This week, we turned our attention to SciFi television when we asked our panelists this question:
Q: Which off-the-air science fiction television show deserves a remake? What changes would you make to update it?
Here’s how they responded…
A. Lee Martinez
A. Lee Martinez
is a writer you probably haven’t heard of but really should have. He is the author of Gil’s All Fright Diner
, In the Company of Ogres
, A Nameless Witch
, The Automatic Detective
, Too Many Curses
and the upcoming Divine Misfortune
. He credits comic books and Godzilla movies as his biggest influences, and thinks that every story is better with a dash of ninja.
I thought long and hard on this one, and with so many great candidates, it wasn’t easy. Manimal? The Night Stalker? Misfits of Science? Century City? Oh, the delightful possibilities. How can one man make such a controversial decision? Well, after much soul searching, meditation, and hours of telepathic communion with my ancient Martian spirit guide (his name is Jack), I can only find one worthy answer.
How would I update this classic show? Good question. I probably wouldn’t change it much. I’d give it a more action oriented update that wouldn’t lose the humor of the original. Something like Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Fun, retro, and sharp. I’d also expand Darkwing’s universe to include more superheroes and villains. In addition to the classics such as Liquidator, Bushroot, and Megavolt, I’d introduce new characters. And of course, you could never go wrong with a Gizmoduck team up on a fairly regular basis. All of this would inevitably lead to my ultimate spinoff series:
Justice Ducks Unlimited.
But one step at a time…