TV and Sci-Fi

So a friend, via IM, asked me if I could re-write a show, similar to what Ron Moore has done so brilliantly with Battlestar Galactica, what would I do? And it hit me. The idea was fully-formed in my head, it could be brilliantly done, and with a pre-defined story arc that would make for some intense, awesome viewing.

I’m going to write this treatment tonight, so once I’m a published author and someone asks if I have an idea for a TV series, my response can be an emphatic “yes,” followed up by an email with the treatment. Because, oh hell yes, this could be some serious fun.

Generally, my relationship to broadcast sci-fi has been tenuous. I grew up on Star Trek, but got more and more sick of it as TNG wound down and begat DS9 and Voyager. The X-Files started strong, but seemed to lose its way — I still watched up to the end, though. I’ve heard people rave about Babylon 5, and never could get into it. Firefly was reasonably good, but not great. (I did really enjoy the movie, though.) Basically, I think that sci-fi is not handled as gracefully as it could be, as a general rule.

Sci-fi, in my eyes, is about technology and how people respond to it. Battlestar is a great example of this — the surviving members of humanity are living with the consequences of their actions in creating the Cylons. This is what makes it good sci-fi. And because the focus is on the characters and how they develop, the audience becomes more invested in the show.

If you’ll excuse me, I need to go push some electrons around.