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As a TV show, this would have been spectacular. The quality of production, the exceptional performances, the character development, and the many layers of theme and story make merely watching this lone episode a telling experience about the nature of television and creativity today. If nothing else, it makes for a good case study on the problem of TV today, especially in the sci-fi arena, and a telling demonstration of what TV could be like, if TV executives were to risk making their show choices based on quality, rather than on the safety of lowest-common-denominator marketability. By the end of this movie/episode, whether you're generally a sci-fi fan or not, you'll wonder how in the hell a show like "V" got on the air, while this was passed on.
This is a quality, imaginative, original production that really sucks you in. As a stand-alone, the only problem is the untidy ending (as it was written in anticipation of more installments to come). There has been talk among fans and the actors that sufficient interest could still get the series picked up, if not by FOX then perhaps by SyFy, and a web page was even set up by the spouse of one actor to organize a letter-writing campaign to that end. I pray that it's not too late for this to happen. The wasted potential here is criminal.
Excellent concept for a show. Loved the 'thriller' aspects of it, the cast was superb, the special effects were great. What more do you want, Fox? Why not give this show a chance to find an audience before you kill it? We need more intelligent shows on tv, and with "Battlestar Galactica" now off the air, there is a hole on tv for us science fiction fans.
Here's to hoping the SciFi Channel picks it up...please????
Someone get your act together and make this show real! I can understand FOX not wanting to take the risk, but there are many networks out there that can and should.
Absolutely highly recommended!
(Possible Spoiler in this paragraph) In the end, you have the beginnings of a very interesting story that I don't think we will ever see resolved. If you can live with that and simply use your imagniation to figure out what is going on (most likely something to do with god/God since Ron Moore was involved) but all means pick this up.
the premise is totally original and lays the foundation as a plot mechanic for a plethora of character subplots. the idea itself consists of 3 main parts: a journey to find an earth alternative, reality tv coverage of the crew, and finally their interaction with a virtual reality module whose original purpose was to keep their skills sharp. all 3 cornerstones have immense potential to develop and we get a very good taste of it in just this pilot.
as with all reality tv, there exists a colorful cast of characters. some are cliche, but thats a necessary ingredient in reality tv. its the clash [and potential clash] of their caricatured characteristics that will feed this show if by some miracle somebody wakes up and decides to back this show.
one pilot is too short a time to judge harshly on any acting. i think they've all done a great job of brigning out sincere characters, each with their own flaws.
something of a villain seems to be developing as well and its incredibly interesting. and i mean something. will not describe further to avoid spoilers.
the design aesthetic is the very realistic and acceptable present day look of all the world's space programs.Read more ›
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This movie was surprisingly different from the typical space movie. The plot was definitely clever and not what I expected at all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by trinity
Bought this because I am a big Jimmi Simpson fan. I actually enjoyed it. Would have liked to have seen where they were going to go with it.Published 6 months ago by Erin N. Wood
Great flick. Well written with a very good story line and excellent CGI. Too bad it was not picked up as a series. Read morePublished 20 months ago by GaryL
Once again, the destructive hand of FOX has snuffed the life out of a potential franchise before it even had a chance to find its legs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Fight for the User
This is NOT a movie, some series that didn't make it. Bunch of people heading to a planet to replace earth, something evil or someone evil is trying to who knows what but people... Read morePublished 22 months ago by jamie
Originally the pilot for a science fiction t.v. series this stars London native and Resident Evil star Sienna Guillory (famous for her portrayal of Jill Valentine in the above film... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Edmond Schmolke
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