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

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12_monkeys_aaron_stanford12 Monkeys
In Syfy’s massive race to develop and produce new TV shows, one thing has become clear, they’re definitely hoping that lighting will strike twice. They’ve gone after their own zombie series, a clone-based drama, and a remake of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. The story follows a time traveler sent back to find a way to stop a plague that will ultimately decimate the human race and force the survivors underground.

Though your initial reaction to this new was probably negative — ours involved much swearing — there is potential. From a media perspective, we’re obsessed with our own destruction, and while this definitely falls into that category, it could provide the chance to positively affect that outcome and change the result. And this isn’t the first go-round for this material. 12 Monkeys itself is based on the experimental 1962 short La Jetée. Hopefully for the network, a third iteration of this story will maintain the success of the first two.

That said, there are going to be significant changes made to source material. Perhaps most importantly, the protagonist won’t be haunted by mysterious visions of his own death. In both 12 Monkeys and La Jetee, these images play a huge part not only in his motivation, but are also indicative of the cyclical nature of time. This is another big departure: the future in this version is not set hard and fast. That’s the big struggle, that they’re struggling against this fate that they cannot change, it’s one of the big themes of the movies, and it appears it is being pushed aside here. Lets hope they don’t simply try to turn this into an inferior clone of Continuum. (You can read more about the differences between Syfy’s 12 Monkeys and the Gilliam movie right here.) – Brent

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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.