Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return On Syfy Channel

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the what's-old-is-new dept.

Sci-Fi 213

Zaiff Urgulbunger writes "According to the BBC, 'Cult classic sci-fi series Blake's 7 is to be remade for the Syfy network, it has been announced. FremantleMedia International said 13 hour-long episodes will be written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski.' Here's hoping the special effects budget will be higher than for the original series! Also, I'm hoping that the Liberator is of similar design and includes Zen — the ships computer."

cancel ×

213 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

I'll miss the old school special effects (3, Insightful)

VAXcat (674775) | about a year ago | (#43404219)

It always looked like they could make it to the next starbase, if they didn't run out of steam and iron filings.

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (5, Insightful)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#43404371)

I recently re-watched Blakes' 7 while down recovering from surgery, and it has good stories. It has good stories probably because they didn't have to rely on the effects.

The new Doctor Who now has a good budget, but they have gotten over reliant on the imagery at times. All newer sci-fi has.

I'm looking forward to a new series (even if it is on SeeFee) and I hope they keep with the gritty, amoral feel they had in the old series. Better effects... sure, but it won't be any good without good writing.

SyFy - rhymes with iffy (0)

DoctorBonzo (2646833) | about a year ago | (#43404549)

And so does WiFi.

Re:SyFy - rhymes with iffy (2)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#43404627)

Since it seems to have gone over your head, I *was* making fun of the name.

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (4, Funny)

snookerdoodle (123851) | about a year ago | (#43404701)

Around our house, we call SyFy "The Wrestling Channel". :)

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (5, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | about a year ago | (#43404943)

" It has good stories probably because they didn't have to rely on the effects."
no ,it has a good story becasue it was written well. I could list many, many bad show that also didn't have effects.

"The new Doctor Who now has a good budget, but they have gotten over reliant on the imagery at times. All newer sci-fi has."
yes, it was the over reliant of imagery that had my daughter crying, and me come down with a sudden case of 'hay fever' at the end of the pond story line.

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year ago | (#43405941)

I wish I had seen more of the original. I would watch it one summer from the first episode, then go back to school and not see any of it until the next summer, and then the storyline was confusing since I had missed too much. Since then I haven't seen it rebroadcast anywhere.

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (2)

troff (529250) | about a year ago | (#43406551)

Not likely.

The old Doctor Who had the occasional grim-and-gritty (the kind that made Question Time in Parliament complain about it). The new Who is full of "if you hope and feel hard enough, you can overcome alien technology, incomprehensible gods and the laws of physics". Even the last episode was proof enough of that.

I've met Gareth Thomas. I weep for Blake. The new Avon will probably look like Sheldon Cooper, Vila will be cool and Cally will probably be slutting up to everybody. Remember what Galactica's new producers said in an early interview - we're gonna modernise. That means sex with hot blonde robots.

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (2)

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) | about a year ago | (#43404563)

A "special effect" from the first series that I was particularly amused by was the doors; they had doors that swung on hinges and had handles used to "operate" them.... but get this.... they make a kind of whooshing noise! [youtube.com] - Skip to about 40 seconds in, and marvel at the future tech!

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404957)

Whoosh!

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (1)

flargleblarg (685368) | about a year ago | (#43405123)

That is fucked up.

Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (4, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | about a year ago | (#43404681)

If they blow the entire budget on fx then all will be lost. Blake's 7 was arguable about Avon and Servilan, the force in which Paul and Jacqueline played those characters. It is kind of like bones and spock. Sure Blake and Kirk were important, but the melodrama kind of made the show, and the fx were of little consequence.

It is going to be interesting to see what SyFy does with it. A lot of their stuff lately is industrial fashion or magics, which does not really lend itself to Blake. Battlestar Galactica is more in line, but they even that included unnecessary magics. The social commentary in Blake is subtle and morality ambiguous, something that is hard to do on and American TV show.

