In “Caprica” Season 1 Episode 13 “False Labor,” Daniel Graystone struggles to build up the avatar industry while finding out how frustrating it can be. Amanda tries to gain the trust of the Willow family. Sam Adama branches out.
Daniel, having gotten back control of his company, begins to form the new avatar business. The idea is that dead friends and relatives can simply be replaced by computer-generated avatars that, for all intents and purposes, are exactly like them. Thus, if one is capable of a little self-deception, one need never experience the pain of loss.
Unfortunately Daniel is finding that this is easier proposed than done. He is tinkering with an avatar of his estranged wife, Amanda, and is finding the experience frustrating. He is discovering that he can have an ideal version of his wife or an accurate version, but not both at once. One time, he screams, “I want you to be real!”
Here is the one flaw of the avatar business. What if one cannot fool oneself? An avatar of a dead beloved is just not going to work.
Speaking of Amanda, she has some difficulty getting the trust of Willow and her crazed monotheistic family. A pregnant woman wants to have her baby as “naturally” as possible. This affronts Amanda, a doctor, which in turn raises suspicions. But Amanda learns how to lie, suspicions are eased, and now law enforcement has a mole living cheek-to-jowl to the monotheistic terrorist chieftain.
Sam Adama has decided to branch out into gun running. His motives are idealistic as much as profit driven. A rebel group back on Tauron needs guns in order to overthrow the local government.
Unfortunately, this attracts the notice of the Tauron crime family who believes they have a monopoly on gun running to the home world. Blood is spilled and someone is “returned to the soil.”
Now Sam Adama has to fix things. Fortunately, due to the alliance the Adamas have with Graystone Industries, he has a secret weapon.
Imagine the look on the face of the rival gangster when he finds Sam Adama accompanied by a Cylon warrior carrying high powered automatic weapons. The Cylon robots are being used as weapons of war. Adama is now using them as weapons of murder, to spectacular effect.
Nevertheless, Adama’s capo informs him that the gun running business has to end. They are businessmen, not politicians, after all.
Source: Caprica, False Labor, TV.Rage