4 items from 2011
To recap, the network ordered the 90-minute pilot back in the spring of 2010. It was filmed in September in Toronto and, in December, Syfy decided to pick up Alphas instead, and to tweak Three Inches into a half-hour because the two were conceptually similar.
Six months went by with no news, and then in July word came from James' Fb page that Syfy would not be giving Three Inches a full season, but that the pilot would air eventually. Well, that's tonight.
Here is the synopsis, from ScienceFiction.com:
In Three Inches, professional daydreamer and underachiever, Walter Spackman (Noah Reid) is struck by lightning, and develops a unique “super” power — the ability to move any object using just his mind… but only a distance of three inches. »
Doctor Who begat Torchwood and now the new series tries to find a home at Starz. To welcome the series .crossing the pond. onto American telly, the BBC has collected all of the previously released Blu-ray content onto a new set. Those expecting something new will be a bit disappointed. Torchwood is a shadowy UK government agency founded by Queen Victoria to prevent alien invasion. The head of the unit is the immortal, literally, Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman). Dr. Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) is the medical officer, Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) is the computer specialist, and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) is the doorman that handles most other duties. Police officer Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) gets involved »
- Jeff Swindoll
James Marsters (Buffy, Caprica), Stephanie Jacobsen (Melrose Place, Battlestar Galactica: Razor) and Naoko Mori (Torchwood) fans, hang in there! Syfy is still keeping Three Inches in mind for a series pickup. The series had initially lost out to Alphas for a place in the fall line-up, but network president Mark Stern states that they have not thrown Three Inches out of the window:
“We’re looking at another way to get Three Inches going. We love it, so we’re trying to figure out a way to do both [that and Alphas] right now.”
As SciFi Mafia reported to you last December, one of the options the network was looking at for Three Inches was to reformat it from a one-hour format into a half-hour structure. Hopefully, they can make this work!
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
The first, and maybe rather incidental grumble about the first two parter of the 21st century revival of Who (the equivalent of a four-part story) is that it's a bit of a mouthful. It's easy enough to say, "Did you see The Deadly Assassin?" but try saying "Did you see Aliens Of London slash World War Three?" Nonsense, isn't it? If they ever re-release the post-2005 stories separately on DVD, there'll be problems. Say that this story gets re-released in 2025 with remastered running Slitheen and an all-new commentary with the remote control kid, the bloke who moans about Livingstone and the "Oy gawjus, come back and join duh party" girl – you'll need a magnifying glass to read the title down the spine.
So for practical reasons, I'll refer to the story as Aliens Three – just don't get it confused with the 1992 film sequel. It's more of a compact way of summing up the story anyway, »
4 items from 2011
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