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Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (05/17/09)
05/17/09 | Kevin Davis

Posted on 05/17/2009 7:12:56 PM PDT by KevinDavis

Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (05/17/09)

This week in Scifi:

Sat:
9/8 -- Primeval -- SciFi


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: scifi
If you know of any scifi programming that is showing now, please let me know!! Thanks!!
1 posted on 05/17/2009 7:12:56 PM PDT by KevinDavis
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To: gary_b_UK; Truth29; NonValueAdded; MizSterious; GreenLanternCorps; Kangaroo Court; prous; ...


A big thanks goes to Visualops for the Banner!!
2 posted on 05/17/2009 7:13:41 PM PDT by KevinDavis (http://governorpalin4president.blogspot.com/)
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To: KevinDavis

SciFi shows are starting to become as rare as hen’s teeth.


3 posted on 05/17/2009 7:19:22 PM PDT by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: hattend; All

Looks like we are about go into a SciFi funk phase..


4 posted on 05/17/2009 7:20:40 PM PDT by KevinDavis (http://governorpalin4president.blogspot.com/)
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To: hattend

I know... I know!
I keep hoping that someone will do a mini-series of one of John Ringo’s books or David Drake/Steve Stirling.
And do it right.
Some of the “Sci-Fi” that does come out these days is pathetic.


5 posted on 05/17/2009 7:26:12 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (So many bodies... and the backhoe is out of gas.)
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To: KevinDavis

sorry...I meant to ping, you about Firefly’s Serenity Thursday (9:00p)/ Friday (6:30p).


6 posted on 05/17/2009 7:27:10 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid / deadly things happen... :^)
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To: KevinDavis
If you need a fix.

http://www.hulu.com/companies/12

7 posted on 05/17/2009 7:33:00 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( Don't mess with the mockingbird! /\/\ http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: KevinDavis
This week in Eclectic Hit Space Opera Show: Our hero Capt. Spiff Rockhard encounters a superior alien intelligence who can spout technobabble with more skill than Spiff’s enigmatic mentor, Dr. Knockov. This results in a personal crisis for Knockov, a crisis which eventually mounts until it threatens the entire crew of the GSS Tupperware Doorprize. Meanwhile, the occasional object of Spiff’s affections, the fiercely independent, vinyl clad Lola Badassmongoteets, gets serious with a semi-humanoid alien hunk with a distinctive patch of silly putty on his forehead, unknowingly arousing the jealousy of her friend, the cerebral but plucky zoot-suit wearing girl-genius Meena Alsoran. Meanwhile again, the accident prone but loveable Fred Everyguy develops a friendship with the ship's new janitor, portrayed by a well-known guest star whose name eludes us at the moment.
8 posted on 05/17/2009 7:41:42 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: KevinDavis; All
To Serve Man
Writer: Rod Serling, based on the story by Damon Knight
Director: Richard L. Bare

Apparently benign alien emissaries show mankind how to end the misery of war, plague and famine. The Kanamits, nine-foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man. They end war, they end famine. They make the military wonder: what's the catch?

CAST: Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright, Robert Tafur, Lloyd Bochner, Lomax Study, Theodore Marcuse, Susan Cummings, Nelson Olmstead.

Watch it, or any other TZ episode, online for free at:
http://www.cbs.com/classics/the_twilight_zone/

See season 3, page 1. there are 3 seasons in all, each seasons page has 2 pages of listings.
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9 posted on 05/17/2009 7:46:58 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: KevinDavis; All

Watch any episode of Lost In Space free online:
http://video.aol.com/show/lost-in-space

10 posted on 05/17/2009 7:52:42 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: hattend
SciFi shows are starting to become as rare as hen’s teeth.

Thanks to NBC's ruining of the Sci-Fi Channel.

11 posted on 05/17/2009 7:53:49 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that His justice cannot sleep forever.)
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To: ETL

Is it as bad as the remake...or worse?


12 posted on 05/17/2009 7:59:26 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: dr_who

It’s the original series. One of the most entertaining/funny tv series ever, IMO.


13 posted on 05/17/2009 8:04:36 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: KevinDavis

Nothing showing now, but I hear Eureka is coming back in July.


