Emily S. Whitten: Caprica: Before the Fall

Emily S. Whitten

Emily S. Whitten

Emily S. Whitten writes everything from news, reviews, and interviews to how-tos, con round-ups, and opinion pieces for ComicMix and others; as well as comics featured on ComicMix, MTV.com, and Reelz.com; and occasionally even award-winning poetry and fiction. When she's not writing for fun or profit, she’s sharing geeky thoughts on the Fantastic Forum radio show and podcast Made of Fail. Emily is a convention organizer and consultant, and co-chair of the fourth North American Discworld Convention, which she co-founded. She has been Program Coordinator for Awesome Con and staff for several genre cons. Emily is a program moderator for Awesome Con and Fan2Sea; and you might also recognize her from her days of answering questions online as her alter-ego, Ask Deadpool. In her copious spare time, Emily enjoys crafting and cosplay, and looking after the cutest three-legged dwarf hamster in the world, ElliePuff. Oh, and when she's not doing all that, Emily is an active member of The National Press Club and holds down a 9-to-5 as a senior attorney for the federal government - although that may just be her superheroine cover identity.

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6 Responses

  1. Mindy Newell says:

    Glad I got you into CAPRICA, Em!

    I believe that Admiral Adama’s distaste for “lawyering” comes from two influences of him as a young boy: his father and his uncle. His dad is a layer for the “Mob,” and his uncle is a “wise guy.” This, I think, is causes the adult Bill Adama to join the Colonial Forces–at some level the orderly and “lawful” chain of command within the military compensates for the twisting of the law by the two adult males who were closest to him as a child. It also, as he matures, makes him “wily” in twisting the rules of the armed services when necessary while at the same time respecting those rules of order that make the military tick.

    I also think that it’s remembrance of what his father and uncle did that makes him so upset about Lee’s decision to become an attorney and, later, move into politics. Bill Adama wants to believe that the military is a “clean” occupation; yet he is capable of saying and ordering some rather dubious commands. For example, he is seemingly very willing to kill, uh, what’s-her-name, Michelle Forbes, who played the Admiral aboard the Pegasus–but he stops himself at the last moment not only would such a move be against everything that he believes the military stands for, but, more importantly, it would make him as dirty as his father and uncle father.

    I don’t believe the adult Bill ever told Lee about exactly what kind of lawyering Lee’s grandfather did–but I do know that Romo Lumpkin, during the trial of Baltar, when Lee was acting as second chair, told Lee all about Grandpappy’s twisting of the law for the “Mob” of the twelve colonies.

    Which of course had the effect on on Lee of making him even more diligent in respecting the law and the moral obligations of those in power.

    So Say We All! :-)

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    P.S.: Oh, and I totally agree with you about Alessandra Torresani! She was the real heart of the show!

  3. mike weber says:

    I never could watch the new BSG – a major part of it was the shaky-cam photography, another part was the “science” background was at least as silly as the original series, but not nearly hand-waved well enough.

    I may have gotten through the first season … i’m not sure. Nothing really stuck with me.

    • mike weber says:

      Kinda sad that i couldn’t watch it – an old fannish acquaintance was a producer and writer.

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