Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jan 22, 2010 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Caprica is revealed to share the same orbit with Gemenon. This perhaps explains why there is a large representation of both Capricans and Gemenese in the fleet that escaped the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies, in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series.

    • Several technologies, including the holoband and the computer sheet, can be seen throughout Caprica that are missing from the re-imagined series of Battlestar Galactica. Given that they both utilize wireless computer networks, these types of technologies were most likely banned after the First Cylon War. Ensign William Adama (later Admiral Adama of BSG) does have a holoband in the prequel miniseries Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.

    • The different planets (that form the Twelve Colonies) are named after the zodiac signs. Caprica would be Capricorn; the Tauron would be Taurus; Gemenon would be Gemini; and so on. Although not mentioned, the other colonies are Aerilon, Aquaria, Canceron, Leonis, Libran, Picon, Sagittaron, Scorpia, and Virgon.

      The first symbol that appears on Zoe's interactive paper screen is the symbol for infinity (a figure 8 on its side), which Zoe traces. When she taps it, 12 signs appear in a circle surrounding it. One symbol appears to be the capital letter Delta (a triangle) - the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. Another looks like the symbol for Aquarius, with bullets added on the right hand side. A third symbol looks like the Greek letter Psi with one additional downward stroke; it could also be based on the trident - the symbol for the planet Neptune.

      When Zoe taps each symbol, it appears in the middle of the circle. The sequence seems to read right to left; the first symbol tapped shifts to the right as each subsequent symbol is added. The last symbol added is the one that looks like Psi or a trident. These symbols protect access to Zoe's computer program/avatar. After Zoe taps the fourth symbol, she is given access and can interact with her avatar via her holoband.

  • Quotes

    • (after witnessing the test exercise of the new military robot)
      Joan Leyte: What'd you call it?
      Daniel Graystone: A cybernetic life-form node. A Cylon, Minister.
      Joan Leyte: Hmm. Cylon. Interesting.

    • Cylon prototype: All targets neutralized. Program completed by your command.

    • Joseph Adama: I want you to know who you are. We come from a long, proud line of Tauron peasants who knew how to work the land and still stand proud. You're named after your grandfather. Did I ever tell you that?
      Willie Adama: Nope.
      Joseph Adama: William. He was killed during the Tauron uprising. Our last name isn't Adams. I changed it after I arrived here on Caprica. Our family name is Adama. Adama. And it's a good, honorable Tauron name.

    • Sister Clarice Willow: Sometimes faith can be a victim of chance.

    • Daniel Graystone: You can see your daughter again. Isn't that worth whatever price you have to pay?

    • Sister Clarice Willow: Times like this that the faith has failed us.

    • Amanda Graystone: Not everything is ok all the time, Daniel.

    • Joseph Adama: She's a machine...
      Daniel Graystone: She's a copy... a perfect copy...
      Joseph Adama: You can't copy her soul...

  • Notes

    • In the pilot, Avan Jogia (Ben Stark) is credited as part of the principal cast. He becomes a guest star in his future appearances. Additionally, Sasha Roiz (Sam Adama) and Brian Markinson (Jordan Durham), who are both credited as guest stars in the pilot, join the principal cast in the first regular episode of the series.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: February 2, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD

      Also aired 21 April 2009 (imdb)
      Spain: April 5, 2010 on SyFy

    • The filming ended June 19th 2008.

    • Filming locations for Caprica: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    • Caprica is a fictional planet in both Battlestar Galactica TV series.

    • On March 18, 2008, the Sci-Fi Channel announced that Caprica had been picked up as a two-hour backdoor pilot event.

    • According to Mark Stern, Sci-Fi Channel's Executive Vice President of Original Programming, the script for the pilot episode concluded with an explanation for how the name "Cylon" was found.

    • On September 20, 2007, Battlestar Galactica writer and producer Bradley Thompson revealed that Ron D. Moore's script for Caprica has a character coin the term, saying, "A cybernetic life-form node, a Cylon."

    • Caprica was not pitched to NBC/SCIFI as a spin-off of Battlestar Galactica. When Remi Aubuchon first met with the company, he had no thought of making it a spin-off, just an original series. The executives at NBC suggested that he talk with the people who made Battlestar Galactica. Not long after this meeting, they all realized how well Caprica would work as a Battlestar Galactica spin-off.

  • Allusions

    • Holobands, the devices used by citizens of the colonies to link their minds up to the virtual world, are highly reminiscent of the "Brain Dream" devices used in the Cowboy Bebop episode "Brain Scratch", right down to the idea of members of a religious cult using this technology as a means of living on after death.