The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 103): Panel Round up of Our Favorite SF&F Movies and TV Shows of 2011

In episode 103 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the SF Signal Irregulars to chime in with their Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies and TV Shows from 2011.

This week’s panel includes:

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Want lists?  Well, I decided to put together a couple this time around.

Patrick – Movies:

  • Cowboys and Aliens
  • Captain America
  • Thor
  • X-Men First Class

Patrick – worthy of a rental/cable but not seeing in a theater:

  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Battle L.A.
  • The Rite
  • Black Death
  • Super 8

Patrick – TV:

  • Falling Skies
  • Eureka
  • Alphas
  • Fringe
  • Grimm
  • Chuck
  • Warehouse 13
  • SGU
  • Once Upon a Time
  • The Big Bang Theory

Derek – Movies:

  • Midnight in Paris
  • Source Code
  • Attack the Block
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Derek – TV:

  • Sherlock
  • Community

Jeff – Movies:

  • Warhammer 40K Movie
  • Bridesmaid
  • Battleship Yamato

Jeff – TV:

  • Black Mirror
  • Dinosaur Revolution
  • Planet Dinosaur
  • Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
  • Young Justice
  • Iron Man: Anime
  • Batman: Brave and the Bold
  • Doctor Who
  • Adventures of Sarah Jane
  • Sherlock

Jay – Movies:

  • X-Men First Class
  • Thor

Jay – TV:

  • Game Of Thrones
  • Walking Dead

6 thoughts on “The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 103): Panel Round up of Our Favorite SF&F Movies and TV Shows of 2011”

  1. I just found your website/podcast. There’s a lot of interesting stuff, which is cool for SF fans like myself. Interesting to hear your comments on 2011 movies and TV. I didn’t find a lot of TV that interested me other than Fringe (and sometimes the real world Walter grates on me), The Walking Dead, and Face Off (a reality show on the Syfy Channel about making special effects). I did like Sherlock, but I think of it more as detective fiction. And I watched some Dr. Who, but basically have found the new Dr. Who series to be pretty abysmal in the stories and writing, but pretty good special effects.

    I did like Source Code, Captain America, and Midnight in Paris (although I guess I thought of it as magic realism or something along that line rather than SF). I didn’t care too much for X-Men, though it was ok. January Jones was ok, she didn’t act too much, thankfully. Her main role is of course visual. Falling Skies I started watching, but just didn’t hold my interest (another banal invasion Earth series). Grimm almost had some promise, but pretty quickly lost its charm. Really The Walking Dead was about it for SF/horror for me. The others I haven’t seen, or have no interest in, which is a bit sad. If I had one question it would be: Why can’t producers/directors get SF right these days? It seems like it would be a fairly easy equation to reach and garner an audience. With CGI effects being more cost effective, plus you wouldn’t even need to use them that much, space opera should be more affordable these days not that a SF series needs to be space opera. It just seems that someone should be able to make something for TV that more SF fans could or should enjoy. Perhaps another topic for discussion might be what SF TV do you consider high watermarks for television.

  2. A great episode. I’m not sure who I’d pick as a favorite sci-fi character. I always like Duncan Idaho in Dune, and Farscape had a strong cast of characters.

    I also say – Let Jeff speak! Every podcast should have somebody who’s not afraid to burst other people’s balloons. Anything that leads to discussion is great. To prevent the show from being a set of serial interviews.

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