- Sci Fi Channel has announced a new spinoff series from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. CAPRICA will be set about 50 years before and will center on the cataclysmic events that inform the current series.
The new series will be more about how the "bad guys' rise to power." It will detail how robotic Cylon Alliance rose to power and decimated the 12 Colonies of Kobol (Caprica is the name of the largest planet in the system).
CAPRICA will weave together corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television's first science fiction family saga.
Those familiar with this blog, or who survived a first-hand meeting, will know I have often spoken about the merits of the show. A lot of fans out there are trepidacious about yet another prequel, as it seems that we are inundated with them these days. I can certainly empathize with that P.O.V., but as recent as the concept seems to be, its been around for as long as I've been alive, starting with the Godfather, Part II, which served as not only a prequel but a sequel to the first film. A well-written prequel (yes, I invoke every single Star Wars prequel and Batman Begins on that list) can invigorate a known series, but a poorly plotted prequel (i.e., Star Trek: Enterprise) can leave a bad taste. I can only hope that Ronald D. Moore (the creative mind behind BSG) has learned his lesson and has a solid plot line in mind for his new baby.