Archive | February, 2011

British TV: Outcasts

13 Feb

So, Outcasts. I have watched the pilot episode. British Scifi drama! Jamie Bamber who apparently can’t stay away from scifi dramas! An otherwise promising cast! I was… mostly underwhelmed.

So, the thing is, this show wants to be Stargate Atlantis: Not Written by Morons. Unfortunately the writers are still not good enough to carry off the scope of the kind of premise they’re working with. It’s hard writing a scifi opener! There’s the history of the universe, the technology, the current state of affairs, all the characters and everyone’s personal dramas AND an actual plot du jour usually AND the need to hint at further adventures. It is really hard! I know because when I wrote my little original scifi novella the HARDEST part was the beginning and sorting out the characterization from the plot from the worldbuilding without dropping any anvils or boring people or losing them completely. I am very sympathetic to the needs to scifi pilots, even though I do believe that you’re being paid to write for a scifi pilot you better know your shit better than I did when writing my novella. ANYWAY.

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