Caprica - Magda Apanowicz,  Alessandra Torresani, Polly Walker, Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson, Sasha Roiz and Esai Morales
Caprica's stars - Magda Apanowicz as Lacy Rand, Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone, Polly Walker as Sister Clarice Willow Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone, Paula Malcomson as Amanda Graystone, Sasha Roiz as Sam Adama, Esai Morales as Joseph Adama © Syfy, Photo: Joe Pugliese

Battlestar Galactica‘s prequel Caprica gets if first airing this Friday. Here we have the official information on the series and a gallery of pictures introducing the cast.

Season 1

First transmission on Friday January 22nd, 2010

The official details…

Fridays on Syfy (9-10 p.m. ET): Premieres January 22

On the vibrant world of Caprica, in a culture recognizably close to the world today, two dynamic families – the Graystones and the Adamas – live separately on opposite ends of society until they are brought together by tragedy.

Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz), a computer engineering genius, owns a large corporation that is spearheading the development of artificial intelligence. His unwavering professional pursuits are driven to extreme measures when personal tragedy strikes him and his wife Amanda (Paula Malcomson) as their strong-willed daughter Zoe (Alessandra Torresani) dies in a terrorist bombing fueled by an underground religious dogma. Unbeknownst to her parents, the teenager had also been dabbling in these radical teachings, which were secretly propagated by her school’s headmistress, Sister Clarice Willow (Polly Walker).

Also living on Caprica, but deeply entrenched in a cultural heritage that sets them apart from the rest of civilization, is the Adama clan. The family is headed by Joseph Adama (Esai Morales), a renowned criminal defense attorney – with questionable ties and sometimes-devious methods – and father to William (Sina Najafi) and Tamara (Genevieve Beuchner). When Joseph’s wife and daughter perish in the same attack that befell Zoe Graystone, Joseph’s path soon crosses Daniel’s, and the two become united in their grief.

Soon after, Daniel lets Joseph in on a sinister secret: he’s discovered that Zoe, a computer genius in her own right, had been experimenting with perilous virtual reality technology along with her friend Lacy (Magda Apanowicz), and managed the impossible — she created a life-like avatar of herself, a perfect digital copy. Obsessed with the possibility of seeing his daughter once again, and preying on Joseph’s shared emotions, Daniel implores his new confidant to help him make Zoe’s vision a complete reality.

Appalled by the ethical implications of recreating a soul, but aching to bring his own daughter back to life, Joseph complies — and the fate of the human race is altered forever.

Episodes: 101-109
Day & time: Fridays (9-10 p.m. ET) on Syfy
Series premiere date: January 22, 2010
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson, Esai Morales, Polly Walker, Alessandra Torresani, Magda Apanowicz and Sasha Roiz
Executive producers: Ronald D. Moore, Jane Espenson (episode 109); David Eick, Remi Aubuchon (pilot),
Co-executive producers: Jane Espenson (episodes 102-108), Jonas Pate, Michael Taylor, John Zinman, Patrick Massett
Produced by: Clara George
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner (pilot), Jonas Pate, Ronald D. Moore, Michael Watkins, Michael Nankin, Wayne Rose and Roxann Dawson
Writing staff: Michael Taylor, John Zinman, Patrick Massett, Kath Lingenfelter, Matthew B. Roberts, Ryan Mottesheard
Casting by: Coreen Mayrs (Canada), Heike Brandstatter, (Canada), Robert J. Ulrich, C.S.A., Eric Dawson, Carol Kritzer and Sibby Kirchgessner
Production designer: Richard Hudolin
Director of photography: Stephen McNutt
Edited by: Ron Rosen, Harry Miller, Tim Kinzy, Andrew Seklir
Costume designer: Glenne Campbell
Origination: Vancouver, British Columbia
Produced by: Universal Cable Productions

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online