The Reins of a Waterfall

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The Reins of a Waterfall
"The Reins of a Waterfall"
An episode of the Caprica Series
Episode No. Season 1, Episode 3 (discuss)
Writer(s) Michael Angeli
Story by
Director Ronald D. Moore
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US airdate USA February 5, 2010
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UK airdate UK February 16, 2010
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Daniel Graystone attempts damage control in light of his wife's false revelation that their daughter was one of the suicide bombers of Maglev 23. Meanwhile, Joseph Adama continues his pursuit of seeing the Tamara avatar again while Willie Adama and Sam Adama continue to bond.



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  • Sam Adama and his husband Larry has decide not to have children at least not at this time because of Sam's "occupation". It is not conducive to having children. Ironically Larry is right considering how Sam is corrupting his nephew William into a life of crime.
  • Caprica, and perhaps the other 11 Worlds as well, has a Juvenile Curfew Law. No minor is to be on the street after 10pm. This is the cause that had Ben Stark picked up by the GDD. In modern day Earth in some jurisdictions there are Juvenile Curfew Laws in some localities to maintain the general peace and to combat juvenile crime. Presumably Caprica have them for the same reasons. Civil Liberties organizations in the United States such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are generally against such laws, both on general principles that it violates the First Amendment of the Constitition of the United States and in particulars that they are unfairly enforced due to vagueness, lack of exemptions and sometimes are racially discriminatory. It is not known todate if Caprican Civil Liberties advocates oppose such laws. One non US example of curfew laws is Russia passing a law in 2009 allowing localities to pass curfew laws against juveniles. One important difference between Caprica and real life America is that the Global Defense Department (GDD) help enforce these curfew laws. In the US curfew laws are strictly a municipal and county creations. The State and Federal government do not enact or enforce these laws. On Caprica their "national" police force have a hand in enforcing these laws, the equivalent of the FBI or the United States Homeland Security doing so on Earth.
    • It is possible that GDD was only questioning Ben due to the wiring and detonators discovered in his possession, making him a possible security risk (which he was given his affiliation with the Soldiers of the One terrorist organization).
  • It is possible that Gara Singh, Director of the GDD, sanctions the destruction of evidence if he believes it could hold the Department in a bad light. He did criticize Agent Youngblood for alleged incompetence about not destroying a misfiled and forgotten interrogation tape of her questioning Ben Stark after he was picked up on Aprilus 9th, YR41 for a curfew violation and found with what could be interpreted as bomb making materials (Stark explained it away as model rocketry components) nearly a year prior to the attack. Singh was concerned that if it came out it could had been portrayed in the press with 20/20 hindsight as GDD incompetence in letting one of the bombers go instead of holding him and perhaps saving many lives. To an outside observer his comment about her not even being competent enough to destroy the tape saving herself and the Department embarrassment could had been taken as sarcasm. However, as soon as Singh left Agent Jordan Durham and Youngblood's presence Durham did exactly that, destroyed the tape. This seem to indicate that Singh is willing to sanction acts like this because Durham did not express any concern about not being able to producing the tape in the future if Singh or any other GDD or government official asked for it nor did Agent Youngblood object. This could be taken as another example of the corruption of the Government on either Caprica in particular or the other 11 Worlds as a whole.


  • The documentation in the Battlestar Galactica episode "Hero" gave William Adama's parents as Joseph and Evelyn Adama. Does this mean that Joseph will marry his assistant Evelyn?
  • What will become of the Tamara avatar? Will she realize she is no longer in real space?
  • Is there actually a model rocket club at Athena Academy?
  • Is Sister Clarice aware of these STO meetings Ben and Keon attended that were not held by her?
  • How factionalized are the STO?
  • What is "apotheosis"? Is it a plan for immortality via virtual avatars?
  • What views of apotheosis are there other than Clarice's?

Official Statements

Noteworthy Dialogue

  • Daniel Graystone is sparing in a boxing ring as he discusses with Cyrus (who was outside the ring) the PR disaster his wife Amanda public confession caused the business:
Daniel Graystone: Scandals are sunburns Cyrus; they fade.
Cyrus: "--or they give you cancer."
  • The Graystone's situation has become grist for the late night comedian's mill:
Baxter Sarno: Big news in the publishing world today. Daniel Graystone is revising his autobiography. A lot of you know it as The Man Who Could See The Future. It is now going to be titled Wow, I Didn't See That Coming.
  • In a renewed sense of grief and anger over not being able to contact the avatar of his dead daughter Tamara, he gives Sam a veiled but still chillingly clear order:
Joseph Adama [to Sam]: Daniel Graystone lost his daughter, right? I lost my daughter and my wife. [thoughtful pause] Balance it out.

Guest Stars


Caprica Season 1 (2010) Episode List

Pilot | Rebirth | Reins of a Waterfall | Gravedancing | There is Another Sky | Know Thy Enemy | The Imperfections of Memory | Ghosts in the Machine | End of Line | Unvanquished | Retribution | Things We Lock Away | False Labor | Blowback | The Dirteaters | The Heavens Will Rise | Here Be Dragons | Apotheosis

Other Series : Original 1978 Series  | Galactica 1980 Series  | Re-imagined Series  | List of Episodes

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