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June 11th, 2005


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05:40 pm - You Are on the Global Frequency
Some of you in the know may have been following the path of Global Frequency, the television series based on a comic book by Warren Ellis, of Transmetropolitan and Planetary fame. I know glumpishLStrega was particularly interested in its hitting the tube so she could recap it. There were a lot of Angel writers (I think Ben Edlund was on the team at one point; he's now with The Inside) in the mix, which made it even more worth anticipating.

I don't know all the details of the ups and downs and sidewayses, but there was a change in network presidents to which I think the show's downfall is attributed. It wasn't picked up.

Now, go read this blog post. Skip the paragraph with the big bold HAPPY, as it kind of spoils the end of the pilot. The gist of the paragraph is that the show is not, in fact, happy. But read everything else. And tell me you're not itching to watch the pilot after reading it.

Well, you can.

There are rumors of a conspiracy called the Global Frequency.

A group of spies, experts, and ordinary people...

They save us from the threats that no one else sees or understands.

The Global Frequency is real.


The premise of Global Frequency is that there is a network of people all around the world (it's global!) who can be reached at the ring of a phone (on a frequency!) to do things, know things, tell things, throw things, sell things, make things. Any old person may just be able to save the world.

The pilot uses the old standby of having an ordinary person being thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so they get the same exposition that the audience requires. At first, it seemed like the exposition came a little too easily (I mean, isn't this supposed to be a covert organization?), but I let it go. And the main character seems a little too willing to go along with all this, but hey, he has to, it's his show. But damn, once the episode gets going (and this happens in, you know, the first sixty seconds or so), it never fucking stops. Aleph, the girl on the end of the line, is cute and funny, and Miranda Zero is dry and authoritative. And there's an obvious 'ship a-brewing for people who like that sort of thing.

A lot of the technology and speed with which they can find things out on their computers seemed a little far-fetched, but hey, it's what we've come to expect from the genre. There's even an incredibly Matrix-y sequence, and even though the episode's not completely free of clichés, I didn't mind so much. Clichés are overused for a reason: because they work.

The episode is exciting and cool from start to finish, with the interesting camera angle here and there to spice things up. Plus, any television episode that uses music from Run Lola Run is a winner in my book. And the climactic scene almost made me tear up.

This would have been a series about making the tough choices. About a disparate group of people working together for the common good, even without knowing the first thing about each other. About each person's ability to make a difference, to be needed, to be worth something. This would have been a series not about one man saving the world, but about the world saving the world. And it would have been a damn cool ride to boot.

We mourn the premature deaths of shows like Firefly and Wonderfalls, but for every one of those, there are dozens of series that don't even get the luxury of being broadcast in the first place.

So here's a chance to see what you're missing, people. The torrent is out.

The Global Frequency is real.
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From:areacode212
Date:June 11th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I came across this torrent on some blog the other day...it didn't seem like there were a lot of seeders at the time, so I decided to wait. A lot of people seem to be discussing it now though. I gotta get this thing.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 11th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I think there are a lot of seeders now; my download took less than a couple hours.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 11th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Other people are having problems as well; I'm uploading to YSI. I'll edit it into the "you can" link.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 12th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
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Done.
From:metabeta
Date:June 11th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Bring it directly to me.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 12th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
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There is a YSI link now, pumpkin.
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From:alliterator
Date:June 12th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah. I bought the first volume and it was fantastic, but it definitely wasn't covert. I think the Russian government knew about them and everyone had heard rumors, but that was it.

Damn. Now I wish I had bitTorrent and more patience. Cause taking a few hours? Over my slow, slow wireless connection? Sigh. In fact, lack of patience is mainly why I don't have bitTorrent at all.

Polter-Cow, are you sure you can put it up via YouSendIt?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 12th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
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It's been uploading for hours now. I though it would be done by now, but maybe it's going slower since I'm also seeding. I imagine it'll be done by tomorrow morning. Check the "you can" link, like I said.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 12th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
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It is done.
From:downhill_spiral
Date:June 12th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)
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That actually does sound kinda cool, and I would download it, but I'm using dial-up at home and I'd be downloading it for the rest of time.
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From:cofax7
Date:June 12th, 2005 06:13 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the heads-up, PC. That was very very cool. A bit clunky in parts, and that sure as hell wasn't SF (I'm assuming it was filmed in Vancouver), but Michelle Forbes knocked it out of the park. She just rocks, and I'm disappointed it wasn't picked up. Looks like it had a lot of potential.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:June 12th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the blog post mentions Vancouver. Sure, there was some clunkiness, as is inherent to pilots, but I could very easily let it go because I was having too much fun with the coolness of it all. I'm not familiar with the comic, so I can't judge Michelle Forbes' batting ability in that respect, but she came across as a cross between Morpheus and Trinity, with a dash of...someone else. Someone who's a hardass. And I really enjoyed Aleph, especially during the break-in:

"Aleph, something something about a keypad."
"Oops."
"Did you just say--"
"I'm on it!"

And then she's just like "Right or left?" without any explanation, and as she's dragging the guy along, you totally know what she's talking about, SO COOL. That sequence was great, however derivative it was.

I wonder if it would have been picked up if it had had more recognizable stars. Because it so obviously has potential and it's competently done, what else could they want?
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From:electricmonk
Date:June 12th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
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For a second, before my eyes focused, I thought your icon was E.T. Then it wasn't, and I didn't understand anything else in the entry, either. Oh well. Hi.
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From:faithx5
Date:June 12th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I dl'ed the ysi file, because the torrent kept freezing halfway through. Grr. I'm looking forward to watching it, except once I do, then I'll be mad at TV networks again. Oh, well. I'm sort of getting used to being mad at them. They should let us be TV executives. Maybe not me, though, because I'm too self-centered, probably, and would let all the shows I like run for like twenty years and cancel the ones I thought were dumb, no matter how many people were watching them. So, yeah, never mind.
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From:capnnick
Date:June 13th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm in on a semi-covert global organization of ordinary people, but they mainly just help me download TV shows.
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From:hecubot
Date:June 13th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, P-C, I nabbed it from YSI. Dang, Michelle was perfect for that part. I hope it gets disseminated just so she can pick up some movie roles.
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From:mycroftxxx
Date:July 2nd, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
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The only thing about the show that confused me was the idea of setting "star" agents. Much like R2-D2 in starwars, Global Frequency in comic form had all of two central characters - Miranda and Alef.

Ideally, the show would have been more or less true to the comic - which was mildly experimental. Every issue was written by Warren Ellis, but each one had a different artist. I think the artists had a bible of basic forms and appearances to follow, but that was about it. It would have been neat to have a show with a different writer and director every episode - especially if they could have managed to maintain the ultra-high quality of the comic.

But, even with the blooming hype surrounding the show, we may never know.

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