Syfy’s About-Face: Nine Shows That Might Help The Network Redeem Itself

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Time travel. History. Action. For their upcoming miniseries, Syfy wisely chose Jonathan Hickman’s excellent four-issue Image series Pax Romana, which sets up a no-holds-barred premise and delivers like gangbusters. In an effort to stop what may become a religion-fueled World War III, a futuristic Special Forces team are sent back in time to fourth-century Rome to put a fork in history’s path and stop everything from heading in destructive directions. But things take a very wrong turn when someone gets shot.

The comics’ unique approach of abstract art and text-heavy storytelling makes this a meatier story than most comic tales, and far more heady than nearly every original series Syfy has ever delivered. Plus, the promise of amazing small screen action! This is a can’t miss, right?

This is Syfy, so there’s always the option of disaster. For one, they’re going to need a pretty massive budget to make this series look realistic. The comic book wasn’t big on cityscape details and allowed readers to do a lot of the imagining for themselves, but cable TV doesn’t have that option, and they’re going to need some major sets and props, lest they just eschew reality for a completely CGI universe. There’s always the possibility that “300 meets Lone Survivor” could be a good move for the network, but I’m not so sure. Pax Romana is also being developed by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, best known for their work on Warehouse 13, which isn’t exactly the most sincere and serious-minded show on TV. If they lock down an excellent director, there’s a chance this could succeed, but I’ll still be bummed this didn’t go to HBO. – Nick

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  1. Dr_Bathroom_MD says:

    Looks interesting to be honest.

  2. Hypnotoad says:

    Wow… Battlestar Galactica much? Oh wait Tricia Helfer is on the show so that makes it different!

    • golmore says:

      You are an idiot. Colony ships are a very common theme in Sci-Fi and this premise is very original.

  3. Parker says:

    If Killjoys ends up being anything close to Firefly or Farscape, they can count me a faithful watcher.

  4. Ka'uilani Kim says:

    About time they get rid of all that crap. I miss the old Sci-Fi Channel.

  5. joe1254 says:

    So maybe I’ll start watching Sci-Fi channel again. Mini series thought, Dresden Files done again but this time let’s follow the books!

  6. couponnut2460 says:

    pick up revolution it was a good show hated how it ended

  7. midnightdrunkard says:

    WWE signed a new deal with NBC, sorry but Wrestling will still be there…

  8. sounder says:

    Z Nation damn another zombie show.

  9. Teeaj says:

    SyFy still lost me, that is until they bring back some of our Paranormal Shows and some descent Sci-Fi Movies. I’m so over vampires and Zombies. Not everyone thinks Paranormal Shows are Cheesy so SyFy needs to get a grip that there people out here that believe in the Paranormal and give us our shows back.

  10. Fergun Connell says:

    Syfy should have something more for 2015, I hope.

  11. Carmen Damocles says:

    Maybe it could have a few more supernatural reality shows, even for a short time.