14 posted on 05/17/2009 8:04:41 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: hsalaw

You never get the slightest bit of inspiration in the middle of July. You just get sweaty and uncomfortable. Now, September’s a different matter.


15 posted on 05/17/2009 8:13:09 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: KevinDavis

Well I went,against my best wishes,to see the new Star Trek Movie.It blew donkey dong!They didn`t even try to follow ANY of Roddenberry’s time-line!The later recycled menagerie episodes (I forget the titles) indicated that the Enterprise had already sailed to Talos before any of the characters had even gone to Star fleet academy.Kirk,in lamenting Pike`s accident,mentions that Captain Pike`s voyages were required reading during his academy days!They expect a cheap gimmick like a change in time lines to alter things that much?And the idea that a super nova could endanger the galaxy is absurd.Even a gamma ray burst wouldn`t do that.The plot was forced and haphazard at best,the only thing I liked was the FX.I don`t care how much money it`s earned at the box office,it sucked big time.


16 posted on 05/17/2009 8:26:12 PM PDT by nomad
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To: nomad
They didn`t even try to follow ANY of Roddenberry’s time-line!

Well, you knew that before going to the theater, didn't you? It's a "reboot" of TOS with a different timeline.

17 posted on 05/17/2009 8:43:18 PM PDT by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: hattend

But my point is that they didn`t even try to follow the things that couldn`t be changed.Kirk wasn`t even in the academy when Pike was doing his first voyages of discovery during the maiden voyages of the Constellation class star ship Enterprise.Its as though they moved ALL the characters back in time as far as their own births.I didn`t buy it.What about Pavel Chekhov?He would have been a preteen at this time.


18 posted on 05/17/2009 9:03:19 PM PDT by nomad
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To: nomad

I haven’t seen the movie yet so I can’t really discuss it with any real knowledge but from what I have been reading all the inconsistencies you are talking about is on purpose.

This new reboot doesn’t necessarily follow the Star Trek TOS canon.


19 posted on 05/17/2009 9:08:01 PM PDT by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: hattend
So we are to believe that the Romulan ship`s time travel actually caused ALL of the characters to be born years earlier than they should have?One problem,the ship reentered the timeline on the day of Kirk`s birth,not before his conception.So how is this supposed to have altered his bith date?
20 posted on 05/17/2009 9:16:26 PM PDT by nomad
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To: nomad

[shoulder shrug]

Haven’t seen it.


21 posted on 05/17/2009 9:22:33 PM PDT by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: KevinDavis

Eureka Returns on New Night - Friday, July 10

by Ian Mullen | Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 09:15 CT | Air Dates

Say goodbye to the Tuesday, 9/8c timeslot on SCI FI Channel. In fact, say goodbye to the SCI FI Channel...at least as it is, anyway. Charlie Craig has announced via his twitter account (charliecraig) that Eureka’s third season returns to television on a brand new night - Fridays at 9/8c on the newly branded SyFy Channel. Currently occupying the slot is short-lived CBS series ‘Moonlight’.


WooHoo!


22 posted on 05/17/2009 9:28:02 PM PDT by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: hattend

After kicking off with a Memorial Day “Land of the Lost” marathon, SCI FI blasts into Summer ‘09 with a wealth of original programming from the series premiere of “Warehouse 13” and new episodes of “Eureka” (on its new night Fridays at 9PM beginning July 10th) and “Ghost Hunters” to Saturday night movies showcasing stars such as Jason Gedrick, James Marsters and Peta Wilson.


“Warehouse 13” - Premieres Tuesday, July 7, with two-hour pilot from 9-11PM (ET/PT) - Two Secret Service agents find themselves abruptly transferred to a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie (Saul Rubinek) charges Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the warehouse itself. CCH Pounder guest-stars as Artie’s boss Mrs. Federic, along with Allison Scagliotti as Claudia Donovan, a young, hip, brilliant techno-wiz.


Didn’t they do this with “Sancuary? (ugh!)

“Eureka” — Returns with 10 new episodes beginning Friday, July 10, at 9PM (ET/PT) Season 3.5 picks up where “Eureka” left off at the mid-season cliffhanger with Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) being removed from his job as Eureka’s sheriff and Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) announcing that she is expecting her recently-deceased husband’s baby.

