Childhood’s End

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Who would have guessed that the final evolution of the human race would have been such a downer? For those aware of the plot of Arthur C. Clarke‘s classic novel, the outcome of Childhood’s End came as no surprise, but what was surprising was that the adaptation followed through with the bittersweet finale and allowed the miniseries to end as naturally, and as beautifully, as possible. Childhood’s End hasn’t been consistent in its delivery, but watching tonight’s final third it seemed as though it was just consistent enough to deliver an emotional pay-off. Who knew that watching the end of the world could be so rewarding. (more…)

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Tonight, I watched a TV program where an otherworldly entity came down to Earth, told us a bunch of things we wanted to hear, make grand promises about the future of mankind without talking a single minute about their real agenda. But enough about the Republican Debate on CNN! As the GOP presidential candidates slugged it out on the nation’s leading purveyor of news-ish programming, we continue on with the second of three parts with Childhood’s End. Tonight the agenda of the Overlords comes into some focus, but if you’ve never read the Arthur C. Clarke book you were probably left scratching your head. (more…)

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Following through on its re-dedication to science fiction, Syfy took things to a whole new level by deciding to adapt Childhood’s End. It’s a bit like being a terrible pitcher that’s had no practice all season and being named the starter of the seventh game of the World Series: expectations are high, no one thinks you can meet them, and there’s a good chance that something beloved by millions is going to be ruined. And that’s why it’s a tremendous surprise that the first part of the three night miniseries Childhood’s End manages to be decently enthralling effort. It’s not Masterpiece Theater, but it’s a positive effort all around. (more…)

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Hey, remember when Syfy showed science fiction? How many times have you heard that question asked amongst the nerderati or amongst your circle of nerdish friends? See, there was once this time that the Sci-Fi channel, later rebranded SyFy in a much maligned and mocked marketing campaign, but the somewhat radical respelling of “sci-fi” came with a shift to do less compelling and original programming, and do more cheap reality shows and ridiculously over-the-top “original” movies like Sharknado, Dinocroc Vs Supergator, et al. In a surprising and interesting new interview, one SyFy exec is saying that the channel screwed the pooch when it comes to their programming the last few years, and at a time when genre TV has been booming on other network to boot. (more…)