Riverworld 1 Season 2010

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Season 1
(81) IMDb 5/10

1. Part 1 TV-NR

After being killed in an explosion, Matt (Tahmoh Penikett, TV's "Battlestar Galactica"), finds himself reawakened on an unusual planet where people from all eras of history have been simultaneously resurrected under the watchful eye of a mysterious alien force.

Starring:
Tahmoh Penikett, Mark Deklin
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes
Original air date:
April 18, 2010

Part 1

Customer Reviews

Why even bother mentioning any of this, it is just plain Bad.
machinehead
The plot is there but it is severely lacking in building up of a climax, and any major detail as to why they are doing what they are doing.
Christopher Horne
I haven't read the books, so can't compare, but I usually don't try to compare a book with a movie or TV series.
Silver Dragon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Phoenix Child VINE VOICE on May 2, 2010
Format: DVD
What is Riverworld? That was one of many questions swirling through the epic, emotive Syfy miniseries "Riverworld," an adaptation of Philip Jose Farmer's epic science fiction masterpiece. "Riverworld" tells the story of Matt Ellerman (Tahmoh Penikett, "Battlestar Galactica", "Dollhouse"), a war zone journalist, as he wakes from death along the banks of a seemingly endless river where everyone who lived and died on the earth has been reborn into their youthful bodies. But what is the purpose of this place? Why has Matt been "chosen" by the blue-skinned alien Caretakers? Is it an afterlife or a purgatory? What *is* Riverworld?

These questions and more fuel this strange journey along the banks of an endless river, populated with a lively cast of characters each with their own agenda. As Matt begins the search for his missing fiance, Jesse (Laura Vandervoort, "V", "Smallville"), he runs afoul of Sir Richard Burton (Peter Wingfield) and Francisco Pizzaro, joins forces with Samuel Clemins, a.k.a. Mark Twain (Mark Deklin), and begins an epic journey along the mighty and endless river to find the source of Riverworld and find answers to his many questions.

"Riverworld" raises many questions over the course of its four hours, and not all of them are answerable. While questioning the very purpose of humanity on an alien world, "Riverworld" neatly dodges overloading the viewers with existential angst while providing thrilling action and fascinating glimpses into the microcosms of history that have developed along the banks of the titular river: Francisco Pizarro's conquering Spanish army and the slave camps they've set up as part of their empire, and Mark Twain's riverboat and its memorable crew draw polar opposites of the good and the bad arising in the Riverworld.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 18, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Today the SyFy channel showed this updated 4-hour version of this movie. It is not the one with Brad Johnson. I have seen that one and it is not even close to being as good as this version. I just hope that if I pre-order this one I don't get the older one. Okay, there are some actors/actresses in here whom I don't know by name. I had to go to the SyFy channel web-site to find the names. The main actors are, Alan Cumming, Tahmoh Penikett, Laura Vandervoort, Peter Wingfield and Jeananne Goossen who plays this fine Japanese female Samurai warrior. Also from the SyFy site, the DVD movie is 178 minutes long. From what I remember from the first movie, there are more female lead characters in this one. Old people come back in their prime years, around 25-35 years old and there are no children. Yes, we have Sir Richard Burton, but no Nero, thank god. There is a gay male couple and a male lip-lock is shown on TV. The alien caretakers of this world are shown as well as a conflict between factions in the alien race. And, characters come back if they are killed either by suicide or other causes, but others don't for some reason. More is learned about the aliens and about the background of the story. The Riverworld planet is said to be @ 100 times bigger than Earth and the Earth was destroyed about 6 years after our main character died. I couldn't see this as a full blown series though. Maybe a 10 hour mini-series. Yes, they could stretch this movie a little longer to put an end that makes sense. You will see when you watch this one. The story is better told than the first version. Way to go SyFy channel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By machinehead on July 30, 2011
Format: DVD
This has got to be one of the biggest disappointments of my Science Fiction Film viewing history. Besides the first Dune movie.
Actually the first Dune movie was better because they gave you a guide to help understand what the hell was going on. I wish I still had that little pamphlet. I probably could have used it for this movie too.

Whatever the screenwriter(s) of this movie were smoking should be taxed, packaged, and sold at Liquor Stores to anyone over 21 years old. It is quite bad. Like a bad trip on Dreamgum.

I made the mistake of reading the books. My bad. But having read the books, you have to wonder why it was so hard to preserve just a little of the story. But no. Within 20 minutes, the Spanish Inquisition shows up on horses. Where in the original story are the horses? Nowhere. The only other life on Riverworld are fish. Not only that reunions were everywhere. In the first 10 minutes at least 5 friends are reunited. Why even bother mentioning any of this, it is just plain Bad.

The only good thing about this movie is Jeananne Goossen. Beautiful. Too bad they left out the Woke up Naked part.

The acting was TV grade though. I know it was made for TV but so was Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. A BBC production that was Grade A even with a Fraction of the budget Riverworld had. But HHG gets 8/10 on IMDB.
HHG was also a book that was made into a movie/mini series.

If you know who Philip Jose Farmer is, do not buy this movie unless you just like throwing money away.

They remade Dune featuring Sting, that was much better than the first. Although it suffered from the same limitations of time vs story element, it held mostly true. Maybe someday a better version of Riverworld will be made.

We can only hope for at least an R rating.....
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