Sure, we’re in the midst of a brown out of SF on TV, but that’s about the change as Sci Fi and BBC America gear up some SF shows in July. However, there are a few shows on TV this weekend that may appeal to the SF fan.
First up tonight at 8/7 Central is Fox’s first it is/then it isn’t a series pilot for Ron Moore’s Virtuality. This is worth watching just to see what Moore can do to follow up on the success of Battlestar Galactica.
On Saturday June 27th at 9/8C, BBC America will premiere a special episode entitled Doctor Who: The New Doctor. The summary: “It is Christmas Eve, 1851, and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London. When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he encounters a woman named Rosita and another man who calls himself “The Doctor”…” I’d expect fans of the good Doctor to be tuning in tomorrow night.
I know, not SF, but probably of interest to many SF fans, especially taken in light of the ‘what if?’ story mode of alternate history. What if Hitler’s Germany actually managed to create a ‘stealth’ fighter? National Geographic explores this very issue on June 28 at 8/7C in the documentary Hitler’s Stealth Fighter. A team of modern day aerospace experts were given the task of re-creating the Horten 2-29 (Germany’s attempt at a stealth fighter during WW II) using period methods, materials and the actual blueprints, and access to the only remaining 2-29 in existence (secreted away in a U.S. government facility). I’m a big WW II buff and I’m keenly interested in the technology used during that time period. The Nazi’s had a ton of interesting technological ideas in development that many people don’t know about. This is one of them. I know I’ll be watching and it’s a given my kids will be watching too.