Shit! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404249)

"A handsome young soldier wakes up to realize his wife is missing". Huh??? Didn't the original have a once-popular political activist who'd been framed for pedophilia before being brainwashed by his government?

One of the above story lines could be interesting, the other sounds like the kind of manure used to sell space to cable advertisers.

Re:Shit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404305)

I read that in the article, and immediately thought "what the fuck".

If he's not framed for something and on his way to a federation detention center, then count me out.

Re:Shit! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404449)

Agreed - I think Blake's original backstory is more than good enough for today's audience. The "former soldier who's lost his wife" thing struck me as very odd, and very unnecessary.

However, the description of the reboot that I read did include the "escape while en route to a penal colony (Cygnus Alpha?)" and mention of an alien ship (Liberator.)

Re:Shit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404635)

The Army Cult the US have is scary, of course using a political activist in a remake of B7 is unthinkable in a "family" program...
Since it might give the impression that it is possible to be a honorable person, and not be happy with closed door lobbyist driven politiics.

But the "lone soldier" hero has a long legacy in the US, and is perfectly compatible with the current politics...

Sc'use me while I barf ...

Re:Shit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404659)

Looks like this is going to suck hardcore. Guesses on who will play Servalan?

Re:Shit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404765)

Guesses on who will play Servalan?

Morena Baccarin!

Re:Shit! (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#43405053)

It's a weird tangent on the original storyline from "The Way Back," but part of that story WAS that his wife and family were taken away and he was just seeing them in "vids."

News implies that it's recent right? (2)

fewnorms (630720) | about a year ago | (#43404277)

Cause if so, here's an article [zap2it.com] from August 2012, pretty much detailing the exact same thing ...

Either way, cool beans!

Re:News implies that it's recent right? (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#43405009)

The reason that I think it has come back up is that it the production company has just started marketing it to foreign channels. There was a press release I saw on it to that effect yesterday, and someone at the entertainment desks must have picked up on it.

There has been talk about this particular revival for a year and talks about revival going back a decade. Paul Darrow even owned the rights himself for a while but he fell out with his partner in the deal.

Bring back ORAC! (5, Interesting)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about a year ago | (#43404299)

The stuck-up, annoyingly smug computer. It's a billion times smarter than the rest of the crew put together, and doesn't try to hide it. A computer so obnoxious, most conversations ended with someone cutting the power to shut it up. I want to see ORAC again.

How many other computers, when asked if they can perform a video analysis task, announce they just did it - but won't share the result, considering such menial number-crunching beneath them?

Vila weighs 73 kilos, Avon. (2)

khasim (1285) | about a year ago | (#43404383)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMxbqyz1VY8 [youtube.com]

Although I fully expect the US version to be as bad (or worse) than the US version of Red Dwarf.

Re:Vila weighs 73 kilos, Avon. (4, Funny)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about a year ago | (#43404887)

as bad (or worse) than the US version of Red Dwarf.

That is not possible. Nothing can be worse than the US version of Red Dwarf. I have a true love of BAD movies and TV, but even I had to shut off the US version of Red Dwarf less than 10 minutes in.

Re:Vila weighs 73 kilos, Avon. (2)

citizenr (871508) | about a year ago | (#43405017)

as bad (or worse) than the US version of Red Dwarf.

That is not possible. Nothing can be worse than the US version of Red Dwarf.

US version of Top Gear, not to mention Australian version.

Re:Vila weighs 73 kilos, Avon. (2)

Kittenman (971447) | about a year ago | (#43406601)

as bad (or worse) than the US version of Red Dwarf.

That is not possible. Nothing can be worse than the US version of Red Dwarf.

US version of Top Gear, not to mention Australian version.

US version of 'Death at a Funeral'

Re:Vila weighs 73 kilos, Avon. (4, Insightful)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year ago | (#43405383)

They did Fawlty Towers and didn't bother to include Basil Fawlty. But we shouldn't fault them because he was easy to overlook if your bucket-hat didn't have eyeholes cut out.
I said it before and will say it again: The US is where Brit series go to die.
After I heard they wanted to do their very own The Prisoner I really wished for shades that go black when approached by danger. But they ruined that one, too.

