Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The Heroes tagline, "Save the cheerleader. Save the world", is the worst tagline in the history of taglines. It is such a turn off. It rivals some of the crappiest taglines for some of my beloved SciFi Channel Originals. Last week's episode was my least favorite. It started to drag. We do find out that the pixie haired chick, Eden, was a plant just like Lynne from SciFi News predicted. The cheerleader met fake parents. We see Niki go Tyler Durden. That scene lasted WAY too long. She gets "killed" by her baby's daddy. I think she's alive but now her "bad side" has been fully activated.
I'm not quite sure why this episode bored the crap out of me but it did. It pulled me out of the show's adrenaline. Hopefully next week gets better.
SERIOUSLY! SOMEONE KILL THAT TAGLINE!!!
Monday, October 30, 2006
I can hear the meeting now...
"I know! The fans are making too much money off of our "property". I think they are out there buying houses and BMWs. We can't have that. Let's sue the only people who give a crap about our movie and TV show. They've already created the market for us. A lawsuit will be promotion for our new merchandise. We can also make our merchandise look just like the fan merchandise. They've done all of the work for us. It's a win-win."If they are bringing legal action to Serenity/Firefly fans for making fan related goods, why aren't they so protective of another hot properties like Project Runway? That show has TONS of fan created merchandise and I like it all. These folks have put pictures of the characters and lines from the show on the shirt. It's similar to what 'verse fans do with Wash and "I'm a leaf in the wind." Why do some shows get the light treatment and a cult show like Serenity/Firefly get the iron fist?
I hope that they drop the charges. No one should be penalized for being a fan of a TV show. It's sad because I LIKE NBC/Universal. They have been involved in a lot of great shows lately.
C'mon folks, don't be that greedy. A cease and desist letter or even an official announcement would have been sufficient.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
This is the Lipstick Aliens Halloween Edition. Not only do we have a Halloween theme but we discuss Smallville with Tom Costello of the Smallville Superfan Podcast. Listen to the latest happenings with the show and find out about future Justice League appearences including Green Arrow. We also talk about Zombies and more on Battlestar Galactica. Contains minor spoilers on aired episodes only.
-Smallville Superfan Podcast
-Computer King Online
-ZomCast - Zombie Podcast
-Lynne's Zombie Walkathon
-SCIFI.COM's Battlestar Galactica - Exodus Pt. II
-Australian Sci Fi Channel
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Thursday, October 26, 2006
Last week's episode of Battlestar Galactica made this whole New Caprica debacle all worth it. *bows to Ron Moore saying 'We are not worthy'*
I'm sure everyone understood my concerns. I felt the Pegusus story was rushed. I felt the New Caprica story was just plain sloppy. After being burned by Star Trek: Enterprise anyone should totally understand my anxiety when it comes to good franchises turning to squat. I'm still a bit scarred from that and the creation and cancellation of good Sci-Fi TV shows last season.
I voice my fears and dissatisfaction the same way I profess my love for shows. I don't mind being wrong but most of the time I'm right.
OK.... enough of that.
Something just wasn't "right" with the way the New Caprica story was handled. It has never sat right with me and made it hard to look forward to the new season of Battlestar Galactica. Given my reservations, I still went in there and watched.
Last week's Exodus Part II gave me the the geekgasm that I was yearning for. This is the episode that had the big pay off. I don't think it was a reward or a gift. It definitely demonstrated that the show hasn't lost it's edge. All of the seemingly sloppy loose ends and erratically introduced new story arcs came together and tied up in a nice, neat bow.
There were 5 major things that re-sold me on the show.
1) The death of Tigh's wife.
I cried. I still think that the ordering of her death and Tigh executing those orders were premature. I still think that the she could have been redeemed. She showed incredible loyalty to her husband and for that I think he should have protected her at all costs. I think he was wrong to succumb to peer pressure and murder her. I don't think that any of that was their call. Sure, soldiers died but they were being rescued the same day. I think she should have been taken to Galactica and tried. The Cylons put them in that situation and The Cylons killed those soldiers.
2) President Laura reclaiming her chair and office.
Damn that was sweet! That was the BEST part of the episode. I LOVE her character.
3)The ship scene!
