Ronald Moore’s Virtuality
I’m not exactly sure I support this “freedom of choice” thing. For example, if I was the President, I’d make Ronald D. Moore keep Battlestar Galactica on the air for at least ten years maybe 20. Sense the chances of my becoming President are 0% at the moment in the absense of a bloodless coup, I’ll have to have faith in Ronald Moore’s choices. He failed me once with Bionic Woman but I see potential in his next project.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox Television has greenlit Moore’s 2 hour pilot, “Virtuality”. Virtuality is set aboard the Phaeton, Earth’s first starship. The show follows the crew of 12 astronauts on a ten year journey to explore a distant solar system. Since a ten year journey is long, the crew needs something to preoccupy the time. I guess the license plate game didn’t make it to the future? Anyways, NASA installs virtual reality modules so that the crew can assume adventurous identities and go wherever they want. However, a bug is found in the system. Well, I’m not sure what the bug has done, but the rest of the premise seems a helluva lot like the damn holodeck. Moore’s writing is pretty in depth so I’m confident that he can turn this idea into something far deeper than this plot description entails. Moore and fellow BSG writer Michael Taylor wrote the script and will both serve as executive producers along with Virtuality premise creators, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun.
Virtuality will begin production in July.