Monday, January 24, 2011
Universal Studios and SyFy Channel Executives Are Professional Scam Artists - Their Scam Reviews on Amazon.com
Reading the sham, negative reviews of these books on Amazon.com leads one to believe that the Universal Studios and SyFy Channel executives who left these negative reviews come across as sulking children with the emotional maturity of those fresh out of the womb. After all, the books are devoted to criticizing Universal Studios and SyFy Channel executives, so of course these executives would flock to Amazon.com in order to leave these bogus, negative reviews in futile and adolescent attempts to try and defend themselves.
A good chunk of these negative reviews were left by these Universal Studios and SyFy Channel executives who admitted to never purchasing the books at all in their bogus reviews. These executives also proceed to attack the author rather than objectively discussing the contents of the books. They proceed to do so because they know this violation of Amazon.com posting policies will never be enforced by Amazon.com. These Universal Studios and SyFy Channel executives rather than purchasing the books legitimately, instead purchased nothing more than packages of chewing gum or other food items on Amazon.com, gaining them access to the book review section of Amazon.com.
What these Universal Studios and SyFy Channel executives have failed to do, is have their cake and eat it too. In the sense that (1) Amazon.com is not the only retail outlet these books are being sold at. Amazon.com represents maybe 10% of total sales, whereas the other retail outlets account for the other 90%, and (2) these executives have failed at establishing the wishful existence for themselves of being able to continue to deliberately mismanage the "Battlestar Galactica" copyright....and get away with it. Let them continue to flock to the Amazon.com book review section under false pretenses, while the author finalizes the purchase he just made on the Grand Torino (1968 model, mint condition) made possible by the overall book sales, as well as his new two story home in L.A.
Universal Studios and SyFy Channel executives have always suffered from the delusion that every bit of global information they want to know is accessible from their laptops while they sit on their rumps doing nothing 365 days a year at Universal Studios and SyFy Channel. They think they have achieved a "hole in one"....a "slam dunk".....an "ace in the hole" via leaving their insignificant (in the grand scheme of things) bogus and self defensive negative reviews of these books on Amazon.com. In actuality, they have enflamed curiosity about these books from gapers on the sidelines who have been initially drawn to Amazon.com to make first hand discovery about the books, and then proceed to purchase these books from the alternative retail outlets of their own choosing (perhaps where they have always shopped), where the other 90% of sales have been coming from. So sadly for them, the self defensive inflammatory remarks made about these books, made by these Universal Studios and SyFy Channel who never even purchased or read the books, are not being taken to heart and embraced as gospel as they had hoped. These executives didn't take into account that book buyers do not do the bulk of their book shopping on Amazon.com. Not in the year 2011, where short attention spans while web surfing prompt book buyers to make a mental note to buy these books later (after initially glimpsing them on Amazon.com)....via retaill outlets of their own choosing. Whether it be brick and mortar stores or the indirect network of on-line stores they are flocking to. In short, these Universal Studios and SyFy Channel executives are struggling to assert themsevles in a world completely out of their control, where their pompous and overly bloated opinions they make about these books just don't matter to the masses.
Posted by Languatron at 9:48 AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Universal Studios and SyFy Channel have a new corporate parent. Cable giant Comcast took over both incompetently managed entities yesterday. No doubt Comcast doesn't know yet the multitude of problems caused by Universal Studios and SyFy Channel they just inherited....And the brain dead management in Universal Studios and SyFy Channel they now have on their payroll. Comcast's only course of action is major house cleaning at both of their new subsidiaries in order to bring both Universal Studios and SyFy Channel into alignment with the rather radical notion of actually making money instead of doing endless, profit siphoning favors for Ronald D. Moore and his stupid ass programming ideas with the "Battlestar Galactica" brand name. This is just the tip of the iceberg as to what Comcast is facing with Universal Studios and SyFy Channel.
