The success of various Zombie TV shows took the entertainment industry by surprise. Zombies up until then had been the exclusive preserve of horror movies and aficionados of that genre. Certainly they weren’t mainstream, indeed the comic book that the original series was based on couldn’t be called anything other than niche. But one brave TV executive changed that and had other TV networks scrambling to find the next big Post Apocalyptic blockbuster. Parasol TV was no different and asked for interested parties to send in pitches with the promise of a pilot and hopefully a series afterwards.
Many aspiring independent production studios sent in pitches, but the one that that was successful was sent in by the remnants of what had once been the mighty 7TV writing team desperate to get to the land of milk and honey that is American TV. It opened thus:
The year is 2072 and the climate apocalypse has destroyed the world that you or I know. Rising sea levels, encroaching deserts and vanishing polar ice caps have resculpted our planet into something more akin to a world from one of those tired science fiction shows that they used to make, only this is reality.
That would be bad enough, but the pollution that our ancestors poured into the oceans in the form of waste and plastics have destroyed that eco system as well and turned what remains into a hazardous sea of death.
However like the tenacious cockroach, humankind clings on. The vast cities of the past may just be ruins but all around the globe small enclaves of people exist, trade and of course war with each other in an attempt to control an ever reducing pool of resources. But its not oil or power that is the driving force for these conflicts. Nope its the very nectar of life itself, water, honest to goodness, good clean drinking water.
The show was pitched as a multi year concept with each season focusing on a different set of protagonists.
Season one featured the adventures of a young woman known internally as Panzer Girl and her troupe of robots (each of which was programmed with a personality lifted from earlier TV shows – producers particularly liked the Medic Bot who was based on Dr Howser) Her opposite numbers were a group of slavers led by a man known only as The Beast and over the 13 episodes of the season their complicated relationship would be the narrative thread that pulled the show together.
Of course this being Hollywood when the show failed to find an audience it was cancelled after only 8 episodes – the remaining 5 had been filmed but didn’t see the light of day until the inevitable DVD release and later cult following that the show developed when the creators went onto bigger and better things.
Its lasting legacy however was boost it gave in the public consciousness for at least two news cycles of the very real threat of climate change and thats not really a bad legacy for a show to have.