Caprica: Season 1 (2010)

Season 1

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From the creators of Battlestar Galactica, Caprica features less military and more interpersonal drama, making it more accessible for lighter sci-fi fans.



Critic Ratings: 27


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User Ratings: 61

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Air date: Jan 22, 2010

Caprica Pilot, Part 1: On the vibrant world of Caprica, two dynamic families-the Graystones and the Adamas-live separately on opposite ends of society until they are brought together by tragedy.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2010

Conclusion. Set over 50 years before the reimagined "Battlestar Galactica" series, themes involving artificial intelligence, corporate responsibility and a tragedy that impacts the Graystone and Adama families play out in the series premiere.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2010

Amanda's public admission about Zoe's role in the bombing ignites a media backlash against the Graystones and creates tension for Lacy at school. Elsewhere, Sam and Joseph confront Daniel while Zoe plots her next move.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2010

Daniel appears on a talk show, but his intentions alienate Amanda; Joseph has a change of heart and tries to stop Sam from killing Amanda; Agent Duram homes in on Clarice.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2010

Tamara befriends gamers while haunting the virtual world; Joseph and Will go on an emotionally revealing fishing trip; Daniel feels compelled to fight for his professional life.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2010

Joseph searches for Tamara in V-World; a rival makes Daniel an offer that could save Graystone Industries; Clarice befriends Amanda in a bid to acquire Zoe's avatar program; Lacy and Keon meet Barnabas Greely (James Marsters), who is a source of stress for Clarice.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2010

Amanda has unsettling visions of her dead brother, and a dark secret from her past is revealed; Joseph recruits Heracles (Richard Harmon) to help him find his daughter in V-World's New Cap City; a romantic connection complicates Zoe's escape plans.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2010

Daniel wages psychological warfare to flush out Zoe when he suspects her avatar is hiding in the Cylon; Joseph is guided to a nightclub in New Cap City that may lead him to Tamara; Vergis tries to drive a wedge between Amanda and Daniel.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2010

Daniel sets a deadline to reset the Cylon, forcing Zoe to find a way to save herself; Barnabas clashes with Clarice, with Lacy caught in the middle; Daniel makes a confession to Amanda.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2010

Unvanquished: Daniel Graystone must put his life back together in the wake of Zoe's escape, Amanda's plummet and the U-87 Cylon's murder of a lab technician.

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A prequel to the remake of Battlestar Galactica, the SyFy channel program "Caprica" takes place 58 years earlier. Episodes dramatize mankind's creation of the Cyclons, enslaved robots that ultimately gains enough artificial intelligence to rebel against their captors and attempt to overthrow humanity. The story depicts an initially harmonious world divided into 12 colonies, and ruled by technology. At the center are two families, the Adamas and the Graystones. Patriarchs Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) and Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) each lose family members to acts of terrorism. Though the wealthy Daniel chooses to have his daughter restored through advanced robotics - making her one of the first successful Cyclons - Joseph expresses serious reservations about having his own daughter restored. Eventually, a major interfamilial schism emerges, that lends the series much of its tension.

Critic Reviews for Caprica Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (18)

Caprica is laced with enough subplots and dense, Battlestar-style intrigue that the new viewer will need to work to keep up.

Jan 22, 2010 | Full Review…

It's not Battlestar Galactica, in that it swaps out the military components of that show for a bit of teen angst and soap opera intrigue, but I really like the lead performances by Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales.

Jan 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Like Battlestar Galactica, this series promises to be rich with allegory.

Jan 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Let's hope the pilot's spellbinding second hour points the way toward greatness.

Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Caprica manages to take on some daring themes with that familiar dedication to character and plot.

Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Who knows how I'll feel about it by season three, but right now, I'm entranced.

Mar 21, 2010 | Full Review…

Caprica may have been one of the best pilots I've seen since the "Battlestar Galactica" miniseries...

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Caprica may be starting off a little unevenly, but it's packed with such a wealth of great ideas that you won't want to miss a single episode.

Apr 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Like Battlestar Galactica's profound philosophical questions about life, religion, technology, society, etc., Caprica kept in line with its running commentary on the current state of our world.

Jan 23, 2010 | Full Review…

Caprica did a great job in terms of production value with impressive special effects and superb acting by an impressive cast.

Jan 23, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

We need a significant change; a twist to make this story feel necessary and gripping, because at the moment there are independently compelling ideas and a remarkable universe to play around in, but not much holding the seams together.

Oct 8, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The plot sometimes doesn't seem to have enough story to sustain itself.

Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Caprica: Season 1

  • Oct 19, 2015
    From the creators of Battlestar Galactica comes the prequel series Caprica. Set 58 years before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, the show follows wealthy industrialist Dr. Daniel Graystone as he works to develop a sentient robot based on a living avatar that his daughter created of herself before her death in a terrorist attack; meanwhile mob lawyer Joseph Adama, whose daughter also died in the terrorist attack, reconnects with his cultural roots. The casting is really good and they deliver some extraordinary performances. Additionally, the special effects and set designs are especially well-done, and give the show a unique visual aesthetic. Also, the writing does an impressive job at addressing sociopolitical issues such as scientific ethics, racism, and religious fanaticism. However, the storytelling is a little weak in the season’s second half. Caprica is a different kind of show than Battlestar Galactica, but it's still a compelling and provocative series.
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  • Oct 27, 2020
    Brilliant series, ahead of its time. If released on Netflix today, we would've had many seasons to enjoy. Guaranteed.
  • Aug 14, 2018
    because this 1 season still holds 19 episodes, we do get to see major character development and canon history in this prequel to BSG. exploring various technological aspects, with occasional religious and political scheming mixed in. overall this could easily have been stretched into 3 shorter seasons, and really deserved a longer run!
  • Sep 02, 2016
    My favorite TV show EVER!
  • Feb 13, 2016
    Delves much deeper than BSG into effects of the newly emerging Monotheist ideology on a world that respects and co-exists with multiple systems, personified by Polytheism.
  • Jan 24, 2016
    So much potential, so much time wasted in senseless scenes. I can see why it did not get a second season.
  • Jul 19, 2014
    It forgets to tell even a halfway decent story...

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