This is a TV station that renamed themself from SciFi to SyFy cuz misspeeling ur ohn neme iz kool.
Shouldn't they be filming Fucktopus vs. Turdosaur or something?

Re:Bring back ORAC! (1)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | about a year ago | (#43404791)

One.

Marvin.

With all the diodes down his left side aching.

Re:Bring back ORAC! (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about a year ago | (#43406409)

Marvin did what he was told. He just complained continuously about how underutilised he was. Brain the size of a planet.

Re:Bring back ORAC! (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#43405107)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48gH_v8ulLA [youtube.com]

Did you know Servalan sang a key section of a very famous album?

Re:Bring back ORAC! (1)

mjwalshe (1680392) | about a year ago | (#43405299)

yes and get Kelsey Grammer or better David Hewlett to voice Orac

Re:Bring back ORAC! (5, Funny)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year ago | (#43405987)

How many other computers, when asked if they can perform a video analysis task, announce they just did it - but won't share the result,

Stop reminding us about Widnows 8!

But... (4, Funny)

Stormy Dragon (800799) | about a year ago | (#43404301)

Will the remake have BRIAN BLESSED? Because if not, what's the point??

Re:But... (0)

desdinova 216 (2000908) | about a year ago | (#43404497)

sure. he will be there as a zombie since he's dead

Re:But... (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43404569)

When did that happen?
Wiki seems to think he is alive.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Blessed [wikipedia.org]

Re:But... (4, Funny)

snowjest (638941) | about a year ago | (#43404911)

But surely everyone knows that BRIAN'S ALIVE!

Re:But... (2)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year ago | (#43405043)

The US is where BBC series go to die. No pining for the fjords.
They left Basil Fawlty out of their version of Fawlty Towers for crying out loud! It will be horrible. Like an office christmas disco whithout the alcohol.

So please, please do not take Brian's name in vain.

Re:But... (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#43404613)

he's pining.

Re:But... (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#43404697)

I think he's got some very loud words to say about that.

Re:But... (2)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about a year ago | (#43404783)

To be fair, BRIAN BLESSED would be more sonorous dead than most people are alive.

Re:But... (2)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#43404973)

Blessed's ALIVE!!

Re:But... (2)

Richy_T (111409) | about a year ago | (#43405347)

No, you misread. It's "Zombies eat brains". Not "Brians".

Thank Cthulhu I bought the complete DVD set! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404321)

Thankfully I've already bought the complete DVD set of the original Blake's 7. I suspect purchase of the original will become virtually impossible (at least in the US) once the SyFy bastardization (no doubt complete with psychics talking to ghosts, or at least shipmates poking around abandoned buildings looking for ghosts and jumping at every tinny noise, along with Avon wrestling alligators). I'll take bad special effects and a good story over great special effects and crap writing anyway (though to be fair, the writing may be good...Heroes was pretty good...I just don't trust SyFy to execute).

Sci-fi on Syfy? (4, Insightful)

Dracos (107777) | about a year ago | (#43404353)

Say it ain't so. I wonder when they'll squeeze this into the schedule between all the wrestling and other ratings-chasing dreck.

But we won't know if it's a true SciFi series until it gets unceremoniously cancelled for no good reason.

Re:Sci-fi on Syfy? (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#43404521)

I wonder when they'll squeeze this into the schedule between all the wrestling and other ratings-chasing dreck.

Every time I start to wonder if I should have the cable re-connected, somebody says something like this, and it reminds me of why I dropped that overpriced crapfest in the first place.

Re:Sci-fi on Syfy? (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about a year ago | (#43404899)

Say it ain't so. I wonder when they'll squeeze this into the schedule between all the wrestling and other ratings-chasing dreck.

But we won't know if it's a true SciFi series until it gets unceremoniously cancelled for no good reason.

