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Friday, May 19, 2006


Well, here I am, another Friday at work. It's the time of work when it's dull. I'm good with news stories for next week. (Well, at least the first couple of days of next week.) But, someone's got to man the office until noon in case someone comes by to pick up their prize. So I'm sitting here, brainstorming ideas for news stories, and just doing some mindless web surfing...waiting for inspiration.

And I stumbled across this video. It's the trailer for the Aquaman TV show. I'll unleash the power of YouTube so you can watch it! I'll explain more afterwards.

OK, so Aquaman here was adapted for television by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the creators of Smallville and 2 of the four writers of Spider-Man 2. I think you've figured it out from that video what's going on...it's essentially the Smallville formula applied to Aquaman.

Arthur Curry, an orphan of college age, begins developing strange powers. He can swim really fast...he's got super strength...and he can talk to sea life. Soon, an old lighthouse keeper (that's Ving Rames) identifies him as an Atlantean, but not just any Atlantean.... Turns out Arthur Curry is, in fact, Orin, the long-lost Prince of Atlantis. So, under the lighthouse keeper's tutilage, Curry begins learning how to use his powers, fighting all kinds of forces that threaten the sea, and preparing to someday retake the throne of Atlantis.

Sadly, though, the networks have rejected this show. Everything you see in that trailer? All from the pilot episode, which will now never be aired. And I can see why it wasn't picked up. As cool as that trailer is, it's just far too much like Smallville.

But cool nonetheless. I've sure a pirate version will appear online in 6 months or so.

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