Carter is also confronted by some challenging decisions on the home front where his daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson) is concerned and encounters a new love interest with the arrival of Dr. Tess Fontana (guest star Jaime Rae Newman) who will supervise the re-opening of Global Dynamics’ infamous ‘Section 5.’

“Eureka” was the most watched scripted series on SCI FI in 2008 delivering its best performance to-date. The first half of the 3rd season averaged 3 million viewers per week. Co-creator Jaime Paglia and Charlie Craig (The X Files, Brimstone) and Thania St. John are Executive Producers. “Eureka” is produced by Universal Cable Productions.



23 posted on 05/17/2009 9:34:14 PM PDT by hattend (Sarah Palin has run a fishing business, a city, and a state. All Obama has done is run his mouth.)
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To: KevinDavis

Pretty slim pickings.


24 posted on 05/18/2009 3:04:59 AM PDT by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: hattend

I am looking forward to Warehouse 13.
Sanctuary has already or will soon start filming another season (hubby and I like this show). Not sure when it is scheduled to air.
So far just about all of SciFi channel’s made-for-TV movies have looked idiotic and we haven’t watched any of them.


25 posted on 05/18/2009 3:15:46 AM PDT by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

NBC ruined it within months of taking over.


26 posted on 05/18/2009 4:35:26 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: nomad

Or, instead of looking at it as moving all the characters back in time, you can look at it as moving the date of the construction of the Enterprise forward in time and just chalk it up to the butterfly effect, and deduce that Pike did his voyages (including the one to Talos IV) at the same time as the original, but in a different ship. Heck, if you want to get REALLY technical, you could even say that the destruction of Kirk’s dad’s ship was responsible for messing up Starfleet’s ship-building schedule.

And, IIRC, Chekov was 24/25 in the original series, and 17 in the movie, so that gave a 7-year age gap that would also seem about right for the rest of the characters (Kirk was in his early to mid 30’s in the series, mid to late 20’s in the movie, everyone else looked about right in relation to each other).


27 posted on 05/18/2009 6:56:58 AM PDT by Hyzenthlay (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Hyzenthlay

Exactly. The entire timeline changed the moment Nero emerged and destroyed the Kelvin. It also gave a firm age for Kirk - the appearance of NEro and the destruction of the Kelvin were all stated to have happened 25 years ago - making J.T. Kirk 24 or 25.

It is also possible many of Pike’s voyages never happen in this timeline - it is obvious the whole Enterprise timeline has been moved forward 5-6 years. Those may the years Pike would have visited Talos IV etc — and would account for those voyages being in Kirk’s star fleet Academy at that time.

The clinging to the old timeline is silly, everything changed the moment Nero appeared and George Kirk died - EVERYTHING. Either one likes it and gets over it, or if one doesn’t they can choose to ignore it. I personally love the possibilities they have opened up to change some of the iconic characters and situatons the old Enterprise crew ran into.


28 posted on 05/18/2009 7:08:28 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: commish

^(^*#&^(#*&^@(*%(@ Fox - Looks like they have definately cancelled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. GRRRRRRR

And they canned it to bring back the disaster known as Doll House just to keep Josh Wheden placated.


29 posted on 05/18/2009 7:10:20 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: KevinDavis

Primeval seems to be wandering in the wilderness. They seemed to have an arc in mind the gave up and are just making up episodes until something pops into their minds.

I don’t know how far behind SciFi is but the BBC broadcasts are now about unwatchable.


30 posted on 05/18/2009 8:06:33 AM PDT by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks! Can’t escape from ghosts there neither. Who is that genius that thinks ghosts are sci-fi material? Not even fantasy...


31 posted on 05/18/2009 10:09:45 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: KevinDavis

There is an OK (but not more than OK, imho) fantasy - Legend of the Seeker.

