The Last Ship Ground Zero
WShip – the Michael Bay- produced postapocalyptic series about a crew of navy officers fighting to save humanity – saw the crew find a means of stopping the virus that’s ravaged their world, season two now presents an even bigger challenge for the group.
“Season one was about finding the cure,” says co- creator Steven Kane. “Season two is about getting the cure out there and seeing what’s left of America and how we can fix it. How we can get, on a practical level, the vaccine manufactured and distributed and communication systems up and running so people can know that the cure’s out there. And also, what are we facing when we get to America? The real America, outside of this crazy world we’re in now. What else is out there? Is the rest of America like Baltimore, or is the rest of America completely fine? They don’t know. So it’s a discovery.”
Kane explains that in exploring the effects of the apocalypse, the show harkens “back to a different time in our history, when the country was fractured. That was the Civil War. Because the ship heads south, and they go online a lot more. So they discover a country that’s really in flux, lawlessness. There’s no federal government. People are trying to survive the best they can. There are new enemies out there, foreign and domestic.”
“Some of the challenges our characters are faced with,” adds executive producer Jack Bender, “are people who may be naturally immune. If you are naturally immune, you may not want everybody being cured for the greater good, because you are in a very powerful position. So bringing the cure to everybody is the great equaliser, and our characters may face some real obstacles along those lines.” Galaxy Quest TV show.
Director David Robert Mitchell creating Mr Postman, about a mailman who investigates dark mysteries.
Katee Sackhoff returning to sci- fi TV with futuristic series Rain .
Th e X- Fi les reboot enlists original series writers James Wong and Glen Morgan, but Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is out.
In other X- Fi les news the miniseries will air from 24 January 2016 on Fox US. Expect a UK airdate shortly after.
What’s unique about your hero, Jack Forster?
On one level, he’s not at all unique – he’s an everyman who’s been shafted by the corporate world. He could be any one of us. On the other hand, he’s got a ferociously powerful, gleefully psychotic military AI that thinks it’s a ventriloquist’s dummy living in his head and counting down the days until it takes over his body. So, probably that!
“I think I over- pitched the comedy. If I had my time again
I’d do the comedy very differently. I think where I did possibly succeed was in the tortured stuff; surprise, surprise!”
Seems Christopher Eccleston is his own harshest
critic when it comes to his Doctor.
Which SF/ Fantasy authors would you like to be compared to in a dream review?
There are so many! JG Ballard for his cold, incisive realism, Leigh Brackett for her visionary world building, William Gibson for his understanding of how media shapes reality.
“I’m sorry, are you supposed to be here?”