Caprica, a television series prequel set in the fictional Battlestar Galactica universe, will air in Canada on Space beginning on January 22nd.

Beginning 58 years before the events seen in Battlestar Galactica, Caprica tells the story of how Colonial humanity first created the robotic Cylons, who would later plot to destroy human civilization in retaliation for their enslavement.

Rather than being about fighting wars with aliens, the creators describe the show as a science fiction drama that explores moral conflict and betrayal in a techno-obsessed society.

The show, which is shot in and around Vancouver, follows two rival families, the Graystones and the Adamas. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) is a computer guru and a prominent businessman in the Twelve Colonies. His wife, Amanda Graystone (Paula Malcolmson) is an elite neurosurgeon. Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) is an immigrant lawyer with ties to the mob, and a father desperate to reconnect with his estranged son, William, (Sina Najafi) the future Battlestar Commander.

Unfortunately for HD lovers, the show will only be broadcast in standard definition on Space.

The series begins with a two-hour premiere at Friday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. with nineteen more episodes airing on subsequent Fridays at 10 p.m. ET.

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