Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Awake pilot last night (or over the past few weeks, thanks to NBC releasing it online fairly early). If you haven’t read my review, please consider doing that. But amid all the beaming reviews and superlatives for Awake, big questions remain: Is it a series? Can the story be maintained … Continue reading Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

Test Pilot: File #27, Carnivàle

Test Pilot #27: Carnivàle Debut date: September 7, 2003 Series legacy: A rabidly-beloved series that was deemed too dense and too slow for even the refined pallets of HBO’s audience For nearly a decade-and-a-half, HBO has been the biggest power player in the television industry. More than any other individual network or entity, HBO has … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #27, Carnivàle

Test Pilot: File #24, Quantum Leap

Test Pilot #24: Quantum Leap Debut date: March 26, 1989 Series legacy: Well-respected science fiction series with a (surprising to me) rabid fan base It’s time for a new theme in the site’s most popular ongoing feature, Test Pilot. The primary reason I started this feature almost a year ago was so that I could … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #24, Quantum Leap

Test Pilot: File #22, Northern Exposure

Test Pilot #22: Northern Exposure Debut date: July 12, 1990 Series legacy: One of the most critically acclaimed and beloved dramedies of all-time It’s time for a new theme in the site’s most popular ongoing feature, Test Pilot. The primary reason I started this feature almost a year ago was so that I could have … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #22, Northern Exposure

Series Premiere — The Killing, “Pilot” and “The Cage”

I've slowly recognized that reviewing pilots of big, anticipated series is sort of a frivolous game. By the time something like The Killing hits the airwaves like it did last night, it's been discussed so much and been reviewed so frequently, it's moderately difficult to think about the series in ways that the 923 reviews … Continue reading Series Premiere — The Killing, “Pilot” and “The Cage”

Test Pilot: File #2, The X-Files

Test Pilot #2: The X-Files Debut Date: September 10, 1993 on FOX Series legacy: One of the best science fiction television series of all-time, a major catalyst for modern fan cultures and the primary innovator of the use of "mythology" and its balance with standalone, procedural episodes. Welcome to the newest regular feature here at TV Surveillance, … Continue reading Test Pilot: File #2, The X-Files