Caprica peek now online

In Battlestar Galactica, creator Ronald D. Moore painted a bleak future for humanity, with a robot uprising bent on extinguishing (or at least making things really difficult for) the human race. But before man made the gun-totin' toasters, life was rather...jazzy.

That's the look producers have gone for in Caprica, the prequel to Sci Fi Channel's re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series. The Los Angeles Times has a trailer for Caprica, and in contrast to the space travel and command decks of BSG, Caprica looks decidedly retro--almost an ode to the cigar-smoking, Scotch-swigging era of the 1950s.

The trailer teases the show's main conflict--namely, the rivalry between the Graystones and the Adamas that's created after advanced robotics (beta Cylons) are used to replace a daughter that has died. Fans looking for flying cars and spaceship battles will likely have to look elsewhere; aside from a couple shots, Caprica's take on the future doesn't look too different from the present or the past.

At the TCA press tour, Sci Fi execs were still unclear about the approach to the two-hour Caprica pilot, saying it could serve either as a stand-alone movie or as the first episode of a series. Execs also did not have a premiere date for the program.

However, Sci Fi bosses were able to confirm what had long been suspected--the final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica will begin airing in January.

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