Saturday, July 30, 2005

X-Files Movie: Just Stop the Torture Please

from: SciFiWire
X-Files Sequel Still Out There
Spotnitz said that the lack of a deal has so far prevented him and creator Chris Carter from writing the script, but they know what the story will be and are looking forward to writing it. "Obviously, I'm very busy right now, but it means a lot to me," he said. "I would love to do it, and I wish that we could get all the business things in order so it could happen. ... These are things that happen between lawyers, and I'm not privy to it because it's not my deal. But I know [stars] David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson] want to do it. I know Chris wants to do it. I don't know where the holdup is. But I hope it happens. I remain optimistic it will happen. If you'd asked me a year ago, I never would have believed it still wouldn't be in the works at this point." Spotnitz's new show, Night Stalker, premieres Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

I smell BS. This article looks like a ploy to plug the new show to me. These folks have no intention of giving us an X-File movie.

Will I watch the show? He has to do more that tease me with the hint of a promise of an X-File movie.

W00! Got another pledge!

Special thanks to Lorien Javier over at confessions of a (thirtysomething) drama queen for the $10 pledge. This site is chocked full of sci-fi/ fantasy goodness.

SciFriday: 07/30/05

I wasn't in the best mood today so this could have affected my lack of enthusiasm with tonights showing.

Seen it. Still loved it.


Did I mention? SPOILERS?

Stargate: SG1 - Origin
This episode bored me. I was tired of the Ori last episode. I think the writers laid it on a little too heavy with the religious theme. As the Ori kept driving home that non-believers would be punished, crusade, fire, yada, yada yada, I kept thinking "OK we get it, you are trying to make this show relevant to today". It was over-kill and really nothing that they couldn't have wrapped up in the last episode. I enjoyed the episode but it bored me. Nice appearance with O'Neil but I want Sam back too. Teal'c's shiny hair looks grey in the light. It makes him look older.

Stargate: Atlantis - Runner
This episode marks the first appearance of Jason Momoa as Ronan Dex. The fight with him and Lt. Ford was spectacular. I didn't know that Ford had it in him. Bravo! We got a whole bunch of backstory. SG1 gave us backstory that bored me, Atlantis gave me backstory that interested me and that was relevant to the characters. Will we ever see the army of Lt. Fordites. I would love to see Ford find a planet with an army who has figured out how to make superhuman that can beat the Wraith.
The crew of Atlantis has "picked up another pathetic life-form". I will be bored to have to watch Ronan's integration with the crew. Didn't we have to go through that with Teyla?
Of course, nitpicking aside, I really enjoyed tonight's Atlantis.

Battlestar Galactica - Fragged
Tonight's episode was phenomenal.... again. I totally thought we were going to loose the chief tonight. I realized that I was actually holding my breath. WOW!
Martial law? In my opinion, declaring martial law was irresponsible on Col. Tigh's part. I wish I could have reached through the screen and slapped him. ...that wife of his too. I don't think that Adama will be happy.
Roslin's condition is revealed: I'm glad. I wonder if she's really going to die or not. I hope not, I really enjoy her as president.
The Hatch is Back: Look like he was ready to light fire to Tigh's ...hind quarters.
Finally, Off of Kobal: I totally forgot why they were there in the first place. I don't think that they achieved the mission. They also lost 3 soldiers. Crashdown's exit was just sad.
Didn't the last part remind you of Star Trek: First Contact when Picard, Worf and Lieutenant Hawk put on space suits and venture onto the surface of the starship to stop the Borg from reconfiguring the main deflector in order to contact the Borg of this century, calling them to Earth to assimilate the planet. Sorry, I was geeking out there for a moment. Anyway, this episode had a lot of great moments.
Can it be?
The show we've all been waiting for?
Will this show be enough to replace the Trek void?
Well I'm good so let's hope BSG keeps rocking.

Friday, July 29, 2005

SciFi Ranting for Charity

I want to do Blog-a-thon.
During the Blogathon, people update their websites every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight. For this, they collect sponsorships. Pledges can be a flat donation, or a certain amount for every hour the blogger manages to stay awake.

Blogathon will take place Saturday, August 6th at 9:00 AM EST.

I will post Blog-a-thon entries to a separate blog:
SciFi Ranter Girl's Blog-a-thon

I need a sponsor:
What do I need to do to sponsor for charity?
Simply register an account here and pick the sites you want to sponsor for the event. During Blogathon, we encourage you to watch your blogger(s) participate and cheer them on - though as a sponsor, you, of course, can sleep. The next morning check your email for information telling you how much - and how - to make your donation.

