Thursday, October 05, 2006

ITV lunchtime dilemmas

This is about ITV. In a roundabout way. It's lunchtime, I'm surfing. Having read some US spoilers about the first episode of season threee of 'Lost' and got predictably annoyed with reviews that tell of yet more episodes lacking any answers (I'm starting to think that really 'Lost' is like 'Seinfeld' a show where nothing happens, but just not so funny).

I then noticed a review of the season three premier of 'Battlestar Galactica' on the Boston Globe's site, by Joanna Weiss, which is infinitely better. They had 12 minutes of the season opener online, and I got really quite excited, but sadly was denied - its for US eyes only. There's a good piece in News Week as well.

But Weiss sums it all up nicely pulling together all that is good about 'Battlestar Galactica', about its parallels with the war in Iraq, its all a very post 9/11 world.

"I find myself proselytizing more for 'Battlestar Galactica' than any other show, with good reason. Yes, the series, which launches its third season tomorrow , has been wildly successful for the Sci Fi Channel. But given how far it surpasses nearly everything else on TV, I'm hoping a mainstream audience will follow.

"That it hasn't could reflect a fear that the show's plotlines are too complex ( in truth, "Battlestar" is easier to follow than "Lost"). It could be the lingering memory of the campy 1970s series, even though this new incarnation is completely -- almost shockingly -- dark. It could be a fear that if you're not a science fiction nut, the show won't speak to you.


But the secret to "Battlestar ," as one of my colleagues keeps saying, is not to think of it as science fiction. This is a show about religion, politics, parent-child relationships, and the moral dilemmas of insurgency. Consider it a workplace drama where the business is armed resistance.

She's dead right. I've mentioned this all before. In the UK 'Battlestar Galactica' is tucked away on Sky - home of Sci Fi - One. It should be on ITV.

Oh, but wait, who would ever expect leading edge programming on ITV's schedule.

12 Comments:

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Mrs Belmot said...

I TOTALLY agree!

As you know, I've been VERY interested in the ITV situation for some weeks now. I've posted a blog on my blog (does that make sense?) about this situation:
http://mrsbelmot.blogspot.com/

 
At 2:51 PM, Anonymous the online pixie said...

Can you not make a comment or two please about advertising to children or maybe young people?

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous come on gorgeous said...

yeah come on sweetcheeks - also a comment on ITV's attempts to get rid of kids' tv altogether would be nice.

i know the big online hunk has a couple of crackers up his sleave - you're just teasing us aren't ya, ya big galoot!

xx

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous the online pixie said...

This whole Jack Straw thing...does Blunkett make visiting Muslims remove their veils too?

 
At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Johnny Cash said...

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree. The virgins are all trimming their wicks. The whirlwind is in the thorn tree. It's hard for me to kick against the pricks.

In measured hundredweight and penny pound. When the man comes around.

 
At 12:46 PM, Anonymous dougie wowser said...

and do you think that Dougie Howser was a realistic idea for a programme? there's a mixture of opinion and i am strongly for him.

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous howling mad murdoch said...

I have to say I really liked the original Battlestar Galactica with the Faceman in it. But this new one is a BIG BAG OF WANK

 
At 12:52 PM, Anonymous in poor taste said...

lots of wank juice on your face murdoch. this is a family blog

 
At 12:52 PM, Anonymous marty mcfly said...

The best tv show at the moment is this new american comedy on E4. It's about this lovable bunch of mates who hang out together, drinking coffee, talking, avoiding getting together. It's really well written and quite funny.

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous peter hitchens said...

God it hasn't been my day, my week, my month or even my year!

 
At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Davey Davey Cameron King of the world wide web said...

Tony Blair said you come sum his political pledges up in three words, 'education, education, education'. You can sum mine up in two: 'bugger all'.

 
At 1:00 PM, Anonymous po said...

anyone else worried that the tories have stolen the imagery of the tellytubbies for their latest party political broadcast?

and I thought tinky winky was a lib dem...

 

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