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‘Caprica’ blogging: “End of Line”

(previous: “Ghosts in the Machine”)

(lots of spoilers! assumes you’ve seen the episode!)
Wait! I don’t remember those previously-on scenes with Clarice talking about being challenged for the leadership of the STO or the STO leadership on Geminon or Zoe’s “apotheosis program” or the infinity bike chain. WTF? Where did that come from? Are they frakking with us? Were they worried that we wouldn’t understand when Clarice suddenly shows up in Barnabus’s face and threatens him? (I think we would have got it.)

Oh, man, they’re obviously determined to leave us depressed and miserable and hanging in the end. There’s poor Cute Lab Boy: he’s sincere about not caring what “Rachel” looks like. And then he totally thinks it’s hot that she’s the robot. And then he dies. Such is the fate of the geek. There’s Poor Lacy, getting sucked in to being a terrorist and she won’t be able to extricate herself. There’s poor Nestor, who presumably got blowed up real good after Clarice jumped out of the car to watch Amanda commit suicide. There’s poor Amanda, who maybe did commit suicide…

And we can’t be sure that Amanda escaped this terrible fate. Perhaps she really is dead, and then Joseph has the evening-out he wanted, if through none of his doing. We can’t be sure that the Zoe-avatar survives her crash — perhaps there’s a backup of her the avatar somewhere, maybe in the V-world or as part of that heretofore unmentioned “apotheosis program.”

I do wonder this: If Amanada is not entirely mentally healthy, and Zoe was her daughter, and avatar-Zoe is based on organic-Zoe, does that mean that all the Cylons are, at their root, basically Not At All Well?

Oh, and there’s poor Joseph, too, zapped by Tamara right out of New Cap City. It doesn’t mean he can’t ever see her again, but she’d have to leave New Cap City. And ah, I knew it! Ol’ Doc Fraser is Joseph’s secret guide in New Cap City. Poor her: she’s totally in love with him, and probably has been for years, and now he’s single, but she knows how awful it would be for her to pursue him, he’s a grieving widow and father… Gah!

And why is the Caprica gone?! Frak this. The frakkin’ best show on TV, and it’s gone till September. Why?

Random thoughts on “End of Line”:

• Amanda’s got an iPad!

• Clarice putting the gun in Barnabus’s face and inviting him to go talk to God made me think of Indy inviting Belloq to a similar divine conversation in Raiders of the Lost Ark

• Ah, and here we see that impossible keychains are another inevitable given of human civilization.

• Ooo, that military lady who was on Wormole Xtreme has totally got Daniel Graystone’s number, don’t she?

• Eros Day card — nice.

(next: ???)

(Watch full episodes and get recaps at SyFy’s official site for the show.)


MPAA: rated TV14-LV

viewed at home on a small screen

official site | IMDb
  • nyjm

    that military lady who was on Wormole Xtreme

    Ah hah! I knew I knew her from somewhere!
    Psst…. (sic; shouldn’t that be “Wormhole”?

    Anyway, as season enders go, what does it mean that this episode was predictably a cliffhanger? I mean, nothing has been resolved. I understand and appreciate that this is what Moore and crew do… but still, I felt somewhat underwhelmed by “End of the Line.” Oooh… she jumped! Oooh… big explosion (that robot body will be fine, btw.) Ooooh… Daniel got “the call.” Meh. The cliffhangers are rather artificial, like a shot of bourbon in New Cap City.

    That said, this is still one of the best damn shows on television and I think there should be geeks out rioting that we have to wait until September / October for new episodes. How awesome are the allegorical (and religious and existential) possibilities of New Cap City? This is what the holodeck should have been about! How intriguing is Lacy’s decent into terrorism? (Love Barnabus’ taunt: “You wanna be a terrorist? Let’s see some terror.”) How delightfully sticky is Vergis – all at once oozing slime-ball and yet entirely sympathetic in his rage?

    Syfy is lucky they’re putting SG:U in this time slot (another fabulous show, whatever the old fanboy base says…). I just always have to wonder, how do they produce gems like Caprica, Universe and Warehouse 13, but also turn absolute rubbish like “Ghost Hunters” and its ilk?

  • Isobel

    SG:U is good? I haven’t seen any of it and I know it’s caused some upset, but if people who like Caprica like SG:U I think I may have to check it out.

    I think the saddest part of the episode was when Tamara shot Joseph’s avatar. I admit, I snuffled a little. Does Tamara know that the guide is her father’s aide? I wasn’t sure.

    I’m not sure I believe Amanda actually jumped, and I am sure Zoe will somehow survive, but it was a good episode and I cannot wait until September – they’ve got me wishing summer away, damn them!

  • marshall

    In the opening shot as the camera panned over the city, did anyone notice the ‘colonial 1’ looking vessels sitting in drydock? I rewound it twice to check.

  • allochthon

    Warehouse 13 is good?

    The one or two I watched back at the beginning were terrible, in my mind. Sexual harassment as humor, again, and not even clever stuff, just very infantile jokes.

    Has that changed?

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