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It is an old question in art and literature. Are we what we think we are or are we being fooled and actually living a farce?

Do we really exist just because we are aware of our own existence? Are we sentient beings or the figments of someone else's imagination?

My favourite author, Jorge Luis Borges, once wrote a short story that deals with the issue. The title is "Las Ruinas Circulares" and if you don't know it you can read it online in English HERE.

I remember an old episode from The Twilight Zone in which the characters thought they were real but turned out to be toys "living" within a dollhouse. Not "real people" but the playthings of a giant and merciless child-god.

Borrowing a lot from previous films but also from books, especially Lewis Carroll's wonderful Alice In Wonderland, The Matrix told us that although people think they are living they might be asleep and used as batteries while the world they think they live in is a mere simulation generated by machines. The illusion is perfect, except for a few déjà-vu moments that give away glitches.

Battlestar Galactica, the miniseries, started with a Six asking a human "are you real?" and later Caprica showed us that there are many ways of being real, including the one in the V-world or in the game New Caprica City when you put the holoband on.

And now, a scientist, a NASA guy, is about to release a book based on the idea that we might be living in a simulated world that some future person would have built thanks to future super-computers...out of boredom. Interview with Rich Terrile, here. In the end, he says:

"And our simulated beings could also create simulations. What I find intriguing is, if there is a creator, and there will be a creator in the future and it will be us, this also means if there’s a creator for our world, here, it’s also us. This means we are both God and servants of God, and that we made it all. What I find inspiring is that, even if we are in a simulation or many orders of magnitude down in levels of simulation, somewhere along the line something escaped the primordial ooze to become us and to result in simulations that made us. And that’s cool."

Borges, who was blind and a poet, saw it all, before science men even started dreaming of it.

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Not working tonight, as you probably have already guessed. Not in the mood for brainy stuff. I blame my haircut!

I've fetched up my DVDs so I'm re-watching Caprica. Did I mention lately how terrific an actress Paula Malcomson is, and how much I hate envy her for having played Trixie in John Hawkes' arms in Deadwood and having been married to Eric Stoltz in Caprica?

I could hate her, but I just love the Graystones together. Wonderful, wonderful couple.





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A few remarks concerning BSG miniseries that I have re-watched. I hope [personal profile] fragrantwoods  will share her take on it.

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Since I work on my thesis during the week days, I have decided to have real week ends. When this break is over, I will resume the busy weekends filled with preparations and marking.

So I'm treating myself with movies-- I saw Clooney's last movie, starring Ryan Gosling (who is in every films these days)--, books and tv shows.

Except that, when the week end comes I'm running out of tv shows!

Of course someday I'll have to watch the third and final season of Deadwood that I own on DVD, but I'm still postponing it, to keep it a bit longer, to save it for when I will have nothing really good left to watch. It's like having a great bottle of wine aging in your cave and wanting to keep it for the perfect day.

The fact that it's the second week sans FRINGE doesn't help, though. Not that FRINGE is in the same league, but it's one of those tv shows I'm hooked to and follow, like a good tv slut, so they make the Breaking Bad withdrawal easier.

BTW, do we know when the third season of Justified is supposed to start? I'm longing for my Raylan and Boyd. :-(

But I've received my DVD box of Caprica, so I spent yesterday evening (after watching the Bolshoi thing on ARTE), and today's grey and rainy afternoon, re-watching the series and listening to the episode commentaries (basically the podcasts they recorded when the series was on). I'm surprised to like some scenes I didn't like much when I saw the series in 2010 (like the dancing robot scene) and I don't think it's only because watching it on my big flat screen is better than on my laptop.

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I've been reading reactions to the last episode of Breaking Bad, and it's obvious that the audience is pretty much divided in two teams: the viewers who root for the good guy aka Hank, and those who love cool villains and root for the bad guys.

I have never been that intrigued by "cool villains" because I see them as tv tropes most of the time (my favourite villain this year was a mature woman in Justified! She was not "cool" but she was one of the greatest villains ever), and as much as I adore Hank, I find myself rooting for Walt these days.cut for length not for spoilers )

Now I'm back to reading stuff on inquisition...

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An interesting read. I smiled at his joke about season 2 pitch, and I liked what he said about Daniel/Amanda.
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After a productive day, I've decided to rewatch the final five episodes of Caprica for SyFy finally airs them today and I'd like to discuss them with readers who have waited for them to be showed on American tv.

First off, I'm reposting links to reviews I posted in November when I watched the 4 episodes, prior to the finale, that aired on SPACE channel, and I'm adding a few thoughts on ep 16 that, for some reason, I didn't review at the time...

"Blowback".

Additional thoughts )

"The Dirt Eaters"

"The Heavens Will Rise"

Thoughts on eppy )

"There Will Be Dragons"

Additional thoughts )

And now I'm posting my reactions to the finale, "Apotheosis", I wrote down after it aired on SPACE:

First I made a spoiler-free post that said: "I've just seen the finale of Caprica, "Apotheosis". I'm neither disappointed nor blown away. I'm rather in the middle, noticing some bad stuff here and there or the lack of some good stuff I tended to associate with Caprica, and yet spotting a few neat things, acknowledging the effort and a certain achievement in bridging Caprica and BSG. Let's just say that it is a real finale. It is action-packed, rushed and even botched up in places (but how could it not given they had only 42 minutes to do so ?!), not the quality and depth that Caprica had often showed (you know all the moral and philosophical stuff that some viewers found boring and dull), but they did wrap the series up, providing resolution for several storylines, which makes me think that, although there's some material left out, a second season has never really been expected..."

Then I wrote something I kept for my eyes only...until now.

Apotheosis )

Farewell show, I loved you so.

