"I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera to pan and then I stitched the separate shots together. The result is pretty epic.
It reminds me of the classic science fiction movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Suddenly the show has a 'Forbidden Planet' vibe." [via
I gave up mainly because I’d got tired of watching talented actors reduced to eye candy and acting out the fantasies of overgrown adolescents who had somehow finagled their way into writing scripts. Where they were writing scripts that looked like old-time Doctor Who, without necssarily understanding why old-time Doctor Who worked and more importantly why it didn’t.
Maureen K. Speller: I’m giving up on Doctor Who again. This time it may be final.
, there was the television movie White Dwarf
, a far-future pseudo-western scripted by Bruce "Wild Palms" Wagner
. The story is essentially Kurosawa's Red Beard
relocated to the tidally-locked planet of Rusta, a frontier world split between a Victorian dayside culture and a medieval nightside kingdom. Neal McDonough stars as an arrogant young Earth doctor dispatched to a Light Side clinic to complete an internship under the unorthodox
Are you a fan of inventive, black-humored sci-fi/fantasy animation? Desperate to fill the Futurama-shaped hole in your heart? Look no further than Rick and Morty
, the superb new Adult Swim series from animator Justin "Lemongrab" Roiland and Community darling Dan Harmon
. Inspired by a (terrible and very NSFW) Back To The Future knock-off
, the show pairs a naïve young teen (Morty) with his cynical, alcoholic, mad scientist grandfather (Rick), each episode exploring a trope -- dreams, aliens, innerspace, parallel universes, virtual reality -- and turning it inside-out with intricate plotting
, eye-catching art
, and dark, whipsmart humor
(with plenty of improvisation
along the way). A ratings hit
already secured for a second season
, the show returns from an Olympics-induced hiatus tomorrow -- in the meantime, why not sample the six episodes aired so far: Pilot
- Lawnmower Dog
- Anatomy Park
- M. Night Shaym-Aliens!
- Meeseeks and Destroy
- Rick Potion #9
. Want more? Promo/highlight reel
- AV Club reviews
- Rick & Morty ComicCon panel
- Storyboard Test
- Soundtrack samples
- Play the "Rushed Licensed Adventure" point-and-click game
During the 1950's, Wernher von Braun
served as technical adviser for three space-related television films produced by Disney: Man in Space
, Man and the Moon
and Mars and Beyond
. [more inside]
On September 13, 1999, nuclear waste from Earth stored on the far side of the Moon exploded in a catastrophic accident. The explosion knocked the Moon out of orbit and sent it, and the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space. Their subsequent trials and adventures were chronicled... in Space: 1999
. [more inside]
"The long night has come. The Systems Commonwealth, the greatest civilization in history, has fallen. Now, one ship, one crew have vowed to drive back the night and rekindle the light of civilization. On the starship Andromeda hope lives again" [more inside]
As part of this weekend's Guardian series: 50 years of Doctor Who
, six of the actors who have played The Doctor's companions - Louise Jameson, Freema Agyeman, Katy Manning, Carole Ann Ford, Billie Piper and Karen Gillan discuss their experiences on the show in video interviews.
(Links to print interviews within.) [more inside]
The X-Files 20th anniversary reunion panel at San Diego Comic-Con
(Youtube) (Podcast version here
) (Summary and slideshow
), featuring Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, Jim Wong, John Shiban, Howard Gordon and James Amann. sex scenes
, a third movie
are discussed. The Lone Gunmen
will return in Season 10
. The Guardian picks 13 best X-Files episodes
but somehow misses Jose Chung's From Outer Space
is a 1970 British science fiction television series about a secret military organization which defends the Earth from Alien invaders. The series was created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
, who previously created the "Supermarionation" puppet TV series in the 1960's (Thunderbirds
, Fireball XL-5
), and would later create Space: 1999
. The production is highly stylized, from the cars
, hair styles
, and future fashions
to Ebert-worthy parties of the future
, mesh space shirts
and groovy theme music
. [more inside]
The Best Of Star Wars: Clone Wars
- The CGI Star Wars spin off that made the franchise fun again
for young and old
reached it's 100th episode
Can Neil Gaiman restore the Cybermen to their original greatness?