Register here.
You can donate/ sponsor me for as little as $5.

Selected charity:

I picked The Planetary Society because they are affliated with SETI. If you would like to donate but to one of the other charities, let me know and I'll choose that one.

I'm taking topic requests:
Post any topics you'd like me to rant about in the comment section. I'll come up with a few myself but I'd like input because I'd talk about Star Wars and Liam Neeson the whole time.

Join in the fun:
Who else is going to try this out? I'll create a special blog roll for fellow sci-fi bloggers.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

David Boreanaz: New Fox Show Called Bones

I just ran across this today.


I didn't realize that David Boreanaz was going to be in a new show. It looks like a treat but how many more crime shows do we need?
Special Agent SEELEY BOOTH (David Boreanaz, "Angel"), a former Army sniper who mistrusts science and scientists when it comes to solving crimes.

2005 Fall Premiere Schedule

Because I needed to know...

Medium - Sep 19
Lost - Sep 21
Charmed - Sep 25
Desperate Housewives - Sep 25
Smallville - Sep 29

What else am I missing?

Other Shows (just a little FYI)

House M.D. Sep 13
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Sep 20
Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Sep 25
MI-5 (BBCA) returns in 2006
CSI: TOS - n/a
CSI: Miami - n/a
CSI: NY - n/a
NCIS - n/a
Numb3rs - n/a
24 - n/a

Ghost Whisperer - n/a <---- Awful name
Threshold - n/a
Supernatural - n/a
Bones - n/a

Andromeda (SciFi) <---- I never figured out what was going on.
Blind Justice (ABC) 1 ep unaired <---- Probably would have been better as a movie.
Carnivale (HBO) <---- DAMN SHAME!!!
Dead Like Me (Showtime) <---- Good show but very depressing.
Eyes (ABC) 8 eps unaired <---- WHAT??? I liked this show.
Point Pleasant (FOX) 5 eps unaired <---- There *is* a god.
Proof Positive (SciFi) <---- Never watched it.
Revelations (NBC) <---- Gave it a chance, won't miss it.
Scare Tactics (SciFi) <---- Good, it was a waist of air time.
Star Trek: Enterprise (UPN) <---- No comment.
Tru Calling (FOX) 1 ep unaired <---- Sorry, never watched it.


Sunday, July 24, 2005

Speculative Fiction Sunday on USA

For two hours, Sunday belongs to the USA Network. The give us The Dead Zone and 4400. I also enjoy Monk and Kojak but they don't deal with the supernatural or abductions so I won't go in those shows.

The Dead Zone =>
Johnny has put down his cane and will probably give up the blank trenchcoat at any time. This is not your father's Dead Zone anymore. They've dealt with the Stillson shooting issue, all of the topics in the movie and now The Dead Zone is it's own show. I think this re-imagined version is very watchable. It has gotten more interesting in the later seasons. There was a time in seasons 2 and 3 that I got bored and stopped watching. It was probably due to the fact that the show was featuring more of the mousey and oh-so whiney Nicole deBoer. (The hack-ette who had the nerve to accept the role to replace the ever so glorious Jadizia Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I'll be mad about that forever. deBoer totally ruined the last season of DS9 for me.) They seem to only use her in small does now. The show has excelled because of it.

I love the commercials that promote the show. The one with the cat was hilarious.

4400 =>
I always forget that this show is supposed to take place in Seattle until they say it on the show.
I don't really have anything bad to say about this show. I really enjoy the ride. I have no idea how the show is supposed to be different which is why I can't tell you if it sucks or not. From what I've seen, the story telling is flawless. I really wish they'd use Jeffrey Combs as a regular cast member though.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Dude, Where's My Slice of SciFi?

These guys are killing me with the lack of content. Apparently someone hacked the Slice of SciFi website and deleted all of the podcasts and news items.

I need my fix dammit!

SciFriday So Far

I must say that I'm impressed. I'm going to knock on some wood (shut up) for luck so that the goodness keeps on rolling in. If you haven't watched, I'm going to be making vague references but not necessarily spoilers. If you don't want to be spoiled do everyone a favor go elsewhere. Shame on you for not watching SciFriday.


First the SciFi Premiere Day was as exciting and ended up being everything that I hoped for. The SciFriday Preview Show was an awesome touch. It made it feel like Super Bowl Sunday but for geeks. All we need is live news coverage, something to place bets on and the flashing of a nipple. Maybe Claudia Black's outfit will "malfunction".

