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08 February 2010 @ 04:17 pm
Caprica: "The Reins of a Waterfall" Episode Review + Meta  
Caprica 1.03 "The Reins of a Waterfall"

Suffering the ramifications of revealing information about their daughter's involvement with the Soldiers of the One, Daniel and Amanda Graystone's reputation is swiftly going downhill as they are continually being attacked by the twelve worlds. Daniel Graystone is being bombarded with trying to make amends with the public by spinning stories to destroy his daughter's name and restore their reputation. He is approached by Joseph Adama in his demands of seeing Tamara's avatar again, which he does only to discover that Tamara is no longer there. By this, Joseph goes to his brother and orders an attack on Daniel's wife to even out the deaths between their families.

Meanwhile Zoe-A figured out how to link the Holoband to the robot and now can enter the Virtual World at any time she can. During this they find the Tamara avatar stuck in the dark virtual space Daniel created, and they help her get "outside" into the actual virtual world. Zoe then asks Lacy to help find someone who was close with Ben and part of STO who might have to plans about getting from Caprica to Gemenon, hopefully to carry out whatever mission Zoe and Ben had originally planned before the explosion.

The Graystone Family: Actions and Consequences

I think what I loved about this episode was how well they represent the ramifications of Amanda Graystone's revealed outburst at the memorial service and how it's affecting them. It's not something that can be forgiven easily, or forgotten, and we're seeing the kinds of outcry it's creating amongst the Twelve Colonies. Especially since the Graystones were once highly respected, now there's suspicion and doubt and boycotting and television personalities making fun of them and random attacks, all out of this scandal which has semi-truth, but not all the truth. Plus we're seeing how they handle it, how they're trying to deal with this sudden turn of events of their lives.

Amanda's sudden outburst at the service was irrational and of the moment, she wasn't thinking, she was in shock and needed to let out her emotions. It's an honest human mistake, but it was a mistake which set off a chain reaction that might destroy everything they built on.

Interestingly, it's also made of truth but also assumptions. Zoe had been part of Soldiers of the One but really, was she involved in any terrorist actions? The only thing we know for certain is that she was creating Zoe-A to be part of something special, for a specific purpose that they planned on going from Caprica to a safehouse on Gemenon. We have no idea what that purpose was as of yet, and whether it would've been a good thing, but Zoe Graystone was certainly not a terrorist by what these assumptions are being spun about. But that's what's so universal and understandable because that's what human beings do, we make assumptions and accusations just by having an association with something that is deemed horrible (take, for example, anyone that is identified as Muslim in our world -- the automatic assumption is labeling them terrorists or horrible people associated with terrorism) It's a universal thing, and while Soldiers of the One may have that reputation of being a radical monotheistic group that have done terrible acts in the past, not everyone who is associated or has a monotheistic belief should be underneath that same association. But again, that is what happens and what occurs amongst the masses do to fear. Amanda Graystone was in hysterics, she couldn't believe she didn't know her own daughter and she reacted without thinking. But it's her actions that are creating a bigger reaction all across the worlds of their universe.

Daniel Graystone though has a different reaction to this whole ordeal, he's levelheaded and rational despite these claims about his daughter, and he keeps it together until he's told he has to admit to all the worlds that his daughter was troubled. Basically spinning supposedly lies in order to restore order with his family and the rest of the public, and that's something he refuses to do. Until, of course, the last few minutes of the episode when he realizes there might not be another way of dealing with the issue. But we see him talking rationally at his wife, saying that despite if the things about their daughter are true it needn't to be revealed for all eyes and ears of the worlds, etc. But again, people do things without thinking of the repercussions afterward.

This is something the Graystones are going to have to live with until things are settled down, or possibly start learning more about who their daughter was, since mostly these are claims that they hardly know are absolutely true. I'm just happy to see that the show is taking a realistic look at this.

Soldiers of the One: Plans, Secrets and Mysterious Followings

The Soldiers of the One (STO) are strictly identified as a terrorist organization, presenting radical ideas about there being a singular God in a vast universe of people that are marginally polytheists. Though from this episode something caught my attention simply from a few scenes, particularly involving Sister Clarice and Lacy Rand.