You know which one. The one where the ship comes down in atmo and then jumps to hyper just in time to avoid crashing and killing those below. GOOSEBUMPS!!! There were a lot of space battle scenes that make me want to re-watch this episode.
4) Fake-Fat Lee Adama disobeying orders.
That boy is good for something. Sure he whines more than Luke Skywalker but he's just as triumphant too. Bravo!
5) The Tigh/Adama Reunion.
Tigh was just the drunk soldier before. Now he's the war torn, one-eyed, wife-murdering, second fiddle, broken, angry, tired, under-appreciated unsung hero. I LOVE the scene when Adama gets cheers and is lifted on everyone's shoulders and Tigh walks off quietly through the crowd. This doesn't go unnoticed by Adama and THAT was AWESOME. It was perfect and it was THE scene that restored my faith in the show.
I can't wait to see Captain Tight Pants on Lost! It's time to start sending those emails to Joss again. Let him know that nathan Fillion still has a hot ass and it looks good on TV.
....and they say that Lost isn't Sci-Fi. BAH!
Serenity's Fillion On Lost
Serenity star Nathan Fillion guest-stars on the Nov. 8 episode of ABC's hit series Lost, "I Do," which also marks the decision by Kate (Evangeline Lilly) to hook up with either Jack (Matthew Fox) or Sawyer (Josh Holloway). Fillion will play a character named Kevin in the episode, which is the last new one for a while as the series takes a 13-week hiatus, returning in February.
In "I Do," Jack makes a decision regarding Ben's (Michael Emerson) offer, Kate feels helpless when it looks like an angry Pickett (Michael Bowen) is going to make good on his threat to kill Sawyer, and Locke (Terry O'Quinn) discovers a hidden message that may guide him through the next steps on his journey to unlocking the secrets of the island.
"I Do" was written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and directed by Tucker Gates. It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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Lynne confesses her not so secret phobia. Cat talks about her views on Battlestar and tells her dark secret of a TV series that is so scary that Lynne will not watch.Later we do drive-by reviews on the current line up of Sci-Fi television.
Who will win this weeks trivia?!? Trivia supplied to the green girly aliens from the Computer King!
Science fiction, fashion and more!
This week we get more girly and discuss fashion from Chanel and Dior.
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Thursday, October 19, 2006
SFTV New Season start dates / Special Airdates :
Threshold (SciFi) Oct 13 (SciFi Debut)
Haunted Prison (SciFi) Oct 14 (Movie Debut)
Ultimate Avengers II (Cartoon) Oct 21 (Movie Debut)
Torchwood (BBC3) Oct 22 (Series Debut) YAY!!!!
Masters of Horror (Sho) Oct 27 (Season Two)
Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (SciFi) Oct 28 (Movie Debut)
Hellboy: Sword of Stones (Cartoon) Oct 28 (Movie Debut)
Day Break (ABC) Nov 15 (Series Debut)
Medium (NBC) Nov 15 (Season Three)
Lost Room (SciFi) Dec (Miniseries Debut)
The Dresden Files (SciFi) Jan (Series Debut)
Painkiller Jane (SciFi) Jan (Series Debut)
He wants to adapt H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of existential Antarctic dread, "At the Mountains of Madness", for the screen.
If he does it right, this should make some folks happy.
There's an "I'll Be Back" joke in there somewhere. Of course Arnold Schwarzenegger won't be in another Terminator. He's a self-respecting Repulican now. He's too good for us sci-fi geeks.
The film’s screenwriter has confirmed that the Governator won’t be involved in the new film.
"Terminator 3 kind of closed the book on Schwarzenegger, as did his gubernatorial career," Michael Ferris told Entertainment Weekly.
Previous reports suggest that T4 is being designed as the first in a trilogy that’ll tie in with the new spin-off television series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. All Ferris will reveal is that "You will learn about Skynet and what that postapolyptic future is like."
The original plan was to introduce a totally new Terminator.
Boy let me tell ya! The news stories are all "a snark" with their Star Trek and Harry Potter jokes.
WIStv.com Columbia, SC: Scientists boldly go where only science fiction has been before----
(Washington-AP) October 19, 2006 - The Klingons and the Romulans used it against the Enterprise on episodes of "Star Trek." Now, a team of American and British researchers has made a Cloak of Invisibility - sort of.
