Much like they did last year with Ascension, Syfy is planning an ambitious, high-profile “special mini series” for December. But, unlike Ascension, which was an original drama, created by and for the CBC, which was then picked up by SyFy. The casting of the Tricia Helfer, the stylized nature of it, and the ship-in-a-bottle premise led many (including myself) to say that this was a failed attempt at recreating the Battlestar Galactica magic. In the end, reviews were average, and the sense was that this “special event” wasn’t all that special.
Perhaps that’s why, in crafting a holiday mini series special for this year, SyFy decided to harness a proven story. Childhood’s End is an Arthur C. Clarke novel from the 1950s, considered one of the classics of the genre. It is also seen as Clarke’s best work. The casting so far has been high-end, with acclaimed actor Charles Dance starring as the Overlord.
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Just remember, the short film that inspired the movie that the TV show is based on only ran 26 minutes.
If it doesn’t work once, try it again. Apparently that’s what Syfy is doing. Though the prequel to the very popular Battlestar Galactica show Caprica tanked hard, Syfy still believes that people want prequels and that the earlier generations of the heroes we love will be just as endearing to us. With that in mind, the are developing a prequel to….Superman.
Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.
Errr. So this is the story of a completely alien planet, with an Earth-like culture, starring a guy who doesn’t have any super powers.
Continue reading Krypton: Syfy Developing Caprica For Superman
Ascension hits all my buttons–highly stylized costuming, fantasy dystopian science fiction, and sort run series–the whole thing is only six parts long, airing over three short days. It’s being hyped as one of these “event series.” Perhaps it’s the sight of Tricia Helfer, but I can’t help but wonder if this is basically an expanded backdoor pilot the way the original BSG miniseries was.
Still, the footage so far suggests it will be well worth tuning in for and recapping.
Looks like someone might be gaining the title of Madame Airlock.
Below, an interesting twist.
Continue reading Two New Trailers from Ascension
Last week, we talked about Syfy’s new direction back to their original concept as a channel.
One of the flagship shows they are adding to the line up, along with Ascension, is a TV reboot of Gilliam’s classic 12 Monkeys. There’s precedent for remaking the story, which itself is a remake of the French classic La Jetee. But Gilliam work has an iconic look to it, and it’s hard to imagine someone else being able to pull that weird nightmarish imagery off, especially on a small screen budget.
Continue reading Extended “12 Monkeys” Trailer
Syfy is basically admitting they never should have stopped being SciFi. They’re not dropping the WWE or anything, but they starting to add back actual honest to god science fiction programming.
We first heard that Syfy was working to make this switch back at the beginning of the year, when Wil Wheaton’s show was picked up. The choice to try and reboot 12 Monkeys suggests they’re also trying to get away from the lighter, fluffier stuff of the Eureka and Warehouse 13 era. Not that those were bad shows. I enjoyed them both, before they both basically fell apart at the end.
Continue reading Syfy’s New Direction, “Ascension” Trailer
We got a little bit of information on 12 Monkeys at the TCA briefing earlier this week. Now we have a full length trailer.
I hate to say it, but it feels very Syfy, and not nearly enough Gilliam. If this turns out to be another string of clichés in order like Helix, or a whole hell of a lot of wannabe like Defiance, I will be very disappointed.
(Also, I was distracted by the choice of using the same music from the Game of Thrones season four trailer. Enough so that I had to restart watching.)