As I thought, the final episodes of BSG had quite a bit of spinoff-related material. At first I thought that was a disservice to BSG, but it seems to have been an appropriately played service to Caprica... but time will tell.
The pilot does a good job of explaining most of the unknowns in BSG. The technology problem, the Cylon religion, almost all the blanks can be inferred with confidence. What still doesn't add up is the head people and Kara... but I get the feeling the answer to that is going to come from yet more William Gibson material.
One thing that is unclear is which iteration of events Caprica takes place in. BSG gives the impression that it was the final iteration of a terrible cycle of events, and Caprica seemingly occurs before then. However, I think it would be far more interesting to have it take place after, showing off the subtle, and then snowballing differences made by Hera's survival. There's been no indication of where things change drastically, so who can say when this takes place.
Did anyone notice the terrible CGI? Most of the time it was fine but I caught quite a few instances where the non-CGI elements were poorly composited. Watch the observer booth during the second Cylon test as the camera shifts down for an example.
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