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“Hello Gaius, my old friend…”
Who knew Simon an Garfunkel did filk! That’s what one might think if they listened to this nearly spot-on parody of “The Sounds of Silence”.
It is widely agreed that shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica ended on a low note. I’ve also heard more than one person say the same for Quantum Leap. Although these shows were good overall, they shared endings that kinda sucked.
Which begs the question: Which SciFi shows had the best endings?
What’s you take? Sound off in the comments…
I have really embraced Netflix and streaming video. Enough so that I made a post about 5 genre shows now streaming from the service just a couple days ago. Looking through the available content, though, I realized there were a lot more shows deserving of a mention. So, here’s a list of five more shows! (presented in no particular order)
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This is inspired.
[via Gavin Rothery]
From looking at the number of science fiction(ish) shows on television, you might think we’re in a renaissance of sorts for SF on TV. I listed all the SF shows that I watch regularly, irregularly, or have watched but quit. I was surprised at the quantity of shows that are out and when you add in the ones I don’t watch or never have, there is a lot of SF/F on TV.
But are we inundated with quality shows? Let’s find out! In no particular order:
Over at Gizmodo, Joseph Shoer, Ph.D candidate in aerospace engineering (fun fact: I had two separate college roommates who were both in A.E., at the same time!, until they weren’t) wrote this incredibly interesting and lengthy article on the physics of space battles, focusing on what a real battle might look like, what weapons, both offensive and defensive, might be deployed and what types of ships might be used. There’s not much on tactics, but you wouldn’t expect and aerospace engineer to be too up on that sort of thing; however, given the awesomeness of the rest of the article I’ll let that slide.
This article got me to thinking about how space battles are portrayed in science fiction on TV and film. Most of what we see is the Star Trek style battle with what would be capital ships apparently within visual range slugging it out toe-to-toe, waiting for someone’s shields to die first. There is also an amazing amount of huge spaceships zooming around and banking (in space? WTF? Banking against what?) all over the place. Unrealistic and, really, unimaginatively shot.
I then tried to think of cool space battles I had seen and I couldn’t really think of many. What I did come up with was a list of shows/films that did something a bit different:
Babylon 5 – One of my favorite SF shows of all time (#1) really changed the way space battles were shown on TV. First, the Starfurys actually used all three dimensions intelligently to maneuver around in and the big capital ships didn’t have shields and used centrifugal force to generate gravity (but turned off in battle) and things looked really different from the Trek styles. Lots of fighters zipping around and harassing the bigger ships. Toss in the Vorlons and Shadows with their ‘rip your @$$ in two’ beam weapons and things could get really interesting. The visual style was there, even if I wanted more! bigger! battles. Here’s a taste:
The new BSG spinoff Caprica premieres tomorrow, January 22nd at 9/8C on the SyFy Channel. (A 91-minute extended cut of the pilot also appears to be available at their website.) The show is described as focusing on the Graystone and Adama families, and on the breakthrough in artificial intelligence that brings unforeseen consequences.
Here’s the trailer:
There’s been lots of BSG backlash towards the end of its run.
So the big question: Will you watch Caprica?
Help me decide if this is genius or just very, very sad.
[via TV Squad]
economic times know no boundaries…
Is it any wonder the Cylons wanted to kill them?
Just a reminder…
Battlestar Galactica‘s series finale airs tonight at 9PM (8PM Central) and runs 2 hours and 11 minutes.
If you watch it, come back here and tell us what you thought of it…
It’s a veritable cornucopia of bits today, so let’s dive right on in!
- The ‘big’ news coming out yesterday was that ABC has canceled it’s ‘SF’ series, Life on Mars. Not surprising really. In every way the American version is inferior to the British version, especially so concerning Harvey Kaitel as Gene Hunt, who seemed to be mailing it in every episode. Life will continue its run through 17 episodes, then go dark. Bonus: Play the missed opportunity headline game! For instance: “NASA Finds no life on Mars, ABC just catching on”, or “Life on Mars goes extinct, Harvey Kaitel hit hardest”.
- Brian Fuller, creator of Pushing Daisies, is apparently trying to create a new Star Trek TV series, this time with the old ’60s vibe. He said “I would love to return to the spirit of the old series with the colours and attitude. I loved Voyager and Deep Space Nine, but they seem to have lost the ’60s fun and I would love to take it back to its origin.” I guess old 60’s SF is the new, modern SF (see The Prisoner). I’m not sure a retro vibe will endear a new show to today’s audiences. I guess we’ll see how well the movie does. That will go a long way toward allowing a new series to get started.
- As you might expect, both Dollhouse and Sarah Connor are suffering in the ratings by being aired on Friday night, when the target demographic is busy not watching TV. The Nielson Live+7 ratings (which capture DVR use) show a big uptick in the ratings for both shows when those DVRs are fired up later. Still, 30% of a small number is still a small number. I don’t expect either show to survive past this season.
- The fight between Hulu and TV.com is getting interesting. First, Hulu yanked all of their content from TV.com. Now, TV.com has released an iPhone app that allows streaming of their content to Steve Jobs’ money making device/consumer brainwashing device. If there’s anything I want to do more than stream video over a wireless network to teeny tiny screen, I don’t know what it is.
- Brad over at Brad Ideas has a very interesting post about Battlestar Galactica as high quality SF. He goes over the nature of hard SF and why it’s important that high quality SF gets on TV (hear hear!)