My latest guilty pleasure is on SyFy channel .. Robot Combat League [syfy.com] . Yes it is cheesy. Yes it has the typical reality show emphasis on personalities. Yes they overdo the pyrotechnics. Yes there is probably about 15 minutes tops of real footage in the hour long show (Ya Tivo!) . Yes the robots are all the same basic platform (Nascar of robotics?), but it is fun to watch 8 foot tall, 800 lb tele-operated robots walking around and arena and wailing into each other and spewing hydraulic fluid when valves and cylinders give way. And then seeing the attempts at repairs in between rounds.

While it may seem like a superficial show its fun to sit back and try to understand the engineering that went into the combatants, and given that this is a first-of-its-kind series I hope the quality can only go up .. if there is a next season.

Re:Sci-fi on Syfy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43405275)

I bet they plan to incorporate ghost chasing wrestlers into the story.

Re:Sci-fi on Syfy? (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about a year ago | (#43405673)

Don't knock ScFy. This means that the crew can do battle with Gatorpiranhasaurus!

Intermission (1)

Tobenisstinky (853306) | about a year ago | (#43404389)

Wow, 13 hour long episodes!? I'm gonna need at least 2 bathroom breaks!

Re:Intermission (1)

azadrozny (576352) | about a year ago | (#43404603)

I bet SyFy divides it into 3 seasons, with a 6 month mid-season hiatus.

Re:Intermission (1)

emag (4640) | about a year ago | (#43404951)

And special guest stars that happen to be wrestlers... who'll have more acting talent than some of the main cast...

My emotions as I started reading... (5, Interesting)

emag (4640) | about a year ago | (#43404407)

Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return

*gasp!* *overwhelming joy*

On Syfy Channel

*neutral* "Oh...."

is to be remade

*anger* "... fuck!"

by Heroes writer

*rage* "NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!"

Maybe I should just import a Region 2 DVD player and the discs from the UK, since it looks like it never got released here in the US.

Re:My emotions as I started reading... (2)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about a year ago | (#43404475)

Order the R2 discs, then just hit the Pirate Bay for copies you can watch.

Re:My emotions as I started reading... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404599)

I bought a sony dvd player that plays all the regions on amazon for like $30. so I could import cheap doctor who/ torchwood box sets.

Re:My emotions as I started reading... (2)

mattack2 (1165421) | about a year ago | (#43405091)

Actually, maybe this new show will cause whoever has the rights to the original to try to cash in and release the original on DVD/BluRay in the U.S.

"Blake's 7" is the only other science fiction show I like almost as much as I like "Star Trek". Both have dud episodes, and with there being 52 eps of Blake's 7 airing weekly, I stopped watching at one point after I'd seen them all, then the next times I randomly caught an episode, I think I saw the same dud episode (they're stuck on a planet and 'monsters' that end up being bioengineered humans are trying to break in).. It's probably a quirk of memory, though..

I think a remake could be good, and could be bad. It may be blasphemy, but I think the U.S. "The Office" is at least as good as the original, though both are funny. Heck, at worst it's "accumulatively" as good as the original since there are tons more episodes, leading to more laughs total.

Re:My emotions as I started reading... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43406501)

Maybe I should just import a Region 2 DVD player and the discs from the UK, since it looks like it never got released here in the US.

Many DVD players can already be made region free. Just search "region free DVD" and your brand and model number. LG players are really good for this. Also any of the no-brand Chinese DVD players are already region free, they don't give a fuck what they're playing.

And of course there's also VLC player on your computer. :)

Yeah more ORAC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404437)

with fewer Greens

The Prisoner ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404463)

... all over again

Re:The Prisoner ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43405055)

Be seeing you.

To be remade for one series (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404507)

Then have it replaced with some more WRASTLIN.

It is the SyFy way.

Funny You Should Mention This (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404541)

I was watching SyFy last night and contemplating how crappy the science fiction stories/scripts all seem to be now, I won't even bother going into the terrible acting.

