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The CW’s New Series Red Will Put Space Cowboys Back On Your Screen
by Noelle Micarelli | 11:47 am, September 25th, 2013
The CW may just rise to the occasion with this new series about a human settlement on Mars.
Red is described as a neo-Western drama about the first human settlement on Mars and life on this new frontier, centering on the relationships between the town’s female sheriff, a doctor and a criminal.
With hope of a Firefly return fading into the void, I can’t help but be at least tentatively psyched about this. I need my rough-and-tumble space misfits. Plus, female sheriff. You’ve got to admit that a badass lady with a badge (in space!) sounds awesome. In any case, with NASA’s Mars rovers and increased talk of a manned mission to Mars, the Red Planet holds a special fascination for a lot of us, and it looks like Red will feed into that interest.
There isn’t very much information available yet about the characters or the world of the show, which leaves some delicious room for speculation. How the heck do these characters breathe? Are they living under a giant dome? Are there aliens? Why did it become necessary for humans to leave Earth? What’s the technology like? Will everybody swear in Chinese?
Ok, maybe not that last one. Syfy’s Defiance was also compared extensively to Firefly when it premiered, and it has turned out to be a unique story that can stand on its own two feet. I hope that Red will prove similarly strong, especially because the CW has generally seemed more promising lately, even picking up a show about a transgender teen. If not, I can always watch Serenity with commentary for the eighteenth time.
Red is being developed by Bruno Heller and Tom Szentgyorgyi.