C'mon give the kids a break! It's popcorn TV FOR KIDS...
and as for bad acting: THEY'RE KIDS!!!! anyone for a little SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF!?! (wasn't that necessary once for science fiction to even exist?)
Let me use the word "kids" again. IT'S FOR KIDS, ABOUT KIDS, STARRING KIDS. Get over yourself already. That said, I really enjoy this! That's right, I admit it. Maybe it's because the Robby guy, typical black sidekick though he may be, looks like my brother when he was younger. The writers must have had a ball coming up with this stuff (or at least getting away with borrowing it). If I were 12 again, this would've gone great with a side of The Twilight Zone and the original Star Trek that I grew up with (you see: The Next Generation was always too heady for me as a kid, and too eerily nerdy for me as an adult) I'm a pretty tough critic most of the time (see: I Hate Most Everything), and I do admit that this series contains some acting that is only appropriate given the age of most of the cast. But, really, they're not all THAT bad or even distracting from the show's enjoyment (speaking of distracting, it took guts for them to cast a girl with a humongous overbite and braces in one episode - geez, I couldn't keep my eyes off of them! I had braces at that age and I would have hidden under a rock rather than be even photographed). Some kids even show promise enough to hold entire scenes and maybe an episode on their own. Maybe a couple of these kids should stick to the acting classes, but for the most part they are guest actors with bit parts. The casting directors knew what they were doing when it came to the principal characters or at least where the faith (or gamble) in the actor might pay off. I caught it on Showtime at 3 in the morning and now I have to stay up just to watch it. The writers don't pull the punches when it comes to making a (somewhat derivative, but so is most of the "sci-fi" schlock out there, and believe me they could have done WAY WORSE with this) serious attempt at putting a fresh spin on what would normally seem a typical futuristic adventure series. They don't condescend to their audience (the target here I'm guessing is kids the actor's ages, 9-14) and create complex plot lines with attention to character development and relationships. They stick to unraveling an ongoing mystery rather than which bad guy they're gonna blow AGAIN this week? It's better than any of that Power Rangers crap kids were watching a few years back. Need proof? There's an Aussie kid posting on this site complaining that their leftover brain cells - after countless hours of television- were actually assaulted by this! ("I, Robot" sucked by the way. Asimov is spinning in his grave) Oh, and by the way, Amelia, I don't know where you learned the term "cutting room floor" from but I've yet to hear of an entire show to be edited from itself. I have no idea what you were trying to say.
Kids dealing with dystopia? You don't hear that often coming from any light entertainment outside of comic books. Semi-serious faux tech lingo? Yup. Give it a chance, it's all about the angle anyway. Oh, and it's Canadian so it rocks! (So was "You Can't Do That On Television" if I remember correct. And that show MADE Nickeodeon. Ah, you kids don't know what the hell I'm talking about do you?) The "Sometimes Sci-mostly Fi" network should have come up with this instead of hunting down phony spooks.
AND HEY KIDS... this kinda stuff may be old to me... BUT IT'S NEW TO YOU!!! SO WATCH IT
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