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20 February 2010 @ 03:38 pm
Caprica: "Gravedancing" Episode Review + Meta  
Caprica 1.04 "Gravedancing"

Here we have the continuation from a tense ending from the last episode, where Sam Adama is carrying out the orders from his brother, Joseph, to assassinate Amanda Graystone in order to even out the score between their family losses. The Graystones are dealing with having to exploit their daughter's memory to regain order and peace into their lives from the assumptions, the threats and the general danger harassed towards their family since the announcement of their daughter's involved with the Soldiers of the One. Meanwhile detectives increase their investigations further into the search for any leads on how Zoe Graystone might have gotten involved with a terrorist group by raiding school lockers and the Graystone home, and possibly plan on going further.

This episode in general was more about the high tension between these two families and the consequences from their actions, and how it'll be handled, and gives some sort of resolution of these situations and of what's to come in the future.

The Graystones: Acts of Contrition

What I loved most about this episode is the fact that it focuses primarily on the character drama between the two families, the majority being towards the Graystones and how they are handling all these press coverage and raiding of their personal lives and having to lie in order to regain their status and respect of the general public around the twelve worlds. Having to see how they deal with it, Amanda Graystone dealing with the ramifications of her outburst, Daniel Graystone having to stomach going on television and saying that their daughter was a terrorist, even though they don't have any solid proof that she did, in fact, have anything to do with the bombing in the first place, and everything else tied to all this conspiracy and assumptions and how their entire building of their lives is crumbling unless they do something to change it.

You know why that is? It's because it's real human drama. The emotions are raw and hardcore, you honestly feel for Amanda and Daniel and what they're going through; the complications they have to deal with, trying to convince others of how they weren't in the know, as well as trying to salvage what is left of their entire investment despite everything that is happening. It's asking that question of what would you do or how would you react if you discovered your child was part of a terrorist organization? Was Amanda Graystone in the right to react the way she did, is the public in the right to start harassing and being angry at the Graystones for something that they probably had no idea was the cause of? Should they be blaming the Holoband, the creation of technology, for corrupting the youth?

These are questions that are relevant to our everyday lives, about technology and about what our kids get involved with, and if the parents the ones to blame, how the general public is going to react and use scapegoats to justify their anger, etc.

The ending scene is what I loved most of all, though. Amanda and Daniel in bed after the talk show fiasco, after Amanda had been scared by Sam, and them just talking about what they're going to do next after this. The main point of this scene is that they've come to a common ground with each others decisions, that even though nothing has been resolved they took a step forward in patching things up. And they did it together. It's a touching moment between the two because after everything they were going through, the fights and the arguments, the consequences of unforeseen events, they are still together and such a reassurance that no matter what, they'll make it through this hurdle. I thought it was a perfect way of ending the episode with them.

The Tauron Way: The Relationship Between Sam and Joseph Adama

Another aspect about this episode that I loved was the relationship between Sam and Joseph, particularly since in the last episode Joseph pretty much told Sam to make a hit on Amanda Graystone due to his animosity towards Daniel. Here we see Sam scoping out how to take care of the job, then we see Joseph either calling to ask if he's actually done to job or towards the end after the talk show, his insistence to get him to not finish the job. What's interesting to me is how well they understand one another, as seen in the final scene with them.

I love that Sam was just frakking with Joseph, their whole conversation in the end was just wonderful to see because we see how deep their brotherhood is with one another. Sam knows Joseph, his comment about him being a "Caprican inside a Tauron body" wasn't meant to be harsh, it was just a statement about his ideals about how things are done. Joseph is living in regret, living off of the memories of his dead wife and daughter, and Sam knows how his brother is and knew after receiving those messages that he didn't want the task to be dealt with, and he wanted to teach his brother a lesson about asking for certain things he's uncertain about. It's just an interesting example of looking at their relationship and I thought it was great to see how they are with one another.

It also mirrors the Graystones, in a sense. This episode was primarily all about the familial relations between Daniel and Amanda and Joseph and Sam, how they handle and deal with the consequences of their actions, or what would have been a serious consequence upon their consciences.

Memorable Moments of the Episode:

++ I gotta mention my love for Sam Adama. I think I'm gaining a crush on Sasha Roiz because of how he portrays Sam and his incredibly morally gray job description, from the decisions he makes and his attitude to the relationships with those in his life, his dedication to the Ha'la'tha and everything that comes with it. His influence on young Willy is something I'm very interested in seeing further, mostly because I want to know how exactly does Willy turn into William Adama that we know in BSG and if his Uncle Sam has any kind of influence on that. But most of all, his relationship with his brother is a very fascinating one, and this episode presented that.

++ The car ride with Amanda and Sam was the most tense moment ever, because I wasn't sure they were going to show everything, and when we cut directly from that to him at home "washing away the blood" it's like OMG WHUT DID HE DO?! Only to find out that he was just messing with Joseph. Even though I kinda figured he wouldn't have killed her, that was incredibly clever.

++ Tattoos, from the interview with the detailed description of the meanings behind the tattoos, now we see precisely how other Taurons identify each other via these tattoos.

