“I lied,” said Amanda at the end of “False Labor.” She may have lied but so did everyone else this week on Caprica.
Sam lied to his guaduro; of course he’ll keep arming the Tauron rebels. Clarice lied to her sister wife; she would sacrifice her family in a heartbeat for the One True God. Joseph lied to Daniel, he stills seeks connection with the other man—and Daniel, naturally, lied to everyone
All the characters’ labors were built on lies. Daniel is busy creating a lie. His resurrection project promises everlasting life; buyers will never have to say good-bye to loved one. But his own experience with Amanda’s avatar shows how far the re-creation is from the original. Daniel’s scenes with the Amanda avatar were brilliant. Did he purposefully create the emotionally supportive, sexually pliant partner that he never had? Or is he truly missing the genius gene that enabled Zoe to turn data streams into autonomous, fully realized consciousness. Either way, his labors were false. The falsity twisted into absurdity in the commercial that Cyrus screened for his bosses. Daniel recoiled at the use of his own digital image, balking at using his virtual self to sell virtual others. I wondered what Don Draper would say.
After last week’s focus on the kids, this week stayed with the adults. Unlike the younger generation who struggled with their own false labors and seemed set free and empowered by truth, the grownups refused to be honest, much less play nice. Did Amanda really lie about her misgivings toward motherhood? Her go for broke stratagem won her a place in the communal home. But from what we’ve seen and heard about her relationship with Zoe, I’m tempted to think that her so-called lie was one of the few truthful moments of the show