Lacy isn't quite as involved with the STO as others are, I think she was just beginning to be a believer of monotheism shortly before the Lev incident, as witnessed from the flashbacks in the pilot. But she's not fully thrust into the actual group of the Soldiers as far as we know, otherwise she would have known of other members of the group. Though we're to assume that since she knew Ben and had gone to prayer meetings that she had been involved with some STO activities, at least somewhat. But since she didn't realize that Sister Clarice was part of it too, I guess we'll be discovering along with her who is who in this organization and what they're about. Though I found it interesting her relationship with Sister Clarice, since she knows that Clarice is wanting something in terms of what Zoe had been creating for the Soldiers and their plan, and since she died Clarice has been wanting to get close to Lacy and figure out what Zoe had told her and whatnot. Which is, on one hand, partially maybe to convert her fully to the cause of the Soldiers of the One, and also for whatever purpose the organization had wanted for the avatar and what they planned for Zoe-A on Gemenon, since we see that Sister Clarice is certainly wanting to get closer to finding Zoe-A and finish their planning for serving the One True God.

But this raises the question: what purpose did they originally have for Zoe-A and why were they going to go to Gemenon? What is important on Gemenon? This has been something most of us have been wondering, since Zoe and Ben had died before we understood precisely what they were doing. Of course we're going to be gradually discovering this along the way, of course, but what if Zoe-A doesn't want to be part of it? It seems that Zoe-A is very highly dependent on the original Zoe's promise of her being something special, but what if Lacy is right. What if the plan of taking her to Gemenon was of the bad? Somehow I feel that if Zoe-A is going to become her own person, and not just a virtual copy of the original Zoe Graystone, that her becoming an individual might not be part of the plan. But again, we don't know what that is, and the STO claim that Zoe-A was to become their savior because of the original Zoe Graystone's genius which is why God choose her to create new life.

It's all very interesting and complicated and complex, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Particularly with Zoe and Lacy because they have a unique friendship here, and I loved seeing them interact with one another and how Lacy is going to live up to her promises and even if she can go through with them.

Memorable Moments of the Episode:

++ I continue to love Zoe-A more and more. I loved that she figured out how to install the Holoband to the robot body she's in so she can return back to the virtual world, but what I think what I really loved in this episode is how she helped Tamara. She was so concerned about her that she offered to help and wanted to accompany her, and I have a feeling that she knows how it feels since she, too, is just an avatar with no other way of getting out into the real world (other than a robot body where she's treated like mostly a thing anyway). But at least Zoe-A had the original Zoe to let her know what was happening and why, poor Tamara doesn't have anyone or any idea that she is just a virtual representation of the original Tamara Adams. She just thinks she the original because of Daniel Graystone mimicking what his daughter did, never realizing the consequence of creating her.

So with that, I think I just love that Zoe-A was being so helpful and I think she wanted to comfort poor Tamara. I hope that they meet up again soon, because she'll be all alone in the virtual world and God knows how huge that place is anyway and who she'll meet up with.

++ "Can you be free if you're not real?" "...I hope so." D: D: D: ZOEEEEE!!!! ♥

++ SAM ADAMA IS LOVE. As is his husband, and I am loving the presentation of sexuality in this show, how utterly normal it is to have a same-sex partner or even multiple partners in group marriages. I loved how Willy just is nonchalant about it and even when asking about them having kids, he was more concerned about them adopting kids than the mechanics of it, which I thought was adorable.

++ "You go to school, let them take attendance, and then you skip." Why didn't I think of that before? ;p Sam Adama, kind of a bad influence but certainly taking responsibility somewhat.

++ LOL ZOE-A HAVING TO WATCH DANIEL AND AMANDA HAVE SEX. XD That's kinda something you should never see, your parents having sex, but just the fact that they frakked right in front of Zoe-A/the robot is like, uh, okay?

++ I am very intrigued with Sister Clarice and the mysterious stranger she meets when she's praying/confessing, like the actual leader of the Soldiers of the One? Very interesting. Also her motives, whether of the good or bad, I want to know too. She seems to be utterly sincere about her beliefs about Zoe having been beloved by God and had been chosen for a purpose, and Zoe-A holds the key to something more, and I want to learn more about her intentions with Zoe-A and what her special purpose is.

++ LUCIANA CARRO (aka Kat from BSG)!!!!! :D :D :D :D I knew she would be appearing on Caprica at some point, so I'm super happy to see her in the third episode. Looking lovely as ever.

++ I love the connections and parallels between their world and ours, how humankind doesn't really change from their actions and reactions, from a sudden outburst leading to controversy and conspiracy theories and jokes and personal attacks and threats towards a person because of someone being associated with a particular group. I also love that every episode it seems there's flipping of channels seeing the happens amongst the worlds, such as the Graystone stocks and the Pyramid teams and the talk show hosts who are making use of this news for their own personal gain, etc. It's really interesting and it adds to the relatable drama between the characters and the audience.

