CAPRICA 1.18 ‘Apotheosis’

Daniel and Amanda try to stop the STO from blowing up a building. Then everything wraps up in five minutes.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

CAPRICA 1.18 'Apotheosis'

Episode Title: "Apotheosis"

Writers: Jane Espenson and Kevin Murphy

Director: Jonas Pate

Previously on "Caprica":

Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and his wife Amanda (Paula Malcomson) were finally able to locate their daughter Zoe Graystone (Alessandra Torresani) in the virtual world and reconciled with her. At the same time, Sister Clarice Willow (Polly Walker) and her fellow STO terrorists pursued Amanda for her betrayal of their cause and attempted to murder the Graystones in their own home. Zoe possessed the damaged Cylon body and saved her parents, but Clarice and one of her husbands escaped.

Elsewhere, Joesph Adama (Esai Morales) and his brother Sam (Sasha Roiz) were on the run from their Tauron mob connections and barely survived a lethal encounter with the Guattrau’s (the Tauron version of a Godfather) hitmen… but Joesph’s son Willie (Sina Najafi) wasn’t so lucky and died from a gunshot wound.

Story:

As Daniel and Amanda oversee the damage to their home with their own investigators, STO collaborator and Caprica police director Gara Singh (Peter Wingfield) arrives with a squadron of cops and accuses the Graystones of ordering their daughter to blow up the train (from the pilot episode of the series). Daniel’s main (henchmen?) Cyrus Xander (Hiro Kanagawa) really steps up to the plate and pulls a gun on Gara to allow the Graystones to escape. He tells them to stop Clarice’s plans before they take off in their shuttle. And we never see what becomes of Cyrus after this…

The Graystones hit the park and find Clarice’s lost holoband, which includes a demonstration of the STO’s plans to blow up a Pyramid game (a sport too weird to describe in just ten words) later that day. They also find a demo of the synthetic heaven that has been created for the believers of the STO’s "one true God." Elsewhere, the Adama family gets a tremendous outpouring of support from the Tauron community over Willie’s murder. The Guattrau’s daughter, Fidelia arrives to try to make peace with Joesph, but he insists upon a meeting with the Guattrau himself.

Fidelia arranges a virtual meeting between the Guattrau and Joseph, which turns out to be a ploy to assassinate the Guattrau with the blessing of his daughter. With vengeance taken, Joseph takes a ring from the Guattrau’s hand and presents it to Fidelia, the new Guattrau. Elsewhere, Daniel locates and blackmails a young associate of his to sneak into his office and return with the software to control the Cylon soldiers. The Graystones manage to sneak into a control room at the stadium, just as the terrorists get in place. In the virtual world, Zoe confronts Clarice over her "heaven" and turns it into a hell as a demonstration of her power.

Back in reality, the Cylon soldiers arrive and execute the terrorists before they can destroy the stadium. In a flashforward, we see what happened many years later. Joseph remarried and named his next son William, who then grew up to become the William Adama from "Battlestar Galactica." The Cylon’s assault on the terrorists vindicated the Graystones and integrated the Cylon technology into Caprican society much faster than expected. Zoe even receives a new model of Cylon body created by her parents, which appears human on the outside.

But in the darker side of things, Clarice survives and becomes a preacher to the Cylons in the virtual world, teaching them about the one god and their eventual destiny to destroy humanity in God’s name… Actions which will inevitably lead to the downfall of the 12 colonies decades later. 

Breakdown:

Of the shows that were canceled in 2010, I still feel regret that we won’t be getting more episodes of "Terriers," "Dollhouse" or "Stargate Universe."

But I have no similar feelings for "Caprica." In fact, I’m kind of glad that it’s gone.

I was a big fan of "Battlestar Galactica" (both versions) and I really, really wanted to like "Caprica." But I never did and I don’t think I was alone in that regard. "Caprica" never fully connected with the "Battlestar" audience because it was never the show that they wanted it to be. I believe that the audience expected a series about the beginning of the Cylon war and what we got was kind of a soggy family drama with light sci-fi trappings.

There are two things that I am grateful for out of these last episodes of "Caprica." One: the death of Willie, who I found to be completely annoying. I’m so glad that he turned out to not be the Admiral Adama that we knew and loved. It was like finding out that Darth Vader wasn’t really a whinny teenager with salon style hair. Second: I appreciate that the producers added the five minute "things to come" segment which pretty much wrapped up the series… if not successfully than at least enough to end the story. Although it seemed overly optimistic of them to promise that those events would be seen "next season."

The closing moments of the show also solved the mystery of how the Cylons became followers of the STO’s one God. And I have to admit, that I’ve never been comfortable with the way "Caprica" portrayed the religion of the one God on the show. It’s usually a good thing to make an audience unsettled by the content of a series, but it just seemed so wildly unbalanced. Let me put it this way: "24" showed a more even handed approach when dealing with Islamic terrorists and ordinary Muslims who abhorred shedding innocent blood. And that wasn’t a show known for its subtle touch. "Caprica" didn’t really try.

The resolution to the Graystone’s sudden heroics also felt a bit forced. As the Cylons started mowing the terrorists down, most of them stood still even after the crowd started panicking and running… which was a little too easy. And the Graystones were seemingly recognized by several people like the cab driver and the other customers at a diner that it’s amazing that no one seemed to act on that info and set the cops after them. Again, it was way too easy. Even Zoe was underutilized in this episode after playing such a pivotal part since the beginning of this series.

I honestly hope that the "Caprica" producers rethink their approach with the upcoming "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome;" which seems to be more along the lines of what fans want out of the franchise. "Caprica" could have been a bold step forward for sci-fi on TV, but ultimately it’s just another failed experiment.

Crave Online Rating: 4 out of 10.