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The channel has high hopes pinned on the success of this series based on the classic 1953 Arthur C. Clarke tale of peaceful alien invasion.
For many fans the announcement of by Syfy to tackle the ambitious goal of bringing the seminal novel to life in the form of a six-hour miniseries was a dream come true, while others remain skeptical of what the channel will do with such an important, iconic genre work. Syfy has earned the scorn of many fans based on past blunders when attempting to engage in such projects. Along with their questionable programming choices over the last several years, the channel is now regarded by many to have completely lost its way, and no longer deserving to be considered a legitimate, reliable source for genre entertainment.
However, with the addition of recent original scripted shows, such as Dark Matter,and Killjoys that seem to show some promise for the future, some fans, including myself, have reason to be hopeful about Syfy’s new self-proclaimed dedication to scripted original content that signals a renewed rigorous return to providing good quality science fiction and fantasy as the channel’s main goal and purpose.
There are few fans that are not familiar with the story about the arrival of the Overlords, and the effect it has on humanity, leading to a golden age of utopia and peace on earth, but at what cost?
I’m sure many fans, like myself, have many questions about the production. For example it is easy for me to see how the story could easily become a melodramatic depiction of the human drama involved in the plot’s main characters and become little more than a soap opera loosely based on the framework of the narrative, as was the case of another of Syfy’s over-hyped productions Ascension which aired last year. Let’s hope that’s not the case here, and those pitfalls have been avoided. Other more pragmatic questions also naturally arise, for example: Will the Overlords be portrayed and depicted in the series, and if so how will they look and be depicted? There is also the matter of their ships and other questions regarding art direction. For me good art direction makes all the difference in whether a series is great in my opinion or just “meh”, it is an integral and important factor in depicting genre stories on tv and in movies.
Billed as “special 3 night event” the miniseries has stirred some interest among fans worthy of its pedigree, but as usual, questions remain regarding the channel’s ability to remain faithful to the source material and depict a remarkably well done representation of the work. The cast seems worthy to the occasion and includes: Charles Dance, Daisy Betts, Osy Ikhile, Colm Meaney, and others of note. Here’s hoping for the best, a bright future for classic science fiction on tv, and maybe a little redemption for Syfy.
The series premieres Monday, December 14th, 2015.