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-> What do you think of this trend of novelization of television shows?
-> Were any of them any good? Did you read them?
->
-> RL> What is a surprise is that SeaQuest DSV did make the "cut" instead!
-> Just haven't gotten into this series.
->
-> What a disappointment about Earth2!

Novels are quite often more interesting because we get to use our imagination
more and, naturally, more room is available for descriptive narrative.  The
Earth 2 novels were engaging if not classic fare.  I enjoyed them but one could
see that they were a bit rushed and certainly raw around the edges.
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 From : ROBERT LIDGREN                      1:134/10        .c 28 . 95 16:46
 To   : FRANK EVA
 Subj : EARTH 2/SO LONG

-> its original inhabitants, and this piqued my interest. I'm now sorry to see
-> it was axed. I'm not surprised, though, because if they kept SeaQuest, they
-> probably didn't think they could afford both and just tossed a coin to see
-> which one to keep. Perhaps, though, Spielberg's association with SeaQuest
-> gave that show a bit of an edge...

Well, Frank, the cancellation was a disappointment but certainly not hard to
predict.  I guess I was even more surprised by the cancellation of Sliders.
This series had even more promis and the stroies broadcast were always
engaging.  I am enough of an optimist to still believe the Earth 2 premise is
one which could be successfully re-worked down the line.
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 From : ROBERT LIDGREN                      1:134/10        .c 28 . 95 16:49
 To   : TOM HUBER
 Subj : EARTH 2/SO LONG

-> There were some technical inconsistencies that bothered me, especially the
-> concept that the isolated colony wasn't all that isolated and that "big
-> brother" could move in any time and take over...

The VR connection with "big brother," as you call it, did act as an unneeded
distraction.  The series would have been stronger, I suppose, had the colonists
been ENTIRELY cut-off.  Colonists in our history quite often found themselves
in precisely this situation.  The west was "opened" precisely because those who
survived had to be especially strong and self-reliant characters.
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 From : ROBERT LIDGREN                      1:134/10        .c 28 . 95 16:51
 To   : JEFF SCHLENKER
 Subj : EARTH 2/SO LONG

-> Yea, I liked it as well.  When it first came on, I wasn't too impressed, but
-> I kept watching and I guess it sorta grew on me.

Let's hope down the line something from a non-Star Trek universe can succeed
and do so in a powerful way.  I guess X-Files demonstrates that such fare is
possible and can be produced with innovative scripts and with characters who
have a tremendous charisma.
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 From : ROBERT LIDGREN                      1:134/10        .c 28 . 95 16:53
 To   : DEMIAN KATZ
 Subj : EARTH 2/SO LONG

-> Earth 2 will be missed...  It's my second favorite sci-fi show ever, and I
-> don't think it deserves to die..  The ratings weren't that bad from what
-> I've seen, but I guess network tv has higher expectations. Ah well, at least
-> there are still a fair number of quality shows on.

Sorry for the delay in replying Demian...  Yeh, it will be missed but I'll miss
Sliders even more.  Now that cancellation was even a bigger double-whammy.  No
logic or "heart" seems attached to the networks.  It's all numbers, dollars,
demographics and the "bottom line."  Welcome to free enterprise.  On the other
hand, there SHOULD BE  a place for quality entertainment that does not have
MASS APPEAL.
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 From : Michelle Willey                     1:379/37        .c 28 . 95 16:55
 To   : Frank Eva
 Subj : RE: VOYAGER NOSE DIVING?

.TID: WILDMAIL!/WC v4.12  92-0315

 FE> I wouldn't complain about Neelix if he didn't seem to always be employed
 FE> as Barclay was in TNG. Of all the characters, I find the holo-doc the
 FE> most interesting. Perhaps it's because he seems to be more of an "adult"
 FE> dislike how demographics is having such a profound effect on TV...

I agree Neelix seems to be the Barclay too often. The doc on the other hand
has a slightly cynical edge that I like. I find it ironic that the only
character with any depth is the simulated person. But the same thing happened
in NextGen. Data was more human than the humans and the humans all began to
seem artificial. Even on those rare occasions when a character gets angry it
does not seem very real. Pooh on demographics. Just because we don't buy the
action figures no one wants to make science fiction for grown ups.



