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Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (09/23/12)
09/23/12 | Kevin Davis

Posted on 09/23/2012 4:32:14 PM PDT by KevinDavis

Weekly Sci-Fi Thread (09/23/12)
Monday:
8/7 -- Alphas -- SyFy
9/8 -- Warehouse 13 -- SyFy 10/9 -- Revolution -- NBC



Friday:
9/8 -- Haven -- SyFy 9/8 -- Fringe -- Fox


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: scifi
Well how was Revolution???
1 posted on 09/23/2012 4:32:16 PM PDT by KevinDavis
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To: Aevery_Freeman; ShadowAce; Jack Hydrazine; Altariel; nuancey; Thorliveshere; skinkinthegrass; ...

2 posted on 09/23/2012 4:33:06 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Romney / Ryan 2012)
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To: KevinDavis

I didn’t watch Revolution because I thought the premise was ridiculous.

Someone posted a thread soon after it, and it got mixed reviews.

I did watch The Last Resort. For some reason, ABC released the first episode to On Demand and online, even though the actual premier isn’t until later this week. I will catch another episode or two, but I’m not sure it has a premise that will last very long — an American sub gets secondary instructions to fire nuclear missiles on Pakistan, but when it asks for confirmation, it gets fired upon by another US warship. The sub and crew go rogue.


3 posted on 09/23/2012 4:52:48 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: KevinDavis

Not Fi, but Si ...

interesting video entitled “How to Get to Mars”:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/XRCIzZHpFtY?rel=0


4 posted on 09/23/2012 5:03:05 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: KevinDavis

I picked up Outcasts on Netflix. What a shame that BBC did not pick up a second season. I enjoyed it much better than BSG.


5 posted on 09/23/2012 5:04:23 PM PDT by dc27
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To: TomGuy

Si=Sci


6 posted on 09/23/2012 5:04:43 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

I will most likely watch LR on the idiot box and see but I don’t see it working.

Dr. Who was fair this week. No doubt there have been budget cutbacks at the Beeb. I would give it a C+. It had a few good moments.


7 posted on 09/23/2012 5:05:40 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: TomGuy

I will most likely watch LR on the idiot box and see but I don’t see it working.

Dr. Who was fair this week. No doubt there have been budget cutbacks at the Beeb. I would give it a C+. It had a few good moments.


8 posted on 09/23/2012 5:06:00 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: KevinDavis

I liked it. They address the fact that the blackout shouldn’t be possible very early on. and there is a “game changing” scene at the end.

I liked it enough to download it from iTunes (for free).

It’s not perfect, but if they go the right way it could be very good.


9 posted on 09/23/2012 5:14:11 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: TomGuy

Collecting space and science related videos to load onto my grandson’s laptop he’s getting for Christmas. Thanks for that link ... it’s getting added. Have you seen ‘Race To Mars’?


10 posted on 09/23/2012 5:15:57 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: KevinDavis

Light sci-fi
Giants Fall
http://tamarawilhite.hubpages.com/hub/GIANTS-FALL-a-short-political-satire


11 posted on 09/23/2012 5:20:48 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: MHGinTN

I have not seen “Race to Mars.”

Is it on youtube?


12 posted on 09/23/2012 5:27:34 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: KevinDavis
Three show listed. Well, at least I watch all three of them.

Speaking of "Three", I watched "The Power of Three" episode of Doctor Who. Some of the stuff that they're putting in the dialogue is getting silly.

They've been traveling with the Doctor for "10 years" now, on and off? Bad enough that they disappeared for seven weeks on their anniversary (but at least they made it home the same day). A friend of mine was confused about the comment last week about Amy and Rory aging faster than their friends -- I had to explain that there was nothing wrong with them, except that they are living for days or weeks within a single day.

And don't get me started on the doctor's age! He managed to make it to 2010 and be a ripe old 905 or so. Now he's 2000. He more than doubled his age with a line of dialogue. I realize that he's some kind of immortal, but isn't that pushing it a bit? And he's still got a lot of life ahead of him -- he's only encountered River Song as two of his incarnations, so far. She's met more of him.

And on a tangent: my library expanded its collection of old Doctor Who on DVD! Woo hoo! Some have been updated, but I watched the original versions for all their cheesiness, and then watched the bonus material to see what they did.

Okay, enough. I'm rambling.

13 posted on 09/23/2012 5:28:14 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: KevinDavis
Well how was Revolution???

I thought it was ridiculous too. There was a scene where the militia were using musket loaders as their rifles while the black bad guy had a semi-auto handgun, which made no sense at all. I guess the premise was that even standard firearms were rendered useless following whatever happened when the power went out.

Swords, bows and crossbows as the primary means of self defense? Give me a F'n break..........this will be a one season pony only.

14 posted on 09/23/2012 5:47:03 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: KevinDavis
There's also Dr Who, Saturday 9pm.

This season has been a bit of a disappointment. I think Moffet is running out of good script ideas.

15 posted on 09/23/2012 5:50:44 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: GreenLanternCorps
but if they go the right way it could be very good.

Read my prior post regarding firearms. There's no reason why swords and bows and arrows should be the primary means of warfare.

16 posted on 09/23/2012 5:51:42 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Hot Tabasco

I would imagine that it’s not that modern firearms would not work, but that the ammunition cannot be mass manufactured. Muzzle loaders could also conceivably be made with a “muscle, fire, and water” tech base, where modern firearms could not.

I doubt that a local strongman would have difficulty finding sufficient ammunition for his army only 15 years after everything stops tho.


17 posted on 09/23/2012 6:00:24 PM PDT by FreeperinRATcage (I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for every thing I do. - R. A. Heinlein)
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To: Hot Tabasco

In one of the scenes they said something about citizens not being allowed to own guns. I don’t think I dreamed that. Anyway, might explain the excessive use of bows, etc.


18 posted on 09/23/2012 6:03:05 PM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: MHGinTN

Lots at the Archive. Searching can be frustrating.

http://archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.1257628

“This film details the comprehensive coverage surrounding the July 1969 launch of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon. The film details activities of both the astronauts and mission control during pre-launch and launch sequences, daily activities aboard the spacecraft and the moonwalk, and provides a view of the historical and cultural events of the time. The footage includes clips from science fiction television shows such as “Flash Gordon” and “Buck Rogers,” as well as a lengthy segment on American rocket pioneer Robert Goddard. The film also explores some of the critical preliminary stages of the Apollo program, including medical testing of the human body in space conditions, as well as the assembly and testing of space suits as worn by the astronauts.”


19 posted on 09/23/2012 6:15:38 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: KevinDavis

Prometheus available bluray DVD October 9

I haven’t seen it yet, But my plasma Panasonic should do it justice


20 posted on 09/23/2012 7:01:44 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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Prometheus available bluray DVD October 9
I haven’t seen it yet, But my plasma Panasonic should do it justice

I am afraid to watch it on my tiny 131" projector after seeing it on IMAX 3D. That was just an incredible experience. But then, I never go to the movies unless it is something I HAVE to see. Prometheus was the only movie I have seen in the theater this year. Only saw Tron Legacy last year. Ugh...

21 posted on 09/23/2012 7:17:04 PM PDT by America_Right (I am the 53%. Please get out of the cart and help me pull for a while.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I just watched that episode. It’s the same thing that happened to “The Walking Dead”, dialogue scenes shot inside are cheap, so you get more cheesy soap opera instead of sci-fi. The Doctor playing wii and soccer ball tricks, Amy bickering with her husband, instead of more time on the alien ship.
And if the little girl was the android and local control thing, what were the two guys with the square holes in their faces?


22 posted on 09/23/2012 8:05:49 PM PDT by tbw2
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Dr Who seems to have dropped off the sci-fi list!

I think we've had four mediocre episodes so far in this season. I dont think its anything to do with money. The storylines have been poor, the writing has been poor, even the acting has been nothing to write home about. Rory and Amy dont have much to do and Matt Smith is going too far over the top as the Doctor.

I've certainly not heard of any budget cutbacks on the show - which implies they are saving up the money for something big later on in the season. Next week's episode looks more promising.

23 posted on 09/24/2012 12:40:34 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: FreeperinRATcage
I would imagine that it’s not that modern firearms would not work, but that the ammunition cannot be mass manufactured. Muzzle loaders could also conceivably be made with a “muscle, fire, and water” tech base, where modern firearms could not. I doubt that a local strongman would have difficulty finding sufficient ammunition for his army only 15 years after everything stops tho.

That is what I thought as well, but the girls cross bobow is a very advanced design, that they have just begun to use recently. I can't imagine the cables and strings for that lasting 15 years.

24 posted on 09/24/2012 2:25:38 AM PDT by verga (Forced to remove tag line by administrator)
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To: Hot Tabasco

The “premise” for the firearms was stated outright, that local junta leader had outlawed guns for all but his people. As for standard firearms brass doesn’t last forever, if you don’t have the power to run the machines to make new casings eventually you run out of brass to reload. They’re at pre-industrial revolution technology most of the time, at least when they have to make their own stuff.


25 posted on 09/24/2012 9:44:41 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: mrsmith

Oh wow! I’ve just spent the last three hours downloading stuff from that link! Thanks so much for the info. Much more to explore!


26 posted on 09/24/2012 10:36:25 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: TomGuy
Oh yes, and here's the link to the first of two parts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cqe9Wq9gqo

27 posted on 09/24/2012 10:38:11 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: discostu
As for standard firearms brass doesn’t last forever,

I've read just the opposite on multiple firearms sites. If stored properly, such as a cool and dry environment, ammunition will last indefinitely.......

28 posted on 09/24/2012 11:21:34 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Hot Tabasco

It’ll store forever. But if you’re shooting it and collecting brass for reloads it gets worn out. Of course in a pre-industrial environment even that storage has issues, 2 days walk from Chicago is frequently not cool and almost never dry.


29 posted on 09/24/2012 12:18:40 PM PDT by discostu (Put another dime in the jukebox.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Swords, bows and crossbows as the primary means of self defense? Give me a F'n break

FWIW, the Robert Adams' "Horseclans" series of books was set far off in the future, but even when firearms were available, they were generally shunned, since once the ammunition supply was exhausted, the firearms would become useless. There were also issues about reliability, but again, these books were set well off in the future. Finally, it was decided to teach the older weapons skills to their young, again because they didn't know if the supplies, like ammunition and spare parts, would be available in the future.

There were some characters that did use firearms exclusively, but there weren't very many of them. Interestingly, these were all descendants (and the original members) of a government installation.

Mark

30 posted on 09/24/2012 6:04:32 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Vaquero

Watched Prometheus last weekend (Russian download online...no, not me)

Wasn’t bad. Wasn’t too scary, either. As a prequel to Alien, I was expecting to be scared. (The first Alien scared the crap out of me.)


31 posted on 09/25/2012 9:11:42 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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