13 April 2010 4:28 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The mind of Philip Jose Farmer is a dangerous place to play around. Author of dozens of science-fiction novels, winner of as many awards, and general legend in his own time, Farmer has created some of the most mesmerizing worlds in print, and some of the most compelling characters you'll find to populate them. Syfy's Riverworld is a kind of mashing of the original work, and the final result is the kind of show that can't figure out who it might be for at all. The story ends up only distantly related to the original, so Farmer fans will watch it, but aren't particularly likely to be happy about the fact. The uninitiated are likely to be skeptical going in, and the shows ditches so much of the character play that made the books work, that it's decidedly hard to get into from ground zero. »

- Marc Eastman

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