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When I heard that Ron Moore was putting together another series, I was fairly excited. When I heard that it was a “viral outbreak” show, I was a bit despondent. I had no desire to sit down and watch what looks like – from the trailer I’d seen – a mixture of every crappy outbreak movie I’d ever seen and every bad suspense film to grace the small screen. As it turns out, the premiere for Helix was much more than I had expected. (more…)

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SyFy has released the first teaser trailer for Ron Moore‘s new series Helix and I’m feeling a great disturbance in the force. We’ll get back to that feeling in a minute. What is Helix?

A team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

Although it sounds a lot like Carpenter’s The Thing at first glance, Helix looks more like a cross between The Andromeda Strain and The Abyss. We don’t get too much in this first look, but the general clean room style we see is interesting. What’s that oozing at the end? We’ll have to tune in to find out.

What is really interesting to me is that suddenly, as Bill and Ted would say:

“There’s strange things afoot at SyFy.”

Actual science fiction . . . I’ll let that sink in. The Defiance pilot was a good start for a series that could gain a steady following. Throw in Helix and one could almost say that the SyFy channel is a place to find good scifi. Whatever might be driving this movement has my full blessings.

What do you think?

 

Via: Blastr

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Ron Moore is no scifi television virgin. The man has taken his knocks and earned his stripes while writing and producing episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, rebooting Battlestar Galactica to critical acclaim, the not so well received BSG spinoff Caprica (Which I enjoyed), and his upcoming show Helix.  Throw in his work on two Trek movies, Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact and anyone can see this guy can back up his opinions with hard learned lessons.

In a recent interview with Star Trek.com Moore was asked by a fan if he missed Star Trek being on television. Moore responded and then elaborated on his opinion of the differences between the television shows and the movies.

I do. I think that Star Trek, in its DNA, is a television show. The features are great. They’re a lot of fun and they’ve certainly opened it up to a lot of different audiences, but the features all are basically atypical episodes, if you think about it. The features are very big action-adventure movies, lots of spectacle, run and jump, shoot-em-up and blowing things up. The fate of the Earth, or the universe itself, is always at stake. It’s always about the captain, and one other character has a strong B-story, and everyone else sort of has very small roles beyond that. But Star Trek, as originally conceived, and as you saw play out in all the other series, was really a morality play every week, and it was about an ensemble of players. They were exploring science fiction ideas, sociological ideas and moral ideas. That’s really what the shows are about, and the movies are just pitched in a different way and at a different audience.

The [TV show] will do a story where the captain is split in two by a transporter accident and one half is evil and one half is good, and the whole story is about where does the nature of a man’s strength come from? What makes a man a man? Is it his good side? His bad side? Or how the two come together to make something greater than the sum of its parts? The movies will never do that. They’ll never do a day-in-the-life story with Data [the excellent season 4 episode “Data’s Day”] or something like “Lower Decks,” where you go explore the other characters. They’ll never do all the things that all of us who are fans fell in love with this franchise for. So I think, at some point, Star Trek will return to television, and that would be great. I’d love to watch the weekly adventures again just because it gives you an opportunity to explore lots of other things besides the action-adventure component.

What do you think? Many fans that I know held the opinion that the franchise needed a bit of a rest after Enterprise. Is it time to bring it back? Can it ever go back to television with the core cast considering the costs involved?

Do you agree with Moore? Let us know in the comments section below.

Via: Blastr

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Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) has finalized the deal to bring 13 episodes of his dark thriller Helix to SyFy later this year. I have to say that when I first saw this news I got excited about seeing a series about Raptor pilot Helo . . . then I figured out I read it wrong. Word about Moore’s new project first started to spread earlier this year and fans hoped to see the deal go through.

Helix is a story about:

A team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak at an Arctic research facility who find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

SyFy‘s President of Original Content Mark Stern said:

“With its well-drawn characters, taut drama, and incredible production team, we couldn’t be more excited to see this intense thrill-ride of a series come to life.”

Moore is great at creating tension in a series and although many were disappointed in the Battlestar Galactica series ending, the man knows how to create gripping television. What do you think? will you be tuning in to check out Moore’s latest project when it hits the small screen?

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I am not one for reading novels. Especially fantasy series. I’m that special kind of asshole that says “Meh, I’ll wait till its a movie or TV series”.  It’s matter of preference really. I prefer seeing swords and tits on screen than picturing them in my mind, you know? Anyway…

A new book to screen series is in the works. Starz is developing a series based on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlanderand they’ve got Ron Moore on board to write it.

Here’s the story via Deadline:

Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure. It follows Claire, a married WWII combat nurse, who mistakenly steps back in time to year 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, it ignites a passionate affair that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Let’s see here. We got time travel, historical fiction, a little romance… oh, and they got Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore to write? How wonderfully outlandish!

Joking aside, given the concept, Ron Moore overseeing, and considering Starz past success with it’s epic Spartacus series, I think we’ve got a show that could potentially rival Game of Thrones.

