Earlier this week, I had the privilege of speaking with "Caprica" creators Ron Moore and David Eick at Syfy's upfront party in New York City. It was a rare opportunity to get an inside glimpse into the minds of the guys responsible for making the word "Cylon" relevant to the science fiction-loving world once again, with their completed Syfy series "Battlestar Galactica."
"Caprica" is a prequel spin-off of the series, focused on the families of Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz), creator of the Cylons, and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales), father of "BSG" favorite William Adama (Edward James Olmos). The eighth episode of the first season, "Ghosts in the Machine," airs this evening. I'll get you a recap first thing in the morning. For now though, let's hear from Moore and Eick on what fans can expect moving forward.
Eick thinks that next week's episode, the last until fall, is the one to watch out for. "For me, the best episode of [the first half of this season] is the last one, episode 9," he said. "It's really where I feel like we start to hit our stride and reach what I would call, in humility, a 'Battlestar' level of intensity and emotion and depth, and it's very strong."
The big question I had for the guys is if we'll see more of the Twelve Colonies. There was a brief, tantalizing glimpse of Tauron in a recent episode, but that's really been it so far. "There's definitely more of the colonies," Moore promised. "You'll be seeing Geminon and you'll be seeing more of Tauron as well."
As the red carpet crowd threatened to sweep them onwards, I asked them to dig in on a bit of trivia. In episode five, "There Is Another Sky," Joseph bids farewell to his dead wife and daughter in a Tauron memorial service. The end of that gathering is punctuated by the singing of a Tauron funeral dirge... the same melody that plays behind the opening credits every week.
Eick was happy to elaborate. "Bear McCreary, who was our composer on 'Battlestar' and remains our composer on 'Caprica,' he's always looking for ways to tie things together. You'll see in episode nine... Daniel actually sits down at the piano and he begins to play the theme song," he said.
"So it's just sort of, I guess, Bear's method of being meta about things. It's always a surprise to us too when he finds ways to do this. In 'Battlestar' there is a great moment in the finale where you hear strains of the original old 'Battlestar Galactica' main title."
"We did that in the miniseries as well," Moore added before Eick continued. "Bear loves to do stuff like that and we really support him."
How have you been enjoying "Caprica" so far? Is there anything you'd like to see more of? What has your favorite episode been? "There Is Another Sky" over here, for the record.