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Future Shock: How 'Caprica' Will Build Tension

July 20, 2008 5:49 PM

Sc-Fi Network TCA Panel

PREQUEL The cast of the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel "Caprica" (L-R) Polly Walker, Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson, Writer and Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore, Writer and Executive Producer Remi Aubuchon, and Executive Producer David Eick on stage.

Critics love "Battlestar Galactica." That means they should love "Caprica," Sci Fi's upcoming two-hour backdoor pilot that could serve as the blueprint for a new "BSG" series.

But at Sunday's "Caprica" panel at TCA, critics had one issue with producers: Why is this thing a prequel? Won't viewers know what's going to happen?

"The tension comes from the fact that you know where it's going," said executive producer Ronald D. Moore.

"The idea is to say, 'All that you see here is doomed.' There's an ominous (tone)," he said.

Read more and see the "Caprica" trailer after the jump.

Moore compared the situation to producers of war movies.

"You know how World War II is going to turn out. You know the Nazis are going to lose," he said. "That doesn't mean you can't tell compelling stories."

He might have also mentioned that the box office for the last three "Star Wars" movie wasn't hurt by the fact that they were prequels to the original trilogy.

Meanwhile, Mr. Moore said "Caprica" won't feature the same slam-bam action feel of "BSG."

"This show is really nothing like 'Battlestar,'" he said. "It has a completely different tone. I was attracted to (the idea of) doing a sci-fi show that wasn't built on action-adventure."

—Josef Adalian


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