Universal Studios TV-DVD manufacturing wing is an absolute mess, all too frequently releasing seasons of classic television series (such as "Emergency!" starring Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth) on DVD without bothering to digitally clean up the episodes beforehand. Season four of "Emergency!" in particular, looks like crappy ass UHF recordings off of an archaic 1979 era television set with rabbit ears, transferred to DVD. And then there is the issue of Universal Studios releasing only one season of a truly great series ("Dream On" starring Brian Benben), and not going any further in releasing the rest of the series.
Then there is the issue of the SyFyChannel's overall crappy ass schedule in general, highlighted by their stupid ass monster of the week type movies.
When justifiably criticizing Universal Studios and SyFy Channel, their unprecedented mismanagement of the "Battlestar Galactica" copyright can't be avoided. It is truly staggering and disgusting in scope. That the best they have ever had to offer is the crappy ass nonsense endlessly cranked out by Ronald D. Moore and his hoodlum entourage of fellow producers and scriptwriters.
Whether or not Comcast begins taking out the trash at Universal Studios and SyFy Channel is anyone's guess. They certainly have every justifiable, objective business related reason to do so. (It's only business, so its nothing personal if Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern were to get shit-canned....as in....ordered to clean out their offices and vacate the premises.)
Posted by Languatron at 9:01 AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
SyFy Channel, with the ever reliable parent corporation NBC-Universal at the helm, will meander through 2011 much the same way they have meandered through every other uneventful programming year of their useless existence as a cable channel. They will dish out more of their "Saturday Night Schlock Fests at the Movies", starring more of their supremely boring mutated insect schlock, more of their supremely boring and (Gee, what the hell is it doing on this cable network?) "WWF Wrestling", and of course, what they consider to be the highlight of their 2011 programming schedule. Their thrid trip down "low rated memory lane" with Ronald D. Moore's inevitably doomed "Blood & Chrome" television series. The third in the astonishingly boring saga of Ronald D. Moore's screwed up take on "Battlestar Galactica." The third in the highly revealing "Rorschach" test as to how urgent it is that Ronald D. Moore and SyFy Channel get out of this profession they are in....immediately. Because quite frankly, they both never stop sucking at it.
2011 will be no different a year for SyFy Channel both in terms of their unwillingess to learn from their previous programming mistakes, and their inability to grow and evolve as a cable network. In 2011, SyFy Channel will put new programming on the air, and it will fail. They will broadcast the "Blood & Chrome" backdoor pilot, and will fail. They will ram "Blood & Chrome" into a 13 episode first season order despite the backdoor pilot failing in the ratings, and failing to create Internet buzz. The 13 episode first season too, will fail. They will split up the 13 episode first season into two seasons of 6.5 episodes a piece, with each spread out over a seven month stretch...Translation: "A seven month hiatus after the low ratings numbers come in for the first 6.5 episodes broadcast." Both seasons too.....will fail. No matter what SyFy Channel does or doesn't do with anything Ronald D. Moore gives them with the "Battlestar Galactica" label slapped on it....It fails. Their other programming not related to Ronald D. Moore fails. SyFy Channel is a general, all around, failing cable network. Partially due to the fact that their parent corporation (NBC-Universal) is no stranger to failure as well. SyFy Channel fails and fails....and then they get right back up and continue to fail again. There's no need for the SyFy Channel to subscribe to the blunt truth that the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing again and again yet expecting different results each time." They don't need to subscribe to it because they can't subscribe to it. To do so would indicate intelligence of some sort, which the SyFy Channel never had. Thus, we have the "Tri-Wafer Failure Sandwich" of "GINO", "Caprica", and "Blood & Chrome." Most of the crap the SyFy Channel has produced over the years wouldn't exist at all if Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern were blessed with the slightest indications of intelligence. Their programming (including all of Ronald D. Moore's series) has been the most "non-cerebral clap-trap" ever produced for basic cable television.
