I have mixed feelings about the Virtuality TV-movie (or pilot, according to Ron Moore) that aired on Friday night. On the one hand, it had an interesting take on what is and isn't real, all set in the world of deep space. I thought that had a great deal of potential. On the other hand, there was too much going on with the multiple virtual worlds, the crisis on earth, the computer virus, the reality show, the interpersonal relationships, the doctor's illness and the mission. All of these wild ideas, with too little attention focused on any of them to really make it all one cohesive story. The whole movie came across as kind of muddled and while I did think it got better in the second hour, the first sluggish hour almost caused me to turn off my TV.
On Friday night, Fox premieres Virtuality, a two-hour movie (that could be a backdoor pilot, possibly) for a new show from the mind of Ron Moore. Virtuality is another space-set series, but it's quite different from Moore's Battlestar Galactica. It deals with a crew of astronauts heading out into deep space, who escape the monotony of spaceship living via virtual reality, and also, all of their non-virtual doings are being recorded and sent back to earth as a reality show. It's got a lot going on, so Moore decided to take questions from reporters on a recent conference call to help explain how this whole series came about.