ETA: It crossed my mind this morning Read more... )
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I've just seen the finale of Caprica, "Apotheosis". I'm neither disappointed nor blown away. I'm rather in the middle, noticing some bad stuff here and there or the lack of some good stuff I tended to associate with Caprica, and yet spotting a few neat things, acknowledging the effort and a certain achievement in bridging Caprica and BSG. I don't think I will write any review now though. I may wait for the flisters who didn't download the episodes showed on SPACE channel.

Let's just say that it is a real finale. It is action-packed, rushed and even botched up in places (but how could it not given they had only 42 minutes to do so ?!), not the quality and depth that Caprica had often showed (you know all the moral and philosophical stuff that some viewers found boring and dull), but they did wrap the series up, providing resolution for several storylines, which makes me think that, although there's some material left out, a second season has never really been expected...

I will miss Caprica for its best features and assets, but the flaws I will forget. Above all, I will miss Daniel Graystone, and the character study the series managed so many times. Eric Stoltz owned the screen; he has never been better.

Finales are tricky and rarely good. It's difficult for me to find a finale really satisfying.

I didn't like "Chosen" much when I saw it the first time but it worked as a finale for BtVS; I had problems with certain aspects of the BSG finale but it didn't go against the rest of the show; I still think that Dollhouse finale rather sucked, and I haven't made my peace with the Lost finale yet.

But maybe how it ends isn't that important, it's the journey that matters... some wise man said that one day, I believe.
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Just watched "Here Be Dragons".

Holy Frak! Not the best episode but it was gripping !

One episode left.. .:-(

It was uneven, there were things I like and thinks I dislike:
SPOILERS !!! )

 


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SyFy morons staff has announced via the Caprica Facebook page:

"We've just confirmed the schedule for Caprica's final five episodes and, as promised, it’s posted here first. They’ll air back-to-back on Tuesday, January 4th from 6p to 11p on Syfy."


I bet that nobody expected that the five remaining episodes would be aired in a row!

The channel obviously just wants to get rid of Caprica but, out of magnanimity for sure, grants the viewers the last episodes of the cancelled show...

Well at least viewers who don't work too late and can be in front of the tv at 6 pm...
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I really liked "The Dirteaters" which makes the cancellation of Caprica even harder to take!

Spoilers under the cut )
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I have seen "Blowback" finally!
Spoilers under the cut )
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It seems like Caprica has finally found its footing with" False Labor", or rather, has gone back to what it was in the pilot, to where it worked, to the family Sci-Fi drama it was supposed to be.

I still don't understand why some viewers expected Caprica to be like BSG given that the show was about a twelve world universe before the Cylon war. It couldn't be the same! And that is what is interesting. A spin-off that would basically use the BSG formula and repeat it would have no interest in my book! I'm afraid that it is precisely what they are going to do with their new pet project...

BSG was intriguing in the way it deals with what humanity and Cylons had become after the war, with what meant to be human when you were survivors on the run. Caprica is fascinating in the way it deals with a civilization that is about to fall, with the crimes and family issues that are at  the beginning of so many mythologies. It's pure Greek tragedy recreated on screen for us.

The writing is smart, the acting is great. I'm  a bit angry when I think of tv shows that aren't even as half good as Caprica yet are "easier" and therefore get much better ratings and will be renewed without any problem while this incredibly ambitious show is probably toasted.

I've always said that I could go without the STO/teenagers stuff and I'm saying it again. The show is great when it focuses on family. It's in its Greek roots. And there was so much going on in the last episode!

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What a frakking great episode !!!! I just loved it!

If Caprica is cancelled, it is really a shame !

I must watch it again now before I can write down any review.
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I really enjoyed "Things We Lock Away" even though some parts of it felt telegraphed.

Polly Walker's Clarice finally looks real, fleshed-out, thanks to the writing and the acting performance.

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Maybe it's because I'm emotional with all the goodbyes going on at work, but I fear that Caprica won't be picked up for a second season.

I assume that the ratings haven't been very good since the return of the show and after the last episode, I guess that some viewers who were only interested in watching a certain actor won't tune in again.

Also I saw this picture on the Internet, entitled "Working with James Marsters" (apparently Eric Stoltz has been posting memento photographs on Twitter about his directing work) which made me smile because of Marsters' previous fannish statement on Stoltz the actor, but it also left me with a weird feeling.

It looks like they are all tired and somewhat sad, and Eric is already moving on, not quite there anymore...
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Very interesting blog by Bear McCreary on the music he scored for "Unvanquished":

"Tonight’s mid-season premiere, Unvanquished, was directed by Eric Stoltz (Daniel Graystone), who brings an uncompromising visual and narrative style to the story.  Having worked with Eric as an actor, writing him piano arrangements to play on set, I knew he was a talented musician.  So, it came as no surprise when working with him as a director that he brought a sophisticated ear and honed musical instincts to the process."

More here

I'm mostly happy with this bit:
Spoilers for the episode )
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So that's it, Caprica is back. It's about time!

Spoilers for Unvanquished under the cut )
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The Caprican has returned!!!!

The newest article is on Daniel Graystone's current situation...

Personally I don't think that Daniel needs to pay someone to grieve in his stead while he is planning something, I think he can do both, grieving and planning at the same time!
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In case you've forgotten about the show Syfy made this clip:


I noticed two things:

1. The video clip uses a lot of stuff from the pilot (more than from the 8 episodes that followed) but the STO business (the storyline that didn't work for me in the pilot and that was quite boring in the first half of season 1, despite Marsters' guest-starring) is left out in this video. I hope it means that the show will focus again on Daniel and Joseph and will revive the Greek tragedy model...

2. Suddenly it strikes me, Tamara Adama reminds me of Michael Corleone's daughter (player by Sofia Coppola) in Godfather III !

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