- Neil Gaiman's second episode of Doctor Who will feature the classic cyborg villains introduced by medical scientist Kit Pedler
in The Tenth Planet
It was on a Monday, April second - I was cruising in the vicinity of Betelgeuse - when a meteor no larger than a lima bean pierced the hull, shattered the drive regulator and part of the rudder, as a result of which the rocket lost all maneuverability. [more inside]
50 years of The Jestons and Why the show still matters.
It was September 23, 1962 when ABC aired the first episode
of The Jetsons.
This was ABC's first color program and while it only lasted a single season
, its impact
, influence, and popularity
is still felt today. Many of the predictions
portrayed in the series are coming true.
The Bionic Wiki is a collaborative project to create the most comprehensive information database for the Bionic universe as presented in the 1970's science-fiction, action-adventure series, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
. [more inside]
What if New Who had Target Novelisations
just like the old Doctor Who
Time for Teletubbies: Radical Utopian Fiction
- how the BBC children's show reveals our posthuman future.
Earth, 2147. The legacy of the Metal Wars, where man fought machines—and machines won. Bio-Dreads — monstrous creations that hunt down human survivors... and digitize them!
In 1987, before he created Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski was a writer for Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
, a live-action sci-fi show for kids. 24 episodes were produced. Straczynski wrote or co-wrote 14 of them, including multi-episode plot arcs. A line of interactive toys
brought the battle into kids’ living rooms, and Captain Power
was also one of the very first shows on television to feature computer animation in every episode. But in an attempt to appeal to both children and the adults who watched with them, the campy show included some concepts and scenes critics deemed too violent for children and lasted only a single season in syndication. The full run of the show has now been uploaded to Youtube. [more inside]
Spaceships that became other spaceships: The Millennium Falcon
, The Colonial Viper
, The Eagle Transporter
- from the blog of Gavin Rothery
, visual effects designer on Moon
Day at Night
was an interview series on the public television station of the City University of New York that aired from 1973-4. CUNY TV is in the process of digitizing and uploading the 130 episodes that were produced, with 46 done so far. The episodes are just under half an hour in length. Among the people interviewed by host James Day are author Ray Bradbury
, actress Myrna Loy
, medical researcher Jonas Salk
, singer Cab Calloway
, writer Christopher Isherwood
, nuclear scientist Edward Teller
, comedian Victor Borge
, tennis player Billie Jean King
, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky
, composer Aaron Copland
, actor Vincent Price
and boxer Muhammad Ali
"While most other notable British Science Fiction shows were over-ambitious in their special effects, with results ranging from the troubling (Doctor Who
) to the disastrous (The Tomorrow People
), Sapphire & Steel
[ATV, 1979 - 1982] simply did not try
to do anything the budget wouldn't allow. The result called for milking surreal horror for all it's worth, creating a show that is, while definitely not for everyone, quite capable of reducing so-inclined viewers to quivering little heaps behind the sofa."
Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch. Variety reports Harry Potter director David Yates wants to reboot Doctor Who. Topless Robot reacts.
Following on from an epic Star Trek: The Original Series
) and their Star Trek movie marathon
, tor.com are now watching each episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation
in turn. So far they have reached The Last Outpost
, in which a terrifying new adversary was introduced as a replacement for Klingons as Star Trek universe bad guys: The Ferengi
"Let's do those drive-in totals. We have: Nineteen dead bodies (plus fragments)
. Ten breasts (shame on you, TNT censors)
. Two zombie breasts. One-hundred twenty-five zombies. Mummy dogs. One-half zombie dog. Ten gallons blood. Brain-eating. Gratuitous embalming. Zombie fu. Nekkid punk-rocker fondue. Gratuitous midget zombie. Torso S&M. One motor vehicle chase (totalled by zombies)
. Pool cue fu. No aardvarking. Heads roll. Brains roll. Arms roll. Hands roll. Joe Bob says, Check It Out."
