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Season 1, Pilot
Airdate January 22, 2010
Written by Remi Aubuchon &
Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Jeffrey Reiner

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CapricaSeason One

Pilot is the TV movie pilot of the first season of Caprica.

Starring: Eric Stoltz (Dr. Daniel Graystone), Esai Morales (Joseph Adams/Adama), Paula Malcomson (Dr. Amanda Graystone), Alessandra Torresani (Zoe Graystone), Magda Apanowicz (Lacy Rand), Avan Jogia (Ben Stark)

and Polly Walker (Sister Clarice Willow)

Guest Stars: Sasha Roiz (Sam Adama), Brian Markinson (Special Agent Jordan Duram), William B. Davis (Minister Val Chambers)

Cast: Sina Najafi (William Adams/Adama), Jorge Montesi (The Guatrau), Hiro Kanagawa (Cyrus Xander), Genevieve Buechner (Tamara Adams/Adama), Anna Galvin (Shannon Adams/Adama), Katie Keating (Prefect Caston), Veena Sood (Secretary of Denfense Joan Leyte), Karen Austin (Ruth), Nancy Kerr (Prosecutor), Terence Kelly (Mayor), Angela Moore (Judge), Josh Byer (Defendant), Vicky Lambert (Hecate), Jim Thomson (Voice of Serge), Jared Keeso (Rod Jenkins), Kathryn Schellenberg (Dancer), Maiko Miyauchi (Dancer), Daina Ashbee (Dancer), Adrienne Chan (Dancer), Salma Allam (Dancer), Kirsten Wicklund (Dancer), Shawn Stewart (Dancer), Donald Sales (Dancer), Paul Becker (Dancer), Cara Long (V-Club Patron), Jay Devery (V-Club Patron), Keita Parker (V-Club Patron), Chelsea Darden (V-Club Patron), Megan Sehn (V-Club Patron), Chantal Ayre (V-Club Patron), Michelle Andrew (V-Club Patron), Eva Hartkopf (V-Club Patron)

Stunts: Clay Virtue (Stunt Fighter #1), Cody Laudan (Stunt Fighter #2), Brian Ho (Stunt Fighter #3), Colby Chartrand (Stunt Fighter #4), Leanne Hindle (Stunt Fighter #5), Jennifer Mylrea (Gangfire Stunt Victim #1), Eli Zagoudakis (Gangfire Stunt Victim #2), Maja Stace-Smith (Stunt Sacrifice Woman), Trevor Addie (Stunt Sacrifice Victim #2)

Uncredited: Feguins Toussaint (Sean)


Plot Overview

Two men from different worlds are drawn together when a suicide bombing claims the lives of their daughters. One is Joseph Adama, a lawyer from the poor Tauron colony who hides his ethnic background (by slightly changing his last name to Adams) in a racially tense environment and also lost his wife to the terrorist attack, leaving him to raise his young son William alone. The other is Daniel Graystone, a rich and brilliant scientist native to the industrious planet Caprica who discovers that his daughter's consciousness lives on in an online avatar she made before her death. Initially united in grief, the two maybe driven apart by how far Graystone goes to return his daughter to the world.


  • Cyrus mentions evaluation protocol 42.

Arc Advancement


  • Zoe Graystone, Lacy Rand, and Ben Stark were members of the Soldiers of the One (STO), a monotheistic terrorist group. They were to go to Gemenon, but Ben blew himself up on the maglev, killing Zoe and countless others, including Shannon and Tamara Adams.
  • The Global Defence Department of Caprica investigates the maglev bombing. Agent Duram leads the investigation and suspects that Zoe might have been one of the bombers.
  • Zoe had developed the ability to create an avatar of herself that has her personality and memories. It resided in V-world, accessible by Graystone Industries' holoband. Daniel finds out about it and manages to get the code used to create it, capturing the avatar in his computer.
  • Graystone Industries has a contract with defence to develop a cyber combat unit. However, the U-87 prototype can't Due to being five years behind schedule and a half a billion cubits over budget, there's talk of the Minister of Defence may go off-world to their Tauron competitor the Vergis Corporation due to the rumour that Vergis has developed a meta-cognitive processor. The problem
  • After showing Joseph the Zoe avatar, he promises he can make one of his daughter, Tamara. He'll do this if Joseph can use his Ha'la'tha connections to steal the meta-cognitive processor from the Vergis Corporation.
  • Daniel transfers the Zoe avatar into the MCP and then installs into the U-87. Placing it into the U-87, it comes to life, begins to walk, and even speaks in Zoe's voice. But suddenly, the system begins to crash and the machine collapses to the floor. There is an irrecoverable loss of data and fearing the worst, Daniel re-enters the V-World where he finds no signs of the Zoe avatar.
  • Lacy confides in Sister Clarice Willow about she and the others introduction into the STO. Clarice then reveals she is also STO and calls whsy Ben did premature and unauthorised.
  • Despite the loss of Zoe, the U-87 excels at the test run demonstrated for the Defence Minister, securing the contract. He dubs it a cybernetic life-form node - Cylon. However, the U-87 later comes to life and contacts Lacy as Zoe.


