About Threshold, Agusti wrote in comments:
Is it just me, or does anybody else feel like it’s getting better?
I started watching it from some distance. I thought (I still think) that the first episode was heavily “inspired” by Michael Crichton’s “Sphere”. I didn’t like the music. The acting left me cold.
However, it was entertaining, so I kept watching. And without a warning I have found myself hooked. I’m starting to actually care about what happens to the characters. The things that I like about the series and that I think are quite original are:
a) The EXTREME measures that the Threshold team are forced to take (don’t want to spoil anything, I will just say Miami)
b) The feeling of “we are oh so screwed”. The feeling that Threshold is failing.
I haven’t liked a bit that time switch. Smells like cancellation.
I think the time switch makes sense… Close to Home makes a better lead-in for Numb3rs than Threshold did. Cancellation isn’t in the wind for either of the new series, and I think they wanted to move Threshold out of SciFi Friday’s way.
Problem is, it’ll be up against House. So while it likely won’t win it’s time slot, it may pull in viewers who don’t watch House, and the folks who have been watching will follow.
And you’ve pegged the evolution of the team and their need to adapt to the aliens’ ways of adapting their methods… this is from a TV news item that was featured in Slice of SciFi #31:
Threshold producer David Goyer promises some surprising evolutions for series regulars now that CBS has picked-up the show for the entire season.
A strong cliffhanger that will end this season is hinted at. Goyer revealed that at the end of this season the news of the alien incursion leaks out to the general public and the shit really hits the fan. He also let slip that Dr. Molly Cafferey’s (Carla Gugino) contingency plan is actually broken down into three stages — “Threshold,” “Foothold” and “Stranglehold.”
“Martial Law is declared in Season 2 and by Season 3, we’re kind of in a 28 Days Later land,” stated Goyer.
QUESTION: So, is Goyer claiming that CBS has already agreed to a 3-year comittment to Threshold? Hmmmmmmmmmmm!
I really like the planned progression from the “Threshold” to the “Foothold” to the “Stranglehold” contingency plans. It means they’re expecting things to get worse, and we’ll get to see it. That’s what thrilled me about Babylon 5… and that I’ll get to see something similar unfold in a contemporary setting has me intrigued.