In Case You Missed It: Virtuality

If you’re like most of America, you missed Fox’s premiere of Ron Moore’s new SF show, Virtuality. We here at SF Signal also missed it so that’s why we decided it was a good idea for all of us to find out why no one watched Virtuality. Together.

Don’t say we aren’t a caring bunch. Let us know what you think after watching, or if actually did watch you, you can skip the watching again part and give us your thoughts below. Note to the rest of the world: Sorry, Hulu is U.S. only, no Virtuality for you. Besides, that may not be a bad thing…

13 thoughts on “In Case You Missed It: Virtuality”

  1. There are… other ways.”

    Indeed there are. I debated whether to point out these ‘other ways’ or not, but decided discretion is the better part of blah blah blah and opted not to. Then again, these ‘other ways’ are usually commercial free.

  2. I dvr’d it and then watched it.  Frankly, I really liked it.  The science was somewhat plausible, the plot twist was bearable, and the characters were actually pretty cool.  I think it would have been a weird, dark sci/fi show and I’m really sad I don’t get to at least have a full season to decide, because there were parts of the pilot that were promising.

     

    That said, I think it would only have had a small following and probably not been right for Fox, but Fox pretty much is on my blacklist forever and ever and ever for all their other stupid decisions, so what’s one more?

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    It was intriguing with a very subdued, mellow mood. This was at times frustrating and, with the Reality TV aspect, annoying. Reality TV is TV at its worst and annoying is not a good thing. It made for good character introduction, though, but I can only hope they would completely skip it later on.

     

    In its mysteriousness and twists it could be a lot like LOST, never knowing what it’s actually about, another layer of greatness coming with every season. When I saw the virtual man, who appears in everyone’s program without invitation, sitting behind the desk in the doctor’s office I couldn’t help but thinking: JACOB.

     

    I want more.

  4. Likes:

    • The idea of visiting Epsilon Eridani using an Orion style starship. Sweet.
    • The science of the ship seemed to be better than most shows. At least they spun the ring up and gravity, and de-spun it when kicking on the Orion drive.
    • The use of ‘reality tv’ as a means of financing the mission. Reminds me of the Helliconia series.
    • I like the ‘mystery’ of what is going on with the VR tech, though as Ben mentioned, it has a very LOST-ish feel.

    Dislikes:

    • That damn shaky-cam from Galactica.
    • The Big Brother-style confessionals were in danger of becoming annoying very quickly. Sadly, no one gets voted off the ship by their peers.
    • Nothing really new or original brought to the table, but it was put together well.
    • The whole ‘scientists made a startling discovery, 100 years left’ enviro-disaster thing seemed tacked on. Notice how that didn’t play a part in the go/no-go decision.

    We didn’t really get enough time with the characters to get a good feel about them but I thought the acting was decent enough, at least it didn’t stick out as being poor. The music felt very ‘today’, I’m not sure how well that would age.

    All in all, I felt it was decent and not a waste of time. I wonder why Fox went with this and why Ron Moore didn’t try to get SyFy involved. Then again, I think we know the answer to the SyFy issue. If it had continued on as a series I’d be watching. It’s honest to goodness SF in space with a space ship for crying out loud. And it’s about man’s first mission to another star system, of course I’d watch.

    Then again, I’m crazy that way.

  5. I really enjoyed this.  I think it could be another BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA if it was allowed to continue.  The acting was excellent, the script was witty and interesting, the science was intelligent and I thought the take on “Reality Shows” was the perfect medium to reflect and refract on what is “real” and what is “virtual”.  Thematically it was interesting, character-wise it was quite moving and I felt I was watching a good updating of what Philip K. Dick always wrote about – reality versus illusion.  Terrific work.  I am sorry that it won’t continue after this summer showing.

  6. Well, one thing that could definitely be said for it was that it is honest-to-god science fiction, unlike most of what shows up on the tube and the movie screens. But my understanding is that while Fox ran the pilot they’ve already decided to not pick up the show so we won’t get that time to know the characters and world.

  7. So I knew going in that Fox had not planned to pick it up and I was setting myself up for more TV frustration. Still it was worth it and by the second half I was hooked. Could have been a great series if you ask me.

  8. I gave my thoughts here http://yetistomper.blogspot.com/2009/06/thoughts-on-virtuality.html but I’ll summarize them quickly.

    I really liked Virtuality. It’s purer SF than almost anything still on TV. I’m sure there are some liberties with the physics but if they are good enough for me than they are good enough for 95% of the mass herd of viewers.

    I think the reality TV angle and the relationship drama was interesting and definitely gave it extra marketability. My fiance enjoyed the show as well and she doesn’t typically watch SF.

    I think the mysteries are interesting enough to want more and I’ll be ticked if we never get any resolution. The twists were fairly well written as well. Also, the cast is set for the duration of the show (minus VR) so no Cousin Olivers to jump the shark.

    Fox really wanted to kill this though with the Friday night timeslot against the opening of Transformers and absolutely no publicity. I’m sure the Jackson specials didn’t help either. They couldn’t stick this on a Monday or a Tuesday? It’s the middle of summer, nothing else is on.

    It’s either Moore asking for too much money or the budget being too high. Otherwise, pair this sucker up with Dollhouse on Friday nights and enjoy the DVR/hulu views and DVD sales. You could pair those up, get fairly reliable ratings, and stop worrying about Friday nights.

  9. It was good…but knowing all the unknowns are obviously heading to an ending of “God did it” sort of kills it.

  10. …why does anybody even GIVE science fiction to FOX anymore? Sheesh, it’d be more useful to give it to the CW…

  11. “Well, one thing that could definitely be said for it was that it is honest-to-god science fiction”

    After the BSG finale, the “god” part of “honest-to-god” is what worries me. :)

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