What's on the SyFy Channel tonight? Throughout 2011, the answer will always be...."Not a damn thing"....regardless of what night of the week it is, and regardless of whether or not "Blood & Chrome" is being broadcast. There is never anything on the SyFy Channel because those who work there lack intelligence, lack mass market instincts, lack imagination, lack inspired thinking, lack the ability to spend their money wisely, and lack the ability to know a loser when they see one....Ronald D. Moore.....and lack the ability to know when to quit with his inane and boring programing ideas. Ronald D. Moore has done nothing to propel the brand name "Battlestar Galactica" into a money making franchise ala' "Star Wars" and "Star Trek." He has lacked the imaginative ability to do so. What he has done, is dig himself into a highly limited hole of career options beyond the umbilical cord attached to himself and the SyFy Channel. Producing one low rated television series after another (erroneously labeled "Battlestar Galactica") with the SyFy Channel tends to do that to someone.
"Caprica" is still an unpleasant memory in everyone's mind, just as "GINO" is. Simply because all those involved have produced these series in such a way, that they are doomed to fail. None of Ronald D. Moore's series have had the slightest redeeming characteristics whatsoever, a common symptom of those involved in producing these series having no instinctive talents whatsoever in doing so.
Posted by Languatron at 10:08 AM
Monday, January 17, 2011
The exact sordid date as to when Universal Studios took over management of the Sci-Fi Channel (SyFy) is one of those moments in time left to the dark recesses of unpleasant memory. It may have been as far back as 1995, and if this is the case, it has been the longest and the most miserable 16 years in cable television history. Universal Studios and SyFy Channel have been known as "Crazed Loons" within the realm of the Internet Science Fiction fan community during all of those 16 years. In no small part due to the fact that their handling of the "Battlestar Galactica" copyright and anything else related to Science Fiction television programming has been a disastrous "tsunami" of unprecedented proportions. Ask any jilted fan of "Battlestar Galactica" , Farscape, and the Stargate franchise, and the piss poor opinion of the SyFy Channel remains the same.,
Universal Studios and SyFy Channel have spent roughly the past 16 years not only producing absolute garbage for the SyFy Channel (all of Ronald D. Moore's erroneously titled "Galactica" series, their monster mash weekly movies, and the inexplicable presence of WWF Wrestling on the SyFy Channel), but also spending a good chunk of those 16 years engaging in a stealth marketing campaing on Internet bulletin boards verbally attacking anyone in the public domain who dares to criticize their rotten television programming. Most of their verbal assaults against the general public centered around all of Ronald D. Moore's poorly produced and commercially failing television series involving the title "Battlestar Galactica."
Universal Studios and SyFy Channel could care less as to how supremely untalented they have been in the areas of managing the "Battlestar Galactica" copyright, and Science Fiction television programming in general. Because no matter how much they have sucked at both, no matter how much they continue to miserably fail in anything they do involving "Battlestar Galactica" and televised Science Fiction, they continue to putz along full steam ahead repeating the same mistakes again and again that they have been repeating for the past 16 years.
SyFy Channel and Ronald D. Moore will forever be joined at the hip. This in itself is hardly suprising since the primary characteristic of this commercially failing partnership since 2004 has been to putz along full steam ahead in this commercially failing partnership no matter how badly it has historically failed. Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" (Galactica in Name Only) and "Caprica" series were commercial flops, after both suffered extremely low audience test scores before they debuted. Quite logically (sarcasm), with such a troubled business failing "aura" plaguing thie partnership, it is moving full steam ahead with a series called "Blood & Chrome", yet another inevitably doomed chapter in the "Ronald D. Moore karaoke rendition of "Battlestar Galactica." Universal - SyFy at this moment in time, have given up audience testing Ronald D. Moore's series before they are broadcast. No doubt because they were tired of seeing audience test scores in the negative digits.
We can count on "Blood & Chrome" containing the same mistakes in thought and execution that led to cancellations of "GINO" and "Caprica." Such as, a would be Science Fiction television series poorly disguised as a poorly written soap opera. A premise that bounces around like a pinball and can't settle into a consistent groove. Actors and actresses with barely passable acting skills. Low budget CGI. Contemporary settings and a contemporary wardrobe despite the fact that the series is supposed to be set on other worlds. The SyFy Channel's continued psychotic obsession with their cast members being attired in business suits, shirts, and ties.
