In “Caprica” Season 1 Episode 10 “Unvanquished,” Daniel Graystone is still dealing with both the loss of his company and his wife. In the meantime, the monotheistic terrorist Clarice has some startling plans of her own.
Spoilers surely follow.
While the new owner of the company is getting rich building battle robots, the model that will eventually become Cylon Centurions, Daniel approaches the Tauron Mob, of which Joseph Adama is a member, with an offer they can’t refuse. Daniel proposes that the Tauron Mob help him regain control of his company and, in return, he will share the virtual reality technology with them. The idea is that they can make a killing recreating avatars of peoples’ dead loved ones, thus eliminating the scourge of grief.
Mind, there are some metaphysical problems with this idea. Is the computer-generated simulation of someone’s beloved dead really that person? Or is it a clever forgery? If the latter, what is being proposed is an exercise in self-delusion aided and abetted by advanced computer technology.
Meanwhile, Clarice has some plans of her own. She deployed several monotheistic suicide bombers to take out a pyramid stadium along with both teams and the spectators. Then she uses virtual reality technology to make it appear that the dead suicide bombers have gone to Heaven. She shows this to the hierarchy of the secret monotheistic church. She calls the concept “apotheosis.” Theirs will be the first religion that will no longer have to rely on faith to motivate the flock. Heaven would be real.
Or would it? The same problem applies in this case. Are the avatars depicting as being in eternal bliss really the dead martyrs? Or are they just clever copies? If the latter, Clarice is committing a peculiar form of blasphemy.
That is the conclusion of one of the leaders of the Church, who tries to take out Clarice. Unfortunately for him, Clarice has gathered enough followers to take him out instead. Later, during an audience with a person referred to as “the Mother,” who looks everything like a quiet, young Catholic Nun, Clarice gets permission to move forward with her plan.
In the meantime, Cyrus disobeys Daniel’s command to melt down the Cylon that contains a copy of Zoe. Instead, he boxes it up.
And it looks like, contrary to initial impression, Ms. Greystone is not dead at all, but in the last place one would expect.
Source: Caprica, Unvanquished, TV.Rage