The stalwart nerds at iO9 report that Syfy (previously known by the less nonsensical “The Sci Fi Channel”) is close to a deal to produce a 6-hour miniseries version of the Arthur C. Clarke novel Childhood’s End. I have issues with this.
Childhood’s End was the third book by Clarke that I read, after 2010: Odyssey Two and the short story collection The Sentinel. This story about a peaceful alien invasion and the uplifting of humanity into a wider galactic consciousness remains one of my all-time favorite novels. And I don’t want Syfy to mess it up.
While Syfy will always get points for the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, the network is currently best known for stuff like Sharknado, Sharktopus, and Dinoshark. According to iO9, the script is being written by Matthew Graham, who wrote a few decent episodes of Doctor Who, and the series will be directed by Nick Hurran, who is also responsible for some good Doctor Who episodes but also directed the turd blossom that was “His Last Vow,” the finale of the third series of Sherlock. Granted, the problem there was the story, not the direction. In fact, there were some sequences (like the gunshot fantasy) that were pretty damn good.
Okay, so maybe it won’t be that bad. Let’s just try and keep it above the level of Dinocroc vs. Supergator. Is that too much to ask?