Category Archives: Television

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.

 

 

BSG 4.17 Exit

No Exit (2009-02-13)

As Sam Anders recovers from surgery to dislodge the bullet in his brain, his memories of the Final Five Cylons re-emerge. Ellen Tigh resurrects aboard a Basestar, and reveals the part she played on Earth. With the Galactica losing structural integrity, Adama asks the newly reinstated Chief to fix the ship.


This should be called Backstory, Info-dump  & Hodgman.

Most of it is of Ellen, being resurrected in the past and the revelation that she is an architect of Cylons. Then there is the whole story that Anders dumps on us. Finally, John Hodgman turns up as a brain surgeon (!). This just after listening to his Judge John Hodgman podcast.

BSG 4.16 Blood

Blood on the Scales (2009-01-30)

President Roslin faces off against Tom Zarek and Lt. Gaeta as they try to take control of the Colonial fleet. The alliance with the rebel Cylons as well as Adama’s life are both at stake.


It all felt a bit convenient and easy for Adama to take back power. If Zarek had not shot the Council members, he could have sustained his power. It would have been more interesting to have him take over, become the president and cope with the job. Now everything is reset to a few episodes ago, nothing will change.

 

Dr Who 10.11

World Enough and Time (2017-06-24)

In a snowspace, the Doctor stumbles from the TARDIS and regenerates. Earlier, the Doctor proposed to test Missy by having her answer a distress call. They arrive via TARDIS on a colony ship reversing away from a black hole. They are held at gunpoint by Jorj, who demands to know which of them is human, and Jorj shoots Bill. The Doctor, Missy, and Nardole learn that a few days ago, some of the crew had gone down to the ship’s bowels but never returned. Jorj claims the ship was other empty, but the Doctor shows there’s thousands of humans, the first crew descendants: due to time dilation, time moves much faster at the ship’s bowels. Bill awakens in a hospital, having been fitted with a replacement heart. Razor, a hospital employee, explains that some of the patients are awaiting to be “upgraded” to escape the ship’s polluted air.


This started slowly and felt rather dis-jointed. It isn’t until the final act when we find out what really happened to Bill that things come together and a cliff-hanger is provided for the next episode.

 

BSG 4.15 Oath

The Oath (2009-01-30)

Gaeta and Zarek start an uprising in the fleet, leaving the commanders of Galactica with a crucial choice.


Now that the Cylon threat has passed, the tension in the fleet have escalated to all out mutiny. It looks like Admiral Adama has finally met his end.  One of the better episodes as things get more tense and intriguing.