The SyFy channel has a lot going on this summer, with the return of Defiance and the launch of Killjoys. Not to mention the upcoming creaturefest spectacular Lavalantula. And in an attempt to out-do themselves, the new series Dark Matter also premieres this week. If you like hard sci fi, then you’re probably gonna wanna watch this one.
I gotta say, I do enjoy the series that SyFy airs and the upcoming Killjoys looks like a pretty good one. It’s got a space opera vibe to it and the new 4 1/2 minute opening scene teaser that SyFy released really makes it look like a fun show. It might even be the best new sci fi show of the summer.
If you enjoy campy disaster movies like Sharknado, then you’ll want to mark your calendar for the latest offering from the SyFy channel. In an attempt to out-do themselves, the newest creature movie imagines what would happen if an avalanche of giant lava-spewing tarantulas descended upon the city.
Syfy has been in the process of redefining itself as a network and reestablishing a commitment to producing original content instead of the glut of schlocky creature features, reality shows, and professional wrestling. Some of their attempts have fared pretty well: 12 Monkeys is decent, Helix seems to have found an audience, as has Z Nation. Others, not as much. One project they had high hopes for, Ascension, didn’t hit quite like they hoped late last year, and it will not move forward as a series.
The network first ordered Ascension as an event series, which I always used to call a miniseries as a kid, their first such endeavor in six years. While it was intended to be a limited thing initially, they always had an eye on turning it into something bigger, working it into an ongoing series, much like they did with Battlestar Galactica years ago. According to Deadline, however, that is not going to happen.
We’re losing another strong science fiction show before too long, as Continuum is going the way of the buffalo. The embattled series, which is produced by Canada’s Showcase but airs in the U.S. on Syfy, was recently picked up for a fourth season, though it will be shorter than the previous three, and it has already been announced as the last one. But, because we live in a magical time with new platforms popping up all the time, and everyone scrambling for content, nothing is ever quite as dead as it used to be, and according to one of the show’s stars, this might not be the end.
Syfy’s new leaf has been turned over, for good or ill. Over the past year or so, Syfy has been touting the goal of becoming the go-to destination for smart sci-fi TV, and they’ve accompanied that change in direction with an ambitious development slate of projects like The Expanse and 12 Monkeys. Well, now we can add another entry to Syfy’s campaign to win fans’ hearts and minds: they’re turning Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo-winning novel Spin into a six-hour miniseries.
Released in 2005, Wilson’s Spin kicked off a trilogy that continued in 2007’s Axis and 2011’s Vortex. So assuming Syfy’s Spin miniseries goes over well, there will be fodder for at least two follow-ups, should the network want them. This is early days, but they’re definitely starting out on solid footing, having hired screenwriter Jim Uhls (Fight Club) to adapt the book. Granted, Uhls also wrote Jumper, but I’m going to choose to remain optimistic here.