The science-fiction epic Caprica is building to its explosive mid-season finale, and the cast turned out in force at Syfy's Upfront party in New York to talk to the press about what little they could without giving the show's secrets away. Esai Morales ("Joseph Adama"), Alessandra Torresani ("Zoe"), Magda Apanowicz ("Lacy") and Battlestar Galactica and Caprica co-creators Ronald D. Moore and David Eick were able to shed a dim light on the mid-season finale as well as the second half of Season 1, and while nobody could tell us if it would return for a second season, everyone seemed eager to continue what many agree is one of the best shows on television. Read on for some torturous teasers and reflections on the show's greatness.
How do you relate your performance as Joseph Adama to the Adamas we've already met in Battlestar Galactica?
Esai Morales: Well, I've known Mr. Olmos for years, and in a sense I feel related. I've also seen that amazing Battlestar episode where he breaks down, so you don't want to imitate, but you want to imbue your character with hints of the genetic heritage: where does he get that strength? So my job is like reverse engineering. We have General [sic] Adama and Lee, now where did some of that come from? And that's my job, as well as making the moments feel fresh and real, as if they were the very first time.
So what's coming up this season?
Morales: I can tell you this much -- this has been some of the hardest work I've done in my life, as far as emotion. When you have a daughter and you lose her, then she comes back, and you may or may not lose her again, that kind of thing, hooks are put into you. In the first half, first 3/4 of the [second half of the season], they will be ripped out. I don't want to give it away, but I have to say, I was exhausted emotionally at what happens. It's so mind-blowing, I don't want you to anticipate it.
Will you not be around at the end of the season?
Morales: That's a distinct possibility, but it goes beyond that. It is that [mouths the word "fucked"] up.
What's next for you?
Morales: Nothing. The thing is, we don't know when we're gonna get picked up, so my space is limited. I can't go out for pilot season, and I don't want to if this show gets picked up, because I really enjoy it. I enjoy doing television for people who have brains. I'm not trying to say that most of it is or not, but... Marshall McLuhan, you know? "A vast wasteland." This medium is supposed to be the great communicator, the way human beings as a species can identify with each other, and it's become, sadly to say, or maybe predictably, the great advertiser. And if I'm gonna advertise I wanna be open about it. I don't wanna do television shows where it's really about silly things like products and commercials. I like that the show makes you think, that it sells ideas. It sells questions. It sells perspective -- multiple! Do you believe in one god or many? Or none? Where do you fit in this fantasy, you know. And that's what I love. There's no good or bad. There are good or bad deeds -- as they say in the Bible, God loves the sinner, not the sin. If you choose to believe in God. I believe in something out there so strongly that I believe in your right not to. I don't understand how fundamentals -- STO or otherwise -- can want to kill people who have not evolved to their level of understanding, or maybe evolved past it. And that's what I like, that this show makes you think -- at least, if you want to. If you want to scratch the surface, you'll get something more than backdrops. [Indicates series co-creators Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.] These guys are some of the smartest people I've ever worked with. And you know what? They're human, they're not Cylons. They're learning some things on this show.
Speaking of Moore and Eick...
So what's coming up in the rest of the season?
David Eick: [Laughs.] We're already done, so going back and watching these feels like, "Oh, remember when we did that? Such a long time ago.
We've seen a little bit of Tauron, but will we see more, as well as more of the other colonies?
Ronald D. Moore: Definitely more of the colonies. You'll be seeing Gemenon, and you'll be seeing more of Tauron as well.
What's your favorite episode so far?
Eick: In the first half of the season, I have to say the best episode is the last, episode 9. It's the one where I feel like we hit our stride, and reached the Battlestar level of intensity and emotion and depth.
At the sendoff for Joseph's wife and daughter, the dirge that they sing is the show's theme song. Is there any significance to that?
Moore: Bear McCreary, who was our composer on Battlestar and remains our composer on Caprica, is always looking for ways to tie things together. You'll see in episode 9, which is the finale of the first half of Season 1, Daniel actually sits down at the piano and gets to play the theme song. So it's just sort of Bear's method of being meta about things. It's always a surprise to us, too, when he comes up with these things. In Battlestar, there's a great moment in the finale where you hear strains of the original old Battlestar Galactica theme song.
Next up, Magda Apanowicz, who plays Lacy:
So when do we finally see Gemenon?
Magda Apanowicz: We see Gemenon for the first time in episode 114, which is such an incredible episode. I think it's actually one of my favorite episodes of the entire season.
Oh, do you and Zoe make it there?
Apanowicz: I can't tell you! I can tell you that there's a lot of Gemenon, and you're gonna see a lot more of Gemenon and you're gonna see how that world works.
Do you see yourself as the innocent of the show?
Apanowicz: For me, the way that I look at it is that all Lacy wants to do is the right thing, and she keeps not being given these chances. She keeps getting these really hard decisions put in front of her, and none of them are good options, so what she basically has to decide is, "Which one is the lesser of all evils?" So that's where the conflict happens, she keeps making these really bad decisions.
What was the most difficult thing you've had to do so far on the show?
Apanowicz: Riding a motorcycle, that was really difficult. They were like, "So, do you have a motorcycle license?" And I was like, "No, but I can get one!" And I learned how to ride a motorcycle in a month, and had to learn to ride with a big dude on the back of my bike that had never ridden on the back of a bike before, which was an extremely difficult challenge. Talking to Cylons that aren't there, that was a very big challenge, which was my favorite part. You have this really long pole which is the height of a Cylon, it has these blue dots where the eyes and the neck and the stomach would be, and then you just imagine how close it is, and what it's doing.
And finally, Alessandra Torresani, who plays Zoe:
So was Battlestar Galactica required viewing for this role?
Alessandra Torresani: No, I'd never seen it. I did after they shot the pilot, but before that I'd never seen it. I thought it was still a '70s TV show.
What's been your favorite part of the season?
Torresani: Working with really strong actors and actresses and producers and crew -- that's what's been the best. And I get to play two people. Not too shabby.
Is that tough, having to talk to yourself and having people interact with you like you're a robot?
Torresani: We have such an amazing visual arts team that they make it so easy. Like they don't just have a green stick, they have the actual robot there. You don't feel weird interacting with yourself at certain moments. I interact with myself a lot.
Is this the strangest role you've ever played?
Torresani: Strangest? No. Best? Yes. Best for sure, not strange. I'm strange, the show's normal for me.
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