Yesterday, the SyFy
channel broadcast the debut of Caprica
, a prequel series to Battlestar Galactica
. Starting about two generations before the Cylons annihilate the 12 colonies of Cobol, Caprica
's plot tells a depressing story:
- how humans came to create artificially intelligent machines,
- how the machines' characters come to be mirror images of their human creators',
- how a lethal conflict between the two civilizations that immediately develops,
- and how the whole thing is amplified by religious intolerance on both sides.
Without giving away too much of the plot, I'll just say I liked the pilot. (If you've missed it, you can rent it from Amazon.com
. Well, maybe "liking" is not quite the right word. Caprica messes with your mind in the same ambivalent ways as Galactica
did. But, it's a nice setup for future episodes of gratuitous explosions, mind-wrenching speculations on the nature of humanity, creepy perspectives on messed-up relationships, and plenty of needless cruelty, both physical and emotional. I think I'm gonna stick around.
Is any of you A2Kers watching it, too?