Three days ago Cindy reported that SyFy had picked up a new Battlestar Galactica spin off, this one set with during the first Cylon War and featuring a young version of Adama during his first time on the Galactica. Well, the other foot just dropped as SyFy announced late yesterday that they are canceling “Caprica.” Oh, and they’re not just canceling it. They’re yanking it from the air and saying that they’ll air the remaining five episodes sometime in 2011.
I’d like to say I’m surprised, but really, who is? The show never got the same ratings that “Battlestar Galactica” enjoyed (BSG averaged 2.2 million viewers per episode in the final season, while “Caprica” has dropped below 800,000 the last couple of episodes). “Blood and Chrome” had that feeling in the press releases that there was a subtext of “you know, like this is going to be a real BSG prequel”.
Here’s what I said about “Caprica” back in 2009 when I reviewed the the pilot:
The main drawback of Caprica is sadly in marketability. Moore and Eick have created a highly intelligent science fiction series that relies on ideas and dialogue out of Philip K. Dick rather than explosions, funny-looking aliens and wry quips. But the intended market is a network with a track record of show mismanagement on par with Fox, run by executives who think that changing the name from “SciFi” to “SyFy” will somehow make them cooler while they’re airing professional wrestling and “Ghosthunters.”
Caprica may have been one of the best pilots I’ve seen since the “Battlestar Galactica” miniseries, but I have almost no confidence that we’ll get to see anything more than whatever nominal number of initial episodes are ordered by the SciFi Network.
Being right just makes me feel all warm inside. Or maybe that’s the whiskey.