Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld novels have a terrific hook: all of the humans who have ever been born or ever died wake up together one day on a lush, Eden-like world, and they're all young and healthy and they have no clue how they got there. Just a few years ago the SCI FI Channel made a kind of cruddy miniseries based on the books, and now that they've re-branded as SyFy, they've already decided to give a Riverworld miniseries another go. A new trailer follows.
I already knew that Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse) was the star of the miniseries, but I didn't know that his Galactica co-star Alessandro Juliani was also in the mix. As much as I liked Galactica, I'm kind of getting burned out on seeing various actors from that show clumped together in other projects. Joss Whedon seems to be on a mission to cast every single Galactica actor he can get on Dollhouse, so you have weird scenes like that thing last week where Helo and Apollo were beating each other up (except they weren't Helo and Apollo), and now you've got Helo and Gaeta splashing around together on Riverworld (only they're not Helo and Gaeta). When most shows end, they just end and the actors never see each other again. But these semi-constant Galactica reunions are just getting weird.
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