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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.
Tags: meta: caprica, show reviews: caprica
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