Masters of Science Fiction: A Clean Escape (series premiere)
(S01E01) I thought I had a good idea of what to expect going into this short series. I caught all of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, though its first season was terribly disappointing when you think of what you'd expect from the directors chosen. Masters of Science Fiction doesn't necessarily focus on the directors, basing the "master" part of the title on, well, anything that makes it a science fiction story. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
For example, this first story has a great director (Mark Rydell), but he is not a science fiction director. Instead, the "mastery" part of the episode comes from the author of the short story it was based on (Nebula Award-winner John Kessel). Some later episodes aren't as obvious as this one, making me think they were a bit too liberal with how they named this series.
Something I found odd was the choice of using Stephen Hawking as he narrator of this series. First of all, it's an artificial voice and one that, quite frankly, anyone could have simply controlled. Secondly, Hawking is known for his advances with real science, not fiction. So why Hawking? Because we nerds watching this series can relate?
Despite my issues with the series title, I really enjoyed this story. I'm a huge sucker for Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, so this series is going to be right up my alley. The episode flowed quite nicely in that the commercial breaks left us with some good "oooo!" moments. The performances by the lead actors were superb, especially Sam Waterston.
There wasn't a whole lot of wow-that's-cool-and-science-fictiony moments, which really didn't matter to me. Like I said, it played out very much like a Twilight Zone episode and it did a nice job of not feeling too drawn out. That's quite a feat when you think of it, since really all we were seeing was the President repeating the same story over and over again.
The the choice of cast and how well these stories (so far) seem to fit well into a full hour, this is a show I'm definitely sticking with.
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