0

Farscape’s Creator Is Bringing This Amazing Warren Ellis Comic Series To TV

fb share tweet share

GlobalFreqRockne S. O’Bannon earned our eternal devotion by giving us Farscape, so we’ll pretty much follow him anywhere at this point. That being said, those journeys don’t always work out — sometimes they dead end in something like The CW’s troubled Cult or the frustrating Revolution. Nevertheless, I’m hugely stoked for his next TV project: an adaptation of Warren Ellis’ excellent Vertigo comic series Global Frequency. That enthusiasm is only dampened by the network involved: sigh, Fox.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer are developing a Global Frequency pilot for Fox, with O’Bannon writing the script. If you’re not familiar with the comic, it’s one of those concepts that lends itself perfectly to the TV format. The story focuses on “a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot.” The group is headed by the enigmatic Miranda Zero and consists of 1,001 people around the world, each with unique skills and who can be activated via their phones. Sort of “crowdsourced crisis management,” if you will.

0

Harlan Ellison & Stan Lee Visit The Simpsons: Today In Science & Science Fiction

fb share tweet share

EllisonDid you know that The Simpsons is still on? I know, it’s hard to believe. And honestly, it pains me to make that joke about a show that used to be one of the best on television, but whose longevity has come at the price of seriously diminishing returns. But tonight, for the first time since I sampled one of the Halloween specials and ran screaming into the night a couple of seasons back, I will be setting my DVR to record Fox’s ridiculously long-lived animated sitcom. The reason for that comes down to two names: Harlan Ellison and Stan Lee.

Yes, tonight’s Simpsons — entitled “Married to the Blob” — will feature cameos by both legendary speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison and Stan the Man himself. You can see a preview vid from The Hollywood Reporter below, with Ellison and Lee talking about their appearance in the show. For Lee it’s a return voyage, as he previously popped up in the 2002 episode “I Am Furious (Yellow).” Lee jokes, “I was here 12 years ago, and I think I impressed them so that after 12 years, they figured they had to have me back.” Both icons are playing themselves, and Ellison looks to be proving a good sport by poking fun at his often litigious reputation.

0

Rockne O’Bannon Promises Quantum Leaps In Revolution’s Future

fb share tweet share

BurningManNBC’s perpetually uneven Revolution returned from winter hiatus this week, and it was…the same. I can’t honestly say it was bad, but neither did it keep me on the edge of my seat. Part of the problem is that it sidelined the one really interesting subplot it’s got going for it, the relationship between Aaron (Zak Orth) and the energy-eating nanites. What we got instead was a focus on Monroe’s search for his son, Neville climbing the food chain in a violent manner, and the Patriots doing bad things to fruit. The show’s wheels are definitely spinning but, for whatever reason, it’s just not engaging me like I wish it would. Well, along comes Revolution executive producer (and Farscape creator) Rockne S. O’Bannon with promises that the show is going to be making “quantum leaps” in the episodes to come.

Sadly, those quantum leaps will not involve the arrival of a time traveling Dr. Sam Beckett, hoping to put right what once went wrong. He might have been able to infiltrate the writing staff and get things firing on all cylinders. Nevertheless, O’Bannon promises big, big things for Revolution this season. Here’s what he had to say in an interview with Blastr:

0

Revolution’s Rockne O’Bannon Teases What’s To Come

fb share tweet share

RevI had high hopes for Revolution first premiered, primarily owing to showrunner Eric Kripke, whose Supernatural run was stellar. Sadly, a potentially interesting concept spent half a season mired in a road trip to rescue a character we didn’t care about, largely dancing around the elements that could have taken the show up a notch. It improved significantly during the second half of the season, but many thought it was too little, too late. Going into season two I was again in a hopeful place, this time because Farscape’s Rockne O’Bannon was joining as co-showrunner. Now we’re at the midpoint of Revolution’s second season, and while it was definitely more consistent than the first year, it still hadn’t really done anything that made it must-see TV. The events of the final episode before the hiatus were easily the best the show has been yet…but will it be able to follow up on that, or dwindle back into a show that’s mostly just forgettable.

Talking to TV Line, O’Bannon provided a few hints as to what’s to come, and more perspective on exactly what happened in “Everyone Says I Love You.”

SPOILERS BELOW!

0

Farscape Creator Returns With Cult: This Week In Science Fiction

fb share tweet share

Cult

Cult
The CW, Tuesday 9/8c

Given that Farscape occupies a high slot in both my list of best science fiction shows ever made and best shows of any sort ever made, it’s a bit of an understatement to say that I’m excited to see his return to television with The CW’s Cult and Syfy’s Defiance. We’ve still got to wait until April for the latter show, but Cult is headed our way Tuesday night, and it looks intriguing and batshit-crazy. It’s a potentially cult TV show about a cult TV show about a cult, which may actually be more than just a cult TV show. Whew.

The show follows an investigative journalist (Jeff Sefton) whose unstable brother vanishes after claiming that a mysterious TV show wants to hurt him. In search of his brother, the journalist begins diving deeper into the world of the show (also called Cult). Meanwhile even those people working on the fictional series itself are uncertain where the lines between fiction and reality lie, including actor Roger Reeves (Robert Knepper), who plays charismatic cult leader Billy Grimm on the show-within-a-show.

If Cult works, it could be a trippy, addictive bit of metafiction that channels shows like Lost or Twin Peaks. Hopefully O’Bannon and his writers have learned the lesson of those series that came before: if you’re serving up a narrative that hinges upon complex mysteries and mythology, be sure you can pay it off. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that O’Bannon and company won’t let us down.

0

New Trailer For Syfy’s Defiance Spotlights The Action And The Characters

fb share tweet share

It’s been a while since there was a new science fiction series on the horizon that I was really looking forward to. Revolution had the involvement of Supernatural’s Eric Kripke, but the premise didn’t wow me and the show hasn’t really lived up to its potential so for. So, I’m anticipating but trying to manage my expectations for Syfy’s new series, Defiance, arriving this spring from Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon. I’m liking the trailers so far, and Rockne managed to get four seasons and a movie out of Syfy for Farscape…but that was also a decade ago, and Syfy hasn’t really changed for the better. Nevertheless…I really, really want this show to be good. Here’s the latest look: