SciFi Regen is about shining a light on a handful of science fiction properties (and at least one sci-fi character) that deserve another chance at entertaining a modern audience.
I know a number of science fictions fans are either tired of, or leery of the words “remake” and “reboot,” and I admit I feel a spike of anxiety when that word is used in association with a science fiction property that I love, but maybe it’s because we all get confused about the terminology?
So what’s the difference between a remake and a reboot?
A remake remains faithful to the overall story, settings and characters of a particular show. It updates everything – special effects and sets, dialogue and costumes, and so on.
A reboot keeps the overall story and themes, and maybe some characters, but deviates (sometimes significantly) from the original source material.
I have no issue with reboots. If you followed either of the sites that were merged to create this site (Space 2049 and Star Trek: Sentinel). you know that I have loved a few recent reboots – most notably Ronald D. Moore and David Eick’s Battlestar Galactica, the Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin starring V, and last year’s (2018) new Lost in Space. I do, however, prefer remakes.
Why? Often, the shows I fall in love with, I fall in love with because of the characters and the stories. If someone did do a new version of one of my childhood favourites, Space: 1999, it would break my heart if there were no John Koenig or Helena Russell. Though I loved Barbara Bain and Martin Landau’s original takes on those two characters, I’m sure I would enjoy the differences and similarities new actors would bring to those roles. If the actors (and writers) are good enough! For example, I was initially really concerned about the Battlestar reboot, then it happened and I really enjoyed Edward James Olmos’s take on Adama, Jamie Bamber’s take on Apollo and, most especially, James Callis’s take on Baltar. Loving those performances did not, and never will in any way, diminish my enjoyment of Lorne Greene’s original Adama, or Richard Hatch’s original Apollo, or John Colicos’s original Baltar.
SciFi Regen is a few things:
- A fan’s attempt to encourage a faithful remake of Space: 1999.
- A fan’s attempt to encourage a remake of a few other science fiction shows.
- An aggregation of sci-fi news, and information on our efforts as a species to create a future for ourselves in space.
- An exercise in good mental health – we all get stressed, and we all deal with stress in different ways. For me, playing in the figurative sandpits of the television shows I love, relaxes me.
- A love letter to the creators, writers, actors and creative minds behind five particular science fiction shows (and one under-used Star Trek character) that mean a lot to me.
It’s really important that I point out that NONE of this is authorised. I am a professional writer who has done a lot of freelance work for magazines and newspapers and some online sites over the years, and up until last year (2018) I was a professional actor before deciding to retire from that industry (because, in Australia, it’s incredibly hard to make a living out of stage and TV work), but I have no connection with anyone associated with any of the science fiction projects I’m getting imaginative with on this site.