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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “The Imperfections of Memory” (Episode 7)

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The show’s ratings continue to rally, climbing back up to 1.5 million viewers last week. That’s the best they’ve been since the pilot! I don’t know what’s causing this, but it’ll be interesting to see if they can maintain this level of viewership for any length of time..

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “Know Thy Enemy” (Episode 6, or possibly 7 depending on who you’re talking to)

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As predicted, Caprica’s ratings rebounded some last week, despite it being a somewhat sub-par episode. Interestingly, they still came in a hair beneath “Reins of a Waterfall” two weeks ago. I’d have figured they’d have surpassed it by a fair margin. Ah well. In any event, the doomed “Little Show that Can’t” did manage to far-exceed its series low two weeks ago for “Gravedancing.” So is this their comfort level? Will the ratings hold at 1.12 million-ish per week?

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “There Is Another Sky” (Episode 5)

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Ratings-wise, Caprica has been a Mister Toad’s Wild Ride of awfulness thus far. From a mediocre debut of 1.6 million viewers, we’ve dropped an average of 200,000 viewers every week. How low can it go? Well, pretty darn low, it seems. Last week’s rather bizarre bit of counter programming - running a show no one cares about (Caprica) against a show everyone cares about (The Olympics) - went about as well as you’d expect. Just like I called it last Friday, ratings were significantly below one million viewers, and I’m pretty convinced a whole bunch of them were Croatians in town to support their team for the luge completion, who don’t speak the language, and mistook Caprica City for Vancouver (They do look a lot alike).

Now, as hilarious and entertaining as it normally is to watch a show drop 630,000 viewers in a month, I’m actually a little bit bummed since I’m really kinda’ digging the show while they’re digging their own grave.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “Reins of a Waterfall” (Episode 4)

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 I’m typing this with one hand, but not for the reasons you’d normally expect on the internet: I pulled my right pinkie muscle taking out the trash a couple hours back, and it hurts like crazy to bend it. Fortunately, I’m a leftie, but it’s stll hard to do and slow. Thus this review will be terser than most, and will probably lack capitalization. It’s kafka-esqe, only dumber an more pointless, if that’s possible. Let’s find out together shall we? I’ll also probably leave in any minor typos so I can get this up in a reasonable amount of time. Lets all agree to find that charming and move on, shouldn’t be too hard in a world of text messaging hotentos, right? 

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EPISODE REVIEW: Caprica: “Rebirth” (Episode 3)

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A pilot is a pilot, and that’s all well and good, but the first regular episode is really the judge of what a show will be like. Pilots are…well, they’re more like rough drafts of what the series will more-or-less be like, rather than a finished, fully-cooked idea. There’s usually a great gulf fixed between the pilot and the series it spawns. Case in point, the massive differences in cast, sets, style, and even music between the two pilot episodes of Star Trek: TOS and the actual series; or between the pilot movie of Babylon 5 and the series, or between the first pilot for Dollhouse and the series itself. There are a zillion examples. Hell, even the pilot for “Man From Atlantis” was massively different from any other episode.

Be that as it may, weak pilot doesn’t automatically equal good series, and I found last year’s two-hour introduction to Caprica pretty weak. Pretty damn weak indeed. There have been some substantial behind-the-scenes changes in personnel, some rumored drama with the network, problems with the scripts, and a kind of ‘why bother’ feeling inherent with prequels. The series was officially dubbed “Troubled” by me before it hit the air, and I’m far from the only person who’s gotten that impression. All these elements taken in concert filled me with pretty low expectations.

But you know what? It was actually pretty good. I totally did not see that coming.

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JUST A LITTLE HEADS UP FOR OUR REGULAR READERS: I Screwed Up, Bigtime

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The big "Dollhouse" finale aired an hour earlier than it normally does, and really with no advance word. Owing to my own incredible stupidity, I ended up missing it as I was watching Ben 10 at the time.

I'm watching Caprica right now, which I'll have up tonight, and I'll do Dollhouse when it comes up on Hulu tomorrow. I'm really sorry for this. It's just sloppy.  

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JUST A LITTLE HEADS UP FOR OUR REGULAR READERS: Caprica vs. Dollhouse

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Owing to deliberate (And stupid) counterprogramming by Syfy, the series finale of "Dollhouse" and the first real episode of "Caprica" are running at the same time on different networks. This isn't even remotely a tough call: I'm watching Dollhouse. It's a better show, and its grand farewell is big news. I'll have the review up here tonight, no problem.

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JUST A LITTLE HEADS UP FOR OUR REGULAR READERS: Caprica vs. Dollhouse

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Owing to deliberate (And stupid) counterprogramming by Syfy, the series finale of "Dollhouse" and the first real episode of "Caprica" are running at the same time on different networks. This isn't even remotely a tough call: I'm watching Dollhouse. It's a better show, and its grand farewell is big news. I'll have the review up here tonight, no problem.

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