Generally speaking I do not do movie or TV reviews on this blog, but Caprica is a sci-fi story that hits many themes I tend to hit on this blog.
For Battlestar Galactica fans, it is the story about the creation of the first Cylons. For Virtual World fans there is a deep plot involving virtual reality, its nature and practical uses. The opening scene is what a lot of SL players probably wish SL was really like. (this scene will likely be heavily toned down when the movie finally airs)
I like science fiction, especially the speculative fiction with real world ties, like Philip K. Dick, or the “cyberpunk” writers like William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and early Neil Stephenson. This kind of stuff does not translate well to TV or Movies, and even when it is done successfully there is not a big enough audience to sustain it.
Battlestar Galactica often managed to get beyond its space adventure genre and start telling stories with real world parallels, like the “New Caprica” episodes and their table turning parallels to the war in Iraq.
Caprica loses the whole space adventure genre completely. It is more of the dystopia genre. Caprica is a parallel Earth slightly more technological advanced than ours. The fact that it is also slightly more advanced than BSG as well says that Ronald D. Moore and crew understand how tech can slide backwards in the time of war (which hasn’t happened yet in Caprica’s timeline).
Bottom line is that Caprica is a good sci-fi story set in the BSG universe. If you are a fan of either, you should really check this out. I will definitely be looking forward to the series this fall.
The number of Second Life builds based on TV, Movie, and Video games is rather extensive. I could spend about a month researching it, like I did for the world tour, but I thought I would just post about the cool sites I know about now and later maybe I can add a few more.
Lets start with a classic. The Blade Runner Build at Devil’s Moon. This build has been around for a few years, and used to house a popular club. Now it only houses the main store of Abramations primarily, although the wet looking streets (the streets are patially transparent, and a mirror build of the streets can be seen underneath) are still there.
Less famous is a life size replica of Serenity, as seen in the TV show Firefly and movie Serenity. This is on a mainland server, and is fairly detailed. There are numerous Star Trek and Star Wars themed worlds including multiserver RPGs. A good place to start on the former is the Star Trek Museum. I have previously blogged about the incredible Battlestar Pacifica RPG sim.
Another incredible sci-fi build is the Privateer Space build. This server has multiple levels, each a different planet environment to explore.
While Sci-Fi is a very popular theme in SL, its not the only one. One of the sillier builds I have come across is one based on Bedrock from The Flintstones.
Speaking of silly, the ship from Mystery Science Theater 3000 has its own replica build as well. Turn on your media player if you dare to be subjected to a really bad movie.
Finally, if you are a fan of the game Vampire: Bloodlines, somebody has managed to build a decent copy of the first level of the game. Check out the Vampires Santa Monica build.
If the above picture looks at all familiar, you might have been playing my Dating Simulator, and reached this picture:
Yes I used the same game as a background for the Dating Simulator club.
Welcome to the Battlestar Pacifica, the new sci-fi RPG zone in Second Life.
I’m Lt. Ariane Brodie junior officer and viper pilot. Here we are in the CIC of this huge and vastly detailed Battlestar. There are four decks complete with quarters for all the crew (to help pay for the game) engineering, galley, officers quarters, gym, briefing room, two landing bays, 8 launch bays on 4 decks.
I’m scheduled to go on a routine patrol flight of the nearby fleet. There are four ships in the fleet at the moment. The largest is the Battlestar of course.
I’m first doing a flyby of the luxury ship 7th Heaven. This is the first ship new people go to first. Looking up through the glass dome you will see the Pacifica. Each ship has a docking bay where you can catch a shuttle to the other ships.
Here is an outer view of the viper flying past the mining ship and worker quarters. The worker quarters are actually nicer than my cramped pilots rack. There is also the Celestia which is nicer, but not as nice as the 7th Heaven. All the ships currently have plenty of rentals for people interested in joining the fleet.
Patrol is finished, time to come in for a landing on the port side strip. The Pacifica is a downright huge ship. but still landing can be a little tricky. Once on the deck there is a ship elevator back to the bays.
Perfect landing and the ship is safely in the bay. Patrol is over. Mission accomplished.
Time for a much deserved rest. Things have been pretty routine. We have not seen real war since the Cylon war nearly 40 years ago. What could possibly go wrong?
Now is the time to join, the war begins soon… TO BE CONTINUED…