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Author: Teala

EVE Online TV show - just exactly how will this work?

Posted by Teala Monday April 29 2013 at 3:50PM
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As we learned from EVE Online fansfest this year, CCP announced that a television show based on the EVE universe was in the works.   This would be very cool.   I love the EVE Universe and think that a TV show about it would be awesome - except - I can see a few problems all ready regarding this.   

How will CCP make a TV show based on EVE when the game centers around spaceships and big space battles?    There is no avatar game play, so depicting people walking around making shady deals, or going to a lounge, or a bounty hunter killing someone in a station just isn't keeping with the lore.   Is CCP going to change the lore in order to make the TV show more palatable for viewers? 

What is every episode just going to be some group of ships wondering around getting into fights?   Or how about an episode about some guy spinning his ship in the hanger as he/she trades in a station.    Oh I have a better ideal!  How about a show about a miner, mining roids.   Yeah!

Seriously though...people won't give a rats arse about a TV show that is only about ships.    Would you watch Firefly if you never saw Cpt Reynolds?   What is the Millenium Falcon without Han Solo and Chewbacca?   The show will have to be about characters - not ships.   Not characters stuck in pods of goo.  But characters, that eat, drink, sleep, fight, talk, walk, breath, fight, and make love.    How inspiring will all those space battles be without the characters behind them to make the viewer care about what they are watching?

I suppose CCP could do a series about the people that don't actually fly the ships - maybe do it on the ruling families of the major factions - like the Amarr and Calradi and the ships are just used as a background means to depict how these factions stay in power - but then, that really isn't EVE now is it?

So...will CCP break with the lore and tell the story of people or will they stick with the lore and tell the story of a space ship?

If they break with the lore, how will they explain to viewers that the game that is EVE doesn't have ship pilots walking around space stations or going planetside.   That in reality, ship pilots are stuck in a closet when not flying and when they are flying they are in a pod of goo?

Will CCP show the reality that is EVE game play - or will the show be a totally contrived and make believe version of the EVE Universe?