Tube Bits For 10/23/2007

  • The Anime Blog reviews the new Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex- The Laughing Man DVD. As GitS is one of my top 10 SF anime series, I’ll have to pick this one up. And, since I’ve never seen it, Solid State Society as well. And I have to agree with Rachel, GitS is one of the best ‘near future’ SF settings, ever.
  • The Idaho Statesman profiles 21-year old Lance Meenach. Lance is an avid SF fanatic, who is attempting to find and restore missing episodes of old SF TV shows, particularly Dr. Who. It seems the BBC back in the day was, well, cavalier about archiving their shows. Something to do with saving money. Ah, the joys of working for a state run network in the ’60s.
  • AnimeYourLife has a short article supposedly telling how Battlestar Galactica saved science fiction. However, the article really doesn’t make that point at all. Indeed, you could say that: 1. SF didn’t need saving, and if it did, the original BG wasn’t the show to do it; 2. SF on TV today isn’t overtly SF, especially on network TV, so you can’t say the new BG is responsible for that either. The SF shows we do have nowadays is a result of LOST‘s success, not BG’s.
  • Andrew at Carry You Away reviews the soundtrack for season 3 of Battlestar Galactica. As much as I like the show, I’ve never really been a big fan of the music. I’d be hard pressed to hum a few bars of anything other than the opening. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.
  • I saw an commercial for NBC’s new show, Phenomenon, recently and thought, “Uri Geller? Isn’t he dead?” No, no he isn’t and now he’s starring with Criss Angel in this new ‘reality’ show, trying to find the next great mentalist. I’d say ‘first great mentalist’, but that’s just me. How about a ‘reality’ show where people vie to make the next great TV show pilot? That I might watch.

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