December 3rd, 2007


Future Pretense

According to Scifi Wire, the Pretender may make a return.

Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who created the 1990s NBC SF series The Pretender, told SCI FI Wire that they want to resurrect the show in a new digital medium.

"We created the show The Pretender, and we're working on bringing that back in a whole new form, in a digital form and in a digital platform," Mitchell said in an interview while promoting his SCI FI Channel miniseries Tin Man, which he and Van Sickle co-wrote and co-executive-produced.

Van Sickle hinted that the new Pretender could also feature original star Michael T. Weiss, who played Jarod, a man whose ability to assume other people's identities allowed him to assist those in need. The Pretender aired from 1996-2000 and also spawned two 2001 telemovies.

"We had breakfast with Michael today," Van Sickle said last week. "He just finished up a play out here in New York. I guess kind of the best thing we can say is that we have a timetable of within, hopefully, the next five or six months that we can have something really unique and different out there."

Van Sickle added: "We'll be certainly reeling things out along that same time period, but there will be things that the fans can tap into and kind of see our progress on that front and other things in the digital world." Tin Man premiered on Dec. 2 and continues Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (NBC is owned by NBC Universal, which also owns SCIFI.COM.) —Ian Spelling

Who What?

So, I'm nose deep into my Who series three DVDs, and I'm noticing something...the sonic screwdriver has been getting a LOT of use this season.

I love the sonic screwdriver, truly I do, it is such a handy dandy device and all, but...

It's become a wee bit too much of a deus ex machina, hasn't it?  Sure, that is what it is, but I'd quite like it to go away for awhile, and actually have the Doctor work his way out of things, rather than wave the magic doohickey around.

I may well be misremembering the original series, since it has been ages since I've seen them, but they mostly only used it to open things up, didn't they?  In New Who, it does pretty much anything and everything.  It's become a bit of a crutch.  "Well, how can we have the Doctor do this/get out of this?  Oh!  I'll just wave around the magic wand!"