At times it feels as though “Caprica” is every bit as well-planned and riveting as its predecessor, “Battlestar Galactica.” At others – this week, for instance – it almost seems that its creators did not have a single solid story idea in mind and simply wanted to release a slew of plot threads.
Needless to say, a lot happened this week – or a lot started to happen, without any significant development.
The enigmatic Tomas Vergis (John Pyper-Ferguson), Daniel Graystone’s (Eric Stoltz) professional rival, finally makes an appearance and he’s every bit as dastardly and devious as he should be. This is a man who is perfectly aware of Daniel’s role in the theft of his chip and in the deaths of the two Taurons he loved as brothers; and his discovery of the involvement of the Ha’la’tha may very well be looming on the horizon.
Meanwhile, Sister Clarice (Polly Walker) aims to search the Graystone residence for any opportunity to download Zoe’s (Alessandra Torresani) avatar and Amanda (Paula Malcomson) is only too eager to comply. A stock heartwarming gesture here and a dash of ambrosia there, and Amanda is moldable putty in the Sister’s hands.
There were several savory and delightful moments in this week’s installment, however – the best of which was Philomon’s (Alex Arsenault) impromptu flirting with the cylon and holoband date with Zoe (though in all fairness, he knew her as “Rachel.”)
There is hope, however, as Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) finally manages to track down the boy who met Tamara (Genevieve Buechner) in New Cap City, so there may yet be a worthy sequel to last week’s phenomenal “There is Another Sky.”
In the meantime, unfortunately, “Caprica” continues to grow in “Galactica’s” shadow and ride its fame. In spite of its superiority of quality to much else on television, it has not yet introduced the kind of riveting and highly thought-provoking material that its parent would sprout on a semi-regular basis.
But this is only the beginning of the first season, so “Caprica” will still have ample opportunity. Hopefully, with “The Imperfections of Memory,” this powder keg of potential will ultimately be realized.