Well, it appears that TNT has decided to renew Falling Skies for a fourth season. This is great news for those who have been following this show through the first three seasons. We have seen this show and it’s characters evolve over the course of the story, and the ratings average 5.8 million viewers and it is ranked as the number one basic cable scripted series in the magic demographic of adults 18-49 and 25-54. Considering the other shows which have had bigger budgets and more expensive special effects, this says a lot for the show.
I, Frankenstein – GateFans Review
On January 24th writer/director Stuart Beattie will squat and plop from his sphincter yet another CGI laden monstrosity, this time called I, Frankenstein. Lucky us. Let’s not pretend that this version of the Frankenstein mythos will bear any resemblance to Mary Shelly’s thesis on man’s overreaching hubris in playing God. One look at the […]
New Terminator Series in the Works
According to sources at deadline, there are new plans to put a new Terminator series back on the small screen. For those who were were a fan of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, you will sadly be disappointed, as this is NOT a continuation from that series. However, there are two writes from T.S.C.C. series, Zack Stentz […]
David Hewlett & Jewel Staite team up for State of Syn
Former Stargate Alantis casts, David Hewlett & Jewel Staite, have teamed up to bring us, State of Syn. This series has short episodes, that are 5 minutes long. The basic plot of this science fiction series is, it is set in the year 2043, where private corporation have taken over government, and now rule the […]
The Best and the Worst – Depictions of women in Science Fiction Television series.
I was just doing a bit of freethinking in regards to our past discussion on depictions of women in SciFi shows. Along those lines I thought about which of the shows I have seen did the best job and which did the worst. The Best IMHO – Firefly (Star Trek Voyager would be a CLOSE […]
Rick Grimes for Tampax Tampons – The Walking Dead
Rick Grimes for Tampax Tampons Many people assume the secret to my two-year survival in a zombie apocalypse is due to my being a great sheriff or a good husband or a terrific father or simply being a natural born leader. But clearly it’s none of that. The secret to my success is Tampax tampons. That’s right, Tampax […]
The closer this show gets to premiering the less I have hope for it. The game tie-in seems gimmicky. From what I understand the PC version of the game is rather lousy and the console reviews haven’t been that stellar either. One has to wonder if either the show or the game will survive for very long:
It’s a shame, then, that throughout the opening hours the potential scale of the concept is matched only by the magnitude of its failure to convey any of its rich fiction or deliver on its grand plans. …muddy textures, lackadaisical AI, thinly veiled fetch quests and monotonous point-defence missions do little to inspire confidence…
Defiance should have been aiming for dazzling first impressions in order to inspire confidence in its long term future. Instead, its game initially offers a clunky and aesthetically unappealing end-of-generation console experience while the pilot episode of the TV show carries an inelegant and laborious script that its recognisable cast struggle to sell…
And here’s more:
[quote]If Defiance continues down the road it is on, it will remain an average show, as many of SyFy’s show’s tend to be. But if it decides to truly embrace the uniqueness of its setting and premise, then Defiance could be something special. Until then though, it remains an enjoyable, but uninspired show.[/quote]
Scifinow is reporting that the hugely popular TV movie Men in Black, is now in development. Scifinow reports that Will Smith has not been confirmed for the 4th instalment. However, let’s hope that he is in the movie though.
Via – Scifinow
Deadline has reported that ‘The Wachowskis”, have signed an agreement with Georgeville TV, Reliance Entertainment/Motion Picture Capital’s TV studio,Straczynski(Babalyon 5) and netflix, to bring us a brand new tv series called, Sense8. The Wachowskis, they described the series as, “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted”.Sounds Pretty vague if you ask me b.The 10 part miniseries is expected to hit netflix sometime in late 2014.
More at Deadline
Ridley Scott, has announced that he and Machinima, have both teamed up to air and produce, 12 new science fiction movies. Not much more has been disclosed of what the projects will be about but given that a lot of the sci-fi projects have been quite successful for machinima, it’s possible that science fiction belongs on the web.
More at Collider
Thunderbird, the classic 60s British science fiction show, is returning to the small
screens. Deadline reports that the show is going to take a slightly different approach by
“using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets while also
paying tribute to the legacy of model locations”.
It also reports that, 26 half hour episodes being ordered and is expected to debut on ITVand CITV in the UK, around 2015.
Read more at Deadline
Dredd 2012: Dredd done right
Dredd 2012 is a new film – the second film made about the iconic comic character Judge Dredd. It stars Karl Urban in the title role, with Olivia Thirlby as trainee Judge Anderson (also a character from the Dredd comics) and Lena Headley (of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fame) as the villain.
Before getting to the movie itself, let me lead in with a few words about first the Judge Dredd comics then the first attempt at making it a movie – the 1995 big budget film starring Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider.
Judge Dredd was conceived as a semi-futuristic lawman that took the character “Dirty Harry” to its logical extreme. A whole comic book series (2000 AD) arose around this with a full dystopian world populated with characters both good and bad. It is considered a seminal comic series and indeed the Dredd universe and character and the Judge system have even been invoked in discussions of real world questions about governance and the administration of justice.