It's at the point now that Ronald D. Moore and SyFy Channel have grown accustomed to commercial failure that they now embrace habitually, and can't stop themselves from continuing down this same path. "Blood & Chrome" is a symptom of this habitual behavior. Any cable network that engages in such habitual behavior needs to have the operational plug pulled on it from upper management. Especially when every series Ronald D. Moore has produced for the SyFy Channel has been a waste of the shareholder's money. With any luck, the seven year old Ronald D. Moore / SyFy Channel partnership will have the plug pulled on it very soon.
Posted by Languatron at 11:32 AM
In Hollywood (the movie and television industry), you dump a project faster than a sack of hot potatos if it doesn't perform up to financial expectations. In essence, there is a "one strike and you're out policy" in the movie and television industry. Not so with NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel (the Twilight Zone of eccentricity within the movie and television industry.) NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel has been failing quite phenomenally and spectacularly in their endless regurgitated nonsense otherwise known as their "Sham interpretation of the 'Battlestar Galactica' property. They initially failed already with Ronald D. Moore's first, sham interpretation of the "Battlestar Galactica" property infamously known as "GINO" (Galactica in Name Only.) You know the series, right? Where Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell spent all four low rated reasons frowning and mumbling at one another, and NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel tried to (and failed to) market it as "high concept drama." After failing with this series, NBC-Universal /SyFy Channel moved on to producing "Caprica", their low rated and recently cancelled spin-off series to their low rated (and cancelled) "GINO" series. Two failures in a row would prompt everyone else in Hollywood to be fanning out pink slips left and right to all of the perpetrators involved. Not NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel (the Twilight Zone of Hollywood) where failure is embraced and displayed as a mark of pride, like a wart or a boil on one's ass.
To the surprise of no one (given their unprecedented, eccentric behavior of the past, NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel is moving ahead with yet another (inevitably low rated) spin-off series of a recently cancelled (low rated) spin-off series - "Caprica" - which was a spin-off of the low-rated (and embarrassing "GINO" series.)
"Blood & Chrome" is the latest (doomed to fail) sham interpretation of the "Battlestar Galactica" property soon to roll off the NBC-U / SyFy Channel asembly line of doomed Ronald D. Moore productions born to wait in the wings of cancellation as it plays out its 13 episode first season. David Howe and Mark Stern are the two SyFy Channel execs who green-lit yet another low rated flop of a series based upon Ronald D. Moore's sham interpretation of the "Battlestar Galactica" universe. There is no doubt that failure has become so second nature to these two idiots at the SyFy Channel, that it has now become habitual to the two of them to continue to do so.
Those who are naive enough to be looking forward to the low rated debut of "Blood & Chrome" will also be too naive to realize that "Blood & Chrome" will contain the exact same formula woven into its dysfunctional infrastructure which led to the cancellations of both "Caprica" and "GINO." Mainly, that "Blood & Chrome" will be yet another poorly written soap opera poorly disguised as a Science Fiction / Space Fantasy / Battlestar Galactica television program with a shaky premise virtually impossible to define, with laughably low budget production values, actors from the Canadian Screen Actors Guild with shaky acting talents, ho-hum CGI effects, and a style of storytelling that is so remedially handicapped, that it ends up alienating the small fraction of the viewing audience "Blood & Chrome" (if at all) manages to attract.
"Blood & Chrome" will fail because David Howe and Mark Stern are not talented executives. (They proved this when both "Caprica" and "GINO" failed.) SyFy Channel is not a talented basic cable network, and the "above and below the line personnel" physically charged with making "Blood & Chrome" are not talented either. Not only that, but they will also make the same mistakes in the production process that they did when they were making "Caprica" and "GINO." The same mistakes which led to the cancellations of "GINO" and "Caprica." (1) A poorly conceived, sham interpretation of the "Battlestar Galactica" property (2) laughable production values (3) poor storytelling (4) characters you don't give two shits about (5) more business suits and shirts & ties from the "Ronald D. Moore Warehouse of Low Budget Wardrobe Clothing" and (5) an evident contempt for the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series.
Am I wrong? Has SyFy Channel "ever not repeated the same mistakes in the past and expected different results? Nope!!
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Posted by Languatron at 9:50 AM