This story about a trashy re-make of a campy c-movie like science fiction show is just another example of what I was bemoaning. Blake's 7 was "Ok" Saturday afternoon viewing in 1979, but it was crappy scifi then and it'll be much worse as SyFy channel's re-make. The writer of Heroes? Really?

Why can't SyFy show the already existing great science fiction shows/movies as well as get some new stories. The two-bit actors wouldn't be quite so awful if the scripts weren't such God awful adolescent bait.

Why can't SyFy put out something like Fringe, or Firefly at the leastt? Why does everything SyFy does have to suck BALLS?

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (1)

scuzzlebutt (517123) | about a year ago | (#43404623)

Why does everything SyFy does have to suck BALLS?

Well, for starters, they can't even spell "SciFi" right...

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404711)

Well, for starters, they can't even spell "SciFi" right...

To be fair, SyFy has nothing to do with science fiction.

Any day now, they'll change their name to "the Ghost Hunter channel" or somesuch.

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (1)

snookerdoodle (123851) | about a year ago | (#43404755)

Well, for starters, they can't even spell "wrestling" right...

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (4, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | about a year ago | (#43404919)

They used to spell it "Sci Fi", but changed it to avoid charges of false advertising.

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43405121)

"This story about a trashy re-make of a campy c-movie like science fiction show is just another example of what I was bemoaning. Blake's 7 was "Ok" Saturday afternoon viewing in 1979, but it was crappy scifi then and it'll be much worse as SyFy channel's re-make."

The effects are crappy (on par with the other BBC series from that era), but the first 2 seasons were good stuff. 3rd and 4th meh.

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (2)

rjstanford (69735) | about a year ago | (#43405821)

You have to admit that the final finale was brilliant, though. "You're going to bring us back for another season? Oh, I think not..."

Although it still has the possibility of Avon somehow ducking and letting the circular firing squad just shoot itself, but that's somewhat unlikely given the length of the barrage.

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (1)

kwark (512736) | about a year ago | (#43406067)

Avon is making commercials for mobility scooter nowadays, not happening in any future:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljBXnsiULQo [youtube.com]
I saw the advert a couple of times and had the nagging feeling I'd seen that guy before. After finding out it was Paul Darrow aka Avon, it was the trigger to acquire the DVDs and rewatch it after some 25 years.

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (1)

malkavian (9512) | about a year ago | (#43406589)

It was a camera malfunction, according to the fanzine.. The fanfic of the time had Avon surviving.. And I think Villa too..

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (1)

shar303 (944843) | about a year ago | (#43405449)

Although the effects and the sets were fairly poor it wasn't at all bad in the story department.

I watched it again recently and was pleasantly surprised by how well it stands up.

I knew the actor that played Vila, and like the rest of the crew he was pretty good in his role, a great Shakespearean fool. Without his 'difficult' relationship with the computer expert Avon (and Orac) it wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining.

Not at all crappy sci fi, and imho, very good in the aspects of a programme that matter - script, acting & story.

Re:Funny You Should Mention This (2)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year ago | (#43406013)

The set of people who watch SyFy have a lot of overlap with the set of people who thought Heroes had excellent writing.

What we really need on cable is a science fiction channel...

Starlost (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404577)

I really wish they would remake Starlost. I thought that was one of the greatest concepts for a science fiction TV series.

Re:Starlost (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year ago | (#43404833)

Want to see Harlan Ellison's original concept? Never made it to video, but you can get a graphic novel version. [amazon.com] There was also a novel that is long out of physical print; however, Amazon is offering a Kindle edition.

Re:Starlost (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#43405171)

I think of Starlost every time a series remake comes up.

There is a huge opportunity there. Get real money, actually WORK with Ellison and his original scripts, and you would have a great series.

Remake something with a strong concept that wasn't done right the first time. Even as screwy as it turned out it was often enjoyable to watch.