++ The V-Club looks a lot bigger, has anyone else noticed that? Bigger and shinier, not that I'm complaining because it's all pretty.

++ Speaking of, gotta love the score and the music used in the show too. From the beginning with Willy and Sam in the backroom of that radio (??) place, and then the V-Club with its techno/house-like music. I don't know, it's a different feel from BSG but that's the point, and I love it.

Overall: This show continues to get better and better each episode, and "The Reins of a Waterfall" had a certain fluidity with scenes that made it better than the pilot and the second episode. I particularly love the Zoe-A/Lacy bits, but that's because I am always enthralled to see any of their scenes together, or just seeing Zoe-A's scenes because I adore her so much. There's a lot of raw human drama and emotion, from the consequences of character's actions and the chain events leading up to future tension between characters. The very last scene, with such a domesticated family scene with Sam Adama and his husband and Willy, and then Joseph enters the picture to tell his brother to kill Daniel Graystone's wife to "balance out" the scales between their family tragedies? Holy shit, that's a risky move and puts you on edge. It's such an amazing show with tons of complexities and it's just so interesting and compelling, that if you're not watching this show, you're totally missing out. ♥

I've been thinking about doing a Caprica picspam. I've started where I'm going to do a Zoe-centric one, or of just the opening title sequence (because it's so pretty). I just want more people to see how amazingly pretty this show is and just, yeah. It's just a wonderful show and aesthetically gorgeous with many pretty people, and it's so pretty that it's begging to be picspammed. So yeah, look for that in the future.

The next episode looks intense, omg.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Billie Piper - Day and Night
noybusiness: dannababiesnoybusiness on February 9th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
I'm kind of in love with the fact that they composed a Tauron/Ancient Greek rap song. http://www.bearmccreary.com/blog/?p=3111
Renée: BSG. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER.rogueslayer452 on February 9th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
I KNOW RIGHT?! I think that's just awesome, very creative and unique and shows that they're not flimsy with creating this culture. ♥ I wonder if there will be a soundtrack for this at any given point?
noybusiness on February 9th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
We can count on Caprica Season One soundtrack after the season's over.
Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on February 9th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Definitely looking forward to it. ♥ I love Bear's work, he's a brilliant composer and I'm loving what he's doing with this show.
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Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on February 9th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely get on to finishing with it then. Because the more people I can convert get interested in the show the happier I'll be, because I do love it so. ♥
rawthorne on February 9th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
It's fascinating how the show is essentially portraying a fall from grace. With the power the Graystones leveraged in the past, they sowed the seeds of their own destruction... much like humanity will do with the cylons in the coming years.

I love how they use music in the show - especially how, from time to time, there is a nod to the old BSG score. It makes me think they're keenly aware of the fanbase watching and I hope that means they'll construct future episodes in a way that is consistent with the sequel. For my own part, I just really, really, really want to see a young Laura Roslin around.
Renée: Cylons. By your command!rogueslayer452 on February 9th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
It makes me think they're keenly aware of the fanbase watching and I hope that means they'll construct future episodes in a way that is consistent with the sequel.

Oh, they're definitely aware and I think they're making sure that the show stands on its own but does make sense when connecting the dots to BSG at the same time. Even if there are some fans out there that call foul because to them it "doesn't make sense" with the continuity of the timeline or whatever, I think they're being careful with constructing a believable wave between both shows. I've seen plenty of non-BSG fans start watching Caprica and loving it along with other BSG fans so, I'd say it's doing a fantastic job so far.

For my own part, I just really, really, really want to see a young Laura Roslin around.

lol, you're not alone in that department bb! ;D I think I recall Mary even mentioning that she would be happy to make a cameo in Caprica, as like Laura's mother or grandmother or aunt or someone like that. I think that would be very cool, considering we are having some BSG alumni doing guest spots. Seeing Luciana was a pleasant surprise.
Greenundeny on February 9th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Incredible analysis! And please do that picspam. I was thinking of doing a pimping post for my flist myself, but I'm lazy and would rather just link to yours. :)

Friending you, by the way.
Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on February 9th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And will do, it'll be on the way shortly. It's just such a gorgeous show all around, it's pretty impossible to not want to post pictures of it really.

