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October 10, 2005

Eden projects

Because we can't get enough of that Canadian content. Flea-readers sheltered by the CRTC are being treated to a Thanksgiving Day marathon turkeyfest of Earth 2. While I am certain it does wonders to protect the 2.4 jobs created at Space ("The Imagination Station") I fail to see how rebroadcasting an American show does wonders for the fragile Canadian self-concept. I am told that as a pay-channel Space does not have to comply with Canadian content regulations so even that bastion of the local ideology provides no excuse for the cartel that keeps me from escaping to, say, a Brazillian sci-fi channel.

Meanwhile nothing protects us from this monstrosity. It is obvious not only that the show's characters would all be utterly useless in a survival situation but that its entire production team has never lit a fire or put up a tent. Instead of worrying about pesky details like food, shelter or marauding aliens the characters bitch about their lot while viewers are supposed to adopt the perspective of an unpleasant seven year old girl. This is self-indulgent eco-nonsense for people with no interest in actual sciences including and especially ecology. Thankfully, there were few to be found among sf fans. Earth 2 did not fail because it was poorly conceived, written and acted though its failure was exceptional by any of these standards. It failed because every character was so unsympathetic, so loathsome, that a casual reviewer can only hope these castaways perish to the last man, woman and child. Hopefully Tim Curry will oblige.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 10, 2005 10:44 AM

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I note that BBC Canada - a pay channel - refers to the Cdn content rules on its website, and therefore I have to be offered Designer Guys, Mike Holmes and Debbie Travis every weeknight from 7-9pm. Hey, I'd get Mike in anytime to iron out my home contracting woes, but not on BBC Canada thanks.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 11, 2005 07:29 AM