If I can be honest for a moment: While the idea of a channel dedicated to science fiction is a great idea, SyFy is shockingly lame.
For a start, what does ‘SyFy’ even mean (other than a uber-pretentious and dumb way of spelling ‘SciFi.’ that is)?
But let’s for a moment look beyond the general suckiness of SyFy and instead consider an upcoming series on the network, Nightflyers, based on a novella by George R.R. Martin.
It spawned a movie in 1987–I was on a serious George R.R. Martin kick and was devouring all of his work I could find after reading the excellent Fevre Dream so I made sure to see the movie, which wasn’t terribly memorable.
But let’s move on to the present and look at the trailer for the new version, where someone connected to the production says: “Nightflyers” is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”
Sure, if you haven’t seen The Black Hole. Or Event Horizon. Or Galaxy of Terror. Or Supernova. Or numerous other movies that revolve around space being full of horrors.
Though as I mentioned earlier, the most problematic thing about Nightflyers is that it’s coming from Syfy (a network that somehow manages to keep renewing the barely watchable ZNation–when they’re not regaling us with Sharknado sequels while cancelling the excellent Dark Matter).