Friday, March 5, 2010
Thanks to Christopher Mills at Space: 1970 -- an amazing blog you really ought to be reading --I was made aware of this sneak peak video for the upcoming Buck Rogers in the 25th Century web series. What's really awesome about this clip, aside from the nostalgia value of seeing Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, is that, in contrast to certain other films inspired by pulp stories I could mention, it's returning to the source material and hewing more closely to the source material in order to re-imagine an iconic character.
Placing Buck in the context of the Great War is something I heartily applaud -- would that Hollywood were similarly inclined. Fortunately, technology is now getting to the point where dedicated amateurs can share their artistic visions with others directly without the need to dilute them in the name of mass market viability. I have no illusions that this web series will set the world on fire or make Buck Rogers the latest fad in SF, but it's still glorious to see that it's not only possible but indeed more possible than ever for creators to realize their dreams.
Godspeed, Captain Rogers.