Stargate: SG1=>
Ben Browder is awesome as a Richard Dean Anderson patch. (Notice I didn't say replacement.) I like Beau Bridges but what happened to General Hammond? I would like to see more of Don S. Davis. They already took Dr. Frasier from us for no good reason... grrrr.... OK... focus...
I enjoyed Claudia Black's performance. It's too bad she's not a regular character. The comedic timing in Avalon Pt.1 was flawless. I haven't enjoyed TV this much in awhile. I like the subdued Browder. He was way wacky in Farscape and in SG1 he manages to get his fair share. I hope they let him loosen up a bit because it seems like he's holding back.
I'm guessing that Michael Shanks grew a beard and put his glasses back on because he and Browder look like cousins? The limited gene pool remark Vela made to acknowledge this was priceless.
HATE TEAL'C'S HAIR!!! It's has the juicy shine of an old school Michael Jackson jheri curl and not quite the precision of a Roman hair cut. It SUCKS find something else. His baby fro was fine. He did not look like Shaft. What's wrong with him looking "Afrocentric"? He's been on Earth for about 9 years, it stands to reason that he would adopt a Human hair cut. Teal'c also seems angrier this season and I don't quite buy the hostile Jaff'a political situation. It all seems forced. There is no chemistry between Teal'c and Mitchell. They owe Christopher Judge more.
Speaking of more, I guess "working in Area 51" is military speak for having a baby. I miss Sam.

Stargate: Atlantis =>
I wish Mitch Pileggi was there to stay. I so love him. He's another sexy balding man. If men are going to be bald do it like Mitch Pileggi, Christopher Judge, Don S. Davis, Avery Brooks and Patrick Stewart. When men puss about "Oh I'm going bald, I'll be wearing maxi pads next.", I want to slap them and show them hot, steaming examples of bald/ing men. Grow up and get hot like these men.
Speaking of hot, where's this new guy that they got rid of Lt. Ford for? You take away the baby faced cutie because you aren't talented enough to write for him and bring in a ... ok that's not fair. I'm just upset. I like Ford.
So you guys are going to officially start "beaming" stuff? I would have not been so irritated with it if they'd called it transferring, "transing", flashing, anything other than "beaming".
I know that this show is in it's infant stages but something's lacking. It seems like this show found a science fiction script generator and just filled in the blanks. It feels typical. I love McKay. Love Ford. Love Beckett. I really like the show but I find my mind wandering halfway through the episodes. It seemed to drag on and the hour seemed way longer than the SG1 hour.
I wanted to give Teyla a chance but her saccharine sweetness is beginning to annoy me. What happened to her and Sheppard. I'm not usually one for the whole relationship story line but I think there's should heat up again.
.... beaming.... pffft

Battlestar Galactica =>
[one minute passes]
Well, believe it or not but I don't think that I have a complaint. Wait let me think...
Cylons suck.... nah...
Number Six annoys... nah...
Nope, I don't have any complaints. I can't even force any out.
Looks like next week we get some Richard Hatch action and the killer part is that I'm looking forward to it. I remember when I used to love ragging on the guy. Now, it's nothing but love. :)

The Verdict =>
My nitpicks are just that very small. It would only out about 4% of my 100% enjoyment factor. That's pretty darned good. SciFriday is a winner for me. They've even made Fridays better with air Firefly right before the regular SciFriday shows. Then if you want to veg out for the rest of the night, you can watch re-runs of Andromeda, Roswell, Buck Rogers and Planet of the Apes.
The SciFi Channel has lost some viewers with some of their hijinks in the past but if they keep it up, they may just win some folks back.

Thanks for everything James Doohan

I know this is a bit late but I had to give my own farewell message to James Doohan lovingly known as Scotty from Star Trek. What took me so long is I wanted to post my absolute favorite picture of him and it took me a while to find it.
Scotty in a kilt dress uniform. Who couldn't resist a man in a Star Trek uniform AND a kilt? This is what they meant by the best of both worlds.
I thought James Doohan as Scotty was rather hot. ...that rugged yet gentlemanly appeal....
Um... anyway....
My favorite Doohan story was in one of the Trekkies movies. Some Treekie was so down and out that she wanted to commit suicide but because of Doohan's support and encouragement, she came out of it. That's the type of story I love to hear actors tell. It's what good people are remembered for.

If there's a heaven, this guy is in it!

