Thursday, March 17, 2011
Where Is Ronald D. Moore's Theatrical Franchise?
The extremely successful "Star Trek - The Next Generation" television series didn't reach theatrical status overnight. It was done in a series of simultaneous steps. It was extremely well produced, well written, well cast, and the art direction / production design was imaginative and top notch. This led to the mass market television audience embracing it wholeheartedly. This led to seven (genuinely) high rated seasons which led to the "Next Generation" theatrical films ("Generations", "First Contact", "Insurrection", and "Nemesis.") This in addition to "Next Generation", "Deep Space Nine", "Voyager", and "Enterprise" being on the air at the same time more or less. Paramount Pictures had a kick ass television franchise going on at the same time as its kick ass theatrical franchise.
This brings us to Ronald D. Moore and the SyFy Channel. Where is their "GINO" and "Caprica" theatrical franchise? Oooops!! That's right!! "GINO" and "Caprica" would have had to have been well produced, well written, well cast, and well thought out in its art direction / production design before a mass market television audience could embrace it wholeheartedly. This of course....didn't happen...which led to both "GINO" and "Caprica" suffering from chronic low ratings. This of course....didn't lead to "GINO" and "Caprica" having a series of theatrical films. Hell.....even "Firefly" got a theatrical film, and a second one is on the way.
What's the difference between Paramount Pictures Corp. and Universal Studios / SyFy Channel? Well, Paramount Pictures hires talent, and Universal Studios / SyFy Channel doesn't. Paramount Pictures went for "A-list...top dollar talent" (Rick Berman, Brannon Braga) in the construction of their "Star Trek" franchise for movies and television whereas Universal Studios / SyFy Channel went for bargain basement turd droppings (Ronald D. Moore, David Eick) in the simultaneous construction / destruction of their would be "Battlestar Galactica" franchise.
The thing about Ronald D. Moore and David Eick is that no matter how many television series they produce for you using the "Battlestar Galactica" brand name and copyright, you're still not going to have a money making franchise on your hands. And indeed, this sad fact will remain firmly in place when "Blood & Chrome" too.....comes and goes due to low ratings. Almost a decade after Moore and Eick have been cranking out their money losing "schlock" for the SyFy Channel.....there is still not a theatrical film or franchise to be found based on "GINO" or "Caprica." That's because SyFy Channel, Ronald D. Moore, and David Eick fucked up in the first place in their handling of the "Battlestar Galactica" property. If you don't have a large television audience for your schlock on the boob tube, you sure as hell are not going to have a large audience for your schlock in the theaters.
Without a doubt, SyFy Channel, Ronald D. Moore, and David Eick are the first idiots in history who toiled away at something for close to a decade, and got nothing remotely resembling a respectable financial return. This is because they kept toiling away at a losing formula that repeatedly failed, and they were too stubborn to go back and reboot their ways of doing business more to the liking of the mass market television audience.
Posted by Languatron at 11:30 AM