I’m watching the 1st installment of the Syfy production ” Childhood’s End ” ( based on ) Arthur C. Clarke’s novel – Which, unfortunately, I never read.
The initial scenes come off like the re – vamped ” V ” series & MAYBE ( maybe ) the classic Twilight Zone episode ” To Serve Man “, & a few dashes of ” The Day the Earth Stood Still “ ( Klaatu, Barada, Nikto ? )
Classic benevolent would – be leaders, the Overlords, disable all the weaponry of the planet ( I’m assuming this means firearms. Sorry, NRA ), leaving us effectively vulnerable, however. There are apparently 2 groups – Those who’ve given up on God / A ” Higher Power ” / Goddess, etc., & those apparently willing to accept the Overlords as Gods / Goddesses / ” Higher Power ” surrogates – substitutes, SO religion & the trappings therein, belief, faith & spirituality do exist as an element in ” Childhood’s End “, although not blatantly nor ” loudly “.
I’m watching this with something of a critical eye. Some science – fiction & fantasy writers’ work ( Ray Bradbury is a good example of a sci – fi writer whose prose doesn’t always translate smoothly into the visual medium ) doesn’t make an easy transition to the big or small screen, A. C. Clarke’s is no exception
I hold out hope, though. Syfy alienated / put off its fan following in 2010 with a spate of ” reality ” / occult / unexplained series, deliberately BAD made – for – Syfy movies & WRESTLING. They’re trying, bless their hearts, to get them back.
” Childhood’s End ” may tend towards the formulaic, but let’s see….. What Would Arthur Think ?
P.S. & BTW : I am watching the 2 – night miniseries ” The Expanse “, & apart from a ( Ronald D. Moore ) Battlestar Galactica flashback, so far I am NOT blown away overmuch.
A TV miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction classic “Childhood’s End,” debuts tonight (Dec. 14) on the Syfy network.
Source: Sci-Fi Classic ‘Childhood’s End’ TV Miniseries Debuts Tonight