Skip to comments.Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (09/04/11)
Posted on 09/04/2011 3:33:56 PM PDT by KevinDavis
Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (09/04/11)
10/9 -- Futurama -- Comedy Central
10/9 -- Haven -- SyFy
10/9 -- Torchwood Miracle Day -- Starz
9/8 - Dr Who -- BBC America
Blade runner is on right now.
Never cared for it until recently and now I really like it.
I think Mad Max might be closer to a real dystopian future than most of the others. At least while there is still fuel and stuff to loot from other looters.
niece is watching “Sunshine” (a mission to “fix” the sun) right now....
I’m thinking Demolition Man.. I know it was a dumb movie, but it could be happen.. Be Well..
Maybe Videodrome would fall into that category.
I watched Sunshine this morning. Interesting movie.
Demolition man is already happening.
One of my guilty favorites is Silent Running but who couldn’t like the idea of Bruce Dern nuking himself?
I had some moments in this week's Torchwood where I was wondering if everyone was simply not using their brains. They talk about "the three families" and list the names, one of which is Dane. After doing some research, they say that they can find no listings for these three names, and they guess that they were changed.
I'm sitting on my couch thinking, yeah, like they add an 'S' to the end, as in , DANES. As in Oswald Danes. I dunno, maybe I'm wrong; but, it seems like Oswald Danes has something to do with what has been going on from the beginning.
A Boy and His Dog (only from memory, saw it years ago in college.)
Planet of the Apes (yea, I know I know)
Adventures in the Forbidden Zone 3-D
Favorite dystopian sci-fi of all time?
Movie: Resident Evil
TV: The Walking Dead
Book: City of the Dead by Keane
Yeah, I like zombies :)
One of my favorite dystopian movies: The Time Machine (60’s Version)
It was better than the new one.
Like them all. I’m also a 12 Monkeys fan. Maybe Gattica, The Matrix, Hardware, even Soylent Green.
I forget about Gattaca and Soylent Green.. Didn’t care to much for 12 Monkeys, but I give up trying to understand any movie done by Terry Gilliam..
Gilliam is weird... Ah, Escape From New York and the original Rollerball as well. Is Dark City set in the future? Oh and Robocop and Serenty.
Other favorite dystopian movies include:
Note that I don't really count post-holocaust movies where things are unpleasant because society has broken down, fallen apart, or been disastered out of existence.
Favorite Dystopian Sci~Fi?:
1/A Boy And His Dog: Years before and better than ‘Masd Max’.
2/Nineteen Eighty Four: Richard Burton’s last role and one of his best!
Torchwood: Miracle Day has only gotten slightly better in the last two episodes, but the series still stinks on ice!
Eureka is getting better with its prep for its deep space mission. Fargo has been needing a girlfriend since the first season. Glad he’s finally found one.
Warehouse 13 needs to get the new guy back. ‘Fired’ much too conveniently. He was a great partner for Claudia while Artie’s busy doing other things.
Haven has upped the creep factor with weird stuff happening in stranger places. Audrey’s growing into her role nicely.
Doctor Who has been given a new lease with its Amelia/River Song story line. Really liked ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’.
There is so much.. I hope to god they don’t remake Escape from New York and I did like Escape from LA.
You do know that in his first episode this year, he had to announce that he was a homosexual don't you?
For me, that was unnecessary and I stopped watching it........
Don’t forget “Alphas.” It has been watchable from the beginning, and the character “Gary” is busy stealing the show.
I’m reading book 4, “A Mighty Fortress”, of David Weber’s Safehold series.
Book 5 is due out in a few days....
I didn’t like the Gary character initially, but they’ve been doing good things with him. The actor deserves an Emmy for a realistic portrayal of a functional autistic character.
Same here. The Prisoner is one of the best cult shows ever. I liked the car also. I think the Top Gear guys aren’t that hot on Chaterham cars. I even have the soundtrack CDs too.
Out of curiosity, what did you like about the episode “Lets Kill Hitler”? I thought it was awful, but maybe I’m missing something.
Being here at the last night of Dragoncon, I’ve had sensory overload on all the genres whether I like it or not. This is the first one I’ve been to in 4 years.
It has been one of the best cons I have ever been to.
One big thing to me was getting to attend a Martin Landau panel. He is such a gracious and pleasant fellow. I did visit the table and got an autograph and a photo of me and my wife with him. He still has a pretty strong grip.
Good catch, redhead.
‘Alphas’ reminds me a lot of ‘The Champions’. That came across the pond from the UK in the 1960s.
Gary has been the most interesting character in ‘Alphas’ since the start. Something the actor’s been quite good at since earlier roles in ‘Bones’ and ‘Mad Men’.
Surprisingly, Malik Yoba, who I’ve admired since his early days in ‘New York Undercover’ and later ‘Defying Gravity’ is little more than intermittent muscle. Which is a shame.
Clockwork Orange (movie & book)
Fahrenheit 451 (book & movie)
Orphans of the Sky (book)
Brave New World (book)
Time Machine (movie)
Unfortunately, too many of the dystopian ideas have come true or are rapidly approaching.
Re: Harrison Bergeron.
PBS a few decades back did “Between Time & Timbuktu” an amalgam of Vonnegut’s stories (narrated by Bob & Ray, so that gives you some idea of the tone). Definitely a product of its time, still worth a look-see. The Harrison Bergeron story gets about 10-15 minutes.
My fear is Escape from LA.. No I don’t think there will be an Earthquake, but my fear is that there is a national police force or some dictator take over this country.. We are a terrorist attack away from that scenario..
LOL! My impression was it was more like "Heroes" but more mature.
Uh, there's nothing to the character.
The writers don't know what to do with him. They must have had to toss in a token gay.
Not to mention the acting is pretty stiff, too, imo. They could have gotten somebody with some improvisational chops to spice up some quirks.
Gort had more of a personality.
I liked Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Brazil, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. His other movies not so much.
1) CLOCKWORK ORANGE (both book & movie; for the longest time I was obsessed with both)
2) BLADE RUNNER (+ its book DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?). Again, I was obsessed with both.
3) 1984 (Both film & book)
4) THE HUNGER GAMES (book series) is quite good.
I’d go with 1984 too. Day of the Triffids is pretty bad as well :)
It wasn't funny, it definitely wasn't necessary to the story line and was just another clever attempt to promote acceptance of a dangerous and deviant life style.
But what's more disturbing is the fact you even have to ask.......
>>> I hope to god they dont remake Escape from New York
If eye patch-wearing antihero Snake Plissken is going to slither in a reboot, it wont be at New Line and Warner Bros. Theyve allowed the option to drop on a remake theyve been developing, meaning that the reboot of the John Carpenter-directed 1981 classic is up for grabs.
New Line and producer Neal Moritz have been working on the reboot, most recently with The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached to direct, and a script by writers that include Allan Loeb and X-Men: First Class scribe Jamie Moss. There have been rumors of interest from Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner.
He's had two, so far. Claudia from Warehouse 13 (who shouldn't really count) and the one who was retconned out of Eureka by their time travels escapades. I forget her name, but she appeared in 2 or 3 episodes, at least one of which she was Doug's girlfriend.
I just read the Roger McClintoc series by David Weber, a really fun series of books. I haven’t started the Safehold series yet.
I like most of the movies everyone else has listed. One that has stayed with me even though I’ve only seen it once, was Alphaville. I noticed the other day it is available for streaming.
Also, I love Dark City but I guess that is more like a petri dish society.
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