Reviews have been mixed for Caprica, both on (1) the pilot which was already released on DVD some eight months ago and (2) a comment from the network president that he intends SyFy and Caprica for a "more mainstream" audience, meaning not just hardcore sci-fi fans.
After the two-hour pilot on January 22, eight one-hour episodes will subsequently be aired until March, while the remaining nine will be aired sometime in the second half of 2010. That amounts to 19 hours, one hour short of the original order. SyFy Executive Vice-President Mark Stern said it's a mix of financial reasons and quality control.
"They had to cut an episode out of the show because they wanted to keep the quality of the show as high as they could, so they put more money into it, but it still wasn't quite enough so they had to cut out an episode," Stern said.
Explaining the initial artworks that show Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone holding a bitten apple, Stern alluded to the original sin.
"There's something really interesting about the idea of Zoe and the Eve metaphor."
"The future of humanity begins with a choice," he added. On Caprica, 58 years before Battlestar Galactica, back to the time of the Cylon invention, when two powerful patriarchs Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) and Daniel Greystone (Eric Stoltz), are in duel for the war of humanity.
Caprica also stars Paula Malcomson as Amanda Graystone, Polly Walker as Sister Clarice Willow, Magda Apanowicz as Lacy Rand, Avan Jogia as Ben Stark, and Sasha Roiz as Sam Adama.