So THE WIL WHEATON PROJECT premiered on SyFy last night… and it was just, okay. I mean, I liked the format. Though itself, nothing new. A format we’ve seen for years on E! and, shall it rest in peace, G4. Comedic commentary on events in particular niche over the last week, usually set against a greenscreened set.
But here’s the thing. Everything evolves. And with this format. The comedic commentary. The show I couldn’t help but think about was LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER on HBO. And with Wil’s show, I was kind of hoping for the same, just focused on geeky goodness.
Sadly, it just wasn’t there for me.
Don’t get me wrong, Wheaton is a strong, engaging personality in front of the camera… but the jokes were just lame. There were a few gems, but overall a little lame. And I think the era of greensets are behind us. I mean, come on SyFy, couldn’t build Wil a set? Rather we get a cheesy greenscreened job, with a CG fill-in set that screams early ’90s/MYST era CGI.
Writing. Production values. Just wasn’t there for me.
But maybe the second episode will prove me wrong. I hope it does. If you’re still interested? You can catch THE WIL WHEATON PROJECT Tuesday nights on SyFy. Check local listings for time.