Alien Planet

On May 14th, The Discover Channel will air Alien Planet, an conceptual exploration of an alien world teeming with life. Apparently, the aliens have been designed by Wayne Barlowe, alien artist extraordinaire. Also, AP will have segments featuring the Official Theoretical Physicist of SFSignal, Michio Kaku and the Official Rapmaster of SFSignal, MC Hawking. It looks cool so fire up your Tivo(-like) devices now!

7 thoughts on “Alien Planet”

  1. It ROCKED! Actual science fiction without devolving into brainless action adventure, and avoiding the whiff of metaphor and thin political discourse that most SF TV uses to make itself feel important. I didn’t think I’d like the expedition being carried out by robot probes (as opposed to a guy in a little ship, as in the book) but it gave it a weird sort of drama. Glorious.

    However soundbites by scientists rehashing stuff that most viewers probably have at least a passing knowledge of is annoying.

  2. I too enjoyed the show, and they did a really good job on the animations. Excellent TV for a change :)

  3. Jeff Harrell has a more negative reaction. I haven’t finished watching the show yet, but I found the talking heads to be more odd than annoying. But I do agree that I’ll have to get the book. Too bad I didn’t act when it was on Book Closeouts for $5….

  4. Well, I enjoyed the heck out of it. And I like the book. Jeff can go pound salt (just kidding, Jeff).

    What was best for me is that I started watching it on tape while waiting to go out with my six-year-old daughter. She started watching it too, and was so hooked after a few minutes that she did not want to stop watching it.

    The momentous bit about this was that we were waiting for the church carnival to open–an event that she waits **all year** for (to the point where she asks us every week or so if it’s time for the carnival yet). To have her hooked on something so that she does not want to go to the carnival…well, that would be like finding something that would make a Star Wars Fanboy skip opening day of Revenge of the Sith.

    Maybe I’ve created another hard SF fan in my house. We shall see!

  5. Why is a string theorist talking about biology?? I thot the quick cuts to and from the scientists (one whom I know personally) pretty distracting.

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