Monday, May 09, 2005

Don't call it a comeback

Image hosted by Photobucket.comDon't know if any of you guys are like me but I like a good science fiction yarn. Give me a Star Wars or a Star Trek type saga anyday and I'm happy.

And after years of just one or two decent sci fi series like Babylon 5 and the ongoing Star Trek dramas which have pretty much run their course this year I'm happy to say that it appears that sci-fi is making some big moves. Well given that the only things on TV these days appear to be either legal or crime series or "reality" shows its kind of cool to see some of my old favorite sci fi series like Dr. Who and Battlestar Galactica being remade and new series like Charlie Jade being created. It actually shows that maybe there is some hope for creativity on television.

Then on the big screen we have the Hitchhiker's Guide just arriving a week ago and running things at the box office and then the one we've all been waiting for Episode III starting May 19th.

Yep Star Wars Episode III, will it be at all worth the hype? I've been a Star Wars fan, not obsessive wear the costumes and line up for days like fan but fan nevertheless, for like forever but episodes I and II really tried my patience. Episode I was just boring and Episode II needed some better editing because they made it way too long.

Still you've got to give props to a series like Star Wars in which the original movie was released back in like 76 and here 30 years later the fans spanning generations are still hyped about the release of another movie. That's some pretty nice staying power. George Lucas really hit the jackpot with that one.

Anyway this is not an ode to George Lucas, he'll get his props here some other time. This year just seems like a year where sci fi has made a nice comeback. I'll willing to claim that the new Battlestar Galactica series was the best thing I watched on TV this past year. Complex characters, an intriguing plot, action it had it all. I cant wait for season two to start.

I'll be honest I was one of those a bit skeptical when I heard they were remaking this series which first aired in 1978. I was like man first musicians take every old song and some not so old that I like and remake them, and now Hollywood is ruining my old TV series. Then I missed the miniseries and started watching from the first episode after the miniseries. I was totally confused as to what was going on. The characters were so much more complex than the old series. The cylons looked human, the humans had their own petty jealousies and weren't pulling together to all fight a common foe, the XO had a drinking problem, two crew members were having an affair, the commander and his son had beef, Boomer wasnt black anymore, Starbuck was a woman, and what was up with that weird Dr. Baltar dude who kept seeing Canadian super model Tricia Helfer (ok is she considered a super model or just a model, I cant keep track of these things) while no one else saw her.

The series grew on me and I must say it was rather nice. Not that anyone really cares because I dont think I attract the sci fi crowd here.

Mind you I think I have TV habits directly opposite those of the general viewing public because everytime I get into a show it gets cancelled like they did to Dark Angel and John Doe. Hmm hopefully I haven't doomed Battlestar Galactica by saying I like it now. Oh well!


Anonymous said...

Star Trek/Star Wars can still hold my attention. I remember the release of the first Star Wars, went to the premiere here. Yes, I was about 12 or 13.

I used to read Isaac Asimov too...books like Dune. Been a while. Dr. D.

Sunshine said...

Hi Jdid-I'm not a Star Wars fanatic. The first two episodes in was into. Not really a Sci Fi fan.

Have a great day.

Nikki said...

I know George Lucas had good intentions when he released these so-called prequels to the Star Wars saga, but the first 2 sucked. Episode III better come with it, because the first two were snoozers. I'll probably wait for the bootleg instead of spending my money at the box office like I did the last two times.

Big N said...

Star Wars is cool. The lightsaber is probably the best weapon never invented.

courtneyelizabeth said...

Hitchhiker's Guide was my favorite in junior high. I'm gonna make sure i check this out in theatres and buy it on DVD when it's available.

Jdid said...

@Dr D - yea amazing when you think how long the star war franchise has lasted aint it
@sunshine - have a great day too
@nikki - I think episode III will probably be disappointing
@big n - fa real, lightsabers are the ish
@courtney - Hitchhikers guide was a pretty nice movie, I never read the books though