  • Zoe gets into a fight with her mother, Amanda, leading to her slapping her. Zoe tells her that she'll regret it for the rest of her life. However, just before the bombing, she sends a message to her mother: "Don't live in regret, Mom. I forgive you."
  • Lacy backs out of joining Zoe in going to Gemenon and appears to suffer survivor's guilt after the bombing.
  • Joseph Adams is a defence attorney for the Tauron mob, the Ha'la'tha, helping to get is members off. His brother, Sam, works for them as an enforcer. Both of their parents were killed in the Tauron uprising and migrated to Caprica as orphans. Joseph changed his last name to the more Capricanised Adams. After the death of his wife, Shannon, and daughter, Tamara, he continues to live with his mother-in-law Ruth and son William. He tells Willie of his heritage as well as their real last name.
  • Joseph and Daniel meet and begin a rocky relationship. Daniel uses Zoe's program to create an avatar of Tamara for him. However, Joseph is heartbroken over how confused she is and cannot hear her heart beat.


The Show

  • Production for this episode ended June 19, 2008. The subsequent episodes of the season were not produced until the summer of 2009 with production ending on the season ending coinciding close with the pilot's airdate.
  • In an unprecedented move, this pilot was released on DVD in April 2009, nine months before it aired. The uncut DVD also features a first for the Galactica franchise: nudity. This would later be utilised a second time with The Plan, which was released later the same year.
  • Actresses Karen Austin and Veena Sood have both appeared on Battlestar Galactica. Austin portrayed a follower of Baltar's in the Season 4 episode "Escape Velocity" by the name of Lilly, while Sood had a recurring role in the same season as an unnamed Quorum delegate.

TV Version

The television version of this pilot, while not radically different, does feature some nevertheless notable changes from the original DVD version:

  • The opening text is superimposed over an aerial shot of Caprica instead of a simple black background.
  • The nudity has been edited out and a shot with a topless woman stopping Daniel was reshot with the actress wearing a bra.
  • Zoe states that the human brain consist of 300 terabytes of information rather than megabytes (although Daniel later tells Joseph that he found 300 megabytes of information on Tamara).
  • When discussing monotheism, a single line from both Duram and Clarice is omitted.
  • The virtual reality scenes give everything a strange glow.
  • There are a number of exterior shots that feature redesigned effects, such as the sides of the buildings on the street where Joseph sees the bombing, Graystone Industries, the complex where the Adamas live, and a different shot where Joseph talks to Sam next to the water fountain which depicts a courthouse.
  • The biggest difference is in the opening of the scene of the Pyramid game, which was entirely reshot, complete with an overhead view of the stadium.
  • The closing credits differ in not only are they more standard rather than the feature length scroll of the DVD version, but the name Adams is changed to the more consistent Adama.

