From Robert Sawyer
Monday, January 31, 2005
There's a new series coming up soon on Space: The Imagination
Station -- Canada's version of the Sci-Fi Channel -- called
Charlie Jade. It's a Canada-South Africa co-production, and I'm
not sure what broadcasters have picked it up outside of those two
countries, but I urge you all to keep an eye open for this. I've
been privileged to view the first two hours of the series, and
was blown away.
The series is a wonderful fusion of science fiction and detective
drama (the title character, Charlie Jade, is a private eye who
specializes in missing persons), with the action splashed across
three brilliantly realized parallel universes. This program is
hip, intelligent, engrossing, and beautifully executed; I've
never seen a science-fiction TV show like it before. Just as the
new Battlestar Galactica is establishing a new standard in
outer-space SF, Charlie Jade is a breakthrough in Earth-based SF.
Everything that comes after it will be judged against it.
The production values are excellent, with some of the best
directing and cinematography I've seen in episodic television.
The cast is first-rate, and the opening two-parter is
intelligently and subtly written. This is the closest we've ever
had to a Blade Runner for the small screen. It's also got the
satiric edge of Max Headroom, and a finely honed ecological
sensibility that taps perfectly into the Zeitgeist. Instead of
reworking old series, or adding yet another chapter to an ancient
franchise, this is something new and cutting-edge: the first major
SF television milestone show of the new millennium.
For more information, see: CharlieJade.com
Robert Sawyer is the Hugo and Nebula award-winning sf novelist who helped develop Charlie Jade
in the very beginning... a universe I was lucky enough to inherit later as Head Writer!
This is exciting. I love the new Battlestar Galactica, too. More good sci-fi is always a good thing.
Hectic - Uncle Bob must've worked wonders in post. Any idea when it'll be hitting the Southern tip of Africa?
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