Inherently conceptually flawedRating: 0 likes, 4 dislikes
One of the biggest flaws with this show is the constant, unexplained meeting of analogues of the show's stars. The real fact is, you go back in the past and introduce a notable change -- say the South wins the Civil War -- you certainly will have an interesting society to examine. What you won't have is a society where things are even vaguely the same unless they were already firmly established by 1860. New York City is likely to be there (although it may not have a Statue of Liberty, and/or it may not be anywhere near as large), but much of the South will certainly have radically changed. Miami may not be there (as a product of the boom of the 1920s, South Florida could easily be changed radically). More importantly, the river of historical events which produced anyone's mother and father in this time frame will certainly have flowed in a different direction. Your mother and father probably never were born, and even if so, lived vastly different lives, and with near-100% certainty never met -- meaning there can be no analogue of you. Only recent alterations -- such as those which took place near the time of your birth or afterwards -- could possibly wind up with a world where any variation of "you" existed. And vast, societally changing ones would change you to the point where you would not recognize yourself. This show, while it had a few good ideas, has at its heart a major technical flaw. And that usually comes from poor writing and conceptualization, which inevitably leads to shoddy storytelling. In order to write even halfway decent SF, you have to pay at least as much attention to the Sci, as you do the Fi. And failing to pay attention to the former usually is a sign you aren't going to be very good at the latter, either.
Review posted on Thursday, April 23rd 2009 at 8:06 pm