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We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | TV | November 10, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | TV | November 10, 2010 |

Well the good news is that Ron Moore is getting work again. The bad news is that it doesn’t involve spaceships. The inexplicable news is that it involves the Coast Guard. THR is reporting that NBC has bought “The McCulloch” from Moore via Sony. They say that “the show focuses on the men and women of the fictional Coast Guard cutter The McCulloch as they travel around the world.”

Well if that description captures the excitement of the show it should fit right in with the network that gives us Leno every night. It’s almost as if whoever wrote that description didn’t quite understand what the word “interesting” actually means. Does anyone really look at the phrase “a Coast Guard cutter traveling around the world,” and think “wow, now that’s something I’d pay to see!” Do they call up their friends and explain that the niftiest new show will be debuting and that not only is there a cutter in it, but that it will be traveling? And just why is it traveling anyway? Doesn’t the Coast Guard guard the coast?

This isn’t to belittle the Coast Guard in any way, or the lives they save on a daily basis. I’m sure that there will be an excellent reason the cutter is traveling around the world, and that it’s certainly possible to create a compelling character drama therein. Maybe I’m just overreacting to the inherent letdown of seeing “NBC picks up Ron Moore show,” and then the words “Coast Guard cutter” instead of “Cylon Basestar.”

(source: THR)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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