Unvanquished is the ninth episode of the first season of Caprica.
Starring: Eric Stoltz (Dr. Daniel Graystone), Esai Morales (Joseph Adama), Alessandra Torresani (Zoe Graystone), Magda Apanowicz (Lacy Rand), Sasha Roiz (Sam Adama), Brian Markinson (Special Agent Jordan Duram)
Special Appearance by Meg Tilly (Mother)
Co-Starring: Hiro Kanagawa (Cyrus Xander), Feguins Toussaint (Bodyguard Sean), Liam Sproule (Keon), Jim Thomson (Voice of Serge), Zak Santiago (Pann), Aidan Dee (Hippolyta), Kacey Rohl (Ada), Linnea Sharples (Ada's Mother), Greg Rogers (Businessman), Doreen Ramus (Eldery Woman), Chris Robson (Father of Family), Luke Camilleri (Brewer)
Having lost both his wife and company, Daniel approaches the Ha'la'tha with a deal to capitalise on virtual avatars as a means of defeating grief.
Clarice pitches her plan for apotheosis to the doubtful leadership on Gemenon.
- Tomas Vergis is now running Graystone Industries and has successfully mass produced battle units for the Caprican government. Something regarding the fire or crash with the U-87 managed to get the chip to work and successfully reproduce. They aren't as cognitive as the U-87, but functional enough for the military. However, the prototype is dead. Vergis has Cyrus melt it down, but he instead quietly has it boxed.
- Clarice shows the conclave her idea for apotheosis. Obal Ferras believes she's a zealot and gets authority from the Blessed Mother to have her killed. Instead, he is killed by others in the conclave. Having witnessed it, Mother is willing to give Clarice what she wants and this begins by having the authority to assert control over all STO cells on Caprica.
- Daniel approaches the Guatrau to help him regain his company in exchange for profit from making avatars of the dead. After his limits are tested and despite knowing what the Ha'la'tha traditionally does in these kinds of businesses, Daniel nevertheless enters the partnership.
- Zoe and Tamara have become known as "deadwalkers" in New Cap City with Tamara having a following. Zoe is trying to seek her out and has even begun to manipulate code like she can.
- Joseph's talk of grief makes clear that he has fully accepted the loss of Tamara.
- As the Guatrau considers working with Daniel, he has Joseph represent him.
- Amanda survived her fall and is taking refuge in a cabin Clarice comes home to when she returns from Gemenon.
- Ryan Robbins previously played the Armistice Officer in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries and later the character of Connor in the show's last two seasons. Two other former Galactica guest actors are Winston Rekert who played a priest in a couple of episodes, and Linnea Sharples who played Raptor pilot Lt. Emmitt "Sweetness" Jones in "Home", part 1.
- This is the first episode of the series to take place on another colony outside of Caprica. Gemenon had been only seen once before in The Plan in the immediate aftermath of the Cylons' bombings.
Behind the Scenes
- This episode was originally supposed to premiere on an undetermined date in January, 2011. About two months after making this announcement, Syfy unexpectedly bumped up the premiere date to October 5, 2010, which is, perhaps not coincidentally, the same day of the Season 1.0 DVD release.
- Luke Camilleri originally read for the part of Diego, but was considered too young for the role.
- The exterior of the Guatrau's estate is the same exterior used for the Delphi Convalescent Institute seen in the Battlstar Galactica episode "The Farm".
- Stoltz managed to get Meg Tilly to come out of her 15 year retirement for the role of Mother.
- A deleted subplot had Lacy express disapproval of Barnabas engaging in the exact same lifestyle she became monotheistic to get away from. She confides in Keon about getting in contact with a GDD agent, only to find Keon ratted her out to Barnabas, but suffers no punishment.
Allusions and References
- The thugs who confront Zoe in New Cap City are visually reminiscent of the droogs in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange. Director Eric Stoltz confirms the influence in the podcast commentary, as he is a confessed fan of the film.
- The killing of Obal is very reminiscent of the assassination of Julius Caesar.
- Cyrus: (about the U-87) Whatever spark it had is gone. Thing is toast.
- Vergis: Or a toaster.