Monday, January 17, 2011

SyFy Channel's Flair For Underwhelming Programming

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.

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