Thursday, September 29, 2011
"GINO" and "Caprica" Were Supposed to Make Ronald D. Moore King of The World So..."What Happened and Where is He?"
Remember this mug shot of Ronald D. Moore from the early 2000s? It came out about the same time as his disastrous "GINO" (Galactica in Name Only) series. No doubt it was supposed to signify that Ronald D. Moore was a real tough guy and bad ass in the midst of ram-rodding and railroading his "GINO" series on the air (with SyFy Channel's help) despite the fact of "GINO's" lowest audience test scores in audience history, and the fact that there was no place for his "GINO" series in any mass market environment. Coincidentally, he sort of had the same frown in this photo that Edward James Olmos always flashed throughout the entire, inexplicable four year run of "GINO." Evidently, at the time it was "in vogue" to be frowning all of the time in publicity photos, and for cast members to be frowning in the series you were the executive producer of.
So, what happened to this Ronald D. Moore circa 2003-2004 who was supposedly poised to become the next media titan ala' James Cameron and George Lucas via his piss-pot little "GINO" series on the Sci-Fi Channel? What the Sci-Fi Channel never got, and what Ronald D. Moore never got, is that Ronald D. Moore is not a mass market palatable television producer or scriptwriter. He doesn't have it in him to please mass market audiences filled with women and children. It has always started out with Ronald D. Moore being his own worst enemy, in that he has always suffered from the erroneous belief that a television series designed to make mass market television audiences happy aren't profitable in the 21st Century. He then always proceeded to crank out his gloomy and undiagnosed bi-polar alternatives to happy television programming (GINO, Caprica) which always drove away mass market television audiences.
Ronald D. Moore's personal belief system is what did him in as a television producer. His erroneous belief that the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series couldn't be brought back in an upbeat and optimistic manner for 21st Century television audiences. What Ronald D. Moore and the Sci-Fi Channel of the 2000s never got, is that the psychological makeup of television audiences never change whether it's the 20th Century or the 21st Century. They never change because people as a species never change. People will always want to be uplifted, and be made to feel good with upbeat television programming and upbeat movies. This is what did in Ronald D. Moore as a television producer, and it's also what did in Bonnie Hammer's Sci-Fi Channel.
There will always be a market for the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" television series coming back, because the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" television series made mass market audiences feel good. The series made mass market audiences feel good with heroism, attractive characters, a strong sense of loving family among all of the characters. 21st Century audiences are no different in that they want the same thing from a "Battlestar Galactica" television series. And they want the same thing because mass market audiences don't change psychologically from century to century.
This is what is left of the mighty Ronald D. Moore circa 2003-2004.
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Posted by Languatron at 3:13 PM