Nov 132011

While this seasons new sci-f has been a mixed back quality wise, more new scripted series have been greenlit for development.  On is apparently another space-western on SYFY and what appears to be a TV version of Thor on the AMC network.

First, SYFY:

Along with a couple of  ghost related series: Ghost Projekt (based on the comic book) and Seeing Things (not based on the 80s CBC Comedy Mystery ceries of the same name), an ‘Untitled Robert H Wolfe Project’.

The Wolfe Project looks the most interesting from a SF standpoint, as the SYFY press release describes it such:

After decades of war, the newly formed Unity Democracy orders a volatile mix of humans and trans-humans to lead the Starship Defender on an expedition in search of lost worlds requiring law and order.

Unfortunately, despite the ‘trans-human’ mention, this series looks strictly pre-1960s from a SF thematic point of view (or in terms of US social develompent, early 1870s).  Seriously, while I like the idea of some space oriented science fiction TV, a show about a space ship wandering around dispensing ‘law and order’ sounds to me like a mediocre attempt to ressurect the space western, or to try Firefly from the point of view of the ‘Verses space military.  Either way, it sounds like a step back, way back.

AMC, quickly becoming a powerhouse in compelling programming (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead) has also decided to dip it’s feet futher into scifi with what seems to be something like a Thor:The TV series.  Consider that this series is about:

 “powerful and enigmatic entities that begin appearing all over  the world.After one shows up in the town of Great Falls, Montana, the local citizens must grapple with the dramatic effects and growing mystery of repeated visitations.”

And with a title like Thunderstruck, could they be any more obvious?(although it does suggest an AC/DC themesong, which wouldn’t at all be unwelcome)

That David Eick is involved (he is also working on a new Hulk TV series) makes the parallel even more evident.  On the other hand, with Charlize Theron (The Astronaut’s Wife, Aeon Flux, Hancock as well as the upcoming Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman) as the star, It could be quite watchable.  We’ll see.