- In case you can’t enough things Watchmen, NBC is airing, then hosting, Watchmen Character Profiles. If you’ve never read Watchmen before might want to check it out. Of course, it gives away a lot of character development that happens in the film…
- Kings is NBC’s retelling of the David and Goliath story, set in an alternate world, future New York (sweet!). They’ve been busy releasing all kinds of information. For instance, here is a video with the cast talking about the making of Kings. And check out the new promo clip. I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m looking forward to this one. Kings starts Sunday, March 15th.
- What would you do if your roommate was a Cylon? Maybe something like this:
- Blade: The Series was a short lived series that ran on TNT and based on the movie Blade (which starred everyone’s favorite tax cheat, Wesley Snipes). Joost now has the entire 13 episode run online for you to watch if you dare (although SF Signal’s own Tim has said the series isn’t too bad. Of course, he has nicknames for all of his appendages…) You can see the pilot episode below:
We’re four episodes into the final 10 of Galactica, and I thought I’d talk a bit about what’s happened so far.
WARNING: Spoilers abound below so don’t read if you haven’t seen any of the new episodes.
…intentionally getting it wrong to egg on the office SciFi nerd, Dwight.
[via Poe TV]
I jumped off the Battlestar Galactica train a season ago and I haven’t looked back. That is, until I caught the first two episodes of this last season to see if the fanboy raving was warranted. It wasn’t. What a snoozefest.
So, I echo Chris Roberson‘s sentiment when I blatantly copy: “Honestly, I think I’d rather watch a whole season of this than the last limping days of BSG…”
This is just a friendly reminder that the cast of Battlestar Galactica will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight. They will be presenting the nightly Top 10 list.
See original post.
SCI FI Wire sez that ten stars of Battlestar Galactica will be making an appearance on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman to present the Top 10 List on Wednesday March 19.
The BSG stars include Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas and Lucy Lawless.
Or, as Tim would say, Boomer and nine other people.
Image courtesy of EW and kidddrunkadelic14’s Flickr page.
We’ve been given some exciting, and official, news regarding the new start date of Battlestar Galactica‘s Season 4 (there was some mix up with the press release so no link to it). Galactica will return on April 4th and will run for 10 episodes.
No word on whether the 10 episodes are a result of the previously mentioned splitting of the final season into two, or a forced split because of the writer’s strike. Still, now we can see how the above picture’s clues play out in the actual show. Stringing us out for an extra ‘season’ is rather weak, but at least we’ll get to see more Galactica. I’m hoping the show rights itself now that it is definitely ending. And I’d really like to see a bang up ending. Here’s to hoping.
Tonight’s the night Galactica fans have been waiting for. We finally get to see what happened to Pegasus during and after the Cylon attack on the colonies. It promises a return to the ‘one step from oblivion’ tension of the first season, and, for the most part, it succeeds.
First, the good stuff. Razor is well acted, with most actors turning in good to great performances. From a story standpoint, the tale of the Pegasus itself is told in flashback, but we do get to see some of what happened to her and her crew. Which brings us to the battle sequences. Tim and I were talking last week about space battle scenes, and I realized that Galactica, the new one, is chock full of great scenes. Razor is no exception. The attack on the space dock where Pegasus is undergoing repairs is awesome. The others aren’t quite as exciting, but they still manage to be visually interesting and well shot.
However, I did have some issues with Razor. Those of you expecting a lot of backstory on the Pegasus leading up to her encounter with Galactica, you’ll be a bit disappointed. The Pegasus‘s story is told in flashback form, centering on Kendra Shaw, who has become Lee Adama’s XO. We see the events that lead to the questionable actions of Admiral Cain and her crew after the Cylon attack, including the murder of innocents from a civilian fleet of ships running from the Cylons.
This is where the story falters. The flashbacks seemed very clunky to me, focusing on the wrong things. For example, in one scene, Cain gathers her officers together and states that, though they will fight the Cylons as long as they can, they won’t recklessly throw people at the Cylons. In the next scene, the Pegasus is attacking a base star and Cain orders the remaining Viper squadrons into what is a suicide attack. Her XO objects which leads to Cain executing him on the spot, even though he was right. No explanation forthcoming to explain why Cain went from reasonable but tough to psycho beotch from hell. She then continues to operate from the deep end, acting in an insane manner, with no real explanation. This leads to Major Shaw also taking questionable action during the encounter with the civilian fleet. Again, little explanation was given for why she would do what she did, or why she was the type of person who would be influenced by Cain’s actions.
Of course, it does setup the obvious tale of redemption that takes place during the ‘current’ time frame of Razor. A scouting mission from Galactica has gone missing, and Pegasus is tasked to find them. Of course they run into Cylons and must rescue the scouting mission from very familiar, but still rather cheesy, looking Cylons. Lee sends a mission to infiltrate a base star and extract the human crew. Which led me to ask why would you risk an entire battlestar, without backup, to rescue three people? Tactically, it doesn’t make sense. But from the redemption standpoint, of course they had to. This part felt forced, and not just for Shaw’s story.
It’s at the end, aboard the base star, that we learn the ultimate ‘fate’ for Starbuck and how it will affect humanity. If there had been no mission to the base star, we wouldn’t have had a chance to learn this secret. The way it was told felt forced, but it doesn’t really affect the impact of the information. What we learn makes season four much more interesting. Maybe we’ll even get to see how it ends.
Overall, while Razor is better than most of season three, it doesn’t live up to the tightness of the first season. Still, it’s well worth watching, especially for Galactica fans, who will be watching regardless.