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14 June 2012 @ 11:02 pm
The 17th Precinct  
A long time ago I found out about this NBC show that never got picked up. It was basically about a world where magic was an everyday thing and the show was like a police procedural show. Only with magic. So in my mind it was basically a show about the daily lives of the Wardens from the Dresden Files universe. In other words: perfection!

The unaired pilot is currently up on youTube in three parts.

I'm a little sad that this show wasn't given a chance. Yes, it has some problems but so does just about every other show that has ever aired on television. I actually do like some of the ideas they've put in here like the magical equivalents to the Internet, wiring, electricity, etc. I was also intrigued by the idea of science and engineering being completely foreign concepts and their existence potentially hailing the end of the magical world.

I'm less impressed by some of the stilted pacing and the narration at the beginning which asks you to consider a world where science was never invented. I know I'm being picky but science is not something that's invented. It's a concept and a way of understanding the world. Fair enough if it was never really developed because the world had magic instead but don't call it an invention. Humans didn't create science. Humans came to understand science which is why the plot idea of it slowly coming into being in the world of the 17th Precinct is such an interesting one.

I guess we'll sadly never know what would happen should magic and science collide.

kensiegkensieg on June 15th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Most people that would watch the show don't know enough to realize that it wasn't invented.
kensiegkensieg on June 15th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
There are a couple of fantasy books on this theme. Lord Darcy being the most famous. There's also Dragon Precinct and Unicorn Precinct. Sorry I don't remember thre author's nam,e.
madripoor_rosemadripoor_rose on June 15th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I just watched the first 15 minute block....I would have *loved* this show, thanks for passing it along.