Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Bittorrent is your friend

Finally the US networks get it. The internet is your friend. Or, more accurately, it can be if you know how to use it properly.

Pilot episodes for new television series have been leaked onto the intertubes by their networks / production companies in order to generate advanced buzz. (The copies are too high-quality to be bootlegs) The idea is to get people talking about the proposed shows way before they're to be shown. And it works, just look what I wrote.

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I've downloaded most of them but have seen only the "Sarah Connor Chronicles," which is set somewhere between the second and third Terminator films.

Starring Lena Headey of "300," Thomas Dekker of "Heroes," and Summer Glau of "Firefly," the pilot features explosions and a gunfight five minutes in, more explosions after that, and a scene involving the three of them naked in the middle of a highway that manages not to be gratuitous (time travel is involved). And these aren't regular TV budget action scenes, they're full-on cinematic explosions. They're gonna pour money into this one to grab an audience, which is fine by me.

The story is set up well enough, with minimal plot holes and a lot of elements that could be improved as the series goes on. My suggestions: keep the leads, replace the Terminators, and have a decent story editor. Continuity's going to be a bitch for a series involving time travel. Oh well, here's looking forward to January 2008.

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