'Caprica' producers talk Cylons and Season 1.5 at Syfy Digital Tour
Producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick check in with the press at the 2010 Syfy Tour in Orlando, Fla., on Monday (Oct. 11) to discuss the continuation of "Caprica's" first season.
Zap2it is here to live blog the highlights. So say we all:
3:45 p.m. ET - Apparently we're starting a little late here.
3:52 p.m. - It's begun.
3:53 p.m. - In the second half, we'll see more momentum and focus on certain storylines. There will be more tie-ins with the "Battlestar Galactica" mythology. Eick says this is when they're "unapologetically" connecting to its origins instead of trying to establish its own identity. So more "BSG" tone, suspense, action, etc.
3:54 p.m. - Moore says that they have a creative road map for the second season, should they be picked up. It's a fairly detailed plan with several points out on the horizon. So creatively they're ready to go, but just waiting for the green light. It'll almost feel like a fresh start, so you won't be bogged down with the mythology, launching that AI or sentience, from Season 1.
3:57 p.m. - "You're going to be seeing plenty of ass-kicking," promises Eick about the second half of the first season.
3:58 p.m. - Moore discusses how the world of "Caprica" is pretty technically advanced, sometimes seemingly more so than the world seen after the First Cylon War, but there's still a mix of techno culture.
4:00 p.m. - "Never say never," says Moore about seeing Cylons for "BSG" on "Caprica." No plans yet.
4:02 p.m. - Continuity isn't too difficult because much of the story was created while "BSG" was still going on. "Caprica" pretty much has its own stand-alone mythology. During "BSG's" fourth season, they tried to not mention the origins of Cylons that much in order to give more freedom to the "Caprica" story. In fact, they had to cut a line from Adama who refers to his father.
4:05 p.m. - We should hear about a Season 2 by Nov. 15. We're holding you to that, Syfy!
4:06 p.m. - Moore sold a pilot to NBC and just has a few indefinite things in development. Eick has something cooking at FOX and ABC, but nothing solid yet.
4:07 p.m. - More teasing. No official word about a "BSG" web series yet, but we're told "very soon."
4:08 p.m. - They've realized that the characters Lacy and Sam should get meatier roles than they've been getting so we'll see more from them in the second half.
4:09 p.m. - Moore says he sometimes has a difficult time telling the difference between Cylon visual effects and the real props.
4:12 p.m. - Moore credits "frak" to the original "BSG" series. "Frak was a bit of genius. I could get away with murder I could use over and over ... it was a license to kill." Eick was against it and "fought him on it." He cites the pinnacle of the pop culture penetration when Salma Hayek appeared on "30 Rock" with a "Frak Off" t-shirt.
4:15 p.m. - And that's it for this quick session. We'll see what else we can get from the producers.
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