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The last good SF film I saw was:

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Posted on Jun 4, 2012 8:18:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2012 8:19:56 PM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
You might be able to catch Lost Girl tonite if they have another showing. I can't wait to watch their newest offering New Jersey Shark Attack. I mean are these station managers for real? Maybe we will do better when the BBCA begins their new season of Dr. Who and I hope Torchwood.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 8:24:16 PM PDT
Donna says:
I wouldn't know I never watch any of that crap.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 9:58:44 AM PDT
I wondered if anyone ever watch the short lived series on SyFy called Primeval? I had a friend that enjoyed it, and I believe I saw a short episode of it once. It's about some dinosaurs coming to England through a wormhole affair. I thought the dinosaurs looked a little CG fake for my taste, but since I do like dinosaurs, and he mentioned he enjoyed it, it's piqued my interest. So I added the first disc/season to my NF queue.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 10:15:42 AM PDT
Actually, generally speaking, I'm fairly in agreement with the Academy Awards. People mock them or what have you, but when I ask them: Well, what did you think should have been nominated or won, I'm generally met with silence. Granted many of the picks are debatable, but overall I think they pick good films, with the occasional oversight--like last year, I thought Drive should have been nominated for something. At any rate, I enjoyed Shakespeare In Love and own a copy.

By the way, if you live in the states, one of the best places to buy DVDs is the pawn shops. I can generally pick them up for around $2. each, so if you are into that sort of thing, that's a tip. You can also find series of things like X-Files or Buffy for around $10. Just inspect the underside of the disc and make sure they aren't too scratched up, and you'll find good deals that way. Sometimes they'll have sales as well. I picked up a copy of Avatar for a dollar. Worth the wait.

There are a couple of reality shows on the SyFy channel that I'll watch. One is Scare Tactics. I know I'm probably the minority here, but I find that show amusing on a lot of levels. For one, I'm amazed at how urban legend seeps into our subconscious, and how easily some people are duped. Some are marvelous setups.

The other was Face Off, which was about designing special effects for SF/fantasy movies. I enjoy watching the whole visual design process, and some of the artist have really good concepts and create some interesting creatures etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 10:15:42 AM PDT
Jeff Walther says:
I'm pretty sure that Primeval is a British series that Syphy happened to show for a while.

The sad fact is that wrestling and all those horrible superstition-based "reality" shows get better ratings than stuff such as Stargate and Warehouse 13.

Also, if you're selling advertising viewers (which they are) which is an easier sell? An older audience of somewhat sophisticated viewers with a modicum of education or a bunch of youngsters who are gullible enough to believe in ghosts and sasquatch?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 11:20:24 AM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
Primeval is still on. Was watching it I think on the BBC channel before they took a break. Actually bought the first season and enjoyed it.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 3:13:21 PM PDT
I'm simply reluctant to watch any new science fiction series, get emotionally involved in it, then have it cancelled after one season.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 5:00:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2012 5:02:26 PM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
How many good sci fi or fantasy series were ever shown for more than a few years? B5, Star Trek, Buffy, Angel, X files, Stargate and Sliders. Stargate was mediocre. Anything else you can think of?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 6:50:45 PM PDT
Donna says:
BSG was 2004-9, Stargate SG1 1997-2006. Stargate Atlantis was 2004-8. And yes I liked them all, with BSG being the best of all of them. I watched them all after they were all over, on streaming NF. AND Stargate Universe which ended way too soon.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 10:49:11 PM PDT
I'd add Star Trek: Next Gen, although it's uneven at times and a bit too soap opera for my taste, however, I think there were enough good episodes to say give it a watch. I'd certainly also recommend Dr. Who, Blake's Seven, Red Dwarf (SF comedy), Space Precinct (Jerry Anderson, also was uneven, but worth a watch), Lexx, a Canadian show, started out good, but soon got a bit too weird for me, Buck Rogers, The Bionic Man to some degree comes to mind, I can even sit through some of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Time Tunnel, and the Logan's Run TV series was pretty good too. I also enjoy the TV show Alien Nation, The Prisoner, The Invaders, UFO, The Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, and some people have enjoyed The Man From Atlantis, Space: 1999 is pretty good too. A few others that some might enjoy: The Starlost, The Tomorrow People, The Invisible Man w/ David McCallum, Planet of the Apes, and Quantum Leap. Some of these I like more that others, and some of these may have lasted only one season, I'm not sure. I'm probably leaving out a few others that either I can't think of, but even if it only last one season and is written fairly well, I'll give it a chance. There was also a horror show in the 80's as I recall called Werewolf. It had Chuck Conors of Rifeman fame in it irrc, as the bad werewolf. A young teenage boy gets bitten, and the Conors character is after him, as well as a bounty hunter that wants to kill him. It never made it to DVD as it got tangled up in some sort of legal stuff, but I enjoyed that show. Sometimes you can find it on bootleg DVDs at these SF Cons, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 10:55:57 PM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
Of all your posts I agree with Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, the Prisoner and Dr Who. Never saw Lexx, the Starlost and the Tomorrow people. Quantum Leap was okay but not great. Space 1999 was IMHO a terrible show. The Voyage to the bottom of the sea was so so. The Invisible Man and Buck Rogers I'll pass on, not good shows. Trying to remember the Invaders, who was in that and what was the story line?

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 11:46:15 PM PDT
The Invaders preceded X-Files from 67 with a similar storyline except no Sculley, with Roy Thinnes as a guy (David Vincent) that knows about an alien invasion, but no one believes him. Various early movie actors starred in various roles, that he'd bump into on his travels investigating them. They used to rerun them on Syfy for a bit. It had a fugitive type vibe to it, and I'm forgotten how a lot of it goes myself, but was written well. I should put them on the NF list too.