It's no science fiction: Scientists make invisibility cloak - USATODAY.comMaybe I can use the invisibility cloak material on my flying car.
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
Look out Lord Valdermort — Harry Potter's invisibility cloak just got a little closer to reality, say material scientists who report today on a prototype that hides objects from microwaves.
An era of devices that are effectively invisible and isolated may spring from the prototype, says study senior author David Smith of Duke University in Durham, N. The technology relies on plastic and metal "metamaterials," which have surfaces etched to shape the passage of electromagnetic waves, including visible light frequencies, around objects as if nothing were there.
Electromagnetic waves scatter and reflect when they strike objects. The eye picks up this reflection to see things.
The Blade star was indicted in Tampa Tuesday on eight counts of tax fraud for allegedly trying to bilk $12 million in fraudulent refunds out of the federal government, for claiming his income was immune from taxation and for failing to file any returns for six years.Are they sure it's him and not his tax preparer's?
If convicted on all charges, the actor could face up to 16 years in prison—though they'll have to catch him first. Last week the U.S. Attorney's office issued a warrant for Snipes' arrest after federal authorities were unable to locate him.
According to the indictment, unsealed this morning and posted online by the Smoking Gun (www.thesmokinggun.com), the 44-year-old actor attempted to seek the eight-figure refund in 1996 and 1997 as part of an ongoing tax scam.
Federal investigators claim the fraud was perpetrated with the help of Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas Rosile. Kahn is the founder of two organizations—Florida's American Rights Litigators and Guiding Light of God Ministries—which, per the indictment, "promoted and sold fraudulent tax schemes." Rosile is an accountant for the former company.
Ewwww.... That doesn't sound good. I heard about those. I hope this isn't true. The crackhead thing turned out to be a crazy crackhead with delusions and was dismissed. Let's hope that this turns out to be misinformation as well.
Wesley Snipes seems to have the worst news released about him. I wondered who he pissed off?
Monday, October 16, 2006
This episode we talk about endings and new beginnings on SCI FI TV. Lynne and Cat start a new trivia segment Star Wars vs. Star Trek.
Shows included are Battlestar Galactica's new season, Heroes news and shocking scene, LOST's new season, the new movie release Covenant, electronic time capsules and much more!
-Yahoo Time Capsule
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Friday, October 13, 2006
Yahoo is doing an electronic time capsule! You can contribute words, drawings, pictures, videos and sound. This is amazing. I love stuff like this.
You have until 11/08/06 to submit something.
I've submitted one thing so far.
Monday, October 09, 2006
On October 4, 2006, a first-of- its-kind lawsuit was filed in Chester County, Pennsylvania seeking remedies for a series of virtual land deals gone sour. The lawsuit was originally filed in magistrate court on May 1, 2006 and re-filed with a more detailed complaint because of importance of issues being addressed in the case.Who saw this coming? Has a market for virtual lawyers just been created? You know, in my haste to see humanity push forward, I never suspected that the human factor would be such a problem. Are businesses irresponsible? Are people abusing "the system"?
The suit names Linden Research, Inc. and its CEO Philip Rosedale as Defendants and seeks financial damages in the thousands and specific performance requesting a return of the land and access to it, in part for a breach of a virtual land auction contract, fraud and violations of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer protection> Law and California Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act, among other claims. This suit is unique because the land does not actually exist in the real world and no law has yet been created in the United States with regard to the unique nature of virtual land.
I remember thinking when I saw Kirk use a hand-held communicator that it would be cool to have that. What I did not anticipate was wireless plans, minute counting, contracts, drops in service, government involvement, nickle and dime ringtones... The whole experience totally takes away from the gadget and the coolness of it.
Now something as fun as a virtual world has either a company defrauding land owners or a frivolus lawsuit. How annoying will it be to have a flying car? What would people do to the flying car experience to make it as tedious as using the internet or a cell phone?
“There’s no sequel, no secret project regarding Serenity or somesuch and I’m not even sure how anyone thought there was talk there,” wrote Whedon. “So let’s put that to bed and smother it with a pillow.”
What does that mean? Is Joss even speaking English here? That must be French or something. I think the guy is in denial about the Serenity sequel. I think he just wants our attention. We should send him a basket or something.
