Amanda Graystone starts having strange visions of her deceased brother who she knows is dead but still cannot shake the feeling these hallucinations are telling her something, and in turn Sister Clarice believes that her new befriending of Amanda will eventually lead her to the answers she is looking for, particularly regarding the Zoe avatar and whatever else signs God is giving her. Meanwhile Daniel is still pursuing his need to keep his ownership over the C-Bucks and not have Vergis take anything away from him or accusing him about the MCP and why it only works for Daniel, but never for Vergis. Leading Daniel to suddenly come to a realization after all this time.
In V-World, Joseph enters New Cap City to find his daughter's avatar, only to find someone else to is willing to help him, but for a price. Zoe continues her relationship with Philo, giving him a bit of information which might lead to something else involving the evolution of the robots Graystone Industries is producing.
The Friendship Between Sister Clarice and Amanda Graystone
I was excited to see more scenes between these two women because I think they have magnificent chemistry on the screen. Of course my interest of their friendship stems from what Clarice wants from Amanda and how that has ventured further than anticipated. We know that their first meeting was for her own benefit, getting the information from Daniel's laboratory computer, only when that didn't have what they were looking for she went to try and further the friendship. But what she didn't count on was finding something else that could be of use to her.
The ambiguity of Clarice's character has drew me in since day one, and my intrigue grows with each episode. She's a mysterious woman who has her own motivations based on her beliefs, and seeing her befriending Amanda is such an interesting aspect to the show because we know that Clarice is doing this for her own gain, but we also know that she does genuinely care for Amanda and what she's going through. She's not maliciously using people or seen as manipulative, but at the same time you can argue that she is because she's trying to get access to information that would be purposeful for her work with the Soldiers of the One. It's just another complicated aspect to the mystery of her character.
For Amanda, she sees this as an opportunity to have a friend beside her not only for a shoulder to cry on, but who understands what she is going through and cared about her daughter and doesn't judge her for anything, as well as to confide in. Someone that isn't her husband, who is more concerned about his work and company these days.
The interesting part about this episode though was them talking about Amanda's visions/dreams and hallucinations, and Amanda believing this is something else telling her she is being punished. This can be due to Zoe's untimely death which brought up these memories and whatever she went through back then, particularly since she might blame herself for her brother's death (I'm not certain if in the car accident she was driving, which would be a huge factor if she thinks she's guilty); it's the same way how she almost blames herself for Zoe's death, for not being there for her daughter, for not understanding her or not having a closer relationship with her. These two incidents are what caused a dramatic change in Amanda's life. After her brother's accident she started going "crazy", being admitted to a mental hospital for three or so years. She thinks it might start up again because of all that's been happening in their lives, from Zoe's death to the Graystone Industries, everything else. It's too chaotic for her to handle and she's starting to wig out, and she reveals this to Clarice because she's afraid if she does to her husband he might not listen to what she's saying or admit her to the hospital in Delphi again.
But then Clarice starts talking about God, about how all God's creations are perfect and that whatever happens is part of His plan, and that Amanda has to search inside herself and accept God, accept His plan for her. Obviously this is one part of Clarice trying to reach out to Amanda, but there's another part of this that I wonder about.
What if the visions or hallucinations that Amanda are seeing are a message, like the angels that appeared to the characters in Battlestar Galactica? Images of those deceased, fragments of those who are closest to these characters. Although in BSG these beings appeared to characters that had a greater destiny to fulfill, something that Clarice believes is what is led her to Zoe and what is leading her to Amanda. Perhaps this is something of similarity to that. Of course, it would be easier to dismiss that concept because it's "not science fiction enough" for some people, and that Amanda is just going through a rough time and it's Clarice's beliefs that are twisting her to believe this is a sign towards her own cause. Either can work in this case, because it's quite compelling in the direction for both characters and that's what I believe is what's making the entire storyline with them, and for the entire show really, to work.
Joseph Adama: A Father On A Quest Or Chasing Ghosts?
From what I've read from other comments and what this episode provided us, I can understand why some people are getting slightly impatient with Joseph's continuing journey to find Tamara and not really spending more time with his family where he should be moving on. Though I have to say, I am intrigued with how Joseph is going to handle seeing his daughter in this virtual world. Because herein lies the question of what he's going to do once he does. What will happen then?
This Tamara is pure avatar, she cannot simply go away with him into the real world. What if Joseph finds Tamara but she's not the same Tamara he once knew? What if her experience in V-World has changed her, particularly since she knows she's dead in the real world. What if she blames him for creating her? We know the first thing she sees after being created, even though she doesn't know that at the time, was her father, so it wouldn't be impossible for her to point the finger at him for this. There are a lot of factors that go into this because Joseph wants to find his daughter, but he doesn't necessarily have a plan of action once he does. This can only extend his obsession with seeing her virtually rather than dealing with his own issues concerning his family in real life.
Remember the Tauron memorial ceremony? That was his way of moving forward from this tragedy, of him trying to see that focusing on the present and the here and now is more important than living in the past. But it is complicated due to the fact that Tamara's avatar does exist, and the last he saw her she was scared out of her mind.
