Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Plan Ahead

According to showrunner Ron Moore, the cylons never had a plan on Battlestar Galactica.  This may sound like no big deal, except each show started:

The cylons were created by man.  They evolved.  They rebelled.  There are many copies.  And they have a plan.

Now Moore admits the reason they said this was that it sounded good.

Actually, it was pretty obvious to fans that the cylons had no plan, and the producers were making it up as they went along.  The cylons did have a plan in the pilot, and pulled it off, killing most humans.  After that it was a chase, where something seemed to be happening. Then the show tried new things which didn't work well, and by the time they wrapped it up, things had gotten fairly ridiculous.

In some ways I can't blame Moore.  It's hard enough to get a show on the air, and make it entertaining each week.  But really, you shouldn't promise something you can't deliver.  It makes the whole show worse in retrospect (after you've cashed all those checks--which was the real plan).


Anonymous Lawrence King said...

What a jerk. I wish we could file a class-action suit to recover our wasted time -- or at least the money we spent on cable bills and DVDs.

Even so, Moore wrote the best episodes of ST:TNG -- namely, the ones that focused on Worf's family saga and the Klingon civil war. It's no coincidence that they were the TNG episodes that departed from the always-sweet-and-syrupy TNG universe, where everyone loved everyone else, and each starship had a telepathic counselor who could lovingly intervene if a crewman were to have a stray hostile thought.

(Come to think of it, that could be a premise for a great show, as long as the writers realized it was a dystopia.)

3:21 PM, June 14, 2017  
Blogger LAGuy said...

I think Babylon 5 had telepaths right. Telepaths are dangerous, and need to be watched carefully. They may need to be separated from the rest of society, or even worse.

5:45 PM, June 14, 2017  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The proles always resent the elites

4:02 AM, June 15, 2017  

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