The Syfy Channel is apparently still in the original science fiction TV business. Who would have thunk it? They have “Alphas”, “Warehouse 13″, and “Haven”, but for the most part their line-up is pretty much taken up with cheapie Reality TV shows and wrasslin’. They do still show reruns of your more popular sci-fi shows, but I’m guessing that’s because they bought the rights years ago, back when they were actually a sci-fi channel, and, well, mind as well use it.
The cable net’s latest venture is, shockingly, not reality TV-based whatsoever, and is instead an original sci-fi show called “Rewind” from feature film writer Justin Marks (the man who gave us the legendary “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”).
Syfy has committed to a 2-hour pilot for “Rewind”, which will revolve around “a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack.”
And yes, in case you were wondering, the premise of “Rewind” sure sounds a heck like the upcoming TV version of Duncan Jones’ “Source Code”, which is currently under development over at CBS. And for those of you cool kids who were around during the days of UPN, it’s almost exactly the same premise of the sci-fi show “Seven Days” (below vid), which starred Jonathan LaPaglia as a secret agent who time-travels into the past to prevent disasters (the catch: he can only go back within the last 7 days).
Obviously “Seven Days” and “Source Code” tread familiar territory, but there were enough differences (especially in the treatment of the hero, as well as the method of time travel) to separate the two. But with a “Source Code” TV show already in the works, it’s curious that Syfy would commit to such a familiar sounding show.