Couple of things I forgot to add before...
- Although, I do believe strong writing and casting (which they have a good start on) is needed to really sell the material.
Absolutely. It's really difficult to weigh in completely on this without having a WHOLE script to appraise, but frankly 80% of the pilot scripts I've had the chance to read before the show hit the air aren't as good as the final product. The only one I can think of off-hand that was is Alias (still the best pilot script I've EVER read, or seen); even in the case of BSG, though I love the mini very much, IMO it's not nearly as good as "33" or other subsequent episodes. Of course, it has the advantage of longer run-time; a better example is "Fringe", the pilot was relatively weak compared to the positively dynamite stuff they are up to now. But it was elevated by good direction and, more importantly, a superb cast that kept me watching even as the show took half a season to really find its legs and start sprinting. ;)
- On a less evaluative note - THANK YOU, greycoupon
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