The greatest show that never was...
S D'Anconia | Tokyo | 05/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like BSG, (and sadly unlike Caprica), this show grabs you quickly and doesn't let go. I was shocked and truly saddended to find out that FOX would not proceed with the program. And now if Caprica fails, it may never see the light of day anywhere. Perhaps a novel? Virtuality had all the right components to make for a brilliant Space Opera, with relative unknown actors and a premise which touches on so much of what is right and wrong with the world of today. A metaphor, a criticism, an adventure and with an underlined mystery that shook me up, I have watched this pilot several times savoring it like fine wine.
Someone get your act together and make this show real! I can understand FOX not wanting to take the risk, but there are many networks out there that can and should.
Absolutely highly recommended!"
An Unfortunate Situation
Greg 452 | Chicago, IL | 05/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Overall this is an excellently produced pilot for a show that never got picked up by the Fox Network. Instead, it was simply aired as a made-for-TV movie. Because of this, literally all questions are left unanswered and can be extremely frustrating for most viewers. That being said, I still rated it 5 stars since what we actually do have here is a fantastic story that had quite a bit of potential. There is no reason to rate the actual product lower because the Fox Network, in my opinion, foolishly produced a pilot episode and then decided not to produce a full season but still wanted to air what they had (mind you, this was also originally aired on a Friday night around 8:00pm). I do not pretend to know the reasons behind network executives' decisions, but the lack of picking up Virtuality and then airing the pilot anyway is an error in my book.
(Possible Spoiler in this paragraph) In the end, you have the beginnings of a very interesting story that I don't think we will ever see resolved. If you can live with that and simply use your imagniation to figure out what is going on (most likely something to do with god/God since Ron Moore was involved) but all means pick this up."
Nice but it goes nowhere, clearly this was pilot for a TV se
Emc2 | Tropical Utopia | 06/05/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This "film" is clearly a couple of pilot episodes of a TV series stitched together, with pauses for commercials included, but I just couldn't believe they produced a DVD version that ends with a cliffhanger, as if it was actually aTV series, leaving nothing explained to the viewer, it feels just like walking out the theater just in the middle of the movie.
That big caveat apart, the plot is quite interesting, and it is unmistakably inspired in Star Trek: The Next Generation's famous "holodeck", a feature that provides the potential for endless twists in the storyline considering the spaceship is in a ten-year journey. That is why I think it was unnecessary to copycat 2001 - A Space Odyssey in regard to the captain's "accidental" death, what a lack of originality. The SFX are fine considering this is TV quality.
Let's just hope that any of the networks pick it up where Fox left it since there is a lot of potential as a sci-fi story."