It Shouldn't Just Be A Pilot, Reviews Suggest

Unlike most, I have yet to see Virtuality, that two-hour special which airs this Friday night on Fox. I'm no sci-fi head either, but after reading up on the show for the past week or so, I'm actually intrigued as to how this will turn out. Imagine this: twelve astronauts head to a ten-year mission to some far-flung star system. Part of the show's funding comes from some television network, which means the whole mission is a reality show for the folks back home--probably meant to forget that the mission they're watching is ultimately for their survival. Chaos? Sure, so those virtual reality modules are made so they can retreat to their custom-made scenarios and unwind. And then that, too, gets messed up.

Intriguing, right? Catch is, Virtuality is just a two-hour special at the moment. Sure, this thing--co-written by Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor--is supposed to be a series, but Fox decided not to pick it up as one, but instead air the pilot as it is. The creators themselves have hoped that it becomes the case, although they also admit that the possibility is slim.

Perhaps it's a shame that it'll be the case. I've seen early reviews online about the special, and they all seem to go towards one thing: it's a shame it's just a pilot.

"Virtuality doesn't work as a self-contained experience," wrote The Star-Ledger's Alan Sepinwall. "While there's action and drama, at the movie's heart are several mysteries that don't come close to being solved. But there are enough intriguing, albeit deliberately unfinished, ideas in there to make it worth a look at for any fan not only of [BSG], but the kind of thoughtful science fiction it represented."

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