After a long summer of waiting (and enjoying some great summer shows), the new fall season has finally arrived. While some of the new and returning shows haven’t hit the small screen quite yet, there are some newbies that are worth talking about. So here is the first in what may become a regular series, if anyone out there is interested: The State-of-the-Stream, a.k.a. some thoughts on the sci-fi season so far!
TERRA NOVA (Mondays, 8/7c on FOX) is by far the biggest new show that everyone is talking about. OK, a lot of people are talking about it. OK … several people have been watching it. For the big budget, the prime time slot, and the rich pedigree (Steven Spielberg, Brannon Braga, et al), the ratings have been good but not great, hovering around 9 million viewers. The good news is that FOX is trying to keep the show reigned in and not over-extend itself, which included a delayed premiere and a reduction of the first season to 13 episodes. Hopefully that’ll make for higher quality.
I’ve seen the first three hours of the show so far, and it’s off to a solid (if predictable) start. The visuals are good (but not great) for television, but then again no one has really done a weekly dinosaur show for television before. (I haven’t seen the U.K. series Primeval, so I’m not sure how they compare.) The biggest drawback is also the show’s biggest selling point: it’s a family show, which means kids, storylines like pining for the cute boy or the girlfriend left behind, and minimal amounts of harm coming to any dinosaurs. It makes for a much broader audience appeal, which seems to be working fairly well so far. But, so far, it feels as though the writers are writing with
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