[BTW- This photo is from Star Trek: The Original Series; The Savage Curtain.]

Buffyverse's James Marsters joins the cast of Smallville, Season 5

from The Great Link:
Buffyverse's James Marsters joins the cast of Smallville, Season 5

It's listed as a spoiler on The Great Link's website so I'll respect everyone and not reveal what I read. I didn't read much though but Marsters on Smallville? Oh HELL Yeah!!!!

Friday, July 15, 2005

Tonight, Scifi Channel Rules The World

Every other channel should go ahead and show snow because tonight is the SciFi Channel's biggest night. Tonight we forgive them for canceling Farscape. Tonight we forgive them for Tremors. Tonight.... we forgive them for Mansquito. Tonight is SciFriday.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, tonight is the season premieres for Stargate: SG1, Stargate Atlantis and the critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica. I haven't felt this excited about Friday night TV since The X-Files.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Speaking of Lost

There is a Touchstone put up an airline site for Oceanic. Yes, everything is disabled so you can't book a flight. :)
Oceanic Air

There is also an online LOST game.
I'm playing around with it for a bit. Looks like you can waste some good time with it. I haven't quite figured out the object of the game but I've managed to get a bunch of inventory items; medicine, handcuffs, transceiver, metal and wires. I saw Kate's "Wanted" fax. I played with the wheelchair and that's when the ADD kicked in. Anyone else figure out the game?

Will "Lost" start to suck?

Lost Shuns Sci-Fi Label
ABC is selling the hit as a relationship show about people caught up in extraordinary circumstances

Looks like the Senior VP of Marketing wants to keep the science fiction label as far away from this show as possible. I hope they don't start making the show crappy out of desperation not to have this show labeled science fiction. When writers take the mystery out of their writing, it makes the show about the same everyday drama that we all have. BORING! I never understood how someone could watch a show about people and their relationships with their friends and family. I have enough friends and family to not want to be bothered with their drama. It's dull, lame and so very common.

Bring on the monsters, bring on the black smoke, creepy music, stay with the unknown. Once shows become predictable, they jump the shark.

"Science fiction will not come into play from a marketing standpoint," says ABC Senior VP of Marketing Mike Benson of the show’s second year. "We have never used those two words. While there certainly are sci-fi elements to it, it is important that we position the show in a way that is not too narrow."

Grow some balls Mike.
ABC’s decision to continue to downplay the sci-fi element next season makes the show more palatable to a wider target audience on Madison Avenue. Says series co-executive producer Damon Lindelof, "I think the network and the studio have always understandably not wanted to brand it as a science fiction show, because that is a very narrow definition of what a show is."

A wider audience? Dude! This is the number one show.
Up jumps the red flag.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

London: You thought it too so hush

If these terrorists have pushed back the shooting schedule of Doctor Who, I'm seriously going to kick some ass.

If anyone from London ever reads this, I hope that at least brought you a smile on this otherwise horrific day. Terrorist are dickless, whiny cowards who irritate the hell out of me. Terrorists want the same people they bomb to be sympathetic to their cause, nice logic assholes. To those who have family members in London who were hurt, I send you my best regards.

Firefly is number one in DVD sales

According to today's Scifi Wire, Firefly complete series is number one in DVD sales!

1 Firefly complete series

2 Star Wars trilogy

3 Sin City

4 The Incredibles

5 Phantom of the Opera

6 Prisoner of Azkaban

7 Team America: World Police

8 Lost in Space season three, vol. 2

9 Lost season one

10 Charmed season two

Source:, top-selling genre DVDs, 7/6/05

July 15th, a minor SciFi TV Holy Day

Because we will be entering the new season of SciFi Friday with season premieres of Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica! Never before has staying home on a Friday night been so exciting.

A guess what? There's another Get In The Gate Sweepstakes!!!! It starts on July 15th too. This time, they should have a different contest for each show. Having one winner last time was lame.

I wonder what's going to take the place of Andromeda?
And who is the new Rob Zombie looking guy on Atlantis? It's a rhetorical question, please don't spoil me. :)

I read a book!

Sure it was Make Love the Bruce Campbell way but it still counts.

I enjoyed the book. It was a quick and funny read. (Took me 2 days) It's not science- fiction at all but it's Bruce Campbell so it's OK!
I would be excited about his stop to his in Seattle but guess what? He's not coming here. WTF???
Check his tour dates on his suave looking website at

...and by the way, I actually liked Alien Apocalypse.