, "We wanted to make it less about escapism and more about moral complexity and great characters." In its early episodes, Caprica certainly succeeds in achieving those goals.
  3. The new offering, from executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick (the team behind "BSG"), stands on its own and in many ways might be more inviting to viewers who are not hard-core sci-fi fans.
  4. I've since seen two more episodes, which in some ways intrigued me even more than the pilot. It's not "Battlestar Galactica", in that it swaps out the military components of that show for a bit of teen angst and soap opera intrigue, but I really like the lead performances by Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales (two actors who in previous roles often made me feel like there was something missing), and the social commentary is just as sharp here as it was on "BSG."
  5. 75
    Caprica is still finding itself, but it's worth your while, and if it can knit its various elements into a more coherent whole, it could get even better.
  6. Beautifully shot and marvelously acted, Caprica is infused with all manner of intriguing bits of business....After the two-hour pilot, available on DVD last year, early episodes move with an often creaky slowness that seems at odds with its spry and comely cast.
  7. 80
    There's enough going on in Caprica to keep a sci-fi fan, or anyone who likes to settle into a good story, satisfied and even beguiled--and though it's shot too dark those watching on an upscale, big-screen TV will be treated to a visual spectacular.
  8. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    83
    Caprica feels torn between soulfully mature ruminations and adolescent "accessibility" for gamers wondering where the space action went. Let's hope the pilot's spellbinding second hour points the way toward greatness.
  9. Thankfully, Caprica can be enjoyed without any reference to the literal past or the figurative future.
  10. 80
    Great drama is great drama. And Caprica shows all the signs of turning into another great drama.
  11. Friday's moody pilot unfolds at a listless pace and, occasionally, gets bogged down in its own density. But in it's favor, there are enough compelling characters and tantalizing questions to keep us engaged for the time being.
  12. 80
    While the technology is inventive, fear, frustration, and anguish still drive the plot. We’re back in “Battlestar’’ territory, and that feels good.
  13. 75
    While fans of Battlestar should be happy to hear inventive use of the word "frak" again, they might be put off by Caprica feeling like Moore's own version of Dallas.
  14. Less action-packed than BSG, but still awash in the familiar themes of life, loss, identity, and big frakkin' robots with guns.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    For those naye sayers out there, I must pity you. The point of this show was to provide a stark contrast to BSG. BSG was a show where humansFor those naye sayers out there, I must pity you. The point of this show was to provide a stark contrast to BSG. BSG was a show where humans feared technology and feared the cylons, they were running in space and had to make quick decisions concerning survival. In Caprica, everything is advanced. The humans can't live without their technology which is so ingrained into the society. Starting off with a train explosion, this show is anything but slow. And from then on, I was hooked. The subtle nuances, the religious aspects, explaining where the cylon roots come from, why they were invented, and the hardships that went through to create them, and in what society they were created. All of these things made Caprica a wonderful show. I especially loved the element of Tamara in the V-world, being a dead walker and I quote 'Who are you?' Tamara answers 'I'm awake.' and she shoots her.
    Wonderful plot, and for anyone who says it was too slow or not action packed enough, they didn't watch this show, their guide said caprica, but when they selected it, I think Gilmore Girls must have really been on - believe me, that happens all the time to me. Guides can sometimes lie to you, it's really annoying.
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  2. Jun 22, 2011
    0
    after watching all battlestar gallactica episodes, I was very much looking forward to this show. but I was disappointed from the beginning toafter watching all battlestar gallactica episodes, I was very much looking forward to this show. but I was disappointed from the beginning to the end. the show is very slow paced. and it seems to be some kind of teen show. almost everything good known from battlestar galactica was missing. except those stupid religious elements, they had to keep those of course. this whole series could have been done in two episodes, and it would have been a lot more fun I guess. there are no dark elements anymore, no suspense/tension during the whole show. it is more similar to gilmore girls than to battlestar galactica. if there was in battlestar gl. at least some plausible science, then here you will find none of that. don't watch this show, or you will be wasting your time. Full Review »
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    8
    A very sexy, stylish, and well written show that was as good and in many ways even better than its predeceasor. I was captivated by theA very sexy, stylish, and well written show that was as good and in many ways even better than its predeceasor. I was captivated by the characters and the story throughout. I think one of the reasons why this wasn't as popular as it could have been is because of the heavy parallels between the Caprican Monotheistic cult and the behaviors of real-life religious fanatacism. I think it might have been a bit too painful for fundamentalist types. It was likely even a bit controversial for a conservative. Caprica painted a very bleak and dreary image of an interplanetary society of superficial murdering businessmen, cigarette smoking gansters, religious fanatic terrorists, and other would be frak-talkers. Although this likely was part of the show's success, it would have been great to see more sunny days on the colonies. Full Review »