Re:Starlost (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43405691)

Want to see Robert Heinlein's original concept? Read "Orphans of the Stars".

Careful what you wish for. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404619)

FTS: Here's hoping the special effects budget will be higher than for the original series!
 
Indeed! Because I can't think of a remake that hasn't used better special effects as a reason to cut down on the plot and give us long boring fighting sequences and other tiresome eye candy.
 
When I watch something what matters to me is the story line. With a few rare examples I can't remember one car wreck from the next or an explosion of a spaceship on sceen that really mattered to me at the end of the day. If you don't have a story line worth my time you're not going to have me as a fan.

Re:Careful what you wish for. (1)

Cosgrach (1737088) | about a year ago | (#43406635)

It does not matter what the budget would be. If SyFy is involved, it will be complete and utter SHIT. Sorry, that is just a fact of life.

Jenna's butt (1)

Suigintou (1115117) | about a year ago | (#43404693)

Cool... but will they find actress with a fine enough ass to play Jenna?

I miss the old SciFi channel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404695)

before the assclowns at NBC bought SyFy they had great programming, after they bought it and began filling it with overly dramatized reality TV (Ghost Hunters, Scare Tactics or whatever it was called) and Wrestling it went down hill. They'll screw this up, alienate more fans push them elsewhere , maybe ... Gasp! back into books. Give me old school effects anyday not CG everything.

Hard work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43404699)

Aren't 13-hour-long episodes a lot to sit through? God, these people are stupid.

Well at least it's not more reality TV (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | about a year ago | (#43404759)

I kind of like "Face Off" since the end-results they make are creative.

But beyond that, I'm not a fan of reality TV or wresting... which is what the channel is slowly filling up with.

So while part of me wants to say "Try making creative shows again" at least I'm content that it's not another reality series.

Re:Well at least it's not more reality TV (1)

Kaenneth (82978) | about a year ago | (#43405511)

Idea:

  Combine Face Off with Pro Wrestling.

  MONSTER BATTLE!

Summary by someone who never saw the original? (3, Informative)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#43404789)

Here's hoping the special effects budget will be higher than for the original series!

No, no, no. What we should really be hoping for is that the effects budgets doesn't matter because the writing and characterisation will be so strong.

Still, an American remake of a popular British series - what [wikipedia.org] could [wikipedia.org] possibly [wikipedia.org] go [wikipedia.org] wrong [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Summary by someone who never saw the original? (3, Insightful)

swb (14022) | about a year ago | (#43405731)

You're generally right, but the American version of Life on Mars wasn't bad on it's own merits, even if it was somehow not as good as the British version.

At least the cast was decent -- it seemed unusual to have Keitel, Mol, Imperioli all on a network TV series.

Um...syfy...right (1)

grasshoppa (657393) | about a year ago | (#43404797)

Anyone else getting the "Remaking it just so they can cancel another scifi show and replace it with even more wrestling?" vibe here?

Meh. The change from SciFi to SyFy (1)

CQDX (2720013) | about a year ago | (#43404825)

is one of the big reasons I dropped cable. If they want to attract viewership, don't rehash a popular series, rebroadcast it!

Re:Meh. The change from SciFi to SyFy (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year ago | (#43405001)

Um,. no.
really, BLake 7 could not stand on it's own today. sure, 100,000 people might watch it, maybe 500,000 but it wouldn't be enough for broadcast.

Rehash it, and hopefully it will be good, if not the don't watch it. It's not like they are going to come to yorr house and steal your Blake 7 dvds.

Re:Meh. The change from SciFi to SyFy (2)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | about a year ago | (#43405853)

I recall people making exactly the same argument when the Doctor Who reboot was announced.

OK, bad example. I'll still take Tom Baker or Peter Davison over Matt Smith or David Tenant any day of the week.

Re:Meh. The change from SciFi to SyFy (2)

kannibal_klown (531544) | about a year ago | (#43405137)

I have lots of complaints about the switch from SciFi to SyFy. Revamping a classic series isn't one of them. I mean, really, they've only revamped one that I know of prior to this (BSG).

