Blake's 7 reboot back on again

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  1. Admiral Buzzkill

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    His victims disagree.
     
  2. Captaindemotion

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    ^Wouldn't that be alleged victims? Or have we dispensed with the presumption of innocence in this case?

    (I speak as someone who believes that Assange ought to be extradited to Sweden to answer the claims made against him)
     
  3. Kegg

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    Remakes usually want to bring on a new audience that's unfamiliar with the original. And in the United States, Blake's 7 apparently hasn't even had a DVD release, so I'd rather doubt if they're pitching this series entirely to the original fanbase.

    So, yeah, I'd actually think that 12-18 year olds are an important part of the prospective show's demographic.
     
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    ^I would like to think that any new tv show will try to appeal to more than viewers of the original one, but I sort of assumed that the comic strip reference was in relation to a sequel to the original tv show.

    Certainly, a new tv show is doomed to failure if it is designed to appeal solely to viewers of the original one.
     
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    I'm sure they'd say the same thing about Blake. That's the power of such an accusation and the timing of it has caused some question about it.
     
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    TV shows produced here in the States are primarily produced for the male 18-35 bracket.
     
  7. DWF

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    The charges against Blake were false though.
     
  8. Kegg

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    I did say 'important' rather than 'primarily.'

    Of course, the 18-35 demographic aren't likely to be fans of the original show either. It aired when most of them were either unborn or too young to watch it.
     
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    You forget that Blake's 7 aired here in syndication til the early '90s there's bound to be plenty of people like myself who watched the show on PBS. And I was talking about the people who watched Farscape, Lexx, Firefly and Andromeda would be the ones crying rip-off.
     
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    You mean like Avon winding up in Kaldor City under an assumed name? :)
     
  11. Kegg

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    Sure, why not. ;)

    Actually I had no idea. I do know that I've never encountered it airing on British TV (although I've never exactly hunted it down either).

    Ah right. I was under the impression you meant fans of the original Blake's 7, not fans of late 1990s/early 2000s space operas... although I still think Battlestar Galactica is far more likely to come up in comparison than any of those shows.
     
  12. DWF

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    No, we original fans know better we know what came first. And there's no way I could compare Battlestar Galactica to Blake's 7. Blake's 7 was about a small group of criminals who found a ship and started fighting back against the evil Federation a la Robin Hood, I can't compare that to the premise of Galactica at all.
     
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    When has a movie or a TV show ever force society to consider the consequence of their collective actions. Remember "Inconvenient Truth", "The Hurt Locker" heck even BSG. Any big idea will fly right over people's head. They can only understand "There is bad people, kill them".
     
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    Yeah sounds more likely Firefly.
     
  15. Kegg

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    One can compare anything to anything. And more to the point, Battlestar Galactica's only been off the air since 2009, which is kind of what I was driving at earlier.

    But beyond that, it's another no-doubt dystopian space opera series on Syfy that's a remake of a property from a couple of decades ago. BSG's probably going to get namechecked.
     
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    Not sure where you got the word "Forced" from???

    Haven't seen Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth (Though I've gotten the impression that it's inconvenient many of the truths aren't), nor have I seen The Hurt Locker so I can't comment on that, and those aren't TV Series anyways. But regarding BSG, it did make many viewers think about alot of heavy subjects (Though I still don't see how so many people see it as a direct reflection of 911?? Other than the sneak attack, I don't see the relationship at all, there was no supposed truce being signed to keep America off guard during the initial attack, 911 was a miniscule percentage of the population killed, while BSG killed off 90%+, 911 didn't lead to any subjugation of the US...)
     
  17. Captaindemotion

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    Generalise much?
     
  18. Yminale

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    Sure think about the many contrivances, Ron Moore and his band of merry nihilist thought about. Yes critics loved BSG but it only got 2 million viewers. When NBC tried to run it during the summer, it bombed. If Blake 7 was as cerebral as the original, people won't watch it. If they dumb it down, it will be Wharehouse13/Eureka/Alphas in space and people still won't watch it.

    People want big dumb spectacles. If they get anything out of it, it's purely an accident.
     
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    I could underestimate human society to the nth degree and it would still find ways to lower itself.
     
  20. Temis the Vorta

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    Since it'll be on SyFy, the target will be the SyFy audience. The new show needs to appeal to them. They are the easiest to market to, since they will be the audience for the ads that will run on SyFy shows. The show needs to appeal to the Warehouse 13 and Alphas audience and it wouldnt hurt if the Ghost Hunters crowd might check it out, too.

    In theory, SyFy could broaden their campaign to NBC or other sister stations - try to draw in the Grimm audience - but it all hinges on what kind of budget they get. I dont notice a lot of SyFy ads on billboards or sides of buses, or even on NBC for that matter.

    It would be rash of SyFy to assume a large proportion of the current SyFy viewership has even seen B7. (It also would be smart of them to find out this little detail, and to have done so before they signed on the dotted line, assuming it factored into their decision at all.)