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Tube Bits For 04/08/2009

  • Fringe returned last night (at last, more Walter Bishop!) and with it the enigmatic ‘code’ of images shown just before each commercial break. Enigmatic no more as Julian Sanchez has cracked the Fringe code and has deciphered what images correspond to which letters of the alphabet (key at the link above so you can play along at home). He also details the words that have been spelled out so far in the first 14 episodes. For a show that is basically a re-tread of The X-Files, I’m getting hooked into the mystery and suspect a huge SF payoff in the near future.
  • The ‘name the last scene in this season’s LOST finale’ contest is over as Lindeloff and Cuse have chosen “The Fork in the Outlet” as the winner! I prefer “The Zombie Bake Sale” but I didn’t get to vote. What does this have to do with the actual content of the last scene? Absolutely nothing. Which, coincidentally, is what the winner receives! And BTW, if you like LOST and podcasts, you should definitely listen to the official podcast. It’s both funny and entertaining.
  • We all thought the world premiere of the new Star Trek movie was going to happen next month in Australia. But noooo, those lucky bastards in Austin, who thought they were going to see a remastered Wrath of Khan, got see the actual film, introduced by Damon Lindeloff and Leonard Nimoy. This review says the new movie is second only to Wrath in the annals of Star Trek moviedom. Big claim, we’ll see.
  • NBC’s new SF series, Kings, is doing so poorly in the ratings that NBC is moving it to Saturday nights. I actually like this show, but what does it say about NBC’s programming that instead of canning a show that pulled in a 1.1 rating (adults 18 – 49) they move it but keep it on the schedule?
  • Tahmoh Penikett is a busy man these days. First he played Helo on Galactica, now appears as an FBI agent in Dollhouse, and now has been cast to star in SyFy’s re-re-imagining of Riverworld. Looks like he may have a string of three shows which he helps close out.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune got their hands on a screener copy of the upcoming Caprica DVD and reviews the show. They say it’s “more subdued” then Galactica, but “stands on its own merits.” From what I’ve seen, those merits aren’t too exciting.
  • Academic Earth has been called academia’s version of Hulu, offering up videos of university classes and lectures from professors at such schools as Yale, Berkeley, MIT and others. There’s not a whole lot there yet, but what they have can be very heavy, as you would expect from such heavyweight schools. Then there’s this: Starcraft Theory and Strategy. Where were these classes when I was going to school?
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3 Comments on Tube Bits For 04/08/2009

  1. Howdy!

    RE: Kings.

    SciFi Channel (US) is airing the first four episodes of Kings on Thursday, April 9th:


    11:00 PM KINGS – GOLIATH, PART 1 & PART 2


    Best wishes, Morjana

  2. Speaking of Fringe – you can now play Where’s Baldo all over the place.  He’s even been spotted at Nascar recently.

  3. I wish that Fox would hold on to its sci-fi programming as tenaciously as NBC does.  However, I suspect that NBC has created a situation where it has no choice but to ride out the low ratings and hope for the best.  With the Sci-Fi channel’s audience ebbing, I think the strategy they’re working under is to hook the large audiences during network prime time, then lure them out to Sci-Fi Channel during syndication in the hope that they’ll linger there.  I don’t think it’s working, though. 

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