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"Galactica 1950" Gets A Green Light

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We'll get to discover the tangled family traumas behind the creation of the Cylons after all. The Sci Fi Channel finally gave the greenlight to Caprica, the 1950s-style Battlestar Galactica prequel. And the Sci Fi Channel hopes the show will get a broader audience than BSG, because it doesn't have spaceships.

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Here's what Sci Fi Channel president David Howe told Variety:

"Battlestar Galactica was absolutely our flagship show. It put us on the map and helped transform the perception of the network," said Sci Fi prexy Dave Howe, noting that the cabler hopes to draw a broader audience to a series it sees as more compelling family drama than "space opera."

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"We want people to come to this who have never heard of Battlestar Galactica, " he added. "I think, because (Galactica's) backdrop was space and spaceships, there was a barrier to entry for some viewers. Caprica has none of that. It's an intense family drama set on an Earthlike planet, in the near future, speaking to a lot of the ethical dilemmas that we as a human race are going to have to face very shortly."

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Those ethical issues include artificial intelligence and, sort of, human cloning. In Caprica, Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) creates the first Cylon after his daughter is killed in a train bombing. The daughter has left a avatar of herself in cyberspace, and Graystone is able to download it into a robot body. (The bombing is the work of the daughter's boyfriend, who belongs to a fanatical monotheistic sect.) Meanwhile, Joseph Adams (a lawyer whose real last name is Adama) also loses a daughter in the bombing, but ends up deciding the robot-daughter replacement thing is a bad idea. This sets up a running conflict between the Graystones and the Adam(a)s.

The show could air as soon as early 2010, after BSG's final episodes air next spring, and a BSG TV movie, "The Plan," airs next summer. [Variety]

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I'm really surprised only 2 or 3 of the commenters here are excited about this.

I know the Star Wars prequels blew harder than Paris Hilton on a Friday night, but other than both taking place in outer space... they aren't similar at all.

I'd be incredibly dumbfounded if the writers for Caprica threw in "Vader builds C3P0" type moments. They've mentioned (albeit a few times) that Joseph Adama was a lawyer and wrote all those law books.

Hmmm... what else have they alluded to... oh yeah...

We will see Joseph Adama's lighter and a good chance we will see him breaking pencils before court cases.

I honestly can't imagine much else other than maybe some commentary about the different colonies that has been established already.

Also... everyone seems to think that the only thing that makes science fiction credible is spaceships. Did you guys forget this show is going to deal with the creation of the Cylons? Creating cyborgs... that isn't scifi? Transferring a conscious into a computer isn't scifi?

Give the damn show a chance. The frakkin' miniseries hasn't even aired yet.

Oh... I forgot... I bet they say frak on the show. But I bet you guys think they are going to make a frak origin episode to ruin it all right? Give me a frakkin' break.