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Caprica: I give my two pennies' worth
Kara Thrace
On April 20, I went to the Battlestar Galactica panel that was part of the 26th annual Paley Festival in Los Angeles.

They showed a special screening of Caprica -- a sort of prequel spinoff. It was definitely a miniseries type thing. It was very long, but if you can sit through the Battlestar Galactica miniseries, there's no reason you couldn't bear the Caprica miniseries. Right now, it is available on DVD, and as a digital download. Both of which, you are probably going to have to pay for. I do not recommend buying or downloading before you watch. It will be available to watch for free on Sci-Fi Channel at the beginning of next year.

What you should know about Caprica (no plot spoilers): it does have one of our beloved Battlestar Galactica characters -- William Adama as an 11-year-old. The entire story happens 58 years before what happened in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries. However, if the main reason you want to watch this show is to see what forms William Adama, you'll be sadly disappointed. It does not really focus on him, instead focusing on his dad, and another family.

The actors are simply amazing. Their performances are not only believable and heartfelt, but seamless. The characters are understandable, relatable, flawed and beautiful. They are the perfect ones to carry the premise of the story along; the story does not carry them.

The premise is interesting, and I think investing your time into this show could pay off even after watching only the miniseries. It is a deep show, and will cause you to think critically about not only the show, but its metaphorical real-life counterparts. I'm excited to see more about this show, probably at comic con and elsewhere before it airs in 2010.