Monday, December 29

Rant

They Made A What Out Of What?!

Disney has made a TV series out of Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule, without question the worst book I have ever read.

Even if they have removed all traces of the torture porn (about a third of the book) and the more loathsome actions of the so-called heroes, such as when they cripple and disfigure a young girl, they are left with an insipid fantasy setting, a monumentally stupid story, frankly idiotic political and philosophical themes, and a uniformly unpleasant cast of characters.

They* canceled Journeyman.  They canceled The Dresden Files.  And in their place, we get...  This?

Which reminds me - were there any good new shows in 2008?  I was dead and would have missed them.

* I know it's not the same they.  Journeyman was Fox; The Dresden Files was Sci Fi Channel.  Shut up.  I'm ranting here.

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1 We were bored, and the pilot for this turkey was on, so we tried to sit through it. Five minutes after it was over, all I could remember was that the girl was hot, and they didn't spend nearly enough time demonstrating this to the viewers.

Reading the wikipedia entry for the book taught me two things: I didn't forget anything of consequence, and Goodkind not only lacks any trace of The Gift of Naming, he possesses in full measure The Gift of Idiotic Plotting.

Dresden was a show that worked. They hacked up the first novel when they made the decision to convert it from a movie to a series pilot, but after that, they built a very nice alternate universe that kept the core ideas intact without slavishly adapting the books. Also, hot women.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Monday, December 29 2008 03:38 AM (2XtN5)

2 Not this years I think.

But seek out the Middleman. Totally fun series based on a comic book that slipped under my radar.

Pop culture references to the max. Luchre Libre wrestlers, succumbi, kung fu masters, mustached alternate universes, comic book references, its got it all.

Posted by: Andrew at Monday, December 29 2008 12:24 PM (/uGTr)

3 Huh.  I saw that on a list of new shows, but the title was so bland I ignored it.  I'll have to download an episode or two and try it out.  Thanks!

Meanwhile I have the Doctor Who Christmas special to watch. smile

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, December 29 2008 01:55 PM (PiXy!)

4 The Xmas special is great.

Makes me anxious to see the new series.

Posted by: Andrew at Monday, December 29 2008 10:25 PM (NXtwT)

5 The Christmas special is indeed great.

However, there is no new series. cry

Just a couple of specials for 2009, no new season until 2010.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, January 01 2009 02:15 PM (PiXy!)

6 I'll second Andrew's praise for The Middleman.  I just started watching it, and it's great!

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sunday, January 04 2009 08:34 AM (sh9fy)

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