Monday, July 11, 2011
The SyFy Channel Stands For "Syncope Feint"
If any cable channel (business) has done more to put itself into a permanent state of corporate ischemia due to its endless attempted con jobs on the general public, it is the SyFy Channel. Never keeping any one identity from day to day, never being honest with the general public as to what its stance is with science fiction television programming, never being honest as to what its discernable on-air identity is supposed to be, never explaining in concrete terms, always giving interviews for the digestion of the general public with the intent to deceive and throw off-guard (Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, Mark Stern), the SyFy Channel has become nothing more than an unreliable source of information of itself.
Many interviews given by David Howe for example...have been nothing more than futile exercises in retraction because he received heat and criticism for what he and his other two colleagues (Bonnie Hammer, Mark Stern) stated earlier.
1. Many, many times...Hammer, Howe, and Stern have defined science fiction fans as "nerd boys living in their basements." David Howe recently bounced back by saying...."No, no!! We at the SyFy Channel never said that at all!! Somebody else said it!! We at the SyFy Channel love science fiction fans and we want to grow and expand our audience including our treasured core group of science fiction fans!!"
2. Perhaps it was an off the cuff remark...perhaps it was a remark said in passing...but David Howe recently stated that the reason why Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" (Galactica in Name Only) series wasn't more successful than it was....was because it aired on a network called "Sci-Fi Channel." His remark is extremely interesting on two counts:
a. He is admitting that Ronald D. Moore's sham take on "Battlestar Galactica" was indeed...not as successful as the Sci-Fi Channel tried to make it out to be through its guerrilla style stealth marketing.
b. He is trying to blame the name of a cable channel on Ronald D. Moore's failure to reimagine "Battlestar Galactica."
How about more likely explanations for the failure of Ronald D. Moore to reimagine "Battlestar Galactica" such as...Ronald D. Moore's lack of talent as a producer and scriptwriter...his failure to grasp what "Battlestar Galactica" is....and the equally astonishing lack of talent from co-producer David Eick.
For whatever reason...perhaps one of those reasons being that Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern never believe that their remarks in interviews will be recorded and preserved for future posterity, they have been giving interviews from two...distinct....opposing standpoints:
1. That they love science fiction fans and all things science fiction...and want to build upon this audience by bringing in everybody.
2. They hate science fiction fans...regard them as nothing more than "fanboys living in basements"...and want to distance themselves from these fans by getting as far away from science fiction programming as much as possible.
The logical explanation here is obvious. #2 is how they really feel...and.... #1 is their official retraction because they received intense criticism for #2.
The biggest problem plaguing Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern is that the three of them are not science fiction fans. They are corporate elitists who for whatever reason...were thrown into managing a cable channel (by NBC-Universal) that is supposed to be Science Fiction. And they have been fucking up really badly because of it. I gotta tell you. Just from reading the endless interviews give by the three of them, they are the least qualified individuals on the planet to be managing what is supposed to be a Science Fiction channel. The three of them were thrown into this job....a job they have never known how to do...and the channel itself and the viewing public have been suffering ever since.
You don't hire a team of auto mechanics..and throw them into the job of launching the space shuttle for its next mission. It isn't going to happen because knowledge wise...the auto mechanics are way out of their league.
Posted by Languatron at 8:34 AM