Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How NBC-Universal and SyFy Channel Killed "Starlog" Magazine


Before NBC-Universal and their God-awful management of the Sci-Fi Channel (and later SyFy Channel) came along, and long before they began their horrific excursion into originally produced programming on the Sci-Fi Channel, science fiction was still enjoying a robust life in movies and on television.

The after blast of "Star Wars" in 1977 carried over into the 1980s...1990s....and early 2000s in both movies and television.. Around the time NBC-Universal initially got their hands on the Sci-Fi Channel...science fiction was still all over the place both in the theaters and on television. We had "Lexx"....""Firefly".....some of the "Star Trek" sequel series produced by Rick Berman....the tail end of the "X-Files"....the first "X-Files" movie..."Star Trek: Enterprise"....the re-releases of the original "Star Wars" trilogy....the first "X-Men" movie...the first "Men in Black" movie....etc.

All of these productions had one thing in common....

They were all extremely attractive to the mass market science fiction audience.

Because of this...."Starlog" magazine was still going strong well into the 1990s and early to mid 2000s after debuting in 1976.

This robust marketplace for all things science fiction in movies and on television began to change as NBC-Universal began its gradual process of whittling away at what the Sci-Fi Channel was supposed to be. Before NBC-Universal came along...."Starlog" magazine was never short on exciting science fiction movies and television shows to cover.

What NBC-Universal did to this robust marketplace....is that they made televised science fiction on television....extremely unattractive to the mass market television audience on the Sci-Fi Channel....by mocking it....looking down on it....whittling away at it....and doing it in a really crappy way if they decided to do it at all...(all of Ronald D. Moore's series.) In short...NBC-Universal ruined it for everybody else.

With their endless and ruthless desire to put Ronald D. Moore's "Crap" on the air and erroneously label it "Battlestar Galactica".....NBC-Universal mutated the marketplace of science fiction in the media from mass market joy and acceptance....into self indulgent politically motivated chess pieces in an overall corporate agenda showcased by.....MALEFICENCE...and ill-will towards the mass market science fiction viewing audience...on television and in the theaters.

Becase of Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" (Galactica in Name Only) and "Caprica" series....the bar was lowered so low in doing science fiction on television and in the movies (in every aspect of prodution).... that no one else in Hollywood wanted to do it anymore.

Thus....."STARLOG" MAGAZINE ran out of fresh material to cover.

NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel ruined and killed the marketplace for everyone else. Not only did they obliterate science fiction on the Sci-Fi Channel...but they also took the entire science fiction media marketplace with them.....right down the tubes. A marketplace created by "Star Wars" in 1977...and a marketplace that survived 2.5 decades until NBC-Universal came along....and crapped all over it.

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery....but Ronald D. Moore will never have to worry about such an ego-booster. He did such a horrific job producing and writing "GINO" and "Caprica".....that no one will touch the ground he trod with a 100 foot cattle prod. What Ronald D. Moore did with "GINO" and "Caprica" is generally regarded as....financial suicide.

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