Fox’s Virtuality

Kali asks what I think about the upcoming Fox show from Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Gallactica”) “Virtuality”, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Commander Frank Pike. The show’s about the starship Phaeton which is on a 10 year mission to a distant solar system. To keep the crew occupied, they use a series of modules that put them into virtual reality worlds. Everything goes great until a “bug” in the system starts messing things up.

(You can read further details at Reuters and at The Futon Critic).

Now this sounds like an interseting premise for a movie, and is very open ended for a show. It’s basically people playing around on Star Trek holodecks, although more like the Matrix, I suppose. At first glance the lack of direction for this show seems like it wouldn’t have a good focus, but remember this is coming from Ron Moore. A lot of people were surprised that someone would actually do a remake of “Battlestar Galactica” and even more surprised that it was a good show.

I’m still not certain. It has possibilities, but the open-endedness of this show really bothers me. Unless the show has a clear purpose, and it establishes it right from the start, I think people will be wondering where it’s headed. Trying to survive a 10-year journey doesn’t seem to be much of a premise.

I guess we’ll see.

(Thanks to Kali!)

3 thoughts on “Fox’s Virtuality”

  1. It does sound interesting and yet… Still, Ron’s attachment is intriguing as is the promise of an early “game changing” moment. If it sucks, will you heckle with me?

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