I’m back home and perusing the results of Thursday’s poll(s) which asked you to weigh in on which element of my outline for my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project would make it to first draft.

A resounding YES to alien slang!

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Drad!  One of the things I loved about Farscape was the show’s replete glossary of slang terms – a grand loopy sci-fi tradition I hope to continue in this new series.  And most of you agree!

“Diner Distress” gets the edge…

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I know, I know.  How can you pass judgement on a scene you know nothing about it – aside from the fact that it is presumably in a diner where one of our characters experiences some form of distress?  Well, all I can say is that every time I’ve pitched the scene, it has never failed to elicit laughter.  Akemi was saddened at the mere thought of not seeing this scene on screen  – so hopefully, the majority is right and it does make the cut.

Yes, to aliens!  Of course.

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What would a great sci-fi series be without aliens?  Clearly, you’re all onboard with extra-terrestrials – but the real question being asked is whether these particular aliens in the outline will get the go-ahead.  Some resistance off the top but here’s hoping you’re right.

Saying yes to the jelly!

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One scene in particular stands out as perhaps…perhaps a little too visceral in its jelliness – but it certainly sets the stakes.  I could have self-censored at the outline stage but the sequence is too great to miss out on.  At this point, it’s go big or go home!

Love for tea and the great outdoors.

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Without giving too much away, this scene is tonally reminiscent of some of Dark Matter’s most memorable family scenes.  As Ivon said after reading it: “Pulls at the heart strings.”.

No faith in dance.

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Say it aint so.  The majority is unconvinced by the carefully choreographed, crucial climactic dance number that caps the pilot.  But, in all fairness, I bet the same people would have voted no to a hot chocolate-sipping alien.  If it survives, I guarantee this will be the show’s most referenced – and rewatched – sequence.

Answers this week!

On several fronts!

 

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Gforce
Gforce

I’m trying not to get excited yet. But it’s not working!

Also, it’s interesting that I keep imagining the DM cast in all these scenes – and I’m already chuckling.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

If it survives, I guarantee this will be the show’s most referenced – and rewatched – sequence.

I can’t wait to be proven wrong.

JeffW
JeffW

No faith in dance.

Say it aint so.

It was the “Musical PTSD”, I swear! (Which I apparently share with a number of other poll-takers. wink )

Still, I can’t wait to see the UAP!

Tuptiang
Tuptiang

Sorry, perhaps my TBI was affecting my cognitive skills or I missed details of the reasoning behind your question. As part of a current project I did not want you to feel your creative energies were in question. I have enjoyed the end product immensely. If there was an unsettled question, like the origin of the Ori, I found the answer from on line web discussions, or your commentaries.

shinyhula
shinyhula

I know we love each other on the blog but the folks who voted against what I know will be an awesome musical number must have cold Replicator blood in their veins. In lieu of overturning my table and rampaging through Panera instead I will provide a short list of musicals to break the grip of those evil bots: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Little Shop, An American in Paris and God Help the Girl.
How can anyone resist Maxence crooning like an angelic Draco Malfoy? https://youtu.be/atgHEhyJAnw

Timothy R. Heistand

I missed this the other day when you posted it, but wanted to add in my 2c in case it ever mattered.
1. The best scifi shows I have seen (farscape, dark-matter, stargate etc) have all had one thing in common… The science FICTION. Aliens are always well.. alien… i.e. different and unashamedly so. The more “Out there” the aliens and their language/idioms/slang are the more it is believable as such… For goodness sake, a certain comedian/singer’s new scifi show just made a standing plot around a journey to go see one of the crew go to their homeland to “Relieve” themselves… HOW Great is that!

Dance numbers… Normally I would have landed on the side of the majority to say no dance number, however there is a reason for this. There have been far too many shows attempt to perform a stellar dance number only to have it fall by the wayside as another rendition of footloose and nothing original about it… THAT said… One of the most riveting moments in the new(ish) X-Men branch series of Legion has been in S02E01 with the club dance battle scene. Unbelievably creative and I have gone back and watched that scene alone multiple times just to enjoy it (unlike the rest of the series eps I have to rewatch cause I felt like I missed it or didn’t actually get it) . A Creative, imaginatary and unique dance sequence can go a LONG way in adding one thing that today’s modern shows seem to miss… enjoyable content.

So far I think I have been a fan of a ton of your work and am really looking forward to the new chapters that you bring. Keep it real, keep it creative, and keep it full of imagination and I will continue to be a faithful enjoyer of your art!

PBMom

Bummer on the dance vote. I’ve had a resurgence of my love of theater lately. They are doing a sensory-friendly Aladdin presentation with cheap seats and this would be something Patrick could tolerate (geared towards autism). And Jeff and I would love to go see Rent as it is on tour this year for its 20th anniversary.