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Continuum – This one is a Keeper! Season Two already approved

(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.

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REVIEW: Total Recall (2012)

Wow, this movie really surprised me. After seeing the awesome Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger, I was expecting this one to be glitzy and lacking in overall impact. Boy, was I wrong. As far as action, it was all over the original. The premise was now much different with a post biological-war earth polarized by two isolated points connected by a transport traveling through the core of the earth. But it works very well. We have our familiar villian Cohagen, and some of the minor characters. I cant say too much without giving the new movie away.

There are nods to the original throughout the movie, including our EXTRA busty girl with redundant breasts. However in this movie you arte left scratching your head about how she would be on earth and have three of them. Still, it was cool to have her in there. No more rubber faced mutants. No Mars, and you will still like this movie. 

 

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John Carter bombs at the box office. $200 million loss for Disney

I wasn’t too shocked when I read this:

Ross, 50, had taken the job just two and a half years ago with a mission to cut costs and develop new hits. He had brought “High School Musical” and “Hannah Montana” to TV audiences as the former head of Disney Channels Worldwide.

But the studio’s losses continued under Ross despite major restructuring efforts.

A month ago, Disney booked a $200 million loss on “John Carter,” a special-effects-laden movie based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series. The movie starring Taylor Kitsch had an estimated budget of $250 million, matching what 20th Century Fox spent on “Avatar.”

They spent what was spent on Avatar on this thing? REALLY? Read more »

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Sherry Jackson sends her promise for her interview!

 

The interview will be coming up, and I need to get together with Illiterati for that, but I thought it was nice of her to touch base with us!

Sherry is known for so many things, and you can visit her Official Fansite HERE. Sherry agreed to do an exclusive interview for Gatefans last year, and she has been very busy and has been unable to schedule any time. But today, she allowed GateFans reporter Overmind One to record a short hello and promise to do her longer interview. When the interview is scheduled, we will keep you posted!

 

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Stargate: Universe, a two-year retrospective

Stargate: Universe, a two-year retrospective by Terran77, GateFans Forums Member

“Gauntlet” marked the end of Stargate: Universe‘s second and final season, leaving some fans pleased, others irritated, and everyone wondering what, if anything, will be the next step for the Stargate franchise. For the first time in 17 years there will be no new weekly episodes of any Stargate series. Given SGU‘s very low ratings, particularly in season two which resulted in its cancellation, it seems an appropriate time to ask what kinds of things went wrong for the series as a whole, and what things went right. Read more »

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REVIEW: Stargate Universe, Season 2, Episode 19, “Blockade”

By Terran77, GateFans Forums Member

Thought I’d move this out into the main area, rather have it inside the preview/discussion. So here’s my review of the “Blockade” episode. I re-watched it a few times to catch missed details. Let me know your thoughts, or if I’m missing something glaring.

Plot/Story

We begin this episode with Rush coming to see Eli and asking for calculations, lamenting about the lack of real paper to write on. Eli is replaying the Novans’ dedication of their first school, which prompts Rush to say, “Eli, if you don’t have anything better to do…” and Eli returns quickly with, “there’s no TV to watch, and honestly, they’re us: humans.” Also, Eli misses the colonists, which they’ve apparently dropped off, sometime between the end of the last episode and the beginning of this one. Now they’re headed to a different planet, again getting low on energy reserves.

Back on the bridge, Rush learns that the Destiny has dropped out of FTL to take a detour around a gas giant before refueling at a local star. Almost immediately they see that the drone-ships have set up a blockade near the star, complete with a command ship. Young decides to go back into FTL and search out another star for refueling. Everyone, except Rush, is concerned about how the drones knew they’d be coming. Eli suggests that the drones may be predicting their course, and so they plan to go “off course” in order to recharge at a star not along the planned route of the seed ships. We’re again reminded of a limitation of the Destiny: that going back into FTL too quickly can seriously damage the engines, so getting into a fight unprepared is not an option. Read more »

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REVIEW: Stargate Universe Season 2, Episode 18: “Epilogue”

Epilogue or Epitaph?
by ShavedApe, GateFans Forums Member

Since this episode deals with divergent time lines that are presented in a peripatetic fashion then please expect the flow to be a bit jerky at times. The episode’s narrative jumps back and forth without much segue, if any. Forewarned is forearmed mon ami.

