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Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (11/21/10)
11/21/10 | Kevin Davis

Posted on 11/21/2010 3:35:27 PM PST by KevinDavis

Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (11/21/10)

Mon:
9/8 - The Event -- NBC

Tues:
8/7 -- No Ordinary Family -- ABC
9/8 -- Stargate Universe -- SyFy


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: scifi
Very good SGU.. That is one way to kill a bad guy, cause a stampede of Alien Critters to run him down and shoot him.. Of course I shoot the critter and have some fresh meat..

Even though the first Star Wars generated a SciFi Craze some good (Walt Disney's Black Hole) and some bad, name some of the bad ones. To me that would be Moonraker... Come on James Bond in space???
1 posted on 11/21/2010 3:35:30 PM PST by KevinDavis
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To: Dengar01; 21stCenturion; Malone LaVeigh; BenLurkin; zeugma; BuffaloJack; united1000; ...
Also on BBC America, they are having a Trekgiving Marathon (TNG) and SyFy Channel is having a Bond marathon... Tell me what is wrong with this picture...




2 posted on 11/21/2010 3:38:12 PM PST by KevinDavis (President Obama: The Crybaby in Chief...)
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To: KevinDavis
So what was the first Sci-Fi movie?
3 posted on 11/21/2010 3:51:21 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: KevinDavis
New Futurama on tonight at 10PM EST on Comedy Central.

Yes, it was never the same since it was resurrected from the dead, but it's a new Christmas epi.

**** Warning **** Algor **** Warning ****

4 posted on 11/21/2010 4:01:04 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: KevinDavis

Where are the Ringworld or “Known Space” movies?
Where is the Retief TV series?
What is wrong with Hollyweird?


5 posted on 11/21/2010 4:02:26 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: KevinDavis

‘Moonraker’ was one of the earliest Bond novels, not long after ‘Casino Royale’. As with most of the Bond movies, there was only the vaguest connection with the book plot, which was about an unmanned ICBM.


6 posted on 11/21/2010 4:24:07 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: mountainlion

7 posted on 11/21/2010 4:28:06 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: KevinDavis
Fringe moves to Friday starting January 7. That usually signals a broadcast network series that is in trouble for renewal.

Caprica marathon of remaining episodes will be shown Tuesday, January 4, from 6p-11p (ET?)
8 posted on 11/21/2010 4:30:23 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: JoeProBono
I think I will look for it on Hulu and the likes.
9 posted on 11/21/2010 4:52:30 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: KevinDavis

He almost made into space a few movies before:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21poI4ZmIRU


10 posted on 11/21/2010 5:08:43 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: TomGuy

bttt


11 posted on 11/21/2010 5:16:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: wally_bert

Easily one of the top 10 Bond films.

BTW did you know that the actress playing the sexy Japanese spy was also in “What’s Up Tiger Lily?”.


12 posted on 11/21/2010 5:19:44 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: KevinDavis
SGU is getting boring for me. Moving way to slow.
13 posted on 11/21/2010 5:22:21 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (What flavor Kool-aid are you drinking?)
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To: KevinDavis

No ‘Fringe’ this week?


14 posted on 11/21/2010 5:26:55 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TomGuy
It's American Idol's fault. That show always pushes the stuff I watch around or out of it's time slot. Usually, Friday night is a death knell; but, it could just be them making room for Idol. Let's hope.
15 posted on 11/21/2010 5:57:14 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: Jack Hydrazine

No Fringe -— turkey day.


16 posted on 11/21/2010 6:00:55 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: BenLurkin

May have seen that ages ago but don’t remember it. Do you mean Aki or Kissy?


17 posted on 11/21/2010 6:14:33 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: wally_bert
Akiko Wakabayashi


18 posted on 11/21/2010 6:58:21 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BenLurkin

My first pick out of the two Japanese ladies in YOLT.


19 posted on 11/21/2010 7:00:18 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: wally_bert

WHAT’S UP, TIGER LILY?

18 seconds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3PTiaTgHCc&feature=related


20 posted on 11/21/2010 7:01:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: mountainlion

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, I think


21 posted on 11/21/2010 7:07:18 PM PST by mike70
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To: KevinDavis
Bad Sci-Fi inspired by Star Wars? Star Crash.
22 posted on 11/21/2010 7:19:58 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question_Assumptions

Not just Star Wars.

Other influences in that trailer:

* 2001
* Jason and the Argonauts
* Invaders From Mars

It has better looking women than Star Wars.