++ The Nice Cute Boy dancing with the Zoe-bot was the most adorablest thing ever! I'm sorry, I can't help but love that little scene. I really like him because he treats her differently than others do, because being inside a robot they are all unaware that she's actually there, aside from Lacy that is. Everyone else treats her like a thing whereas he treats her like just another individual. Some might think it sad or whatever, but I think it's sweet. And from the way Zoe-A looks at him, little smiles and whatnot, she thinks so too.

++ I am loving the addition of music in the universe, not just a fabulous score but with adding specific pop music into the Caprica culture, as everyone will realize since they are a society (and a society built upon twelve worlds, after all) they will have a wide range of music dedicated to those different cultures. The Greek/Tauron rap heard in "The Reins of a Waterfall", for example.


++ There is some love themes going on here, with Lacy/Keon and Zoe/Cute Nice Boy. It'll be interesting to see how they progress, or how difficult it'll be considering.....

++ Gotta love a show unafraid of showing the affections (and possible complications) of a group marriage. The scene of Sister Clarice waking up kissing one of her wives, then going on to kiss one of her husbands is just refreshing to see on television. Because it's not done in a scandalous or shocking kind of way, like some shows tend to do.

++ The mystery surrounding the Soldiers of the One is very intriguing to me, especially where Sister Clarice is involved. From the sounds of the previous episode it seemed like some of the members aren't aware of Clarice's involvement, which makes me wonder if there are different sections of STO. Anyway, I am very fascinated with the inner workings of the Soldiers and how they all manage to alert one another, and I want to know more. The theological aspects of anything appeal to me, and the fact that we have the polytheistic versus monotheistic conflict happening in this culture intriges me even more.

++ The talk show was very nice to see, especially the topics that arose from it such as how technology might be corrupting us (see: how we tend to misuse technology) and about parenting, of admitting to our mistakes, of making amends, and so forth. It was endearing to see the Graystones growing closer together on the show, even though I was afraid that Amanda might make another disruption without thinking.

++ "Larry hates it when I come home bloody." MORBID BUT KINDA ADORABLE, YOU KNOW? ♥

++ I just love this show so much, because you get emotionally involved with what is happening with the characters. I felt horrible for what the Graystones are going through, because the accusations about Zoe being a terrorist weren't true, but at the same time we don't even know what was originally being planned with her and Zoe-A. Although with whatever the law enforcementThere's all sorts of twists and turns here that really makes you think about situations brought up, and that's what's so smart about this show. It follows the complexities that BSG presented, only expanding the cultural aspects of these worlds and the human conflicts that went along with it. I love it all.

Overall: I am just enthralled with Caprica, I really truly am. With each passing episode it only continues to intrigued and fascinate me, from the characters to the cultural discoveries of this universe, which of course is an extension of the BSG universe and furthering their meta into what had been and what will become. The drama, the angst, the tension and just everything involved with this show, and this episode in particular as it focuses mainly on the characters, it's just so amazing. The preview for the next episode looks quite interesting too, and I has plenty of meta-thoughts about that, specifically about Zoe-A and Tamara-A, since they're both created Avatars and probably the only ones in existence and how that might create some complications along the way. Who knows?

So much love for this show, I want more. I just want a whole lot more.

More people should be watching this show, dammit. It's so smart and intelligent and, just like BSG, it requires its audience to think and you become emotionally involved with what is happening to the characters. There's mystery, intrigue and just, omg I can't even begin to articulate just how amazing it is. You also don't need to worry about not seeing BSG beforehand, this is just extending the universe that was already established but furthering it more into what we didn't see, as this is a prequel to its predecessor so it's all good. Just, God, this show. ♥

I really need a Sam Adama icon, preferably with him and all of his tattoos because, dayum.
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noybusiness: AndersGoldnoybusiness on February 20th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
Cute Nice Boy is named Philomon, or Phil.

Next episode looks action-packed.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 21st, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Somehow I keep missing his name everytime I rewatch the episodes, lol. Thank you for clarifying that for me. Though I think I'll continue calling him Cute Nice Boy simply because I love giving little nicknames, hee. ;)

It really does, and I can't wait to see what might happen with Tamara, since she'll eventually understand that she's not really the real Tamara but a virtual copy of (judging from the preview) It's going to be quite an interesting episode, I can already tell. Plus, I can't wait to see an expansion of the V World.
noybusiness: AndersGoldnoybusiness on February 21st, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
One of the recent articles in The Caprian, "Violence in the Virtual World", mentions a game called New Cap City where gamers commit crimes and stuff. They're reportedly working in a simulation of the Maglev 23 bombing. Maybe that's how Tamara finds out.
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 21st, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Could be, I can't wait to find out.
kitchensexslavekitchensexslave on February 21st, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Gods, I just love everything about Caprica. It's maybe a strange simile but it's like some classic novel come to life on screen; it's as engrossing and as high in quality as that. Seriously the best piece of television I've seen.

