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Is Canada's best science fiction TV show not on TV?

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 11th 2009 1:02PM
Riese is using online marketing to emerge as Canadian's hottest sci-fi show.There are plenty of sci-fi TV shows made up in Canada. The Stargate series comes out of Vancouver -- as does Fringe. There's a proud ongoing fantasy tradition deeply rooted up there.

But, the city's local newspaper insists the best show in production in Canada's Pacific Southwest isn't on broadcast TV. It's a web series called Riese. The Steampunk-themed action series is set in another time in the kingdom of Eleysia. The title character (Christine Chatelain) battles through the countryside with a wolf avenging the death of her family.

She's fighting off a crazed, fundamentalist religious group -- the Sect. So, you can set your watch by how long the tunnel-vision crew over at Big Hollywood jumps on Riese as some sort of attack on traditional religion. (It's not.)

Rather than make a pilot and brave the waters of network pick-ups and cancellations, the show's creators went online -- promoting aggressively at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego.

Riese's action sequences are sharp, and the production values are on par (or better) than anything you'll find on Syfy -- if you can still locate fantasy and science fiction on Syfy. We've sent out a search party. It has yet to return.

In fact, it's an outright embarrassment to all of the networks that TV's first effective Steampunk genre show had to go online to reach an audience.

Meanwhile, more riveting episodes of "Real Housewives of Fon du Lac" are on the way, folks.

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izikavazo

I'm surprised Canada's Space channel hasn't picked it up. Canadian channels and stations have to have a certain amount of Canadian content, they might as well get the good stuff.

November 12 2009 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Becky

In fact, it's an outright embarrassment to all of the networks that TV's first effective Steampunk genre show had to go online to reach an audience.

The Secret Adventures of Jules Verse?

November 11 2009 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JAC

I always enjoy your gratuitous, uninformed slams against other websites that disagree with with you.

November 11 2009 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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