And was that Christopher Plummer? He must have owed somebody a BIG favor!


23 posted on 11/21/2010 7:26:49 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: KevinDavis
Walt Disney's Black Hole

Speaking of I heard a rumor was going to be remade by the same team that did Tron Legacy.

24 posted on 11/21/2010 8:08:40 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: KevinDavis

I want on the ping list


25 posted on 11/21/2010 11:10:53 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Question_Assumptions
Oh, man! I saw Star Crash in the theaters. We even waited around because we came in late and wanted to see the beginning of it.

Then there was the movie with John Boy Walton, which was a variation of the Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven in outer space. It had the Man from UNCLE in it ... (Robert Vaughn, I think??)

26 posted on 11/22/2010 5:19:00 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Battle Beyond the Stars. Which was indeed Magnificent 7 in space, and Robert Vaughn “reprised” his character from Magnificent 7. Simply awful. Like most Corman movies.


27 posted on 11/22/2010 7:49:30 AM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: discostu
Battle Beyond the Stars. Which was indeed Magnificent 7 in space, and Robert Vaughn “reprised” his character from Magnificent 7. Simply awful. Like most Corman movies.

Don't dis Corman. Without him, MST3K wouldn't have happened! Besides, Battle Beyond the Stars had one of the best soundtracks ever. (James Horner, and I think he was 19 when he wrote it.)

I think you could say that any big budget (obviously not Corman) space opera type movie since 1977 could be considered "influenced" by Star Wars. In fact, you could say it is just like almost any hero story, including the story of Jesus Christ out of the New Testament, or Hercules from Greek lore. They all have the same basic plot.

28 posted on 11/22/2010 11:50:53 AM PST by America_Right (The best thing about the Obama Presidency: McCain isn't the President!)
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To: America_Right

I actually like a significant number of Corman movies for their cheesy fun. And I have a lot of respect for him as a talent scout, the list of people that “started” with Corman is truly scary. But some of his movies just don’t make the jump to cheesy fun, they just stink.

What Star Wars really brought to the table was epic fantasy with ships. There’s a freedom in the Star Wars influenced SF to not really worry about science, the ships and guns and other toys do whatever the writer needs them to, and we won’t even pretend to try to explain it. It’s a separation from the “hard science” SF where they at least try to come up with an explanation, even if it just uses a bunch of made up words (like Star Trek’s transporters).

Of course by bringing BBTS into it there’s another Star Wars influence: Kurosawa. Lucas has been pretty honest through the years that SW itself is a direct ripoff of Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress, going so far as to do an extensive interview on the Criterion DVD of Fortress. And of course BBTS being a ripoff of Magnificent 7 makes it actually a rip off of Seven Samurai.


29 posted on 11/22/2010 12:21:29 PM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: mrsmith

Retief TV series. IF they don’t screw it up, I am definitely up for that!

Comedy, babes, gratuitous violence, and making fun of the State Department. What more could screenwriters want?

The only thing that could go over better would be the Little Fuzzy movies.


30 posted on 11/22/2010 12:26:18 PM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: discostu

I watched “Hidden Fortress” but I didn’t see that much in common with Star Wars.
The princess and the droids were there, but that was about it.


31 posted on 11/22/2010 12:30:37 PM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Little Ray

There’s the princess and the droids, and the “treasure” which will help defeat the bad guy. A lot of it is in the method too, like using the bottom rung characters as the POV for the audience, and cutting methods.


32 posted on 11/22/2010 12:34:24 PM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Calvin Locke; All

I thought it was boring as hell..


33 posted on 11/22/2010 3:33:03 PM PST by KevinDavis (President Obama: The Crybaby in Chief...)
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To: Domandred; All

It is being remade, however there hasn’t been any news about it.. I’m kinda mixed about this movie being remade...


34 posted on 11/22/2010 3:47:55 PM PST by KevinDavis (President Obama: The Crybaby in Chief...)
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To: KevinDavis
Sorry about that.

I considered posting an apology to anybody that watched it because of me.

That epi has to be nadir of Futurama.

The writers didn't even bother to phone it in, so to speak.

35 posted on 11/22/2010 4:17:55 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: discostu

Wow, I didn’t know about Hidden Fortress. Excellent observations, thanks!


36 posted on 11/22/2010 5:43:51 PM PST by America_Right (The best thing about the Obama Presidency: McCain isn't the President!)
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