I’ve always been a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy TV series, but unfortunately quality ones are just not easy to come by. Either the acting is so terrible or the budget is so low that a typical sci-fi show comes off as ultracheesey at worst and impossible to watch at best. The reasoning for this is pretty simple: If you see a main character of the show to scream “oh noes!” and then flee from a rampaging, horribly done, CGI monster/robot/killer cyborg, then you’re going to have a heck of a time believing them that their fear is both palpable and warranted. Of the many shows that I’ve tried out and didn’t have a taste for (looking at you Legend of the Seeker), Battlestar Galactica had a compelling story line, acting that was quite tolerable, and special effects with just enough money behind them that I could put aside minor awkwardness or quirks.
Unfortunately, it’s also winding down to it’s final season.
Good news, however, is on the horizon for the show..or at least the universe in which the show takes place. The Sci Fi Channel has officially given the go-ahead for a spin off of the series, aptly named “Caprica.” It’ll be set 50 years before Battlestar Galactica and will follow two rival families, the Graystones and the Adamas. It’ll also star Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, and Polly Walker. The show will be heading into production next summer on location in Vancouver, and Sci Fi has already ordered about 20 hours for season one, which includes a two-hour pilot. It’s estimated that the show will begin in 2010. I can only hope that it has at least as good a run as it’s parent series did.
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