Perhaps worried that fans would be disappointed by their new series, the producers of Caprica, which premieres Jan. 22 on Syfy, have been talking to the media a lot lately, trying to send the message that they shouldn't expect the Battlestar spin-off to be all that much like its parent, because the creators' motivations and goals have changed since they set out to make the reimagined Battlestar seven years ago.
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Talking to the Daily Beast, executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick and co-executive producer Jane Espenson talked about how the continuing theme of holding onto one's inner self would be told in new ways in a new environment--the decadent colonies 60 years before the sudden Cylon attack that destroyed them.
"It's got a very different flavor," said Moore. "It's setting out to tell a very different story... It's planet-based, instead of space-based, it's not action-adventure, it's much more centered on two families than a military environment. We wanted it to be much more about contemporary society and problems that are coming up on a social front as well as a technological front."
"The conflicts come more from the clashing of people from different cultures and representing different life-philosophies--capitalists, technocrats, mobsters, polytheists, monotheists, terrorists, federal agents," Espenson said. "It's a portrait of a culture in transition, trying to find its moral footing. It feels contemporary without being in any way a literal reflection of today's headlines."
Recent Caprica notes: