There is little to recommend “Caprica” besides Serge the housebot and the photography, which was lovely. We also watched “Firefly,” which had a short but happy run. Almost at once I was fonder of the crew of Serenity than I have been of the family grouping in almost any other show, including many better ones. As poor as “Caprica” is on race (just because ethnicity is constantly foregrounded doesn’t mean it’s handled well), “Firefly” is much, much worse; but I missed those guys when they were gone.
Update, July 2012: More on racism in “Firefly”—“Frustrations of an Asian American Whedonite.”