This episode of SGU (written by Carl Binder) continues the events that happened in the previous episode “Common Descent”. Having found their own descendants (from a different time line) colonizing a planet (colonists who are now cut off from contact with their home world) the crew of Destiny takes their descendants back to their home world even though the CO2 scrubbers on Destiny are about to die. Oh noes! Read more »

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REVIEW: Stargate Universe, Season 2 episode 17 “Common Descent”

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by Stonelesscutter: GateFans Forum Member

Synopsis
Destiny jumps out of FTL, there are two stargates in the vicinity but one of them is locked out. Chloe tells Wray and Eli that she hopes they’ll find some more of the purple fruit they found a while back. Before the crew has a chance to check out the planet they find themselves once again under attack from automated drones, the same type as they’d encountered earlier. Young orders evasive maneuvers. Greer manages to gun down the six attacking drones but a command ship is on it’s way, likely carrying dozens more of them. As Destiny can’t go back into FTL for a little over two hours, Young opts to go for maximum sublight and sets course away from the command vessel. There’s a discussion between Young, Rush and Eli about how the drones managed to find them. Young tells Rush to get rid of the drone they’ve had on board as it may have been the cause of that. The command ship finally catches up with Destiny and launches new drones. Destiny takes some hits but manages to go back into FTL just in the nick of time. Read more »

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There will be no Stargate Universe movie. The sets will be struck.

Crews were called out to strike the sets of Stargate Universe at The Bridge Studios. Brad Wright has addressed rumors that the show would not get the movie he had been hinting at in the past few months since cancellation. In February of this year, the arrangements had already been made to start striking the sets starting in March, but this announcement in April means that he was given one month to make a case for the show. This was probably based on ratings performance, which was…to say the least…dismal. Late last February, GateFans published this article:

Late February 23, 2010, the Production List posted for Local Teamsters 155 for Vancouver, BC contained this cryptic entry: WRAP OF STARGATE UNIVERSE SEAS. Seeing this cryptic entry prompted a call to the Dispatch desk at Teamsters to ask for clarification. The answer was “Im sorry, that was a typo. It should say wrap of Stargate Universe SETS”. So, from March 10th 2011 to November 23, 2011, the tear down of the Stargate Universe sets will be completed.Starting March 7th, 2011, Stargate Universe will start airing its final episodes on Syfy on Mondays at 10:00pm. Stargate Universe fans have held out hope that there might be some sort of final movie for the show to bring closure. But much like the seemingly rushed “Enemy At The Gate” episode of Stargate Atlantis which served as its Finale, it left too much unresolved. Stargate Universe did not follow the format of the previous two shows, and its overall mission and plot never really took a definitive direction before it was canceled on December 16th ,2010.

Stargate writer, executive producer and mastermind Brad Wright took the stage earlier today at Creation Entertainment’s Official Stargate Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia and proceeded to update and clear the air on the fate of the latest series, Stargate Universe.

“We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen,” Wright said during his stage panel today. “It took too long. We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed. It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning.”

So, its over. Its been over for quite some time, Brad. What really irks me as a Stargate fan is that the entire time since Stargate Atlantis was cancelled, TPTB of Stargate (Brad Wright, Robert Cooper) chose to run a covert ops program with regard to the development of Stargate Universe. It could have been such a great show if done right, but better yet would have been to continue Atlantis and use all that new money to make a better Atlantis. That didnt happen, so we got Stargate Universe. The first season was really going in the direction of the cliff, but since all of the episodes had been completed for the season, there was really no way to rework them or adjust them. When season 2 was announced, the showrunners chose to be dishonest about the fact that Stargate Universe was promised two seasons from the start of the show (as tweeted by Craig Engler of Syfy). Read more »

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