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Christopher Webster [Cathode Ray Mission 05.08.09] Tuvalu news cyberpunk scifi

With rumors abound that Ron Moore's new show, Virtuality, was getting the standard confused looks from Fox executives, we weren't exactly holding our breath for it. But word from the futoncritic is that the 2 hour pilot will actually air on Friday, June 26 8:00/7:00c on Fox. Good news right? Well it wasn't necessarily all that exciting for me either until I learned more about the show's set up from Charlie Jane Anders who reviewed the pilot for i09:

"Virtuality is the story of the crew of the "Phaeton," a deep-space exploration vessel, who use virtual reality to distract themselves from the claustrophobia and boredom of deep space (until something inevitably goes wrong), but there's way more to it than that. For one thing, the ship really is incredibly claustrophobic and slow, not roomy and zoomy like the Enterprise. For another, the crew are forced to take part in a "reality TV" show that's broadcast back on Earth... and the ship's therapist is the reality-show's producer. It's seriously twisted, demented stuff. Oh, and the menace that wreaks havoc in their virtual reality world is a bit scarier and more insidious than a bunch of Worfs in cowboy hats."

So apropos to my post on Station and my love for claustrophobic space thrillers, this show sounds like it's all that and the kitchen sink.

The 2 hour Virtuality pilot was directed by Peter Berg (Hancock and the upcoming DUNE) and stars Sienna Guillory, Clea DuVall, Jimmi Simpson, Joy Bryant, James D'Arcy and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

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fermentor666 (11 years ago) Reply

I'm telling you right now that this has great potential. Let's hope that if it is great, FOX does not screw the show over like they almost always do. Thanks for letting me know about the air time, even if it's not really a post-apocalyptic show.


entizari (11 years ago) Reply

could be interesting to see what Moore does after BSG, and Peter Berg generally makes pretty solid films, so the potential is definitely there.

I just don't understand why people keep going to Fox, when they got decades of history of screwing over intelligent, creative people. Film and TV

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