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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 26, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: A spaceship crew on a 10-year trip battle boredom with virtual reality, and their virtual lives are beamed back to earth as a TV show.
  • Genre(s): Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 88
    So is this complex and intriguing film worth watching, knowing that the questions that percolate through it will likely never be answered? The answer is yes, if you’re a sci-fi buff and/or a fan of the show’s creators, Ronald D. Moore and Michael Taylor, who are veterans of the acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica.”
  2. There are enough intriguing, albeit deliberately unfinished, ideas in there to make it worth a look for any fan not only of "Galactica," but the kind of thoughtful science fiction it represented.
  3. As directed by Peter Berg, this is smart, handsome TV, a witty, measured mix of sci-fi, soap and satire that offers new twists on old tropes.
  4. For anyone who loves science fiction and Moore's brand of allegory, Virtuality could be an intriguing two hours.
  5. 63
    Virtuality counts as an interesting experiment, and it's better than most of the networks' summer offerings. But because there aren't likely to be answers provided by additional episodes, it can only be unequivocally recommended to Galactica acolytes and curio collectors.
  6. Virtuality is a fascinating, over-stuffed pilot episode, and as intriguing as its concept is, you can see by the end of tonight's two-hour premiere why Fox passed on making it a weekly series.
  7. It all feels pretty dense and confusing to those outside the sci-fi world.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. LaurieO.
    Jul 7, 2009
    Had this DVRd so watched it 2 days after it was on assuming it was the beginning of a series. I wish I checked it out first as I really enjoyed it and especially after that ending hoped that it would continue. The music was great, the Collapse
  2. PW.
    Jul 12, 2009
    Why doesn't this show go to series. It deserves at least one season test.
  3. EricW
    Aug 1, 2009
    Any time you're dealing with "holo-deck"-type technology it opens the story up to limitless possibilities. I enjoyed this pilot and hope someone decides to pick it up and make some episodes. Expand
  4. NicholasL.
    Jun 26, 2009
    This show should be picked up. The writing and directing are top notch with naturalistic performance and very few false notes. The layers of intrigue established in the pilot promise sufficient suff for a series. "Lost" had a challenging storyline but drew a huge audience. So too could Virtuality. Expand
  5. BrandonS.
    Jun 27, 2009
    As a stand-alone film, it's far too flawed and open-ended. As a pilot to a series, it's a slam dunk. Come on, FOX, make it happen.
  6. WalterG.
    Jul 3, 2009
    The pop-philosophy of the Matrix recouched in terms of the sometimes-rogue holodeck from Star Trek? The reality TV angle signals that the writers are taking Baudrillard more seriously than the Wachowski brothers did. Like almost all television, it wasn't incredibly original, but I got the sense that it was trying--and it has enough interest, polish, talent, and even social sense that I sincerely hope it gets picked up as a serial. Expand
  7. Rob
    Jun 26, 2009
    The pilot was lackluster and unoriginal. Let's hope it goes uphill from here.

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