There's much to be explored here between Joseph and Tamara, what he may find out or what she might find out and how it'll be resolved.
Beginnings of the Cylons, Part Deux
From the science fiction element of creating robot soldiers to the spiritual belief of apotheosis, I am absolutely in love with the direction they are heading into.
I don't know if I may be in the minority, but once mentioned by Sister Clarice and now by Zoe to Philo concerning the extension of V-World by making it just like the real world so people could live there too, I got chills of excitement. I know some people may not have particular beliefs in that, but you don't have to believe in that way of thinking to enjoy or at least understand this is a major part of what is going to come to pass. Now obviously, Sister Clarice believes this is a sign from God and believes in apotheosis, Zoe may have the same views but perhaps her intentions are much different from Clarice's. We know that Zoe wants to fulfill her mission that the original Zoe had planned, and we know that Clarice wants to avatar for their own purposes of creating eternal life through such devices and advanced technology, once that the original Zoe did in creating Zoe-A. It's very confusing, but fascinating judging from Zoe's conversation with Philo about extending reality into the virtual world. Perhaps she wants Philo to live with her in V-World rather than in reality, perhaps she wants others to follow suit.
I need to rewatch the episode again to really decipher that, but I know that whatever either is planning it's going to be exciting, and now that Zoe has given Philo the information he needs this might become the next step.
Memorable Moments of the Episode:
++ More scenes between Amanda and Clarice, because I adore them whenever they are together. There really should be more characters on the screen together than just the same individuals. Like, what if we had Sister Clarice and Sam Adama in the same room together? That would be sweet.
++ Speaking of, NEEDED MOAR SAM.
++ LOL OH JOSEPH, YOU CAN'T FLY LIKE SUPERMAN IN V-WORLD. XD That made me laugh.
++ VIPERS!!!! Well, not exactly the Viper Mark II from BSG, but vipers all the same. Zoe looked amazing wearing that helmet, ngl. Zoe might not be a stealthy viper pilot, but if she took her time to learn training in V-World I'm betting she might Kara Thrace a run for her money, that's all I'm saying. ;D
++ Awww, Zoe/Philo. ♥ Lacy/Keon, too. ♥
++ "Which god? Which god do I trust?" Oh, Amanda. :( On one hand this was a way for Clarice to kind of slightly convert Amanda to understanding the belief of the One True God and kind of disappointed that she asked which one of the Lords of Kobol should she trust in believing. OR this could be Amanda's vulnerable moments where she's losing faith in the gods.
++ LOL, poor Philo! He's always getting caught doing slightly embarrassing things in Daniel's lab. lololol the poor boy.
++ How adorable was it that, Caesar, the family dog wanted to play fetch with the Zoe-bot? Awww, so sweet. It's quite obvious from his behavior that the dog knows that Zoe still exists in the robot body. I have a feeling that whenever Amanda and Daniel aren't around Zoe kind of talks/plays with Caesar. Same with Serge, judging from what has been written in the Serge Graystone Twitter, as he knows about what they have planned because Zoe told him. Since I imagine when she's not going to V-World or being worked on, it can get pretty lonely.
++ When Daniel quietly went "Zoe?" to the robot I was like :O :O SHIT IS ABOUT TO GET REAL.
Overall: Again, this show proves how much they are improving by each episode, gaining more excitement with its characters and what is happening to them. I've come across some people that think the writing isn't up the par with Battlestar Galactica or that Jane Espenson doesn't know what she's doing, which I beg to differ. The writing is exactly as it should be because they are focusing on characters that we're supposed to look, observe, care about and even question based on their actions; some are redeemable, others are mysterious that we don't quite understand what their motives or true intentions are yet, and most of all they are all connected to each other in the grander scheme of things. We see the focus on these characters and their lives, what they are going through; Amanda and Clarice's bonding moments and friendship, the growing relationships between Zoe and Philo as well as Lacy and Keon, the animosity between Daniel and Vergis, etc. All these are important and vital for what is to come, and while we still have some explanations to go, the writing does everything in that justice. It's completely relatable to our world even when it's a different culture, just like BSG was, and that's what I highly appreciate about both shows and Caprica and proving significantly in that.
I love this show and where it's going, and if others don't well, that's their issue. All I can say is, shit is going to go down and I am fully prepared for what is going to happen next.
In related news, I am very jealous for those who will attend the Paley Center Event for Caprica in New York City come the 17th. It makes me wish I lived in New York or could afford to fly out all the way across the country to be able to attend because, seriously, not only do people get a screening of an upcoming episode from the season but also see the cast/crew from the show. All for $35 people! That's extremely cheap compared to conventions, my God. I really want to see Alessandra and Sasha Roiz, dammit. Oh well, perhaps next time.
Also, I have to ask, HOW COME NO SUPERNATURAL CREATION CONS ARE EVER IN SACRAMENTO?! I'm looking at the the calender and the only Sacramento event is for a Twilight convention which, fuck that disgusting shit. I mean, yay for Los Angeles and all that but, seriously, it would make my traveling SO MUCH easier if there were SPN cons in my area.