Global Frequency Pilot on BitTorrent
June 13, 2005
As the story goes, last year a WB pilot was shot for Global Frequency (the great Warren Ellis comic). For whatever reason, the WB in its exceedingly finite wisdom decided not to go ahead with producing it as a show, no doubt because they had so many other great things going on.
What’s Global Frequency? Well, imagine the X-Files has world-class sex with Alias, and produces a mutant offspring with a taste for crank that lives 20 minutes in the future…
Okay, that’s not quite it, but it’s close. Imagine a world where various government agencies can’t really solve any of the end-of-the-world disasters that technology on fast-forward produces, so a group of the best of the best spies, geniuses and action-adventure types springs up around the world, coordinated invisibly in realtime by a hidden high-tech phone and data system and run by a tough-as-nails woman who goes by the name of Miranda Zero (“Is that your real name?” “It’s the only one YOU’RE getting”).
A great premise, with the potential to be amazingly great TV.
Apparently the pilot has managed to make its way to BitTorrent, and all of the gnashing of teeth over trying to resurrect the series has started once again, with most of the action over on Kung Fu Monkey…
Well, Global Frequency is out on Bittorrent.
To say emotions are mixed on this getting exposure, well … I haven’t written a lot on GF not getting picked up. Primarily because that one, of all of them, broke my goddam heart. A year and a half of writing and sweat and production disappeared down the TV pilot hole, not to mention some truly incredible work by Josh Hopkins, Aimee Garcia, the young woman who every geek guy I know said “Oh, hey, the new Gillian Anderson, congrats”—Jenni Baird. And, of course, Michelle Forbes as Miranda FUCKING ZERO. You can’t look at her in this role without saying “Holy shit, that’s Miranda FUCKING ZERO!”
Note—I don’t have it, I can’t tell you how to get it, and if you can’t figure out how to find the BitTorrent tracker for this, you just don’t get to play.
Besides, you probably shouldn’t anyway—it’s doubtless a copyright violation, and the WB is going to send rabid attack frog commandos to round up everyone downloading the torrent, and even if you get a copy, you’re just going to be all disappointed about never getting to see anymore of it, and disillusioned about how wonderful and brilliant TV network execs are, etc….
But damn is it good.