Behind the Scenes

  • Actor Roger R. Cross was originally cast as the unseen Tomas Vergis. However, all material featuring Cross/Vergis were cut from the pilot and not available on the deleted scenes. Syfy posted an image from the pilot (with Vergis in bed and Amanda Graystone in the room, suggesting that the two have been having an affair), but was later removed. The role would be recast for later episodes.
  • A deleted scene shows that Ben also had a posthumous avatar that doesn't surprise Clarice. This, combined with Avan Jogia being listed only here as main cast, suggests that the avatar was to serve a large role. However, since the his avatar is never seen or mentioned in subsequent episodes, it can not be considered canon.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Joseph: Gloves are symbolic. They're to keep us away from the world during mourning, or something like that. I don't even know why they do it. It's an old custom.
Daniel: Well, at times like these, old ways are supposed to help, I guess.
  • Sister Clarice: Zoe walks with Our Mother Goddess Athena now, Lacy. She will be cared for and loved and cherished for all eternity. It's not very comforting, is it? Truth is, it doesn’t do much for me, either. Zoe’s gone. And all the scriptures, all the prayers, all the sacrifices offered in the temples, none of these are going to bring her back to us. Are they?
  • Sam: The Guatrau is very grateful for the work you've done for him. He has pledged to help us find the nothos that killed Shannon and Tamara.
Joseph: Tell the Guatrau I said thanks, but no.
Sam: (in Tauronese) Blood for blood. It's the Tauron way.
Joseph: We're on Caprica now.
Sam: Caprica. What has this frakking planet ever done for us?
Joseph: I've got a deposition in an hour.
Sam: No, no, we cannot let this pass, Joseph. We need to find them.
Joseph: Let me grieve in my own way.
Sam: Whatever you say, my brother. But I will pray to Mars and all the Gods for a swift and terrible vengeance to come to those who have torn your wife and daughter from this world.
Joseph: There are no gods, Sam.
Sam: (in Tauronese) Then all the more necessary to make our own justice.
  • William: Do you still think they still feel pain?
Joseph: Sorry?
William: You know, Mom and Tamara, where they are. Do you think they still hurt?
  • Daniel: So what? You and Zoe came here for - for sex?
Lacy: At first. We used the group sex rooms like everyone else, but then after Ben showed us the way - showed us the way - we saw this place for what it was. Trash.
Daniel: The way?
Lacy: There is good and there is evil in this world. There is a right and there is a wrong, but only through the one true God can we know the difference. And Zoe knew. Because Zoe knew God, and God touched her heart and gave her the ability to create... life itself.
  • Sam: You do not tell the Guatrau you need to think, about anything. You say, "Yes, sir. Thank you, sir. May I have another?"
Joseph: You swore allegiance to him, Sam. Not me.
Sam: You have no problem taking his cubits.
Joseph: I don't care if he put me through law school or not. I'm tired of doing his dirty work for him. You just fire me if you don't like it.
Sam: You of all people should know that the Ha'la'tha does not fire people, Joseph. They bury them.
  • Duram: Where does the Athenian Academy stand on the question of monotheism, Sister?
Sister Clarice: Are we under investigation now?
Duram: Just a question.
Sister Clarice: The Academy is dedicated to following the path of the Gods, the Goddess Athena being our patroness. We are, however, open to all forms of worship, including belief in a singular God.
Duram: That's very tolerant. And how many of your students are practising monotheists?
Sister Clarice: You know I can't answer that.
Duram: It doesn't concern you, Sister, that kind of absolutist view of the universe? Right and wrong determined solely by a single all-knowing, all-powerful being whose judgement cannot be questioned, and in whose name the most horrendous of acts can be sanctioned without appeal?
Sister Clarice: You seem to know a great deal about the subject.
Duram: Know your enemy, Sister Clarice.
Sister Clarice: Love your enemy, Agent Duram.
  • Daniel: Do you mind if, uh, if I ask you a somewhat strange and personal question? What would you do if you had the chance to be with your daughter again?
(Joseph seems to have difficulty answering)
Daniel: You don't have to answer that. I'm sorry.
Joseph: No, no.
Daniel: It was a personal question.
Joseph: I just hadn't thought about it. Most of my family, including my parents, died in the Tauron civil war, so my brother and I came here as orphans. When we arrive, they - they drove us to this orphanage. I remember this field of wildflowers on the side of the road. It might seem strange to a Caprican, but there are no flowers on Tauron. Not one. It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen in my life. All the colours, the petals, the softness. And, uh, I wept, openly for the first and last time. So I guess that's what I'd tell Tamara, to find those things in life that make you cry, that make you feel. Because they're what make you human. I guess that's what I'd tell Tamara, if I could.
  • Minister Chambers: You're not actually threatening me, are you?
Joseph: Minister Chambers, I'm simply delivering a message. There's no threat, real or implied, in anything I've told you.
Minister Chambers: (laughs) You Taurons, you've got stones, I'll give you that.
Joseph: Are you making a racial comment, sir?
Minister Chambers: No more than you're making a threat. Let's be clear. I don't like your boss, I don't like your planet, and I don't like your people, so you crawl under that rock where your Guatrau lives and you tell him that not only will I not be pressured or blackmailed, but the government of Caprica is going to take a very special interest in him, his business, and his low-life lawyers.
Joseph: Perhaps you should sleep on it.
Minister Chambers: Delivery the message, errand boy, word for word.
Joseph: Goodbye, Minister Chambers. Have a safe journey.
Minister Chambers: I'm not going anyplace, you frakking dirt-eater.
  • Sam: (to Minister Chambers) Never turn your back on a man you call friend.
  • Joseph: I want you to know who you are. We come from a long, proud line of Tauron peasants who knew how to work the land and still stand proud. You're named after your grandfather. Did I ever tell you that?
William: Nope.
Joseph: William. He was killed during the Tauron uprising. Our last name isn't Adams. I changed it after I arrived here on Caprica. Our family name is Adama. Adama. And it's a good, honourable Tauron name.
  • U-87: (to Daniel) All targets neutralised. Program completed by your command.
  • Joan Leyte: What'd you call it?
Daniel: Uh, Cybernetic Life-form Node. A Cylon, Minister.
Joan Leyte: Hmm. Cylon. Interesting.