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News of the ‘Verse: Bible Thumping Replaces Firefly August 27, 2008

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Wow, I haven’t gone to News of the ‘Verse in a while but I clicked the link from my blog and it seems that it’s no longer a Firefly fan site. It now appears to be a site devoted to Christian spin/news.  It’s sad to see a Firefly fan site go down.  Is this heralding the slow decline of Firefly’s popularity among its once-rabid fan-base?  What a bummer…I guess Jesus has his own rabid fan-base as well, but I have to believe that even Sheppard Book is rolling in his grave at this development.  Joss:  I think we need a little Deus Ex Machina on this one…

The Bookie’s Odds on the Final Cylon May 22, 2008

Posted by Chris in Battlestar Galactica (Re-imagined), Interesting News.
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According to Wired and their stable of sci-fi TV bookies, odds-on-favorite appears to be Dualla.  Dan and I were recently trying to figure this out and we seemed to be narrowing in on Gaeta, although I’m not sure we were in complete agreement in the end.

Iron Man: Worth Every Penny May 3, 2008

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I saw Iron Man last night and got quite caught up in it.  This is a SciFi TV blog, so I’ll keep this post about a movie brief. 

Downey and Stark Discover Their Potential Despite Personal Vulnerabilities

Robert Downey Jr. was a perfect choice for this role.  It’s great to see him doing good work and looking healthy after so many years of trying to kill himself with drugs.  This aura of personal vulnerability worked well for his portrayal of Tony Stark, the super hero who needs to keep a high-powered magnet embedded in his chest to keep bits of shrapnel he was hit with from migrating to his heart.  Jeff Bridges did a great job of playing the mentor-turned-villain.

It goes without saying that the special effects were incredible, but I’ll state the obvious:  The special effects were incredible!  Ahem….excuse me for that brief outburst.  That said, there are a few moments that stretched credulity for me.  In particular, there are several scenes where Stark crashes at very high speeds into concrete walls and floors that nobody could have survived, even if encased in a super-powered exo-skeleton.  But, these moments were all in good fun.  I could explain them away in my mind by reminding myself that the story was based on a comic book and the standards for realism sometimes seem to get distorted in translations to film.

It should be interesting to see how this movie plays with audiences.  I attended an opening night viewing at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, and while it was not sold out, there was a solid mass of enthusiastic fans, excited to see a favorite comic come to the screen.  So while has definitely been built up to be a blockbuster release, it’s not clear if it’s going to make a big enough splash to be considered a success.  Perhaps we’ll see it become a sort of sleeper hit/blockbuster hybrid where the initially modest box office receipts are driven up over the coming weeks by enthusiastic fans and positive reviews by the critics.  I hope so!

io9’s Top 10 Unsung Sci-Fi TV Series April 4, 2008

Posted by Chris in Interesting News, SciFi TV Shows.
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Several of these series are new to me, so I’ll be checking them out.  I recent stumbled across Surface, and was surprised that I really liked it (despite several scientific and practical implausibilities).  I keep hearing such great things about Farscape.  I tried to watch the first few episodes and couldn’t deal… It’s just hard for me to take Muppets seriously — sorry Jim.

Caprica: How the Cylons Were Created April 2, 2008

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Ahhh…just as I’m struggling with how to survive after the fourth and final season of BSG, hope springs forth in the form of “Caprica”, the long-awaited prequel.  This article claims insight into the series’ plot, and of particular interest, the motivation for creating the Cylons.  Interestingly, the Cylons weren’t created as robotic slaves, but rather as a repository for their creator’s recently deceased and uploaded personality and memories.

Whedon’s Dollhouse Pilot Starts Production March 7, 2008

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According to DollhouseTV.net the series pilot will begin production on April 23rd.  Should be interesting to see if Whedon can work his magic on the small screen again after his disappointments with Fox on Firefly.

Interview with BSG Creators February 23, 2008

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Here’s the link to a fascinating interview with the co-creators of the re-imagined BSG series, Ron Moore and David Eick.  In it, they discuss the themes running throughout the four seasons of the series and their obvious but never simplistic parallels to our society and it’s contemporary dilemmas.  The first interview file covers topics of the legal system, lawyers, trials, while the second audio file covers topics such as tribunals torture, necessity vs. moral principles, and deference to the military.  It’s well-worth a listen and it looks like there’s more to come.

GeeksOn Interview with Joss Whedon January 25, 2008

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Here’s a great podcast interview with Joss where he discusses themes of robots and AI in science fiction.  Lots of fun…enjoy!

Serenity Tales Webcomic January 4, 2008

Posted by Chris in Firefly, Interesting News.
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This is a cool Serenity webcomic site I just recently stumbled on to.  I particularly like the new comic, “Yarn” told from Jayne’s mom’s perspective after the Serenity movie time period.  Check it out…

Interview with Jane Espenson — Firefly & BSG Writer December 11, 2007

Posted by Chris in Battlestar Galactica (Re-imagined), Firefly, Interesting News.
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Here’s an interesting interview with Jane Espenson, former Firefly writer (Shindig) and current co-producer and writer for Battlestar Galactica (Razor).  She has some interesting insights into the sci-fi and western sci-fi genres and what plot and character elements help these stories “break-out” from being appreciated by just us sci-fi nerds to develop a wider fan-base.