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Old May 23 2008, 02:20 AM   #1
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Ron Moore's 'Virtuality'

Virtuality, Ron Moore's new show, is more than just a holodeck episode series.

As reported by io9, Virtuality will be "multi-layered and twisted."

Virtuality is a bleak look at the effects of a ten year deep space expedition on a human crew. To cope, the crew of the Phaeton spends time in virtual reality "modules", which range from seaside scenes to Civil War battles.

But there is a twist to these fantasy adventures. An enigmatic character shows up in each and kills the humans in a gruesome way. Fortunately for the crew, being killed in virtual reality isn't fatal, just unsettling.

To add to the drama, the crew of the Phaeton is being watched by the folks back home, as a "reality show". The crewmembers must participate, even as the drama is kicked up a notch, lest they breach their contracts, which would cost their families back on Earth their housing. Good housing is hard to obtain as Earth appears to have ecological issues.

The show will have various subplots; ranging from the antics of two couples (one gay couple on galley duty who despise cooking and one straight couple who engage in sex secretly all over the ship) to the various virtual reality scenarios cooked up by crewmembers, including a cyber-affair and a reconstruction of a scientist crewmember's dead son.

Virtuality is slated to appear in midseason 2009 as a two-hour pilot.

To read more, head to the article located here.

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Old May 23 2008, 02:51 AM   #2
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Good to know this project hasn't been killed.

An enigmatic character shows up in each and kills the humans in a gruesome way. Fortunately for the crew, being killed in virtual reality isn't fatal, just unsettling.
This might pose a problem for dramatic tension if the killings don't "count." But depending on whether Moore can get us invested in the characters enough for us to care that they're upset, then okay. Could work.

To add to the drama, the crew of the Phaeton is being watched by the folks back home, as a "reality show". The crewmembers must participate, even as the drama is kicked up a notch, lest they breach their contracts
Could be good for satire, or could be heavy handed, annoying and way too "inside baseball." I hope Moore doesn't overestimate just how much the audience cares about all the trials he's had in the TV biz (if that is the basis of the satire).

Kudos to Moore for making the gay couple male and not succumbing to the fear that it will run off the guys in the audience. (Whether or not it actually does run off the guys in the audience remains to be seen, of course. And it also remains to be seen just how chastely or otherwise their relationship is depicted. )

From the article...

In all their "modules," a mysterious figure known as the Green-Eyed Man shows up and kills the humans in gruesome ways. (Unlike in The Matrix and other scifi classics, being killed in VR doesn't harm you in real life, but it's jarring.) Is the Green-Eyed Man a hack by one of the crew members? A computer glitch? Or something else? Everybody suspects Billie, the computer geek — until she's raped by the Green Eyed Man, in a brutal and horrible scene.
Since the killer is a VR creation, couldn't it be Billie after all, throwing everyone off the scent or just indulging a particularly twisted fantasy life? Moore's writing is sometimes very warped, which is a nice change of pace from the usual blandness of mainstream TV.

This premise reminds me of Dollhouse - intriguing but really makes me wonder what the dramatic core is, the what's-at-stake-and-why-do-we-care element that, done right, is the thing that makes you want to tune in each week.
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Old May 23 2008, 03:09 AM   #3
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THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!!!
THIS SHOW IS GOING TO KICK ASS!!!
THIS IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT ST: TNG!!!

(Oh, wait a minute... it's going to be on FOX? Eh, it will get cancelled after 6 episodes...)
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Old May 23 2008, 05:11 AM   #4
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Eh...sounds more like miniseries material rather than a multi-season series.
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Old May 23 2008, 05:53 AM   #5
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I absolutely LOVE this concept, which means it'll be canceled by the first commercial break.
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Old May 23 2008, 11:39 PM   #6
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Jack Bauer wrote: View Post
Eh...sounds more like miniseries material rather than a multi-season series.
Why does it sound like a miniseries? They can do a different theme every week. Let's go to ancient Rome, let's go to the Wild West, let's go to medieval China. And why not alien worlds? This is one of the least limited premises I've heard about for a TV show.

The problem won't be volume of episode ideas, it will be the audience asking why-do-I-care when none of it is real and the adventures can't even get the characters killed. I guess even if they can't get killed, they can still get psychologically messed up. That's trickier to write convincingly (especially as the psychosis accumulates) but I'm curious to see RDM try.

One thing's for sure, RDM can't afford to write BSG-style off-putting characters because with so little at stake other than the characters' mental states, we're really going to need to love those characters to stay interested in their fates.
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Old May 30 2008, 07:33 PM   #7
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Kudos to Moore for making the gay couple male and not succumbing to the fear that it will run off the guys in the audience.
Which is likely to be 95% of the audience - yes great move (being sarcastic here

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(Whether or not it actually does run off the guys in the audience remains to be seen, of course. And it also remains to be seen just how chastely or otherwise their relationship is depicted. )
Sexuality is boring, but i guess it attracts the teen demographic.

So far it sounds like a snooze, but i guess there is a one in million chance of it being good.
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Old July 17 2008, 03:43 PM   #8
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New Virtuality fansite...

http://goodshipphaeton.wordpress.com
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