The Battlestar Galactica show was pretty solid. Sure, it was either "love it or hate it" but a lot of people liked it. Sure, it wasn't the same as the old one... but it had moments.

My biggest complaint is with the brand change, they have been dropping home-brewed science fiction series and favoring reality shows + wresting. And the Saturday evening B-movie fest is still lame.

I'm not saying Blake's 7: The Next Generation (or whatever) is going to be good. But it's at least it's a scripted science fiction show. With Warehouse 13 reaching the end of its contract and some of their other shows dropped... it's a welcome addition. As much as I LOVE the Canadian imports, it would be good for them to do some stuff themselves.

Re:Meh. The change from SciFi to SyFy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43405527)

The Battlestar Galactica show was pretty solid. Sure, it was either "love it or hate it" but a lot of people liked it. Sure, it wasn't the same as the old one... but it had moments.

I'll admit to only watching the new BSG pilot episode and the last 10 minutes of the finale, and snippets here and there as my wife watched it, and my only reaction was this:

"What a piece of shit. If I wanted to watch soap operas, I'd be TiVoing Days of our Lives."

Fool me 100 times (2)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about a year ago | (#43404989)

When Eureka ended so did my need to ever watch SyFy. I lamented FarScape for over a year and watched as SG and its myriad of spinoffs deteriorated but at least I got to see Ben Browder do his one liners again. Then just as I am actually starting to see some potential in the Universe franchise they pull another Fox. [toplessrobot.com] It's not like I didn't see it coming but I am a masochistic optimist. Thank you...NO.

13 Hour Long Episodes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43405509)

Man it's going to be a slog to get through one let alone the whole season!!!

Talking about getting old TV shows back... SG:U (2)

xirtam_work (560625) | about a year ago | (#43405677)

Personally, I'd rather they leave Blakes 7 alone, it was great for it's time. If anyone were to bring it back it should be the BBC, like they've done with Doctor Who.

As for other shows that should be back on TV there's Stargate Universe which was cruelly cancelled before its time. Why not help out to get it back on the air again via Netflix and sign the Change.org petition linked below. There's little point asking SyFy as they don't seem to know anything about science fiction anyway.

http://www.change.org/petitions/netflix-save-stargate-universe [change.org]

The other day there were 3000 signatures, today it's over 4000. With the help of Slashdot I reckon we could hit over 10K in no time. The target is 100K I think.

But who will play Servalan? (1)

yossie (93792) | about a year ago | (#43406075)

One of the greatest SciFi villains of all time deserves a great actress (assuming no reboot sex change :) don't'cha think?

hahhaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43406263)

thanks for the joke post OP, clasic haha hehe ...ROFL lol...ty needed that...what is a SyFy btw

Pilot online here... (1)

xirtam_work (560625) | about a year ago | (#43406345)

I just watched the pilot episode of the original series on Youtube when it occurred to me that I'd never seen the beginning, only a few episodes here and there during it's original run in the 1980's.

It's here for anyone wanting to watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMjYChwuqMI [youtube.com]

Those were the days.. (1)

malkavian (9512) | about a year ago | (#43406461)

Still got the fanzines from the original run.. Hopefully this time, they won't get a camera malfunction for the last scene in the whole series!

I loved (at least one of) its effects! (1)

fsagx (1936954) | about a year ago | (#43406649)

At some point during the 1980s, in the US, it was on PBS late Sunday night (or early Monday morning) following Doctor Who. I don't recall much of it, but I do remember being really impressed that when a character looked through binoculars, the image shown was one circular region -- not two circles squished together. I don't know if it's only American TV that always gets this wrong, or if it's the whole world. It bugs me. I also remember that when they went through their version of Star Trek's transporter, they went back-to-back with their weapons drawn. It seems very prudent. Kirk and Picard never thought that far ahead, I guess.
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>