'Caprica': Midseason finale and 'End of Line'
Those of us who watch Syfy a lot are kind of used to the network's midseason shenanigans, but hopefully it's not 2011 when we next hear from the cast of "Caprica" -- because it has hooked many of us. We were worried about the "soap opera" pronouncements. Will it be "As the World(s) Turn"? Will it stay true to what we all know (which is to say not much) to be the historical accounts of "Battlestar Galactica"? And, put simply, will it be as good? Not as many slow, dramatic zoom-ins, but it has soap opera qualities. With "BSG's" creators driving it, history should be no problem. And as for the whole comparison thing ... it's a very different show, but a good one nonetheless.
In this "End of Line" episode, these are the midseason cliffhangers and tie-ups: Robo Zoe finally escapes the lab after killing Philomon accidentally (probably?) when they decide to erase her chip. Joseph Adama, abusing the Amp drug, finds Tamara, and she says for him to stop looking for her -- then kicks him out of V World permanently. Lacy pretty much joins the STO by pressing a button to kill Sister Clarice. Sister Clarice escapes death because she got out of the car to look at an over-the-edge Amanda Graystone, who's about to commit suicide on a bridge. She's been pushed to suicide because she confronted Daniel Graystone earlier about his theft of the MCP chip and the resultant deaths of two men. He doesn't say yes or no, and earlier in the day decided to sell his beloved C Bucs pyramid franchise to get money for his company. Intercut throughout all of this action, Robo Zoe is on the run in a truck, being pursued by airborne law enforcement. In the end, she crashes the car and it blows up.
So, there you go. Two recaps for the price of one, and hopefully others out there had some of the same thoughts. The show overall started slowly. Not this episode, but the series itself. The action may not have always been there, but the caliber of actor/acting and the establishment of various characters have kept my attention the entire time. Has it been "must-see TV" every Friday night? Maybe not, but it is a strong series with great writing and a definite command of the storyline. Nothing seems just thrown in, which may for some, cause that slowness, but it makes for a rich storytelling experience and not a lot of "huh?" moments. I know, many of the actors and personnel associated want to distance it from "Battlestar Galactica," but it just can't be done for those of us that watched "BSG." They're telling the same story at a different point in history, and telling it well, so hopefully they can embrace that. I wouldn't mind seeing a Sagittaron guy named Dudley Dualla (Dee's dad! I just made him up), or little links to "Battlestar" while still establishing itself as a standalone series.
Each of the storylines left us wanting more, whether or not you were invested in it. What's going to happen to Amanda? Zoe probably survived, but what will she do and is she damaged? How deep will Lacy get in the STO? Will Clarice start an outright war with Barnabus? Will Joseph move on or somehow try to continue his V World quest? What will the Tamara avatar do in V World anyway? How will Daniel reach his cylon quota, or will Vergis take over?
Syfy, you are such a tease with these "midseason" finales and hiatuses. But you know we'll be back to watch.
-- Jevon Phillips
Photos: Daniel Graystone gives Amanda Graystone a drink (which he shouldn't); and Zoe Graystone with her apple. Credit: Syfy
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