Only on MonsterVision
. [more inside]
- To mark the publication of a book of tribute stories
writer and editor Richard Bradley
has been blogging about the author's 60 year writing career- covering I Am Legend
, and The Incredible Shrinking Man
, not to mention Somewhere in Time
(full index here
). Of course Matheson is probably most famous for his contributions to the Twilight Zone, being one of it's three major writers and scripting Nightmare at 20,000 feet
The Sci Fi/SyFy rebrand (previously
) - was it a success? Yes
Meanwhile in the TARDIS
- two bonus ‘mini-episodes’ from the fifth season of doctor who. Can't wait to see the next season? If you're overseas it may get to you a bit quicker, as the BBCs iPlayer goes international
. Bonus link: Amy Pond
by way of Alphonse Mucha
, by Bill Mudron
"We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for 'Caprica' and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series. Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, 'Caprica' has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season."
- The Battlestar Galactica prequel series Caprica
has been cancelled
, and it's final episodes consigned to 2011. As ever there is debate as to what went wrong
, though it looks like one complaint, the shows relative lack of action, will be addressed by the next spin-off: Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
, set during the war years of a young William Adama.
has always been a haven for geek humor
, but last week's episode "The Prisoner of Benda"
pushed things to the next level. First hinted at in an American Physical Society interview
with showrunner David X. Cohen (previously
), staff writer and mathematics Ph.D. Ken Keeler
devised a novel mathematical proof
based on group theory
to resolve the logic puzzle spawned by the episode's brain-swapping (but no backsies!) conceit. Curious how it works? Read the proof (in the show
or in plain text
), then see it in action using this handy chart
. Too much math for a lazy Sunday? Then entertain your brain
with lengthy clips
from the episode
-- including two of the funniest moments in the series
in the span of two minutes.
With Matt Smith making his US debut as Doctor Who tonight, showrunner Steven Moffat gives an interview to Tor.com
. Meanwhile in the UK viewers have just had their first sight of a controversial new Dalek redesign
A one-hour dramatic television series.
Action - Adventure - Science Fiction.
The first such concept with strong central leas characters plus other continuing regulars.
Gene Roddenberry's original pitchfor Star Trek
(.pdf) - featuring Robert M. April, captain of the S.S. Yorktown. (via
Over the Christmas holidays the BBC is showing a double episode of the television series Doctor Who
... [more inside]
The 21 Scariest Doctor Who Moments Ever
, according to SFX magazine. Waters of Mars
, which aired in the UK this weekend and airs in the US on December 20th, may add to that list. Meanwhile, in other formats, Michael Moorcock
is writing a Doctor Who novel
"Captain, the tech is overteching"
- Ron Moore confirms everything you suspected about the Star Trek TNG approach to writing.
Stargate Universe ("SGU")
premieres this evening in the US and Canada, on 10/6 in the UK and Ireland and in Australia on 10/9. Billed as "military scifi," the series is reportedly less campy than its predecessors
and uses thematic elements
which will seem familiar to Battlestar Galactica
fans. Preview trailer
. For US viewers, Hulu will be streaming
the show a day after it airs. Reviews are mixed
In the wake of Torchwood: Children of the Earth
(screening on BBC America
on the 20th for those in the US not inclined to muck about with the internets) critic Patrick West declares the British incapable of making decent television science fiction
Dreams With Sharp Teeth
– clips from a Sundance Channel documentary on science fiction writer (and somewhat litigious colourful character) Harlan Ellison
. Harlan says pay the writer
Is Doctor Who too scary for kids?
Parents surveyed by TheBabyWebsite
seem to think so. But is being scared a good thing
? (via io9