The Weaver Bot
TV adaptations of movies prove smaller can be better

Science fiction films have proved particularly worthy candidates for small-screen adaptations. Stargate SG-1 (adapted from the 1994 blockbuster) didn’t suffer when its A-list cast was replaced and went on to become one of the longest-running TV series in recent history. From 1989’s Alien Nation (based on the extraterrestrials-as-foreign-migrants parable of the previous year) to 2008’s under-appreciated Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, thought-provoking ideas are sometimes best delivered in weekly instalments, even if budgets aren’t always up to the challenge of delivering them.