Caprica Season 1 Episode 2 – Rebirth

At the end of the Caprica pilot, we saw Zoe, in the robot’s body, call Lacy and ask her for help. The bulk of episode 2 focuses on Zoe and her struggle to come to terms with what she has become. At one point she says to Lacy that she is Zoe, the avatar and the robot all mixed up. Lacy then tells her that she is like the trinity – further reinforcing the fact that these two kids were monotheists in a polytheistic world.

As well as this, David, Zoe’s father is trying to understand why one robot works as he wants it to, but no other will. He doesn’t know that the robot he tried to insert Zoe’s avatar into still has her avatar, and Zoe, even though she is controlling the robot and able to speak, has not told him yet. Adama is still coming to terms with his daughter’s death and approaches David to allow him to see her again.

At the end of the episode, Amanda, Zoe’s mother, realises that Zoe was part of the monotheistic terrorist group The Soldiers of the One and stand up at a memorial for the victims of the bombing and says she believes her daughter was a terrorist.

Throughout the episode we learn more about Caprica and it’s inhabitants. We learn that the teacher so intent on taking Zoe’s best friend Lacy under her wing is not only a monotheist, but she is involved in a group marriage. Religion is a huge part of this show, and though it has not fully emerged yet, it is sure to be a divisive and controversial issue. The same goes for the issue of ethnicity. William, Joseph Adama’s son, resists all efforts by his father to understand and take an interest in his Tauron heritage. Again, it seems that this is going to be a divisive issue, especially since the 12 colonies have not yet been united as they are in the Battlestar Galactica series.

Finally there is the issue of Zoe. In truth the show revolves around her, as well it should, and the issues of ethnicity and religion are left on the back burner for the moment. Zoe is the first of her kind. The first cylon, the first human/robot hybrid. She is shown very cleverly on screen, with her image switching from the robot that she inhabits, to the girl that is on the inside. This could be seen as disorientating, but it serves to remind us that Zoe, her avatar and the robot are now, irrevocably; part of one another and these three parts must learn to work together. It will be interesting to see her parents’ reactions when they realise that Zoe is not lost as they suspect.

Overall, Caprica is gaining speed. There is still a lot for the audience to learn, but the show is allowing s to learn this through the story and not bombarding us with facts. The characters accept this new world and through them, we do too. From these opening two episodes of the season, it appears that Caprica is only going to get better.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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