Virtuality: It's Infinite Possibilities, Only Improvised
Virtuality: It's Infinite Possibilities, Only Improvised
What else do we have to know about Virtuality?  We've pretty much exhausted the premise, talked about its history and mentioned the early reviews.  So we're pretty ready for tonight, right?  8pm on Fox?  Bah, I'll throw in a few more just for kicks.  Or, not really.  But anyway.

"It's more about the technology we are already dealing with and how that will change our lives," co-creator Michael Taylor told io9.  "I would say that, that reality is the internet ... We conduct a lot of our lives though websites dating sites, Facebook, email, phone links that allow us to get in contact with people on the other side of the world.  But there's no physical contact.  In other words we're already living our lives in a kind of virtual reality.  This is what the show Virtuality looks to explore. How that kind of technology will change us."
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The series is, after all, getting comparisons to Battlestar Galactica, primarily because it is co-created by that show's creator, Ronald D. Moore.  If not political, Taylor explained, it's more technological, but still socially profound.  So, again, it's the usual ten-year space mission, only with surveillance cameras transmitting everything back to Earth and turned into a reality show, and with their only respite from it all--those virtual reality modules--getting messed up just when they can't turn back.

The other person on the mix is Peter Berg, the creator of NBC's Friday Night Lights.  You know how that show looks like: very raw, something like a documentary.  He's directing Virtuality, so you know what that means--more of that look, which actually makes sense considering the reality show aspect.  That, and Berg's approach of letting go of scripts entirely, instead giving them outlines and asking them to improvise.

One scene involves badass pilot Sue Parsons (Clea DuVall) sharing a close moment with computer geek Billie Kashmiri (Kerry Bishé) after the latter suffered extreme trauma while inside one of those VR modules.  "It was in the script, and also improvised," DuVall said.  "I thought a lot about my character, because she's kind of a hardass and kind of a jerk, and a handful to deal with, and I really tried hard to understand her and why she was so guarded and so protective of herself ... then being able to see her as human and seeing the parts of Billie that were like me."

Stylistics aside, it's about infinite possibilities.  "There are no limitations, and everything we grew up with here on Earth, in terms of 'this is your life, and this is who you are, and you will die' [isn't necessarily true]," Siena Guillory said.  "And you can be anywhere and be anyone, and anything is possible and it's incredibly dangerous and exciting."

Should it still be picked up into a full-fledged series?  We'll figure out when it airs tonight from 8pm on Fox.




-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Sources: io9 (1) (2)
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