Monday, October 23, 2006

The recipe for perfect telly sf

  • Take one of Joss Whedon's spare Hellmouths, and place under a British city. Say, Cardiff.
  • Add one part X-Files and two parts Men in Black.
  • Create a Scooby gang including at least one technical guru and one, um, Xander, led by a mysterious, handsome (apparently) stranger with a dark side. If he once died and came back mysteriously immortal, so much the better.
  • Give them a Batcave, whose entrance is protected by a Somebody Else's Problem field from Hitchhikers.
  • Place the mix into a pre-heated sf universe. (Note: Doctor Who is popular at the moment.)
  • Make occasional throw-away references to this show, but do not depend on it.
  • In fact, distance yourself from its key fanbase by taking a distinctly adult sf plot (say, Species) and plundering it for Episode 2.
  • Before serving, take the name of the parent show and sprinkle the letters over the title sequence.

Enjoy Torchwood. I did.

1 comment:

Mirtika said...

Oh, man, I love this review. It' clever, it's associative, and it makes me wanna watch the show.

Sexy starnger with a dark side. Oh, if only Gerard Butler was cast. SIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH.

Thanks. Hope we see some of that on BBC America.