Full disclosure time: I loved Battlestar Galactica, thought the finale was ridiculous, really liked the Caprica pilot, and really loathed the first couple of episodes of the series. So if I appear a little wishy washy about this whole Caprica falling-flat-on-its-face thing, forgive me. The fact is, the numbers are in and no amount of spinning will make them look good. A little over 1.1 million live bodies tuned in to watch the show, which TvByTheNumbers was quick to point out was less than Discover Channel’s Swamp Loggers. With typical attrition rates, Caprica will probably be below a million before it goes on hiatus. Is there any hope in saving this show? Maybe a little.
The SyFy business model is little different from the rest of broadcast world, evident by the existence of such original programming as ‘Mansquito.’ It’s hard to think what they may have up their sleeve, but Caprica is as much about keeping the Battlestar Galactica brand on a burner as it is, well, Caprica. Of course, it’s not helping that the series apparently has only its withering audience carrying the torch. The story line is definitely dialed in, and the excellent cast seems to be constrained to playing characters that seem to be following a script rather than doing anything remotely human. However, a lot of terrible programs have started out exactly that same way. What was that show that started out with just a bunch of beefcakes and babes in space, that suddenly became an intellectual powerhouse? Oh yeah. Battlestar Galactica.