November 26th, 2010
|07:56 am - New SF telly|
I am thinking, what SF has there been on the telly this year? The main examples I can think of, new on TV this year, are Doctor Who and Misfits. It's thin pickings for British telly. American SF shows that have been on over here - Walking Dead, Flashforward, the last season of Lost and the remake of V. Oh yes, Heroes just petered out during 2010.
Other people have mentioned Fringe, Eureka and Warehouse 13, none of which I have seen: Warehouse 13 is on one of the freeview channels, but I don't think the other two are?
ETA - Caprica. Heard only bad things. Oh, and the new Stargate with Robert Carlyle - the second season has just started airing I think? I'm surprised I don't hear more about this, but I think Stargate may be a little universe all of itself.
And ETA - The Event. I watched one episode, and despite some slightly camp girl violence it didn't really grab me.
seems to me to be failing for the following reasons, all of which are things I've picked up on and may be wrong:
Much grimmer and more cynical mood than earlier shows in the universe - see abigail_n
's blog post about how it seems to her to be stealing surface mood elements from BSG without actually being any good.
Many of the fans of previous Stargare shows are upset because the makers of the new show openly said that Stargate Atlantis was cancelled because not enough young men were watching and that SGU would be pitched to them. Also there was a recent row when a producer said lots of nasty things about fans of earlier SG shows who weren't watching the new one.
Bad political reputation before it even aired because of a promoted multiple-isms-fail plotline about a disabled woman using a non-disabled woman's body so that she could have decent sex for the first time in her poor pathetic life.Edited at 2010-11-26 10:10 am (UTC)
OTOH, I don't remember there being a single comment once they actually aired said episode, all the furor were various fans deciding in advance it was going to be horrible. In reality, there was no sex (although I think there was a kiss). As far as I could tell, the whole thing was handled quite well. As their handling of the main-character lesbian has been.
Considering the huge differences between the original, leaked episode description - whole scenes are missing or rewritten, and the disabled character spouts some of the talking points raised in the fracas after the leak - I think it's safe to assume that the episode was heavily reworked as a response to the furor. On the other hand, one of the main objections raised to the episode was that the disabled character wanted to have sex while in someone else's body without getting that person's permission, and though in the actual episode she doesn't go through with it, in an earlier story one of the male characters visited Earth in another man's body and had sex with his wife, and no one - including the man whose body he used - seemed to have any problem with this.
On the lesbian character, I would agree that her lesbian-ness is reasonably well handled, but the character herself is so thoroughly underused that it's unclear to me why she's even in the main cast.
I've enjoyed to different degrees all the Stargate manifestations, but they have suffered with a high percentage of truly awful episodes that have overshadowed somewhat a lot of the good stuff. Stargate Universe, on the other hand, seems to have maintained a consistency that the other Stargates series couldn't manage. It is also an arc storyline, which I like, rather than being totally episodic, which much of SG-1 and Atlantis were.