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Old August 19th 14, 07:47   #24
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Re: How would you reboot B5?

Originally Posted by Republibot 3.0 View Post
Ubik....that' That's pretty damn good! I'm impressed, I genuinely am. In however many years I've been tooling around on here - what, four, five? Anyone know? - that's the best proposal I've read.

In 2010 they did a live-action version of "Space Battleship Yamato" in Japan. The task was to tie up like 13 hour TV series in a 2 hour movie. There was no way to please everyone. What they decided was "This is a standalone. There will be no sequels. Not even if we want them." This simplified things massively. Then they grabbed a few cool characters they liked from the 2nd series, and stuck them on board here, where they actually helped. They held to the basic plot, and were OCD about it where it mattered, but were wildly divergent where they felt it didn't. The most gutsy aspect of this were the bad guy aliens, who, ahem, I wont' even tell you what they did. It was the kind of thing that should have made me scream, but in the altered context I was like, "Yes, this works. This makes sense."

Basically, they were faithful to the details where they mattered, faithful to the spirt when the details didn't matter, and went their own way whenever they could get away with it. And it ended up being pretty good.

Your pitch sounds kinda' like that.
Thank you. I guess this is what happens when I get bored at work. It just seemed to me that some of the major plot points would necessarily have to change, otherwise where’s the fun for us old school fans?!

I really must check out the live action Yamoto film, sounds like its worth my time. Japanese nationalism in space always did appeal!
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