Saturday, March 31, 2012

In Retrospect, Universal Studios and SyFy Channel Will Always Be Remembered For Their Astonishing Stupidity in a Number of Areas

Science Fiction -

Some corporations can successfully do Science Fiction in movies and on television. Universal Studios / SyFy Channel never could, can't and never will. The numerous reasons why Universal / SyFy Channel can't include its general all around hatred of the genre, and the extremely bad habit they have always had in being "too hands on" in the development process of what is supposed to be Science Fiction. This corporation is so un-yielding and unbending in stamping every Science Fiction project they work on with its typical "status quo corporate perceptions" of what they think Science Fiction should be, that it always drowns out what is supposed to be a developmental environment of creativity, inspired thinking, and fresh ideas. And what always ultimately results is this sort of post-apocalyptic cynicism in everything they do. Post-apocalyptic cynicism we have seen thousands of times before from everyone trying to imitate Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" and "Alien."

Battlestar Galactica -

The astonishing idiocy this corporation continues to show towards the "Battlestar Galactica" property after 34 years never lets up. Universal / SyFy Channel had their slimy corporate hands all over Ronald D. Moore's failed remake of the successful 1978 series. Gutting everything that made the original show what it was, and being absolutely insistent that Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" and "Alien", along with Paramount Pictures "Star Trek" be emulated and borrowed from every step of the way. What Ronald D. Moore's "GINO" - (Galactica in Name Only) ultimately turned out to be was Moore's vengeance against not only the fanbase of the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series (via needless, pointless, and gratuitous content), but also his vengeance against the former "Star Trek" producers who refused to make "Star Trek: Voyager"..."dark & gritty."

Universal Studios and SyFy Channel never should have come near Science Fiction and "Battlestar Galactica" because they are terrible at trying to do either one. You can't approach both of them like corporate business people and expect good things to happen. If you do, you end up in the present predicament Universal Studios and SyFy Channel are in right now. A cable channel (SyFy) not doing anywhere near what it should be doing in terms of financial success, and a still sleeping giant (Battlestar Galactica) that would be a wide awake and wildly successful franchise if anyone else owned the property.

SyFy Channel -

If this channel went out of business would anyone even care? Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern have successfully proven that the vast majority of the television audience doesn't like what they do, and the television audience also doesn't care about the things that Hammer, Howe, and Stern care about. Such as whether or not "SyFy" is a marketable and profitable brand name for NBC-Universal. Whether or not "SyFy" can be spun off into different business ventures. The only things the public cares about is whether or not the "SyFy Channel" is a good cable channel (it isn't), whether or not the "SyFy Channel" is worth their time (it isn't), and whether or not the programming is good (it isn't.)

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