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Video: Battlestar Galactica, What the Frak Tribute

December 27th, 2010 Comments off

As the first decade of the new millennium formally comes to a close, I thought I’d post this tribute video I came across of what I thought was a top five TV series of the decade.  Alongside The Wire, LOSTThe West Wing and Mad Men, Battlestar Galactica played a huge role in defining my small screen viewing experience for the decade.

There was also reasonably big news in that SyFy has announced early plans and art for a proposed new Battlestar Galactica-themed series entitled BSG: Blood and Chrome, following a young William Adama in the first Cylon war. The first prequel series, Caprica, was well received critically, but was somewhat of a bore, in my opinion.

In any respect, after the jump is the video tribute from Youtube user TheGodBen. Read more…

InfoGraphic: 19 things you didn’t know about “Star Wars”

August 12th, 2010 Comments off

Click through to enhance your midichlorians levels with some completely unnecessary, but nonetheless interesting information on Star Wars, courtesy of the folks at Online PhD.

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Review: Torchwood – Series 1-3 (2006-2009)

June 28th, 2010 2 comments

The third Series of Torchwood is clearly the cream of the crop, but the entire run is enjoyable.

BBC America fans might be familiar with Torchwood, but it’s not terribly likely. It’s a bit of a shame, as this was one of the better serialized shows on TV in the sci-fi genre. For a country that really embraced The X-Files for nine seasons and two full length features, you’d think there could be a place for Torchwood.

I start with the X-Files reference because, for comparison purposes, it really is the most spot on. Torchwood is a serialized mystery show spun off from the BBC’s thirty-plus season Doctor Who phenomenon. It follows Doctor Who crossover Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and the Cardiff-based branch of a secret agency referred to as the Torchwood Institute.

It’s hard to decide to what degree of depth I should go into on the series mythology on this. I’m gonna go on the light side, but give just some of the basics. Cardiff is the Welsh city in which a space/time tear has opened a dimensional gateway of sorts. As a result, there’s a tremendous amount of alien activity in and around the city. The British Government commissioned the Torchwood Institute a long time ago to monitor and keep alien activity in check.

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Review: Primer (2004)

April 19th, 2010 Comments off

Primer is a complex and, at times, very confusing film that earns a hearty recommendation from me.

The best way to watch a movie is almost always when you have no idea what to expect.  Going in with little more than a two line plot mini-summary leaves you open to surprise and, occasionally, that surprise is pleasant.

It was so with Primer, a 2004 independent film that was a darling of the Indie Film Circuit.  It won the Grand Jury Prize and Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance, the Best Writer/Director at Nantucket and the Best Feature at the London/Sci Fi.  It was also nominated in all the major categories for which it was eligible at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards.  For a film made on a budget of about $7,000… well, let’s just say that newcomer writer, director, producer and lead actor Shane Carruth has got some game.

I do feel that going into the movie with very little background was important in my enjoyment, so I’m certainly not going to play too much of a spoiler herein.  I’ll keep this review pretty high level and light on detail.  And with a film that was as dense on the scientific jargon, keeping it high level is sometimes a necessity and not simply a luxury.

Primer is a mix between a sci fi feature and a thinking-man’s thriller.  As a bit of a science nerd, I think the thing I appreciated the most was Carruth’s dedication to maintaining at least a modicum of scientific integrity in his draftsmanship.  The film definitely has a gritty and perhaps even realistic feel.

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Info Graphic: Sci Fi Starships

November 15th, 2009 Comments off

I’m a total closet nerd.  And just wow,  I was in nerd awe right when I saw this.

I’m disappointed that they use the old, culty version of the BSG ships.  On the other hand, the Ed Wood style original “V” mothership is apropo.  (via iamachilles)

Compiled by Dan Carlson, July 2003

Compiled by Dan Carlson, July 2003

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