Skip to comments.Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (05/17/09)
Posted on 05/17/2009 7:12:56 PM PDT by KevinDavis
Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (05/17/09)
This week in Scifi:
9/8 -- Primeval -- SciFi
SciFi shows are starting to become as rare as hen’s teeth.
Looks like we are about go into a SciFi funk phase..
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.
sorry...I meant to ping, you about Firefly’s Serenity Thursday (9:00p)/ Friday (6:30p).
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:
See season 3, page 1. there are 3 seasons in all, each seasons page has 2 pages of listings.
Watch any episode of Lost In Space free online:
Thanks to NBC's ruining of the Sci-Fi Channel.
Is it as bad as the remake...or worse?
It’s the original series. One of the most entertaining/funny tv series ever, IMO.
Nothing showing now, but I hear Eureka is coming back in July.
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.
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.
Well, you knew that before going to the theater, didn't you? It's a "reboot" of TOS with a different timeline.
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.
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.
Haven’t seen it.
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’.
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.
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.
Pretty slim pickings.
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.
NBC ruined it within months of taking over.
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).
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.
^(^*#&^(#*&^@(*%(@ 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.
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.
Thanks! Can’t escape from ghosts there neither. Who is that genius that thinks ghosts are sci-fi material? Not even fantasy...
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/
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.
Yup. I stopped watching Primeval after last week's total crapfest. Done with that show. I loved the first two seasons, though.
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.
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?
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.
Sarah Conner Chronicles was cancelled. That stinks! I thought cameron was the best terminator, ever.