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Riverworld

This Riverworld Meanders, But Doesn’t Go Anywhere Syfy, 9:00PM Sunday Written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Randall M. Badat, and Hans Beimler; based on the novels by Philip José Farmer Directed by Stuart Gillard Starring Tahmoh Penikett, Laura Vandervoort, Mark Deklin, and Peter Wingfield Movies like Riverworld make me wonder if science fiction can ever survive the transition from page to screen. Certainly space opera in the vein of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica makes the grade, but something like Philip Jose Farmer’s theological/philosophical magnum opus is another thing entirely. How does one convey, through action and dialogue, the highly intellectual themes of theRiverworld series? One can copy the action sequences,…

Syfy Channel’s The Phantom

The Ghost Who Parkours — Review of Syfy’s The Phantom Syfy, 9:00PM Sunday Written by Daniel Knauf & Charles H. Knauf Directed by Paolo Barzman “I thought it would be kind of cheesy but once you do it live, it’s kinda cool.” —Kit Walker Syfy Channel’s latest translation of a comic book hero to the small screen comes as a four-hour epic, obviously designed as a test of the waters to see whether viewer reaction justifies a series. As such, it has some of the good points of a pilot—good character delineation, lavish production values, good directing—and some of the bad points—uneven…