Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" Series Is Already Dated, And Correctly Labeled By Those Who Didn't Like It
The passage of time is not being kind to Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" (Galactica in Name Only) series. His weird and self-indulgent experiment into a political soap opera inexplicably set in outer space has doomed the series (along with "Caprica") to a fate of outdated commentaries on yesteryear politics. Osama Bin Laden is dead, 9/11 has been avenged, and George W. Bush is thankfully no longer in the White House. It also hasn't helped the series any that it was badly produced and written as well. "GINO" was produced at a time when Ronald D. Moore's ego busting out of his ass perfectly emulated the pompous arrogance of United States foreign policy. Both were outrageous...and both perfectly complimented the other.
Ronald D. Moore made permanent enemies in this lifetime because of his "GINO" and "Caprica" series. Not because he expressed his pompous political views in both series...but rather because he is one of the worst television producers and scriptwriters of all time. Casual television viewers know it, the Science Fiction community know it, the ComicCon crowd know it, and the fanbase of the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series know it. With hatred of what you do and how you do it permanently installed...the inevitable labels pefectly describing what Ronald D. Moore did in "GINO" and/or "Caprica" have begun to arise...
Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" series was the biggest pile of donkey lard ever produced for television...cable or broadcast. Its overwhelming self love of what it thought it was and hoped it was blinded it to what it really was. An amateurish excursion into bad television.
In the areas of producing and scriptwriting, it didn't get any worse than Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" series. Substituting easy to manufacture hostility and conflict for imagination and narrative cohesiveness, Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" series became a ceaseless freak show of rapes, murders, and mugging it up to the camera with endless frowning courtesy of Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell.
From day one, Ronald D. Moore didn't know what the hell to do with this series. Is it set in outer space or on Earth? Do the people wear costumes or business suits? Are the Cylons good or bad. Thankfully, Ronald D. Moore knew how to keep his job despite his unprecedented shortcomings as the executive producer and head writer. He winged it as he went along.
Watch an episode of "GINO", and you're immediately taken back to the miserable decade of the 2000s when we lost the World Trade Center, lost our Democracy thanks to George W. Bush, and lost good television via Ronald D. Moore. We were also introduced (in this decade) to what extent NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel would go to in order to ram bad television down our throats....Verbally attack the general public on Internet bulletin boards.
Career Ending -
I challenge anyone to find a former cast member or production team member of "GINO"....who has gone on to legitimately bigger and better things in their would be careers as a result of "GINO." And no...an occasional Lifetime movie of the week for Katee Sackhoff doesn't count. And no...Ronald D. Moore's endlessly rejected post-"GINO" projects don't count either.....His "Thing" remake script....His Harry Potter / Police Precinct nonsense....etc..
Posted by Languatron at 10:42 AM