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June 30, 2009

Virtuality, The Critics Like It

It appears that Virtuality, the new TV movie from Battlestar Galactica writers Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor is a hit with the critics.

The story follows a 12-member spaceship crew on a decade-long journey across the galaxy to find a new home for the human race before the Earth grows uninhabitable. Trouble ensues when the ship’s virtual-reality system begins to malfunction.

There’s a chance it could be turned into a series if there’s a big enough response.

It sounds, well, not exactly original, but it would be unfair to judge without seeing it, perhaps it’s wonderfully executed? I haven’t found any mention of it coming to the UK.


There's an extensive review/critique of it online here http://www.republibot.com/content/tv-movie-review-%E2%80%9Cvirtuality%E2%80%9D-2009
Based on the ratings, and the way the Fox Network burried it and refused to promote it at all, I think it's safe to assume it's dead. That's sort of a shame. While it didn't blow my doors off or anything, it was interesting enough to hold my attention, and I liked their attempts at "hard science." And based on us getting 1300 reads for the review I linked you to in one weekend, it's obvious there's a ton of interest in the project.

I saw this in the States, and it was surprisingly thought provoking and even original, at least to me. At least for now it is on the FOX website if you want to see it. http://www.fox.com/fod/play.php?sh=virtuality

It was quite good, but Fox dumped it without any advertising on a Friday night in June, so not much hope.

I noticed direct allusions to Firefly, Alien, and 2001.