Tube Bits For 05/27/2009

  • On July 7th you’ll be able to purchase the complete Moon Machines miniseries on DVD. This series originally aired on The Science Channel focuses on ” the efforts of the 400,000 people who created the equipment used to achieve the lunar landings”. If you’re like me, you loves you some space hardware and this series has a ton of it. Just check out that Saturn V, just like the one resting on its side down at the Johnson Space Center.
  • If you’ve got a bunch of old TV shows or movies on DVD that you want to get rid off but don’t really know what to do with them, Amazon is here to help. They just launched the beta for their Movie and TV Trade-In store where you can get Amazon gift cards for your unwanted Movies and TV shows on DVD. Right now the SF pickings are exceptionally slim: Firefly the series will net you a $10 gift card, but who would trade that in? Expect to see the store fill out in the coming months.
  • In July, Sci Fi will debut the new series Warehouse 13. The guys over at The Sci Fi Cast have posted a Warehouse 13 primer to get you up to speed on the show. I agree there is a lot of potential here based on what could be in the warehouse, but I was less than impressed with the trailer.
  • Annie Nau rants about people who feel their SF TV shows is the best evah! and look down on those who haven’t seen all the episodes or who fell other shows are better. She is quite correct, it’s all a matter of taste. Which is why I am not a fan of Stargate and think LOST is the best SF show on TV right now! Ahahahahahahaha!
  • You may think the upcoming TV series Flash Forward is based on science fiction. Ah, but UFO Digest explores the possibility there is current knowledge to support the idea of warped time and consciousness.
  • BBC America will be debuting a new series, Being Human, on July 25th. This new series explores the lives of three twentysomethings as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Although, if you’re a ghost, can you really be said to have a ‘life’? Any of our UK friends care to comment on this show?
  • Dr. Who is a busy guy lately. Not only will the eponymous Doctor be appearing in an animated series, he’ll also be featured in 12 episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures and possibly in a big screen movie! Although there may be yet another Doctor for the big screen adaptation.

4 thoughts on “Tube Bits For 05/27/2009”

  1. Being Human starts very horror/sitcom…more funny than scary, but it gets very dark by the end…very very dark!!  Excellent series…especially just for Russell Tovey, that once potential 11th doctor.

  2. One slight correction, JP: David Tennant will be in two episodes of the 12 episode series, not all 12 as your note seems to read. Can’t keep a good Doctor down, eh?

  3. Well regarding the Wearhouse trailer – it IS a SCIFI channel trailer after all and I’ve hated trailers and episode previews on that channel for years. I know you’re not a fan of Stargate (so you wouldn’t know) but nearly every preview for both SG1 and Atlantis were so very very wrong on so many levels and made the episodes seem worse than they really were. Or they showed major spoilers in the previews that just sucked all the fun out of the episode. Half the time I think they make shit up for the narration, based on the scenes they get for the previews, without even really knowing what the episdoes were about.

    I skimmed over Annie’s rant and have to agree with her. We’re all going to like different things and calling someone stupid for liking a show you hate or calling someone stupid for NOT liking a show you love is arrogent and stupid.

     

     

  4. Being Human is pretty good, I thought.  Not great, but verging on the very good at least.  I was a lot more impressed than I thought I was going to be.  It does take a few episodes to settle into its tone, but it’s doing some interesting stuff, and I’m curious to see where they take it, if it gets another season.  And I’m curious to see how it goes down in the States, as it seems very… British to me.  The production values are kind of BBC shoestring budget (and clearly most of that’s going to go on werewolf effects), which probably adds to the sitcom effect at the start, so it may look a bit weak compared to a US product.  It would have been nice to see what they could have done with the money put into a BBC1 series like Life on Mars.  But you can’t really blame the folk involved for the hand they’re dealt in that respect.

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