As most of you probably know, Syfy, formerly known as Sci-Fi Channel, has been on a steady decline in terms of quality programming and ratings. I don’t know whether or not this is a result of poor leadership or a lack of good content, but my guess is that it’s the former, seeing as the latter isn’t that hard to come by. Now, even with Syfy having gone through so much, I feel that everything and everyone has their time for redemption. This sort of “comeback,” if you will, can come from innovation, courage, faith, or, sometimes, just being willing to change and doing so. I think it’s possible that all of those elements will be coming together in a new show premiering on Syfy. It’s called…
In studying history, we often question whether or not our past was a better time than our future. Long ago, things were more romantic and adventurous. The world had many uncharted continents and seas, a whole planet to explore. We were less worried, and less fixated on meaningless garbage. However, things moved slower in those times. Some could view this as a plus, some a minus. We were definitely less connected than we are now, able to instantaneously communicate with one another at the touch of a button. Our education has gotten better and worse in that, though public education in the United States and most other parts of the world is atrocious, we now have more access to knowledge than ever.
I realize that these are all issues that likely will not be discussed on Syfy’s new reality show about the Utopian Future versus the Stone Age, but they are still worth mentioning under the heading of Opposite Worlds nonetheless. And yes, this is a show about these two sides facing off. Take a look at this description on the show’s website:
Opposite Worlds will run for 12 episodes over six weeks (two episodes per week), with the second weekly episode featuring a live element (a first for a Syfy reality series). In Opposite Worlds, 14 people from all walks of life face off in opposing teams that live in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one past and one future, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Adding to the drama is a glass wall dividing the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other’s every move. Every week, as cast members compete in a series of fast-paced challenges, viewers will be asked to participate in real time on social media and affect the outcome of each player’s fate.
(You can check out the rest of the website here.)
So, what do you think? Could this be Syfy’s time for redemption? It certainly has potential. I only wish it would utilize the issues brought up earlier, if only to generate some level of intellectual discussion.
That’s everything. Until next time, this is Dylan Alexander wishing a merry Christmasburger!
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