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 From : Michelle Willey                     1:379/37        .c 28 . 95 16:55
 To   : Frank Swarbrick
 Subj : RE: SLIDERS & VR.5 CANCEL

.TID: WILDMAIL!/WC v4.12  92-0315
On 24 May 95 07:50pm, FRANK SWARBRICK said the following:

 FS> Well, for everone wondering if Quinn is going to die...we'll never know.
 FS> Sliders has been cancelled.  As has VR.5 (big surprise there).  Sheesh,

Well ?*@#^*@! Now what am I supposed to watch on Wednesday nights? So far we
have cancellations on TekWar, Sliders, VR.5, and Earth 2. But we get to keep
SeaQuest? Life just ain't fair.

MICHELLE WILLEY

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 From : ROBERT LIDGREN                      1:134/10        .c 28 . 95 16:56
 To   : TOM ROBINSON
 Subj : EARTH 2/SO LONG

->    It's really weird I taped the E2 tv-movie on a bit of a lark as I
-> had already pre-judged it as being cut in the same mold as SQ-DSV seemed to
-> have been (large budget, but not much in the way of stories).
->    It turns out the total opposite was true.  I wound up watching
-> every episode religiously. It was such a uniquely different series: one
-> which seemed structured more like a play.  The Terrians could have come off
-> as being some kind of warm 'n fuzzy hippies, but they turned out to be
-> fascinating.
->
->    Even Uly had the fascinating evolution of his DNA sub-plot making
-> him a totally different character from the weak character I had anticiapted.

Of all the responses to my original message, I guess yours coincides most
directly with my own.  I guess there were morte than 25 of us enjoying Earth 2.
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 From : ROBERT LIDGREN                      1:134/10        .c 28 . 95 16:59
 To   : EVAN MALIK
 Subj : EARTH 2/SO LONG

-> Well once again we see the people at NBC have no concept of how to run
-> Science Fiction on their network.  The network that cancelled Star Trek has
-> done it again!  E2 was a great show they never gave a chance.  I personally
-> think NBC killed it intentionally when Steven Speilberg  pulled his name
-> off it. It was a show that demanded the viewers attention as it built on
-> itself week after week (much like Babylon 5), but how often was it on more
-> than 2 weeks in a row without being preemted, cancelled or repeated?  No
-> wonder it got bad ratings.  I loved the show and couldn't even keep track of
-> it!  Perhaps Universal will be able to sell it to a real network to keep
-> this great show alive!

Hey, Earth 2 was cancelled and now Sliders has been too!  Go figure.  Just what
do the networks want-nothing but SITCOMS???!!!  I mean sitcoms are safe and
non-threatening entertainemnt fare but damn good dramas should be given a
chance too.  The ARE more RISKY.  They do require a greater intellectual
involvement but, in the end, I think we walk away more enriched.  Just one
man's opinion but Earth 2 and Sliders should have been retained at least for a
second season.
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 From : ROBERT LIDGREN                      1:134/10        .c 28 . 95 17:02
 To   : FRANK EVA
 Subj : WHITE DWARF

-> Yeah, it was very difficult to follow, and kind of boring... He should
-> change his name to Crappola... :-)

Gee, Frank, was it really that bad??  I have only seen the first half hour of
the tape but will see better what you mean when I catch the last 90 minutes.
He ususally makes films that we rememebr--is this a slide into dementia or
what??
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 From : Gary Warren                         1:382/92        .c 28 . 95 17:55
 To   : Jim Cushing
 Subj : Re: CREATION REVIEW 1995:  THE TROUBLE WITH R'NOLD! (part 2)

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 -=> Quoting Jim Cushing to Gary Warren <=-


 GW> After we were firmly, but not happily, seated, we suffered
 GW> through the introductory music video (isn't ANYBODY who is vaguely
 GW> familiar with classical music, late 1970's rock or WAYNE'S WORLD
 GW> besides me tired of hearing Queen's version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" for
 GW> the 97th time?).
 JC>
 JC> Actually no! Queen is still one of my favorite groups.

Well, Queen WAS one of my fave late 70's/early 80's groups (alongside
Abba, Wings, ELO and Blondie!), but WAYNE'S WORLD and the repetitive
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