Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Is It Logical to Infer That The SyFy Channel Approaches Everything With a "B-Movie" Mentality?
Imagine if you will....the likes of Roger Corman....Quentin Tarantino....Eli Roth.....and even the late Ed Wood....all programming for the SyFy Channel at the exact same time. What sorts of television programming would you end up with on the SyFy Channel? Exactly the sorts of television programs you see on the SyFy Channel right now.
We all know what "B-Movies" are....right? Basically...."B-Movies" are schlocky....low quality productions lacking in polished professionalism. "B-Movies" are not up to established norms of acceptability in such areas as scriptwriting....acting.....production values....and of course.....visual effects.
What would happen if a cable channel (SyFy Channel) applied this "B-Movie" mentality to not only its weekly monster movies....but in everything else it does as well? Why....you would end up with "WWF Wrestling"....."Marcel's Quantum Kitchen"....."Warehouse 13"....their version of "Battlestar Galactica" overseen by Ronald D. Moore"......"Ghost Hunters".....etc. You would end up with the first cable channel ever....applying "B-Movie mindsets" to weekly reality shows, weekly hourly dramas, horror movies of the week, and even "Battlestar Galactica." This is precisely how the NBC-Universal owned Sci-Fi Channel (SyFy) has been managed for as long as it has. It doesn't matter what the SyFy Channel tackles in its television programming....whether it be monster movies, mini-series, reality shows, "Battlestar Galactica" or "WWF Wrestling." Everything they do ultimately ends up having that "sleazy.....B-Movie feel to it." Served on a platter to every television viewer at the "SyFy Channel Drive-Thru Window."
You always get the feeling while watching....anything....on the SyFy Channel.....regardless of what it is....that it could have been done alot better by more talented people....and with more money. Thus....that "sleazy....B-Movie feel" you always get from watching anything on the SyFy Channel regardless of what it is.
SyFy Channel would never agree to a definition of themselves such as this....because no matter how untalented they always have been as television programmers, they still prefer to regard themselves as high brow intellectuals......fully and thoroughly intellectually capable of competing with the "greats" in the movie and television industry such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and the late Gene Roddenberry.
In a way, the NBC-Universal owned Sci-Fi Channel (SyFy) has been pulling the most ruthless con job imaginable on what miniscule television viewers they do have. During the entire time that they have been a "B-Movie Commercial Broadcast Network".....they've been trying to con their little television audience into believing (via slick press releases and stealth marketing) that they are in actuality something more. Something intellectual. I'm reminded of the likes of Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, and Donald Trump trying to con America into believing that they are ready for the presidency despite their staggering lack of knowledge in (foreign, domestic, and historical facts.)
Quite frankly, those who make "B-Movies" and nothing more aren't capable of making more because they lack the intellectual prowess to do so. The present group of management people who run the SyFy Channel haven't done more with the SyFy Channel because they aren't intellectually capable of doing more.
Posted by Languatron at 11:39 PM