OK, we have some history with Reflex, we saw an episode being recorded last year (where it was suggested that it would lead into The Voice, which it is, but not the series anyone was expecting) and 18 months ago Martyn wrote up the pilot, it’s fair to say quite a lot had changed from that. It’s by Objective who make The Cube.
Before watching the first broadcast, here’s where we are:
- Shane Richie is very likable as host. He will apparently be providing a Twitter commentary for the first episode.
- Radio 2’s Ken Bruce will be providing commentary in some capacity, but we’re unsure as to how much it will add.
- The visual effects, which you can’t judge at the recording, are stunning. If you can’t wait to see them, sign up for a C21 Screenings account (which I believe is open to non-industry people these days although can’t promise) and have a look at the pitch tape.
- The soundtrack is a Foster/Bolam production, whom you may recognize from such shows as The Cube and The Exit List and 5 Minutes to a Fortune. In an ideal world, they’d just get to soundtrack everything.
- I still believe the games are in the main too sleight and people will tire of them quickly – most of them come down to who can do one action the fastest. It’s going to be very pretty but I don’t think it will take long for people to realise it’s a lot of filler and not enough killer, especially at 45 minutes. It is not like they mix up fast games with lengthier games of high tension like The Cube.
- They’ve already decided that the endgame, “Moneyball” is “iconic”. The next TV person to declare something new they’ve done is “iconic” will get a slap.
Putting it between Dynamo and The Voice will give it the best possible chance but my gut says after a week or two once everyone is over the effects the figures will drop quite quickly. We’ll see, though.