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With the rebooting of the Star Trek universe via J.J. Abrams, a possible return of the franchise to television is a hot topic right now.  Even big names like Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer are looking eagerly toward getting this done.  Now, a pro from the Star Trek world has his two cents to put in.

Ron Moore is a true Star Trek veteran.  He wrote and produced on several of the franchise’s projects, both television and film, before moving on to the almighty BSG reboot.  In a recent interview with Wired, Moore had a few things to say regarding what he thinks it would take for Star Trek to return to television in all its glory.

People have to understand that the Star Trek films are a different animal. And that goes for the original series’ movies, as well as those from The Next Generation, and from J.J. By their nature, the Star Trek films are much more action-oriented, with space battles, big villains, lots of running and jumping. The stakes for Earth and the universe are always enormous.

But the lifeblood of Star Trek’s television shows is its morality plays and social commentary. It’s sci-fi that provides a prism on human society and culture. The movies are never really going to do what the episodes do, like split Picard into two in a transporter beam and then talk philosophically about the nature of humanity, which parts of our strength come from good and which from evil. The movies are never going to do that. Star Trek: The Next Generation was about those moral issues, about how societies grow and are differently affected. None of these are topics that the movies are going to tackle.

To create Star Trek in the form that people are familiar with requires another television series, and I think it will be successful again in that medium. You have to spend some time talking about its form and structure, and how to update it again for a new audience. You still want the “boldly go where no one has gone before” part with a ship, crew and ongoing mission. That’s part and parcel of the franchise.

But you have to be able to tackle big ideas, which are larger than chasing the villain of the week. That’s really not what the series was very good at. I mean, you could look back at the original Star Trek series or The Next Generation and find some cool action-adventure episodes with space battles, but the show is about so much more than that. If you were trying to do that flavor of Star Trek on television every week, it would just fail.

Well, at least he doesn’t appear to be against a new series.  In fact, he seems full of insightful bits of wisdom for those who might try this noble endeavor.  With any luck, we may see yet another run of Star Trek on TV and with Abrams’s reboot, they can pretty much go anywhere they want with it.

What do the folks sitting at home in their bathrobes have to say?  More Star Trek television?  Stick to the first universe or the reboot?  Bring back the old folks or add some fresh new faces and a new adventure to the franchise?

 

Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

Smallville‘s, ex-HPOA, Kristin Kreuk is still trying to shake the stank she contracted from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. While that will never happen, she is trying to win our hearts back with a new TV role. She’s been cast in Ron Moore‘s new fantasy-based police procedural series 17th Precinct, and will join the previously cast Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer and James Callis, who all come from Battlestar Galactica.

The series is about a fictional town of Excelsior where magic and supernatural elements rule over science and revolves around the cops at the local 17th Precinct. Kreuk will play Susan Longstreet, the wife of Jamie Bamber’s character, Caolan. As of right now her role is just “guest star” status, but if the pilot is expanded into a full series, her role could be expanded as well.

Moore has described the new series as “an adult Harry Potter. But instead of fighting the evil Lord Voldemort, the characters will be fighting crime.”

So, in other words.. it’s ‘The Dresden Files‘. Surely, NBC will take this seriously. NOT! They’ll market it wrong, see lower than average ratings and can the show almost immediately. An NBC joint most of us would actually watch and you just know they will fuck it up. Luckily, it’s from the mind of Ron Moore. He did helped create one of the best, most thought provoking Science Fiction series in Television History. Plus he has a big penis. The latter has absolutely no relevance, just thought I’d throw it out there. With his name and vision, we should get something pretty damn good. Just hope NBC handles it right.

Source: Blastr

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As if anyone gives shit about Battlestar Galactica anymore creator Ron Moore finally answers what the hell happened to Starbuck at the end of the final episode.

Starbuck of course being the strong-willed, funny, hot-headed yet at-times, oddly vulnerable shoot first, ask questions later kind of gal. A hard-drinking, cigar-smoking ace pilot that died and came back to life. She came back and help guide her Battlestar brethern to earth all to tune of asking her new self “what the hell am I?”

Whether you liked the ending of Battlestar Galactica or not, it’s undeniable that Starbuck’s conclusion left a lot of questions unanswered. As if not answering any of those questions wasn’t bad enough, the finale added one more level of mystery when Starbuck seemingly vanished into thin air while talking to Lee Adama in her final scene.

Was she an angel? Was she a god? What the hell happened? Well, the fine folks at i09.com caught up with Ron Moore at Comic-C0n and asked him. He had this to say…

She is what you want to think of her. It was left deliberately nebulous and vague. And I think she was a representative of an entity that didn’t like to be called God, but everybody else talked about it in godlike terms. If you want to call her an angel, you could say that. She went through a resurrection story that was very Christlike. And you know, what are the implications of that? I felt, as I went into the finale, that the more I defined exactly what she was, the less interesting she became. And so I just made a choice to go out on a more ambiguous note, and to let people argue about it perpetually.

Well, there you have it. She was Jesus. Y’all can move on now.