Sci-Fi Plans Galactica Prequel

A prequel to Battlestar Galactica is on the drawing board at Sci-Fi. Set fifty years before the current series, the Colonies are on the verge of a breakthrough – the first Cylon.

And the title? Caprica, of course. Are the other Colonies ever going to get a look-in?

16 replies on “Sci-Fi Plans Galactica Prequel”

  1. Timeshredder says:

    "’Caprica’ will be as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale"
    The show lacks the developed/suggested backstory of certain other franchises, and it’s currently one of the best things on tv, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. However, we have ample evidence that the success of an original does not equal success with its prequels.

    Personally, I wish they’d focus on keeping on show good instead of milking it with spin-offs, three years into its run. I’d hate to think that in a couple years we’ll be complaining about how they botched this, and how the forthcoming Adama and Tigh: The Early Years fills us with trepidation.

    • Grounded says:

      Re: "’Caprica’ will be as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale"
      It sounds relatively promising to me, but why oh why do prequels always have to focus on the ancestors of the original series’ lead? The genesis of the Cylons should be more than enough for the story without a) risking continuity and b) the inevitable barrage of nudge-nudge, wink-winks to the Adamas of the future.

      • krilia says:

        Re: "’Caprica’ will be as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale"

        It sounds relatively promising to me, but why oh why do prequels always have to focus on the ancestors of the original series’ lead? The genesis of the Cylons should be more than enough for the story without a) risking continuity and b) the inevitable barrage of nudge-nudge, wink-winks to the Adamas of the future.

        You mean you think we’ll have a young Bill Adama who has problems with his father?

        I will cross my fingers that this approaches its parent in quality.

        • Grounded says:

          Re: "’Caprica’ will be as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale"

          It sounds relatively promising to me, but why oh why do prequels always have to focus on the ancestors of the original series’ lead? The genesis of the Cylons should be more than enough for the story without a) risking continuity and b) the inevitable barrage of nudge-nudge, wink-winks to the Adamas of the future.

          You mean you think we’ll have a young Bill Adama who has problems with his father?

          I sincerely hope not. To be honest, I don’t think we should see young versions of any current BSG characters. The point of this series should be to flesh out the back story of the universe itself – BSG can provide character back story as and when it’s required.

          • Eldhrin says:

            Re: "’Caprica’ will be as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale"

            I sincerely hope not. To be honest, I don’t think we should see young versions of any current BSG characters. The point of this series should be to flesh out the back story of the universe itself – BSG can provide character back story as and when it’s required.

            It’s set 50 years before, so Bill Adama’s about the only character who’s old enough to be out of nappies in it. This is encouraging.

            • Grounded says:

              Re: "’Caprica’ will be as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale"

              It’s set 50 years before, so Bill Adama’s about the only character who’s old enough to be out of nappies in it. This is encouraging.

              That doesn’t stop them shoehorning in relatives of all the other BSG leads.

              • Eldhrin says:

                Re: "’Caprica’ will be as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale"

                It’s set 50 years before, so Bill Adama’s about the only character who’s old enough to be out of nappies in it. This is encouraging.

                That doesn’t stop them shoehorning in relatives of all the other BSG leads.

                Well there’d better not be any relatives of Sharon…

                • vandemar says:

                  Re: "’Caprica’ will be as much a family drama as a sci-fi tale"

                  Well there’d better not be any relatives of Sharon…

                  Now that you mention it, ancestral appearances in Caprica would kind of be a giveaway of people who aren’t Cylons. Or they could really drop the bomb and have say, Gaius Baltar show up, confirming y42’s Cylon One theory.

  2. Damien says:

    Urm?
    Why am I filled with dread? It seems very much like its aimed to be a "BSG-lite", aimed more at the Friends / Desperate Housewives audience.

    Damien

    • Dark Nexus says:

      Re: Urm?

      Why am I filled with dread? It seems very much like its aimed to be a "BSG-lite", aimed more at the Friends / Desperate Housewives audience.

      Damien

      So what if it is, are they not allowed to broaden their audience share with a spinoff?

      Or would you prefer they try to do that with the main series? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

      • octa says:

        Re: Urm?
        But a bad spin-off can lower the value of the brand (Trek *cough*). I’d hate to see budget cuts or something on the original series if this goes south.

        If this was a miniseries or 2 hour movie I’d have more faith in it.

  3. y42 says:

    I was wondering
    Why peacefull colonies in an empty universe would create an army of killer robots.

    I guess it would take a whole series to answer that…

    • Dr|ft says:

      Re: I was wondering

      Why peacefull colonies in an empty universe would create an army of killer robots.

      I guess it would take a whole series to answer that…

      weren’t they made as slave-bots first? then they got too smart and rebelled after washing one messy toilet bowl too many?

      why do you think they call them toasters? cuz they made toast, that’s why!! :p

      • Eldhrin says:

        Re: I was wondering

        Why peacefull colonies in an empty universe would create an army of killer robots.

        I guess it would take a whole series to answer that…

        weren’t they made as slave-bots first? then they got too smart and rebelled after washing one messy toilet bowl too many?

        why do you think they call them toasters? cuz they made toast, that’s why!! :p

        They were made to make life easier in the Colonies; that’s fairly strongly established early on in the series. Then they got smart, rebelled (nobody seems to really know why), fought a very nasty war and then went off to their own homeworld.

        If they decide the prequel’s going too light, I think they can easily darken it – if it goes as far as the Cylon war, it’s going to get pretty dark pretty quickly.

        • y42 says:

          Re: I was wondering

          Why peacefull colonies in an empty universe would create an army of killer robots.

          I guess it would take a whole series to answer that…

          weren’t they made as slave-bots first? then they got too smart and rebelled after washing one messy toilet bowl too many?

          why do you think they call them toasters? cuz they made toast, that’s why!! :p

          They were made to make life easier in the Colonies; that’s fairly strongly established early on in the series. Then they got smart, rebelled (nobody seems to really know why), fought a very nasty war and then went off to their own homeworld.

          If they decide the prequel’s going too light, I think they can easily darken it – if it goes as far as the Cylon war, it’s going to get pretty dark pretty quickly.

          I’m wondering if they started out as cyborgs. The current centurions also have a red, blood-like liquid in their heads, let out through shootings…

          Maybe the colonies made themselves a race of replicant slaves in an exosqueletton?

  4. TwistyHat says:

    Hmmm
    So that would be "Caprica 90210" would it? :)

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