|Caprica, new prequel to Battlestar Galactica|
|Written by Marcel Damen|
|Thursday, 12 October 2006|
A spin-off of the SciFi Channel series Battlestar Galactica, named Caprica, set 50 years prior to the events of the Battlestar Galactica series is being developed.
When Remi Aubuchon originally pitched the idea to NBC / Universal for a new series with an allegorical story about slavery with robots they immediately brought him into contact with Battlestar Galactica producers Ron D. Moore and David Eick. They were at the time thinking of a spin-off to the Battlestar Galactica series. Soon after they met, Caprica was born. Remi Aubuchon is a respectful writer and (co-)producer of episodes from series like 24 (Second Season) and The Paper Chase.
The new series is supposedly about two families, the Adamas and the Greystones that live peacefully on the planet of Caprica, 50 years prior to the total destruction of the Colonies by the Cylons. A startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences.
I'll bet the Greystones are the scientists that invent the AI and see no harm in turning these human-like machines into slaves. The Adamas on the other hand are probably the ones that were always against any form of experimenting with new technology and are especially against slavery. Their differences in politics stresses on their family relationship and friendship. Sounds like North and South in space to me!
I do hope we get to see some form of the old toasters (CGI or suit) that some of us still might remember from the original 1978 series. In the Mini-Series, when the envoy meets with the Cylons for the first time in more than 40 years, he's looking through a fact sheet that has Cylon body armor and plans of Cylon Raiders very similar to the ones of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series. Even the museum has one of the original Cylons on display. I for one would love to see the first Cylon be turned on and say "By Your Command" with his electronic modulated voice!