As many a depressed fans are aware, January 2009 brings the end of Battlestar Galactica. Another thing most people know, is that SciFi announced a prequel movie a while back called Caprica, which would be similar to the sort of bridge movie they did, Razor.
The thing most fans didn’t know, including myself, was that this will not be a prequel movie, but an entire prequel season, because SciFi has officially greenlighted a 20-episode order for the prequel season. With a couple 120-minute episodes likely, it will ultimately be around 18 or 19 episodes, but still, plenty fun!
Unfortunately, this does mean that we’re very unlikely to see any familiar faces, aside from maybe a cameo flash forward?
SciFi explains everything that we need to know…
Set 50 years before the events in Battlestar Galactica, Caprica follows two rival families–the Graystones and the Adamas–as they grow, compete and thrive in the vibrant world of the 12 Colonies, a society recognizably close to our own.
Enmeshed in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two houses go toe to toe in a series that blends action with corporate conspiracy and sexual politics.
As the series begins, a startling development is about to occur–the creation of the first cybernetic lifeform node, or “Cylon”–the ability to marry artificial intelligence with mechanical bodies.
Joseph Adama (Esai Morales)–father of future Galactica commander William Adama (Sina Najafi)–is a renowned civil liberties lawyer and becomes an opponent of the experiments undertaken by the Graystones, led by a patriarch played by Eric Stoltz, who are owners of a large computer corporation that is spearheading the development of the Cylons.
Sounds pretty damn interesting if you ask me. Maybe SciFi has it all figured out — make a great show, produce it at its best without dragging it on further than it should go, and then make another show that relates to it… who knows?
Production is set to start in Vancouver in 2009 with the show starting with a two-hour pilot movie in 2010. Starring alongside Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales (Jericho) will be Paula Malcomson (Tombstone) and Polly Walker (Rome).
Included are a few images from the show’s probable first episode. It kinda looks like we’re going to get a Galactica/Mad Men hybrid, here.