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« on: July 02, 2017, 05:26:33 AM »
Only related to TV as a theme, the latest episode of Dark Matter introduces a bad guy thug character named "Gorn".

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Re: Current and Recent SyFi Shows Worth Watching
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2017, 07:26:27 AM »
Only related to TV as a theme, the latest episode of Dark Matter introduces a bad guy thug character named "Gorn".

I just looked that up. Any good?

Man, SyFi is like nostalgia. I don't think we've watched anything regularly on SyFi for years. Not since the Stargate series ended. (Sharknado movies plus wrestling kinda killed my interest in following the channel.)

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Re: Current and Recent SyFi Shows Worth Watching
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2017, 09:06:34 AM »
Yeah. It's 3rd season, probably want to watch it from the beginning since there's a lot of background and is at least half linear development plots on the grand story and maybe half standalone plots. It's pretty good and has interesting characters, of scifi stuff it's one of the better ones, up there with Orphan Black. (As an example of bad scifi The 100 really went off the rails into Lost territory.) This third season's a little random though and starts with two episodes dealing with the season 2 cliffhanger, so it would be a bad place to start. It's the one show right now I look forward to seeing each week (now that Silicon Valley's done for the year). The android character is really one of the best androids around, and there's an interesting teen girl whose presence is still a total mystery to all after 3 seasons, despite all the others figuring out who they used to be (every character started the show with amnesia). No doubt she will turn out to be some master character at some point, perhaps even a puppetmaster.

Something mixed is Supergirl. It's mostly inane drivel but this last season it turned into Men in Black when we found out there were thousands or millions of different sorts of space aliens living on earth pretending to be human, some heros, others criminals, others just trying to be left alone. At one point they found a stargate and beamed off to an off world mission to rescue stolen children from a slave colony in another galaxy. So that was really cool but most of it is dumb. If they start getting seriously into the Star Trek stuff of exploring unknown worlds it could be really cool. Oh there's way too much gay sex though, it's like every damn show these days has to have 75% of the characters in same sex relationships, including kissing, groping, and bedroom shots. Those parts are very tedious and annoying, and it really pisses me off they put that crap as propaganda in something that's obviously targeted at kids like Supergirl. Probably funded by Soros!
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Re: Current and Recent SyFi Shows Worth Watching
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2017, 09:39:35 AM »
^ I can relate. Thanks for the useful overview.

The 100 was really hard for me to get into and I lost interest after the first few episodes of the first season. It just didn't click for me.

Other SyFi shows:

"Childhood's End" was VERY overblown. I was expecting a transformative experience resembling my reading of the novel and it was just compressed TV drivel and an extremely muted ending in no way resembling the book.

Had you ever followed "Ascension"? I started to watch it and then stopped after reading that the premise of the series was that the "spacecraft" was a Biosphere type test and was Earth based.

I really wish there were more action SF about the Orion project technology. I think that was one of the most interesting tech segues of the last century and nobody really seems to care about it. We could really have had city sized spaceships tooling around the solar system in the 1970s.
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2017, 10:03:31 AM »
I had not heard of Ascension, looks quite interesting. Unfortunately my quick look at the wiki page completely spoiled the main reveal of the show.

Speaking of Orion, did you know of the Apollo X project? Post-moon stuff. There was a manned Venus shot planned and partially under construction. Just one of the left over Saturns that are laying around in places. Got killed by Congress who was bored with space and in debt from Vietnam. It's hard for the US to do moonshots when every 4 years someone cancels all the old plans that are in progress and proposes a totally new direction for everything, tossing out all the money spent on the last big vision. Likewise with the obsession with "shovel ready" stuff that ends up just disappearing and nothing happens. Huge amounts of wasted effort and resources in this country because of this stuff.

Past scifi stuff (not syfy necessarily) I like a lot of the Canadian shows. Did you see Continuum? It went several seasons and concluded, about a LEO woman sent from the apocalyptic polluted future to the past to make some changes, kind of Terminator style. Lots of time flash forwards and interesting shocking developments, particularly around her interference with a young farm boy hacker who later becomes the tech oligarch that causes the world destruction, but also may or may not be the one trying to fix things. Assuming that one is the same one from the present timeline, etc. Gets real complicated, but in a well designed way, not just random weird stuff pasted together like J. J. Abrams does in his awful stuff (except Fringe which was great). Anyway Continuum is a good series to watch on reruns and I recommend. It also completes the plot, which is satisfying, the last season they knew was the last so they ended things.

Another past one I liked was Extant with Halle Berry. About a scientist who creates the first sentient android and raises it with his wife as their child, like with those monkey and dolphin experiments. But the military has other ideas about it. Also the wife is a retired astronaut who "brought something back" from a deep space mission. Was fantastic but it was cancelled right in the middle of the action so there's no resolution and I think it would be very frustrating to watch something that just stops in the middle of things.

The Expanse is one in progress, finished season 2. Extremely high production values/costs, so fragile. Very slow developing and too many characters. Third season has been greenlit.

I guess the new Star Trek series is coming out soon. We'll see.

And Rick and Morty Season 3 starts at the end of this month, that's definitely the most anticipated scifi event of the year, IMO.

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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2017, 10:59:54 AM »
I love Sci-Fi. I watched every episode of the Twilight zone and that includes all seasons from the 80's also.

And the Outer limits, the 90's series were interesting.

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2017, 07:47:21 AM »
Wow, so Gorn snagged a Hollywood gig. Only a matter of time before he abandons this board and tells "his people" to handle it. Hey Gorn, when you make the big time, please remember "the little people!"

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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2017, 09:00:39 AM »
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