We had the opportunity to catch up with Caprica actors Esai Morales and Magda Apanowicz, plus executive producer David Eick at the 2010 Syfy Upfront. Morales confirmed the uncertainty of the show's renewal and discussed the dangers ahead for the cast.
Morales began by telling the fans that Joseph Adama will be put through the wringer by season's end:
I will tell you this much – it's been some of the hardest work I've ever done in my life, if not the hardest as far as emotionally. When you have a daughter and you lose her, and then she comes back, and you may or may not lose her again, it's that kind of thing. Hooks are put into you in the first half – even the first three-quarters of the show - that will be ripped out. I don't want to give it away, but I will say, I was exhausted emotionally at what happens. It's so mind-blowing, I don't even want you to anticipate it.
Morales continued by confirming what viewers already knew about Caprica's renewal status - we don't know nuttin'. He also elaborated on the show's philosophy and made one helluva case why it deserves to get picked up for a second season:
We don't know when we're going to get picked up, so my choices are limited – I can't go out for pilots, but I don't want to because I really enjoy [Caprica]. I enjoy doing television for people with brains. I'm sorry, I'm not saying that most of it isn't [but] this medium is supposed to be the Great Communicator. The great way that human beings as a species can identify with each other, and it's become, sad to say, The Great Appetizer. If I'm going to advertise, I might as well be open about it. I don't want to do television shows where it's really about silly things that are just there to pump products and commercials. I like that the show makes you think, and it sells ideas. It sells questions. It sells perspectives. Do you believe in one god or many or none? There's no good or bad – there's good or bad deeds. As they say in the Bible, God loves the sinner, not the sin. […] I don't understand how fundamentalists, whether STO or otherwise can want to kill, exterminate people who have not "evolved" to their level of understanding or maybe evolved past. That's what I like. This show makes you think. If you want to scratch the surface, you'll get something more than backdrop.
Next, David Eick filled us in on some cameo appearances by the rest of the Twelve Colonies.
There's definitely more of the colonies – you'll see Gemenon and you'll see more of Tauron.
He then elaborated on how the show's theme is used an Easter egg:
Bear McCreary who is our composer on Battlestar, remains our composer on Caprica, is always looking for ways to tie things together. You'll see in Episode 9, which is the finale for the first half of Season 1. Daniel sits down at the piano and begins to play the theme song, and so it's just Bear's method of being meta about things. It's always a surprise to us too when he finds ways to do it. In Battlestar there's a moment when you hear strains of the old Battlestar Galactica main title.
Magda Apanowicz offered hint of the dire places Lacy Rand is going this season:
Lacy, she comes from a very genuine place – all she's trying to do is the right thing. She just keeps not being given these chances […] she keeps getting these really hard decisions and none of them are good options, so what she basically has to decide is what's the lesser of all evils. So that's where the conflict happens, she keeps making these really bad decisions that snowball. It changes Lacy; it takes her to a whole completely different place at the end of the season. Everyone will be surprised.
What are the most trying aspects of the show for Apanowicz? Learning to ride a motorcycle (natch!) and talking to invisible Cylons:
Riding a motorcycle, that was really difficult. They're like, "So do you have a motorcycle license?" And I'm like, "No, but I can go get one!" And then I learned how to ride a motorcycle in a month. And I learned to ride with a big dude on the back of my bike who had never ridden on the back of a bike before, which was extremely difficult. I mean, talking to Cylons that aren't there was a very big challenge which was my favorite part. You have this really long pole which is the height of a Cylon – it has blue dots where the eyes and the neck and the stomach should be and you just have to look at it […] And then they have a separate one for when you're sitting – it's shorter. You're like, "I can't wait to see this onscreen!"