Anyone who’s listened to our weekly games of “Truth or Sci-Fi” (see eps 30 & 31) knows that network executives will put almost anything on the tube, regardless of quality. So it escapes us why The SciFi Channel insists on producing made for TV drek like Sharks in Venice when there are perfectly good properties just waiting to be re-imagined for the small screen.
According to the efforts of science fiction illustrator Doug Drexler, Buckaroo Banzai would seem to be just such a property. Over at his awesome blog, Drex Files, Doug gives readers a small glimpse into some of what a new Buckaroo Banzai TV series might look like. Production designer Mike Okuda (of Star Trek the Next Generation fame) approached Doug and several other talented artists to ask if they would volunteer their time to illustrate key elements of the Buckaroo universe. This artwork would then be used by Buckaroo’s original director, W.D. Richter, to pitch the idea of Banzai’s return to network executives.
Some of the artwork created includes a detailed schematic of ‘Banzai West‘, a sprawling underground complex from which Team Banzai heads their west coast operations, and concept sketches for new diabolical gear used by Emilio Lizardo. You know these guys are serious Buckaroo addicts since they donated so much of their time and talent to get Buckaroo going again. Speaking as one of Team Banzai’s biggest fans, I really hope someone at the SciFi Channel does something right for a change and green lights this project. The world could use Buckaroo Banzai again, especially now.