To continue the talk of the pilot, the following from the Blog of :

Since the news broke that Warner Bros will offer the unaired AQUAMAN pilot on iTunes, I’ve been pelted with emails asking if the same thing will happen with the unaired GLOBAL FREQUENCY pilot (based on my books).

The answer is: I have no idea, but I doubt it.

There was a move afoot at one point to try and get the show out direct-to-DVD, but the pilot leaking on to bit torrent so incensed some of the powers-that-be, according to my understanding, that that initiative was crushed dead.

I strongly doubt that this version of GLOBAL FREQUENCY would ever be made available for purchase. Which is a shame.

So there you have it. I didn’t think it would be released and the only people unhappy about it, apart from old Warren, are the ones that probably saw a “evaluation copy”.

I’ll start with a film I saw the other evening and that I’ve been wanting to watch for some time. It’s an independent film called . It’s a series of vignettes, starring 2 to 3 people in different settings, being… people. There are connecting themes (coffee and cigarettes being the most obvious but by no means the only one) both in the narrative and in the visuals. The vignettes range from the utterly bizarre, the funny, the poignant and the very simple normal, everyday coffee shop scene.
What this film does not have: A clear beginning, middle and happy end; Action, explosions or car chases; Romance
Who is in this film: Bill Murray, Cate Blanchet, The White Stripes, The Wutang Clan, Roberto Benigni, Steve Buscemi, Steve Coogan, Iggy Pop and a host of others.
In summary: I really enjoyed this film and I think many people will. But not if they want their conclusions wrapped up and presented on a silver platter. Some things don’t have a meaning and are just there to be experienced.

My god, I sound like a pretentious film student! Noooo!

Anyway, moving onto comics/graphic novels/[insert newest term here]. Last night I read the much sought-after , written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean. Both writer and illustrator and people whose work I like a lot so this was something I’d been hunting for some time. Unfortunately it is out of print and and second hand dealers were asking a fortune for it. So when I found it on Ebay, I was much thrilled and hastily clicked the ‘Buy it now’ button. It arrived in short order, read it last night and it was worth every penny. A dying director ‘films’ his last movie in his head. That’s the whole story, but it all hangs together wonderfully. Gaiman and McKean do their thing very well together.

Right, next I bought the first two copies of , the new comic by . In this world, there a bunch of ex-spooks in the world and when they get to be a problem they are ‘imprisoned’ in LA. They have freedom of movement of the city and immunity within it’s boundaries, but that’s it. Jones is a British ex-spook, turned private investigator, specialising in dealing with problems that have arisen within the intelligence community. His first case is, quite literally, hardcore. It’s a good story, though Ellis is prone to throwing loads of interesting tidbits into the first episode (“look what interesting fact I found on the internet!”), but by the second episode things settle in a bit more and take on some life of their own. It was a good read.

Ellis seems obsessed with the whole fallout of the global intelligence community. It was first touched upon in Global Frequency and now in DJ. I have no idea why, but it does make good stories.

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Well people at work don’t tend to do things at lunchtime as a team. So on my wanderings I managed to find Farnham Library and was pleased to find they had quite a large graphic novel selection. Perfect lunchtime distraction! And free! Between going there on rainy days and reading in the park on the sunny days, I should be fine. And I should be able to keep up with my reading now that my commute time is a grand total of 12 minutes per day. That’s barely enough time to start a sudoku!

I watched the Global Frequency pilot last night and I must say it was very, very good. And very, very disappointing that it’ll probably never be shown on TV. Not just for the reason it was canned in the first place, i.e. change of studio exec, but also due to the nature of the public support it’s currently getting. Sure, there are thousands of fanboys jumping up and down on the internet saying they’ve downloaded it, watched it, loved it and are campaigning for it’s release. However that’s part of the problem. Can you imagine a big TV studio going public with “Tell you what, so many people who have infringed our copyright want us to release the pilot and continue making episodes. So we said yeah! We love our pirate movie downloading demographic and they ought to get a show they love!” It’s just not going to happen, which is a real shame. In the meantime, let me know if anyone wants to see it and I’m sure someone, somewhere, entirely unconnected to me will burn a VCD (or whatever your preference) of it.

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