You don’t typically get much in the way of mea culpas (and in Latin, no less!) out of me, but seeing that I originally posted that George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers was on Syfy, not Netflix , I felt an apology was in order.
This is important for two reasons. First, I subscribe to Netflix, not Syfy. And second–and perhaps most importantly–Syfy tends to suck (Though in the name of fairness, for every Altered Carbon there’s a Hemlock Grove or two on Netflix).
For those of you unfamiliar with the work of George R.R. Martin he’s written more than Game Of Thrones. For instance, if you’re into vampires, Fevre Dream is for you. Superheroes? Then his Wild Cards series might be right up your alley.
Nightflyers falls firmly in the science fiction arena–with a healty does of horror–as a crew embark of a ship called Nightflyer, which it should go without saying does it’s damnedest to kill them.
I honestly cannot wait.
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).
While it’s great to see George R.R. Martin, and his superlative writing, finally getting some attention with HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” though when I thought about which of his books that I would like to see as a movie, that particular series wasn’t my first choice.
That would have been “Wild Cards” (and possibly “Fevre Dream,” which is a take on vampires that is as anti-Twilight as you can get). The series revolves around ordinary people that get superpowers from an alien virus. What made the series most interesting was that it took the history of the time–like the Kennedy assassination, for example–and works in super beings.
The series was an anthology, so while Martin did write some of the stories, he served primarily as editor.
Syfy and Universal are developing a movie based upon the books, and while I am jazzed that it is coming to the big screen, I am worried that Syfy is involved because they are not exactly known for quality productions.
By the way, I forgot to mention that “Wild Cards” was serialized in comic form by Epic Comics (an imprint of Marvel) sometime in the ’80’s, if recollection serves.