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A reader sends this along suggesting it might be my dream show:

Fox has given the green light to “Virtuality,” a two-hour back-door pilot from “Battlestar Galactica” mastermind Ronald D. Moore.

The sci-fi project, from Universal Media Studios and producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, is set aboard the Phaeton, Earth’s first starship. It revolves around its crew of 12 astronauts on a 10-year journey to explore a distant solar system. To help them endure the long trip and keep their minds occupied, NASA has equipped the ship with advanced virtual-reality modules, allowing the crew members to assume adventurous identities and go to any place they want. The plan works flawlessly until a mysterious “bug” is found in the system.

“It’s very much about what’s fantasy and what’s reality; what we do to escape our lives and what actually institutes our lives; are these things very different,” UMS president Katherine Pope said.

Me: I dunno. First, long time readers know that I loathed the holodeck on Star Trek. Hated it. That this show was sparked by that inspiration doesn’t inspire me.

Second, I’m perturbed that George Costanza’s rival is deeply involved in this project.

Third, even if the show is really good, the fact that it’s on Fox means we shouldn’t get our hopes up given what they did to Firefly.

If the folks at Fox wanted to atone for their sins, they could borrow a page from Lloyd Braun and say “Serenity now!”

Disclaimer: If you don’t get the references, don’t worry about it.

Update: The reader in question (rightly) zings me:

Dude . . . the subject line was meant to be ironic.  Your loathing of the holodeck is legendary.    Early morning?  🙂


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