Category Archives: Television

Caprica 5

Gravedancing (2010-09-19)

As public outrage keeps mounting, Daniel is finally persuaded to appear on the late-night television show Backtalk with Baxter Sarno and tell his side of the story. Daniel then promises his company will not profit from the lucrative but much maligned Holoband licensing anymore, and that they will also set up a charitable fund.


Now Mr Graystone does something stupid. In admitting he made an avatar of his daughter, he opens the gates to everyone wanting one.

And for a rich woman, Mrs Graystone is not that good at security practices, getting in a car with an unknown man.

 

 

Caprica 4

Reins of a Waterfall (2010-02-05)

After Amanda’s revelation, the Graystones face the wrath of angered Capricans, culminating in Amanda’s resignation from the hospital, and a violent altercation between Daniel and Samuel. Lacy begins to be pressured by other students at school re. STO, and the Academy director, Clarice Willow, tries to learn more of the virtual Zoe as well.


Now things are getting intriguing. The Adama brothers are beginning to look like cheap hoods from a 1950’s noir film. And it looks like the cops are just as corrupt. The story ups the stakes for Graystone, and he may have to get inventive to give Adama what he wants.

BSG Science

The Science of Battlestar Galactica
by Patrick Di Justo (2010)

 

The official guide to the science behind the Battlestar Galactica universe.

This book postulates three laws of ‘The Science of Battlestar Galactica”…
First Law – It’s just a show, relax
Second Law – Space is mostly empty. That’s why it’s called space
Third Law – All this has happened before and it will happen again.

The first should really be ‘Oops, we forgot about that science/engineering/logic when we wrote this’.
The second was stolen from Carl Sagan. And the third is not science but a narrative comment, only making sense within the BSG world and when you have finished the series.

So at the start, this feels like a justification for the science (or lack thereof) used in BSG. The biggest problem I had with the show was why can’t you distinguish between Humans and Cylons.
This is explained by postulating that they used fibre optics and silicon based systems. It’s a bit weak as you still need electronics for signal processing and transmission. I didn’t buy it !

When the book advances to Physics and Cosmology, the authors really shows their expertise. A lot of it I knew, but there was plenty of interesting stuff to read about. The best bits were the comparisons between the BSG military equipment and that used currently by the USA forces.

So Say We All !!

Caprica 3

Rebirth (2010-01-29)

 

It is now one month since the bombing, and Zoe is having problems distinguishing her real self from her virtual self. Lacy is approached by Sister Clarice Willow, the head of Zoe and Lacy’s school, the Athena Academy, and also a member of the STO cult, who takes a special interest in her. Joseph struggles to connect to his son William, who begins spending time more with his uncle Samuel.


The first problem here is the the decision to cut between depictions of the robot as mechanical and human (using the actor). One switch is all it needs to remind the audience that the robot contains the virtual girl, then the rest can be done with the mechanical prop. But they repeatedly cut between the two. It becomes annoying and at times creepy, especially as the robot is over 2m tall, where the girl is probably 1.6-1.7m.

The second issue is the actions of the mother at the end . This makes no sense (unless she has a death wish). She is portrayed as reserved and introverted, then at the end behaves completely the opposite way.

 

Caprica 1 & 2

Pilot (2010-01-22)

 

Caprica is an American science fiction television series. It is a prequel spin-off to the Syfy channel’s series Battlestar Galactica which ran from 2003 to 2009. Set 58 years before the events seen in Battlestar Galactica, Caprica depicts life in Colonial society and shows how humanity first created the robotic Cylons who would later plot to destroy the human race.


It starts with a common trope, the scientist who looses a loved one and will do anything to replace her. Half way into this 2 hour start things were looking like a re-telling of the Frankenstein story.

However the different ending, where the daughter is “reborn’ in a military robot gave it a new twist and hopefully prospects for an engaging story to come.

The other thing that made no sense, They have a house robot that moved, interprets speech and interacts with people. It can carry out commands, so why is it the IQ driving this device is not good enough for the military application the scientist is working on ?

 

BSG Plan

Battlestar Galactica – The Plan (2010-01-10)

As two John Cavil Cylons wait to be blown out of a Galactica airlock, they discuss their opposing opinions on the plan to annihilate humankind. They reflect on their own experiences with the humans since the attack on the Twelve Colonies, their roles in the orchestration of the Cylon agents onboard the Galactica, and efforts to sabotage the resistance effort on Caprica come to light. The film provides an alternate perspective on many events already known to the viewer.


Essentially a repeat of the first season. This re-uses shots to re-tell from the Cylons point of view. Dean Stockwell get to do most of the work, and shows his talents. Ultimately, it adds little to the story previously told.

 

BSG 4.21 Daybreak

Daybreak Parts 1, 2 & 3 (ending 2009-03-21)

A series of pre-Cylon attack flashbacks delve into past situations of Caprica Six’s involvement in caring for Baltar’s elderly father, Roslin’s sudden loss of her family in an accident, and Lee Adama’s passionate feelings for Starbuck, who is dating his brother Zak. In the present, Anders reveals the location of Cavil’s base and Adama decides to take Galactica on one final mission to rescue Hera.

Admiral Adama leads Galactica’s final battle and rescues Hera from the Cylon Colony. Starbuck draws upon the meaning of Hera’s musical notes to lead the fleet to a habitable world. The fate of the fleet and its relationship to modern day Earth is revealed


Are we to understand that  all of BSG takes place in the distant past. The earth referred to is in fact a parallel earth, where humans evolved and the ending is 150,000 years in our past. Hence the Hera is the Eve of our ancestors.

OR

Is does it take place in the future where everyone takes a giant leap back in time at the end to seed the humans and everything is just a great loop in time ?

Either way, the sermon at the end felt like it had been tacked on.

 

BSG 4.20 Stars

Islanded in a Stream of Stars (2009-03-06)

Boomer’s Raptor escape damages Galactica when she jumps too close to the hull. Admiral Adama makes the crucial decision to abandon ship and puts Lee in charge of offloading equipment to the rest of the fleet. As Starbuck searches for the meaning behind the “Cylon song”, Baltar tries to expose her return from the dead as proof of life after death.

BSG 4.19 Someone

Someone to Watch Over Me (2009-02-27)

Starbuck encounters a mysterious piano player in Joe’s Bar and helps him work on his latest song. Realizing the musical notes match a series of dots drawn by Hera, Starbuck finishes the song which Col. Tigh and Tory Foster recognize as the music they heard when they learned they were Cylons. Tyrol unwittingly helps Boomer, who poses as Athena to kidnap Hera and take her to Cavil.


This starts slowly, then the intriguing pianist enters with some interaction with Starbuck. Things really ramp up and get exciting when Boomer takes off with the baby.

 

BSG 4.18 Dead

Deadlock (2009-02-20)

Galactica undergoes repairs using a Cylon substance that can help maintain the ship’s structural integrity. With Boomer’s help, Ellen Tigh escapes Cavil’s ship and reunites with the fleet completing the gathering of the Final Five. Caprica Six miscarries Tigh’s child, ending the hope that Cylons can reproduce with their own kind.


Saul Tigh gets into a threesome with two Cylons, and jokes that ‘his grandfather was a sander’. While the ship undergoes repairs, relationships keep breaking down.