Newly sworn-in president Gaius Baltar dropped his head to the desk after learning about a nuclear explosion in orbit of New Caprica that not only killed a number of Colonial citizens, but his Cylon girlfriend as well.
As he faced his first crisis, the camera pushed in on Baltar, a bit of Bear McCreary piano music in the air. And by the time the camera pulled back out, it was one year later, and fans had to try and figure out what was happening on “Battlestar Galactica.”
Although there will be a bit of a time jump when we return to the world of “Caprica” Tuesday on Syfy, there could still be some much larger ones to come.
“That is a possibility,” co-creator and executive producer Ronald D. Moore told Airlock Alpha during San Diego Comic-Con last summer. “We have a good 10 years in the storyline, more than 10 years before we get to the first Cylon war. Right now, I couldn’t tell you where this show is.”
The focus right now is on the aftermath of the events from “End of the Line,” the mid-season finale which aired on Syfy earlier this year. But there certainly could be attempts to see what happens from here at a much faster pace than many would expect.
“There is about a half-dozen places where ‘Caprica’ is and where the ‘Battlestar’ miniseries s that we could end this show,” Moore said, “and I’m not entirely certain which of those markers where I want the show to end. Right now, we’re just open. There could be a big time jump at some point, but we just haven’t decided.”
Moore is no stranger to controversy, especially after taking a legendary series like “Battlestar Galactica” and re-creating it through his own vision. And fans will have reason to argue more aspects of “Caprica” as it returns.
“I’m fascinated to see what the reactions are” from fans, he said. “I hope they are surprised. That was sort of the intention. If we had gone back and done what you have expected, it wouldn’t be that interesting to watch.”
Controversy, of course, can create much-needed buzz for a show that needs a ratings boost to see a second season. But controversy also means that the storylines are forcing viewers to think, achieving the objective of nearly any writer.
“I’m glad that [viewers] are sort of caught off guard,” Moore said. “I’m a fan of controversy, as long as they keep watching, that’s OK.”
“Caprica” returns Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET, immediately following “Stargate: Universe” on Syfy.
To see the complete video roundtable with Ronald D. Moore, check out the exclusive Airlock Alpha video by clicking here.
For a recap of what’s happened so far in the first season of “Caprica,” click here.