Thought that Sci-Fi Channel would be done with the mega-hit, Battlestar Galactica after the show ends its run in 2009? Think again! The cable channel has greenlit the much-talked about prequel to the show entitled Caprica. (Isn't that a spice?) As of now, a pilot has already been produced, set to debut in December, and the series is set to launch in early 2010.
Set to star, is Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, and Polly Walker. Taking place 50 years before the war with the Cylons which fuels the Galactica we all know, this series will be about an "earth-like planet" dealing with seemingly non outer-space issues. According to Sci-Fi president Dave Howe on the outer-space issue:
Caprica has none of that. It's ... set on an Earthlike planet, in the near future, speaking to a lot of the ethical dilemmas that we as a human race are going to have to face very shortly.
While it sounds like a totally different show, it will be helmed by Galactica mainstays like Ron Morre, David Eick and Remi Aubuchon. Nonetheless, it is difficult to envision what kind of a show it will be. How far removed will the sci-fi elements be? Is this a world that is in contact with aliens (with whom we presume they can fight or interact?) Or is this going to be some kind of tired agitprop that tells us "everybody needs to get along or else one day evil robots will almost exterminate the human race." We'll see.