September 8, 2005
Global Frequency, in typical Ellis style, argues that we can’t trust our governments to save us. Too often, they’re the problem, not the solution. We have to save ourselves, the show says — and given a chance, we will. In the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we’ve all witnessed the appalling failure of state, local, and federal agencies to help people in desperate need. All of which makes Global Frequency’s we’re-all-in-this-together message pack an even greater punch. (That’s my cue to urge even the most cynical TeeVee readers to donate to the Red Cross if you haven’t already.)
If it wanted to bolster its Stridex-intensive lineup with a smart, accessible series full of ratings potential, the WB could do a lot worse than Global Frequency. (After all, Gilmore Girls must be getting awfully lonely in the dwindling ranks of the WB’s quality shows.) Heck, rather than getting mad at some light-fingered studio tech for unleashing its secret shame upon an eager viewing public, the WB should embrace this new technology. The Sci-Fi Channel’s enjoyed a certain degree of success in streaming entire episodes of Battlestar Galactica over its Web site. Why shouldn’t the WB (or any network) post the pilots it didn’t pick up for fall online and let the viewers vote on the shows they want to see for midseason? Would it be so terrible to get free word-of-mouth and valuable viewer-demographic information?
He doesn’t tell you where to find the bittorrent for it either; you’ll just have to keep looking (but it’s worth the effort). Not that you should, of course. It would just be wrong. Ahem.
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…