If there’s one word that can be used to describe this season’s new TV series, it’s risky. Just as a start, we have a remake of a ’70s series reimagined as the story of a woman unsure of her place in the world [Bionic Woman], a musical mystery series [Viva Laughlin] and a series about guy whose touch brings back the dead – though a further touch returns them to the state of death [Pushing Daisies]. Here’s a look at what you might expect in the next few weeks.
We’ve had to wait an extra four months for the return of Battlestar Galactica [Sci Fi, Fridays, check local listings], but it was worth the wait. The special, Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far, this week – and when the third season premieres, next week, it returns the show to its place in the ranks of the very best programs on television. It also begins four months after the Cylons discovered New Caprica and forced the government of the Twelve Colonies to surrender. Where to begin? The Leoben [Callum Keith Rennie] model has returned and taken Kara “Starbuck” Thrace [Katee Sackoff] away to live with him; the Brother Cavil model [Dean Stockwell] is advocating the reduction of the human populace to something more manageable; Lee “Apollo” Adama [Jamie Bamber] has gotten fat, and Gaius Baltar [James Callis] is now head of a puppet government. In short, things are going to hell in a handcart and there doesn’t seem to be anything anyone can do about it. Continue reading Battlestar Galactica: The Insurrection Begins!→
The trick, when creating a successful spin-off, is to extend the creative palette in such a way as to maintain the core of what made the original successful, and then add enough of a change that the new series isn