It’s produced by ABC but goes directly to syndication (CW network in my area - Sunday at 10:00 pm). To check your local channel plug in your zip code in the top right corner on their website: http://www.legendoftheseeker.com/

The season is almost over, but you can catchup online.
More links: http://www.hulu.com/legend-of-the-seeker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_the_Seeker


32 posted on 05/18/2009 10:29:38 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: nomad
>> But my point is that they didn`t even try to follow the things that couldn`t be changed.Kirk wasn`t even in the academy when Pike was doing his first voyages of discovery during the maiden voyages of the Constellation class star ship Enterprise.Its as though they moved ALL the characters back in time as far as their own births.I didn`t buy it.What about Pavel Chekhov?He would have been a preteen at this time. So we are to believe that the Romulan ship`s time travel actually caused ALL of the characters to be born years earlier than they should have?One problem,the ship reentered the timeline on the day of Kirk`s birth,not before his conception.So how is this supposed to have altered his bith date? <<

I don't think you know Star Trek canon as well as you think. Some freepers have been complaining about this movie violating "facts" that were never established in the Star Trek universe. One freeper claimed it was impossible for Kirk and Spock to meet at the academy because Spock was "400 years old" during TOS (wtf?). Another said that it was "established" on Trek that only Spock knew Kirk cheated on the Kobayshai Maru (even though in Star Trek II, McCoy seemed quite non-chanlant watching Kirk's revelation to Saavik that he cheated). The only thing they're proving is they don't know their Star Trek.

You claim this movie changes all the characters birth dates? I don't think so at all. First off, I don't think a single one of them had their birthdates ever listed on screen. From what we can see, McCoy and Scotty look to be in their mid 40s during TOS (that's how old the actors were), while Kirk and Spock look to be in their mid 30s. Kirk mentions on screen that his age is 34 in "The Deadly Years". That takes place about the second year into the five year mission, so sources have long placed the episode as taking place about 2267 (300 years from the date it aired on TV). 34 years prior to 2267 is... 2233, the year he's born in this movie.

33 posted on 05/18/2009 10:45:17 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: dangerdoc
Primeval seems to be wandering in the wilderness. They seemed to have an arc in mind the gave up and are just making up episodes until something pops into their minds.

Yup. I stopped watching Primeval after last week's total crapfest. Done with that show. I loved the first two seasons, though.

34 posted on 05/18/2009 2:43:55 PM PDT by America_Right (The best thing about the Obama Presidency: McCain isn't the President!)
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To: KevinDavis

Season 3 of Primeval has started on BBC-America, Saturday nights 9 Eastern (what I’ve come to think of as the “good” spot, as they usually have something good then).

Sure ain’t much else doing right now. Eureka starts up again in July, until then I guess we need to socialize or something.


35 posted on 05/18/2009 2:47:16 PM PDT by razorboy
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To: BillyBoy
Its not just the series but the novellas written during the period after the series and before any of the motion pictures.And even if they got the time lines reasonably right,I still think the story line was forced and choppy,not well written.I didn`t like it and as far as I`m concerned,this is the last motion picture in this story line I`ll pay to watch,how much will they continue to flog this horse?Whats next,Star Trek the Musical?Give me a break!
36 posted on 05/18/2009 4:32:14 PM PDT by nomad
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To: nomad
Fear not, brave traveler, you are not alone.

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

37 posted on 05/18/2009 5:23:24 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.)
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To: KevinDavis
If you know of any scifi programming that is showing now, please let me know!! Thanks!!

Did you ever read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? There is something I vaguely remember about one character having a stash of old sci-fi magazines and comic books because they drop off in popularity once the future finally arrives.

Maybe sci-fi is dead because we are in the future?

38 posted on 05/18/2009 5:25:17 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.)
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To: Duke Nukum

Scifi programming is dead because executives keep killing it while it is still in the crib.


39 posted on 05/19/2009 8:04:43 AM PDT by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: dangerdoc
Scifi programming is dead because executives keep killing it while it is still in the crib

Scifi, is dead because, reality T.V., is the new norm.

Creativity and new thought has been cancelled.

40 posted on 05/19/2009 8:07:57 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Kakaze

Sarah Conner Chronicles was cancelled. That stinks! I thought cameron was the best terminator, ever.


41 posted on 05/19/2009 1:08:31 PM PDT by ebshumidors
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