Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The SyFy Channel Never Did Shed its Geeky Image, And its Programming is Still Rotten


What was that we heard from Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern back in 2009? That they wanted to shed their perceived "geeky image" with "cough" exciting new programming such as "Warehouse 13?" I've got news for the three of them. When you put schlock on the air such as "Marcel's Quantum Kitchen", "Smackdown", and a bunch of roto-rooter guys moonlighting as fake ghost hunters, not only are you going to retain your "geeky image", but you're also going to excel way beyond it at warp speed. Not only is the SyFy Channel presently the home of "Corporate Geeks", but it's also the home of "Corporate Dorks."

Television reflects society. Nowhere is that more evident than at the SyFy Channel. But the SyFy Channel doesn't reflect all of society, it instead reflects its little dysfunctional corner of it where creative bankruptcy is the name of the game. Where Science Fiction television programming and the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series are the mortal enemies of corporate bureaucracy. Where technological advances such as "Green Screen" having already been with us for decades are unsuccessfully put forth as new ideas of the SyFy Channel. Where "dark and gritty Science Fiction" already pioneered by director Ridley Scott in the 1979 movie "Alien", is unsuccessfully put forth as an sparkling new invention of Ronald D. Moore. Where Ronald D. Moore was erroneously labeled as the "creator of Battlestar Galactica" when in fact that honor falls to the late Leslie Stevens with some input from Glen A. Larson.

SyFy Channel has become the worst nightmare of Science Fiction fans. Where the interests of Science Fiction fans are not being represented by the SyFy Channel. Where hustling bland television programming and trying to pass it off as "Science Fiction" is the name of the game.

The worst nightmare for sports fans would be if ESPN were suddenly bought by a corporate entity knowing nothing about sports, and then staffing ESPN with employees they hired away from the "Food Network."

This is what happened to the once great Sci-Fi Channel when it was bought by corporate entity Universal Studios. They knew nothing about Science Fiction and then staffed the channel with refugees from the "Lifetime Network."

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