The 1995 film
In 1995 a big budget film based on Judge Dredd was made. It starred Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider. I did a more detailed review of that film here:
Basically, while the 1995 film did okay with its visuals it got the characters wrong. Stallone hideously overacting the Dredd role didn’t help either. Plus, his Dredd did not come across at all like the logical endpoint of Dirty Harry – he was just a typical Stallone overblown action hero role. And unfortunately that horrid performance colored the thinking of those who had not read the comics on the whole Dredd character and universe.
The 2012 film
With the background in place, let’s look at this new Dredd film.
The first thing to note is that the budget here was smaller. However it is still VERY effective visually. The city in this film has a properly grungy look and the megablock towers are very effectively realized. The action choreography is first rate and almost poetic at times. This film looks a lot more expensive than it really was.
Second, these characters are done right. Dredd in this film is gruff, taciturn and is indeed the logical endpoint of the character concepts underlying Dirty Harry. Anderson is a mutant psychic trainee judge and again her character is true to the comics. The villain (Lena Headley) is a vicious druglord named MaMa – while this is not a character from the comics the STYLE and TONE of the character are.
Not only are the characters written very well, the performances are outstanding.
Karl Urban does it again – in Star Trek 09 he nailed Doctor McCoy so precisely it seemed like he was channeling DeForrest Kelley. Here he gives a similarly outstanding performance – he IS Dredd. What makes it all the more impressive is he conveys this without our ever being able to see his eyes or upper face – this Dredd keeps his helmet on like he is supposed to.
Olivia Thirlby is new to me as an actress. I gather she was in Juno but I never saw that film. All I can say here is that she turns in an effective performance as the rookie judge. She has psionic powers (just like in the comics) and uses them one time to horrific effect. Part of the film is her character does have an arc – she changes a good deal from her “day on the street” with Dredd.
Lena Headley is great as the villain – the sadistic druglord MaMa. A frequent issue in these types of hero-villain films is that the villain is not a foe worthy of the hero. That is not the case here. MaMa is vicious and sadistic but also intelligent. She is even given a backstory that elicits a little bit of sympathy over her past and how it may have had a role in turning her into a monster.
With strong characters performed well, the next question is: does it work? Well, I say yes it does. This film is what is known as a “small set story”. It basically all takes place in one building and really there are only three main plotlines and they are all related. This gives the film focus. And that keeps the story moving and the tension present. All in all it is well directed. As the story was written by Alex Garland (who also wrote 28 Days Later) I was not surprised it was well structured.
All in all, I liked this new Dredd film. I hope you do as well.
Okay, I am freshly back from seeing Prometheus (in 3D, of course), and I can say I was okay with the movie. Just okay, though. I was sort of expecting a lot more depth, and the dark foreboding feel of the original Alien. The best way to describe this movie is a prequel, even though it is being said that this movie is separate from the Alien movies, it most certainly is not. It is hard to say what the time frame of this movie is to the original Alien time frame, but from the look of things I would have to guess it was before Ripley cut loose with her flamethrower on LV-426. The Prometheus looks like a proper earth designed ship from 2090, and it has ion engines as well as thrusters. There is no magical fusion generator or unknown power source powering the ship, but some of the other tech seems oddly advanced. More on that later. Read more »
(GateFans.net – 2012) I got into Continuum on a recommendation from one of our GateFans Forums members. I live in the United States, so I could not watch it because they had it geo-locked. But with a VPN account from SuperVPN, I was able to watch this show, and I must say that it has filled my craving for good, well written and acted Science Fiction (emphasis mine). The premise is innovative, the special effects and drama are well balanced without either being overpowering, and best of all this show has real character development. At the time of this writing, five episodes have passed and I still await each new one with great anticipation.
The show’s premise starts in the future where corporations are the government and are in control of all of the world’s resources and activities. Our protagonist Kiera Cameron is played by Rachel Nichols, and her character remains the center and anchor of this show. She is a strong, intelligent (and very sexy) law enforcement officer in the future, but the event which gets the story of this show going is the escape of our antagonists which include actress Lexa Doig as Sonya. A spectacular escape from execution by slipping into the past to the present (seen in the video). Keira ends up slipping back with them, because she was in the execution room when they escaped. Keira has technology she wears in the form of a suit embedded with data retrieval devices, sensors and even a taser-like weapon. But this is no Batwoman shtick. Keira’s character and the cool yet strong acting of Rachel Nichols in this show make it come together in a believable and entertaining way.
Our other main characters are Alec Sadler, played by Eric Knudsen, who finally lets science fiction again take a break from the fat computer nerd in Mom’s basement playing video games, and turns him into an active nerd who has a tricked out barn full of awesome today-tech rigged to do all sorts of stuff. You see, Alec Sadler is one of the architects of Kiera’s future, becoming a tech superpower in Kiera’s time. But they make contact when Alec is still a teenage nerd in 2012. Our other main character is our main man Carlos Fonnegra, played by Victor Webster. Carlos is a cop from 2012 who encounters Kiera while investigating a baffling case. But it was baffling because it was caused by our escaped gang from the future. Kiera was behaving in a very law enforcement manner, recognized by Carlos, and he assumed (correctly, sorta) that she was a cop. How does this happen if Kiera has no records because she isn’t born yet? Watch the show and find out! This is a great show.
The writing of this show is superb, with lots of genuine science being tossed about with the believable (but only conceptual today) tech.This show needs to come to the United States! Are you listening Syfy? Maybe even Netflix could make a go of this series. Its a keeper for sure.