I'm certain it will be better than Kings, which is similar in that it's set in a city that's not on any current earth map
Kings deals with a troubled monarchy while Caprica will deal with the ethics of AI, anyway . . .
I'm definitely going to give it a chance
I watched the 2 hour Kings
pilot, and while it's not great (Ian McShane is pretty much the only reason I watched it), I did think that perhaps Caprica would have a similar feel--but with AI in place of a shaky monarchy, of course.
has already lost my interest, but there's no reason that Caprica
has to. It's all down to 1) the characters (only Ian McShane is interesting in Kings
, but it already looks like Caprica
will have several interesting folks) and 2) the premise (Kings
is just normal warfare and politics, without any intriguing sci fi angle).
If this series can answer how the centurions arise into consciousness--but were monotheistic--it will have told a fascinating story. How does that happen in a polytheistic society?
That's an interesting story in its own right. There's no reason why those hunks of metal can't be characters who can hold our attention, especially if they have some vocal ability (voice acting can do a lot). And to make the Centurions "real characters" will patch over the problem that BSG had in retrospect, that there were key players in the story who were never made real for us.
But I'm really not expecting the metal Cylons to have much of a role in the story - this seems more aimed at the notion of re-creating humans for their emotional value, and chunks of metal just don't count.