For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, even though Battlestar Galactica’s life on television is over after the completion of this season, that doesn’t mean the BSG universe won’t keep going without it. There’s a BSG spinoff called Caprica in the works, and until now specifics about the new BSG show have been sparse.
Tonight though, we have spoilerific specifics on BSG: Caprica, courtesy of the guys over at E Online. Here’s how they describe the show:
Caprica is the story of two families, the Graystones and the Adams (better known to us now as the Adamas), and we’ll be meeting the man who fathered and grandfathered the goodness that is Bill and Lee Adama (Edward James Olmos and Jamie Bamber). Interestingly, when I interviewed Ronald D. Moore last year, Caprica’s plotlines were not directly tied to the characters we know from the current series.
So we’re looking a prequel, set pretty far in the past of the Colonies we know from the current show. That also means we probably shouldn’t expect any cameos from current Battlestar characters, no matter how much we all want Gaius Baltar to get his own show.
E!’s report goes on into extreme spoiler territory, so if you don’t want things ruined for you, click the Cylon raider below to be taken the heck away from here. Otherwise, FTL past the raider and keep reading:
The Graystones include father Daniel, a computer genius; mother Amanda, a brilliant surgeon and unfaithful wife; and their daughter, Zoe, who is martyred to her boyfriend’s religious fanaticism—but not before she installs the rudimentary elements of her personality and DNA into a machine, creating a digital twin of herself, Zoe-A.
After the human Zoe’s death, Daniel uses these raw materials, some stolen technology and his own grief to cobble together “a robotic version of his dead daughter.” This robot version, known as Zoe-R, is a Cylonic Eve, the first of her kind. (Dun-dun-dun!)
And in this corner, ladies and gentlemen, meet Grandpapadama! As Adm. Bill Adama once told us, his father, Joseph, was a great attorney of his day, fighting for the civil rights of the Twelve Colonies’ downtrodden and marginalized. But that’s not his whole story: Joseph Adama’s wife and daughter were also killed in that same suicide bombing that took Zoe Graystone’s life.
The two fathers, Daniel Graystone and Joseph Adama, work together on replicating their children in cyborg form, but “Joseph is ethically appalled by the robot version of his dead [daughter], Tamara, and repents his actions.” Those Adamas are all hardass conscience, aren’t they?
Still, the one happy result of the Adama family tragedy is that Joseph and his young son, the 9-year-old Bill, grow closer to each other, and Joseph begins to explain their family’s story to his sad, somber child. But will their bond prepare them for the havoc soon to be wreaked by the rise of the Cylon nation?
Wait a minute, so the Adama family is responsible for creating the Cylons? Whoa! Sounds like the new show will have all the shocking modern relevance that the current one does too, and perhaps most importantly it’ll have lots of robots. You can’t go wrong with robots.