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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Gathering” (Pilot 1993)

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Babylon 5 was, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the best American SF show since the original Star Trek, and the most influential. Though never amazingly popular here in the states, pretty much every genre program since has owed at least an indirect debt to ground plowed and made fallow by it.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Robinsons: Lost In Space: “Pilot” (2003)

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Every year there are dozens of pilot episodes made. These are essentially a working model or proof of concept episode for a potential new TV series. Some of these are fully-fledged episodes, and some are only partial-length. Others are feature length. Based on the strengths or weaknesses of these ‘proposals’, networks decide which new shows they’re going to pick up and which ones they’re not.

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TV MOVIE REVIEW: “Virtuality” (2009)

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Ah, the summer doldrums, when young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love and TV networks burn off their unsold pilots in an attempt to amortize their development costs. It’s romantic, really. We get a chance to meet and bond with characters that we’ll never see again, never get to know; we get a glimpse down a road the network, in it’s wisdom, decided not to travel down. We get to test the waters of what the suits think us hayseeds will like. We get a window in to which failed shows from the last few seasons the other suits feel are worthy of ripping off.

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TV Review:Dollhouse:Pilot

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Joss Whedon trades on the goodwill he's built over the years making such interesting series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Doctor Horrible, and hands us... this.

So, what do I think of Dollhouse?

I think it's fantastically overthought. And this is from me, the most fantastical overthinker you know. (Hmm. That could be my new supervillian name...) This is obviously a concept that Whedon has thought about and thought about and ruminated on for about a decade, and in most things that have been overthought, all the OOoomph has been filtered out of it.

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