Plus, it lets me love whole other generations of Adamas <3
Renée: Six. Satisfied.rogueslayer452 on February 21st, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
And it's only been four episodes. Can you imagine what the rest of this season is going to be like? :D

ashley: caprica ∞ avatarkitsu84 on February 21st, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Gods, I am so completely enthralled by this series. It brings in everything I loved about BSG, while setting itself apart from it at the same time. Brilliance. Sheer and utter brilliance.

Also, like you, I adore this deep, meaningful relationship Sam and Joseph appear to have. They understand each other in a way no one else is able to. I expect that's one of the reasons why Sam's taken Willie under his wing, because he sees and understands what his brother is going through, emotionally. Also, not only is he giving wee!William the attention the kid sorely needs right now, he's also teaching him how to survive.

And, don't get me started on Sam and his gorgeous husband, Larry. They've had roughly 30 seconds on screen together and I already ship them like WHOA. ♥ Also, Sasha is a total hottie. Seriously, the man is not helping with my tattoo kink. UNF x ~INFINITY.
Renée: Caprica. Zoe Graystone.rogueslayer452 on February 21st, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Yes, that is precisely why I love it so much, the writing and direction is so perfect that it manages to get newcomers addicted to the show while maintaining some connecting of the dots of things for BSG fans at the same time. It's incredibly well thought out in that sense, it's absolute genius.

Also, not only is he giving wee!William the attention the kid sorely needs right now, he's also teaching him how to survive.

Which foreshadows what he needs in order to become the fierce BAMF leader we see in BSG. I love that, so much. Like, it can be seen as Sam being a bad influence somewhat but in all honesty, it's for survival, and that's precisely what little Willy needs to know because he's going to be able to use that knowledge in the future.

And, don't get me started on Sam and his gorgeous husband, Larry. They've had roughly 30 seconds on screen together and I already ship them like WHOA. ♥ Also, Sasha is a total hottie. Seriously, the man is not helping with my tattoo kink. UNF x ~INFINITY.

THIS, ALL OF THIS YES. ♥_____♥ Everything about Sam and his husband, and just Sam in general makes me squee.
icecoldrain: Stock - Cupcakesicecoldrain on February 21st, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I really like him because he treats her differently than others do, because being inside a robot they are all unaware that she's actually there, aside from Lacy that is.
Same here, and he's done that from the start. It's nice to see that he treats a robot like it's another person instead of this big thing like everyone else does. And he doesn't even know that there's someone in there, it's just who he is.

Sister Clarice is awesome, when she got on the ground I thought she was going to pray or something lol. And I want to know what they're going to do with Tamara, especially since she still doesn't know that she's dead and only exists in the virtual world. Will she end up out in the real world eventually? We need more Caprica now lol.
Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on February 21st, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
It makes me like him more and more because of that, and I just hope there's more of him and Zoe in future episodes. Though I wonder how he'll react if he finds out that she's inside there, will he treat her differently or the same?

I thought she was going to pray too, so her slamming her fist into the locker and screaming was quite a surprise. Which is understandable given how their entire school was just violated, and she takes it personally because it is her school, and it's also a violation of her, as well as countless of others, religious beliefs. She seems to feel like she has little control over protecting her students from this kind of invasion, and I feel for her.

I have theories that since it appears that Zoe and Tamara are the only pure avatars out there, there might be something where the Soldiers of the One would want to use Tamara for whatever plan they have going instead of Zoe, or if Tamara might become dangerous in some way. I don't know, there are many possible ways this can end up. I also want to know what will happen if Joseph attempts to find her in the virtual world, or elsewhere if she does get out into the real world somehow.

God, this show is just magnificent. I love it. ♥
icecoldrain: Stock - Cupcakesicecoldrain on February 21st, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Though I wonder how he'll react if he finds out that she's inside there, will he treat her differently or the same?
He'd probably be shocked, but I would imagine he'd be glad that he wasn't treating her badly since there was someone in there lol. And(hopeful thinking here lol), maybe he'd try to help her because it would stink to be stuck in a robot.

It was, and there it was pretty fitting. Which is why it was shocking because she was so calm I was like, is she going to pray? And instead it was just the anger coming out.

True, anything could happen. And who knows how she'll respond once she figures out that she's an avatar.
rawthorne on February 21st, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
I have such a crush on Sasha Roiz in this series. He's hot and his character is so so badass.
Renée: BSG. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER.rogueslayer452 on February 21st, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I remember back when I got the pilot DVD last year Ron Moore mentioned in the commentary that they were going to use his character a lot more once the series got picked up. I'm glad for it because hot damn his character. *___*
Margot Mary May Margeneginevra_alessa on February 21st, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)

This show makes me want a group marriage! It also makes me want SAM!! :)

Adore it!!

Renée: Six/Gaius. Passion.rogueslayer452 on February 21st, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
LOL! XD There are so many things this show has to offer, there is never a dull moment or anything that makes you go "meh" at, because everything is so interconnected and fascinating. And yes, Sam is most delectable. ♥ I want to see more of him and his husband, for reals.