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Tube Bits for 12/08/2008

  • Mamoru Oshii’s latest anime feature film, The Sky Crawlers, is starting its limited U.S. theatrical run in Los Angeles. Next it will be headed to the Big Apple, New York City on Dec. 12th. Oshii is best known, at least in the U.S., for Ghost in the Shell, a movie that the Wachowski brothers have said heavily influenced The Matrix. The Sky Crawlers looks to be another blend of science fiction and philosophy that Oshii does so well. If it comes here, I’ll probably make the trip downtown to see it.
  • If you’re like me, you can’t wait for the return of LOST, if for no other reason than to find out how a frozen donkey wheel can move an entire island. To tide you over, here’s a nice, wide-ranging interview with LOST‘s Damon Lindeloff and Carlton Cuse. I hate 8 month vacations from good shows….
  • Staying with the interviews, the LA Times has an interview with Galactica‘s Jamie Bamber. Along with the personal stuff, he teases the ending of Galactica. Although, his portrayal of the end seems to be much more sunny than Edward James Olmos’ thoughts. I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Here’s to hoping the final Cylon isn’t some lame red-shirt from season 2.
  • Wired Blogs takes a look at all the shows where science is the new science fiction. While it’s true that many shows are now using ‘actual’ science in their stories, the thing that bothers me is that, for the most part, that science is being used in the commission of crimes. I’d like to see a show where the scientist/researcher is celebrated and all the good things that science can do is explored. Of course, that might not be exciting enough…
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2 Comments on Tube Bits for 12/08/2008

  1. On your last point – wouldn’t CSI type shows qualify for shows using science for good? Admittedly, newer episodes of CS and CSI:NY have gotten away from the science, but early seasons were all about it. (CSI: Miami, doesn’t count  it was never about the science.)

  2. You beat me to it, John. I immediately thought of the earliest incarnations of the CSI shows. The new batch of shows with the characters being uncannily observant, such as The Mentalist and Psych, also strike me as being near to the same idea.

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