Awesome! Glad to have more Caprica-watching people so, definitely friending you back as well. :D
Greenundeny on February 9th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
kitchensexslave: angsty Caskitchensexslave on February 9th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Caprica is pretty much the most amazing show I've seen. The pilot made me squee with just how awesome it was, and the density of the world it's created and the characters and the plotlines and EVERYTHING. A part of me wishes I'd only found out about it months after it started so I could watch it all in a one-er, waiting a week seems nigh on impossible.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 9th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
It continues to amaze me just how elaborate this world and culture is, of course drawing from what we already knew somewhat from BSG, but the fact they're taking it further and exploring all sorts of different aspects of the Twelve Colonies is just remarkable. And the characters are so fascinating and complex, the writing and just everything about it is just making me giddy because really, this is how you do a prequel. And so far it's been doing excellently.

I can't wait to see what else they have in store for this season, because there's a lot of potential and promise for Caprica to shine on its own. ♥
Sparkymoon_blitz on February 10th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
So is Zoe-A her offical name in fandom? Since I've been referring to her as Avatar!Zoey (and planning on using Avatar!Tamara).

But I'm really loving this show, especially since I got my mother interested in it - who hasn't seen any of BSG. And yes, the V-club looked a lot bigger (and brighter) to me in this episode.

I'm hoping to see a young Saul Tigh around, since he's around the same age as William. But I can't wait to see what happens next!
Renée: Six. It's good to be a Cylon.rogueslayer452 on February 10th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
I've seen it referenced in interviews with the cast and RDM so, that's what I'm basing it off of. It's a bit easier to write it out like that, I think. But I go back and forth between calling her Zoe-A and Avatar!Zoe sometimes. *shrugs*

This show is proving to stand on its own, and I'm loving what they're doing with it so far. I think with all the special effects and budget they have going for it they want to make the V-Club look more elaborate for the series like an actual club, which I don't mind because it looked so awesome. And of course we'll probably be seeing more of what the Virtual World and what else is designed there.

I'm hoping to see a young Saul Tigh around, since he's around the same age as William

Um, that's kind of impossible considering Tigh isn't really on the Colonies yet (and definitely not of the same age as William, lol). He's with the rest of the Final Five over on the First Earth or possibly traveling slowly through space to try to get the the Colonies and warn humanity of what has already begun.
Sparkymoon_blitz on February 10th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Zoe-A is easier to write, so I might just end up using that. I'm also excited to see what else there is in the Virtual World, simply because they have the potential to do anything with it.

I'm going to pretend I didn't see that last bit (haven't finished all of BSG yet).
Renée: Six. Warrior of God.rogueslayer452 on February 10th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry! I didn't realize you weren't finished with BSG! I just naturally assumed. Hope I didn't ruin anything for you?
Alex: Caprica Mendragonlit on February 10th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
I am loving the show. LOVING IT!! I'm one of the non BSG folk (I did watch a few epis of it but didn't really follow it) and have found myself hooked by Caprica.

I love the connections and parallels between their world and ours, how humankind doesn't really change from their actions and reactions.

My feelings definitely echo this and it is one of the primary things that has drawn me to the show. I'm loving the conflict between the Graystone and Adama families and with Josef's order to even things up, you just know that's going to shake things up even more.

I'd love to see Lacy develop and come out of her shell more but I think she is so loyal to Zoe or waht is now left of Zoe, that she will comply with the wishes that are still held by Zoe !

Mind if I friend you btw? Nice to have other Caprica friends on the list. :)
Renée: Cylons. By your command!rogueslayer452 on February 10th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I think it's awesome that non-BSG people are watching and loving the show. Which means that it's doing its job, by making Caprica stand on its own without having a lot of information connecting to BSG and yet still maintaining consistency and continuity to its predecessor, especially with its culture and the invention of the Cylons. It's so great to see that done so well.

My feelings definitely echo this and it is one of the primary things that has drawn me to the show. I'm loving the conflict between the Graystone and Adama families and with Josef's order to even things up, you just know that's going to shake things up even more.

Exactly, and that's one of the things that was always carried over from BSG as well, making paralleled connections between the show's universe and own world, particularly concerning terrorism and politics and all the human drama that occurs. It's so raw and real that you immediately are drawn to it because it's so relatable.

The conflict between the Adamas and the Graystones intrigues me because it's all built on emotion, and it makes me wonder what else we'll learn once we discover more between their families.

Yeah, I do want to see Lacy develop more which I think we'll definitely be seeing. Her loyalty to her friend is what's important right now, but I also think it scares her a bit because she doesn't know what she's getting herself into. I want to see where all this goes for her. I am particularly interested in the relationship between her and Sister Clarice.

Mind if I friend you btw? Nice to have other Caprica friends on the list. :)

I don't mind at all! :D Friending you back as well for the same reasons. :D :D :D
lincolnimp: dylan moranlincolnimp on February 13th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
great review :)