I can't understand why you thought Space: 1999 was so terrible. I enjoyed it a lot and thought at least they were written cerebrally from time to time even though faulty science fiction, but you could say that for about any of them. It reminds me of ST:TOS to some degree, but to each their own. If you didn't enjoy them try UFO. I don't know if you have NF, but that's a good way to sample some of these. Amazon too, if you have their prime membership.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 11:58:48 PM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
Yes I remember the Invaders with Roy Thinnes. It was a long time ago. I still liked Dark Angel, which was a James Cameron effort. Just when it started to get good they cancelled it.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 6:14:41 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 6, 2012 6:18:25 AM PDT
Pulpman says:
Interesting turn in the thread. From films to shows. I am watching Space Precinct by Gerry Anserson. I own 1999 and UFO I find these series fun and enjoyable. I ve also recently watched Starcrash abd Forbidden World (mutant) With commentaries I had a ball. I watch these shows and movies to relax and unwind from my day.
I also like Saphire and Steel this is an old show but definitely worth a look at. It stars Joanna Lumely (AB Fab) and David McCallum (NCIS).

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 6:35:43 AM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
Amazon didn't like the fact that I called the managers of the Syfy network not too smart for starting a new reality series that sucked. I used a word they were offended with that starts with an id. Come on Amazon, lighten up, I just stated the managers of that network were not too bright. And they aren't because they are going to lose all their customers.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 7:16:12 AM PDT
Pulpman, just trying to keep the discussion as broad as possible, yet stay on the topic somewhat--if that makes any sense. I've not seen Starcrash, although read about it quite a bit on the blog: NF doesn't have it available for a watch, which is a bit odd, among a few other films I'd like to see.

I put my name in with the library here to reserve the 5-disc Game of Thrones DVD set. I rented the first one at NF, but I've just got the one disc at a time plan, and wanted to see them a bit more frequently so get a better feel for the story. The library is a good resource for that, and other movies, plus graphic novels, and of course, books. At any rate, Game of Thrones is fantasy, not SF, but if you don't mind that, it's really great. If you enjoyed stuff like Lord of the Rings, Conan, Elric, etc., and other stuff like that, you should enjoy it too. It's a bit more adult in nature than LotR, a bit more nudity, sexuality, violence, but it's pretty detailed, with lots of intrigue, and damn interesting. The first series is taken from the George R. R. Martin book, A Song of Ice and Fire. It also reminds me of another HBO series, which was also well done called Rome. Rome had two seasons, and is historically based upon the era of Julius Caesar. I think most of the events in the series were pretty accurate, but some of it I'm guessing were also fictionalize to weave a good tale, and a good tale it was. I was sorry that they didn't make more. Then there's also Dexter--a serial killer that preys on murderers and other bad people.

J: I remember Dark Angel. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I remember trying to get into it at the time it came out on Fox (or whatever network it was), but it had this undercurrent of hip hop culture to it that was a turn off for me. I thought all the characters were written too "cool" for my liking. I'm not a huge Alba fan either, although she was good in Sin City. I don't even remember what that show was about, I'll have to read about it on Wikipedia.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 7:25:50 AM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
It was one of the better made sf series since Cameron was involved in it. Genetically modified children to be used as super soldiers with special abilities escape from confinement and are being hunted in a post apocalyptic setting. Then in the latter shows they meet a secret organization of people bred since ancient times for superior abilities who are planning to take over the world. So we have genetically modified vs. natural selection superior humans clashing. Alba was terrific in the show.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 7:55:36 AM PDT
3$Bill: Re Dark Angel. For some of us, the non-suburban youth culture (hip hop music, scruffy bike messengers setting, the hilarious rasta dude Herbal, etc.) was a large part of what made it fun. Also very good science fictional concepts, including the genetic engineering and "the Pulse" in which a high-atmosphere terrorist nuke blast had wiped out most electronics (this is actually an idea that has worried military types for decades). To my mind also by far the best thing Alba ever did, though Sin City was good, possibly because some added edge and heat may have resulted from an off-screen romance with the guy who played Logan.
To clarify what J. wrote, the action takes place about ten years after Max and the other kids escaped from the research facility.
I'd have to say that I thought the second season was a bit of a letdown at first, though it was getting back to first season level by the end. Not sure where it would or could have gone in subsequent seasons.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 8:16:36 AM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
If you wiki it, it gives you an idea of where they were heading.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 10:17:12 AM PDT
Donna says:
"Re Dark Angel. For some of us, the non-suburban youth culture (hip hop music, scruffy bike messengers setting, the hilarious rasta dude Herbal, etc.) was a large part of what made it fun."

I completely agree. I loved Dark Angel. All the good ones get cancelled.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 11:50:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2012 11:52:02 AM PDT
K. Stacey says:
They're...not really accurate. In fact, they're down right changing the story from the books.

~K. Stacey
"By your Command."

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 11:58:47 AM PDT
Donna says:
So are you talking about Song of Fire and Ice? I stopped reading book 2 because I figured they would change the story on the show from the book, a very common and necessary thing with the time crunch. I am enjoying the show itself very much on HBO. I will finish reading the books later, I have them all. That way I won't be disappointed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 1:16:06 PM PDT
K. Stacey says:
A Song of Ice and Fire. And yes.

I think once you start reading the books, you'll still end up disappointed by HBO because of the changes. Entire plot line are cut out, including the most important prophecy.

~K. Stacey
"By your Command."

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 1:42:40 PM PDT
J. Schwarz says:
I think I will order the first season of DA to see it again. They remastered the DVDs a few years ago.
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