Monday, August 27, 2007

Since When is the WWE Sci-Fi?

I'm done. I let them set me up again and just like Charlie Brown and that football, I am lying here on my back, looking at the clouds drift by and wondering where it all went wrong. Oh yeah, I screwed up and trusted them.

See, there used to be this little show on on the SciFi Channel called Farscape. I loved it. Then they got Stargate from Showtime and cut it after 4 years ending the series on a frelling season finale cliff-hanger. I cussed and screamed and stomped about my living room longing for a gnome to punt. They suckered me back in and bought a little forgiveness with a mini-series to sort of wrap things up.

So I gave them a second chance, but it took a couple of years.

I am a huge Jim Butcher fan. Well, I should say a Harry Dresden fan because I haven't read Butcher's second series yet. I highly recommend them. Any of the books stand alone, but they are best read in order.

The Dresden Files

Imagine my shock when I hear rumblings that they are going to translate them into a TV series. I was, to put it mildly, giddy. I think I might have even shuddered once or twice.

As with all book-tv or book-movie adaptations some changes had to be made, but the integrity of the series stuck around. It had good writing, good special effects, and even bore more than a passing resemblance to the stories I loved...for one season.

I see Lucy taunting me with that football and even though I know I'm gonna end up flat on my ass, I charge in anyway. I watch the whole first season...which I think was only 11 episodes or so.

At the end of season one, there ensues the controversy about whether it will be back. Two months of hemming and hawing and now the answer.

When I see that they can't afford it in a cost vs. ratings analysis and then I see that they've added WWE to the line up, I find my self once again looking for a puntable gnome.

So, with the exception of the occasional crappy horror/ "B" scifi flick, I am done with the SciFi Network. Not that they'll ever notice or even care, but at least I get to speak my peace.

Thanks for listening.



KCSteve said...

They're still good for a few things:

1) Dr. Who
2) Really bad movies on Saturday evening.
3) The occasional Twilight Zone or Outer Limits marathon.

Oh yeah, side note to #2 - they also give hope to millions by proving that no matter how little talent you may have as a writer, director, actor, or crew you can still get your movie made and broadcast.

Anonymous said...

Yup, the loss of Dresden is a sad day for us all.

Buck up, Tole, it was better to have Dresden for a season than to not have had it at all.

But just barely.....


Holly said...

Oh, My. I will miss Harry and Bob.
But at least PainKiller Jane is still around on Friday nights. Haven't you been watchin' that one?

Tolewyn said...

Haven't really gotten into PKJ yet. But then again, I haven't really tried.

Honestly, if you haven't read the Dresden books, you really should. They are far and away my favorite series right now. Have been for the last 5 years or so.


Kurgan said...

Dresden Files is my favorite non-Baen series. I do NOT want it to become a TV series.

Let hollywood get it and it will turn to shinola.