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What does 'original' mean?

So. Sci Fi Channel is advertising 'an all-new original series, Battlestar Galactica'...

Folks? Even when it WAS original, it wasn't ... that series had the largest number of purely cribbed SF elements of any program to date, not to mention many half-baked references to Mormon Escape-to-Utah stories, and some really lame alien-as-angel glowy-white-uniform sequences.

Original series. Right.


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Dec. 21st, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
Dude, Sci Fi imports stuff that showed in England two years ago and calls it "Sci Fi Original Miniseries/Movies".

Dec. 21st, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
I think this is a case of TV-language. In TV language, "all-new, original" means "recycled, but hey, the set is new; no, really, we just built it." It's like the movie-language phrase "number one hit movie," which means "movie," or the book-jacket-language phrase "bestseller," which means "we paid people to buy the book." If it helps you to sleep better at night, remember that these marketing people will be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.

It could be worse: they could have used "based on" like they did for the absolutely silly versions of Riverworld and Earthsea.
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
While I was looking for an old link you had with a Back piece played on an accordian, I found this. Actually, the series turned out to be quite a departure from the old Glen Larson series, and won a Peabody award as well as a Hugo.
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ack.. I mean Bach piece, not Back piece. The famous D-Minor deal.
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