Angel came back from hell and the dead. Buffy was dead AND buried. River and Simon was pronounced dead. Is Wash “really” dead? You think smothering something with a pillow can really kill something in the Whedon universe? I don’t think that staking it, chopping the head off with a silver blade, dousing it in holy water and burying the body and the head facedown at the crossroads can kill it.
Unless he comes up with something equally good to divert our attention away from Firefly/ Serenity, he can hang up any chance of us comprehending no.
No means YES!!!
Truth be told, a lot of women think about what their Playboy spread (no pun intended) would look like IF and in a galaxy far, far away.... or is that just me? I could never do it. I think my family would go primitive and stone me to death or something.
Mercedes McNab's Playboy shoot - NSFW - TV Squad
Former Angel and Buffy star Mercedes McNab is the cover girl for the November issue of Playboy. Mercedes had a long recurring run on both Whedon shows as Harmony Kendall. Following the end of Angel she did the short film Miles From Home. She also has the horror film Hatchet in the can. You can find out more about that one at the movie's website. It looks fantastic, and seems to be getting a lot of good press.
Of course, Mercedes isn't the first Buffy alum to work for Playboy. Charisma Carpenter appeared in the June 2004 issue. It's a trend I would like to encourage. Maybe we can look forward to Clare Kramer in the May 2008 issue? Anyway, if you would like to see what all the hubbub is about, you will find the pictures right here. I have to stress that there is nudity, and they are not safe for work. Unless you work at a place that doesn't mind you surfing for pictures of boobs. If you do, that's a nice gig.
I'm totally straight but I did take a peek. Did you see those pics? *meow!* You do it Mercedes!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Beaming people in Star Trek fashion is still in the realms of science fiction but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.
Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances from one spot to another in a split second.
But Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University in Denmark have made a breakthrough by using both light and matter.
"It is one step further because for the first time it involves teleportation between light and matter, two different objects. One is the carrier of information and the other one is the storage medium," Polzik explained in an interview on Wednesday.
The experiment involved for the first time a macroscopic atomic object containing thousands of billions of atoms. They also teleported the information a distance of half a meter but believe it can be extended further.
"Teleportation between two single atoms had been done two years ago by two teams but this was done at a distance of a fraction of a millimetre," Polzik, of the Danish National Research Foundation Center for Quantum Optics, explained.
"Our method allows teleportation to be taken over longer distances because it involves light as the carrier of entanglement," he added.
Quantum entanglement involves entwining two or more particles without physical contact.
Although teleportation is associated with the science-fiction series Star Trek, no one is likely to be beamed anywhere soon.
Two words: Flying car. Focus guys! Focus!
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Ron Moore, I think I need some space. Can we still be friends?
I'll let my DVR keep on recording it. I'll build up a few episodes and watch them in a marathon. If that doesn't work, I'm going to officially say that I don't watch Battlestar Galactica because I just don't like it. That would truly feel alien.
Friday, October 06, 2006
I'm still afraid to be attached to Heroes. We saw what happened to Threshold, Surface and Invasion. *sigh* and Blade.
I know! A poll!
In an effort to turn the spotlight on some of the nation’s best independent makers of short films, Sci Fi Channel, in conjunction with Sundance Channel, will launch Exposure, an eight-week competition that will allow the online communities of both networks’ Web sites to participate.
The films will be judged by a committee comprising network experts who will post the best entries online each week. Fans, in turn, will cast their votes on either Web site to determine 10 weekly winners. Those films will then air on Sci Fi, with an online vote determining the winner, who will get a trip to New York to pitch a project to Sci Fi Channel’s Pictures Group.
Submissions will be taken through Nov. 20, with the first shorts scheduled to appear on the Web Nov. 23.
“Sundance Channel is excited to develop this joint platform with Sci Fi for emerging short-form filmmakers,” Sundance vice president of digital media and business strategy Christopher Barry said in a prepared statement.
“This collaboration represents a fresh look at the sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres, and we look forward to featuring creative and innovative content across both online communities,” he added.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
LOVED IT! Just when I thought there were no more angles on the plane crash, BAM!, they hit us with "The Others" perspective. It doesn't feel like a re-hash either. I'm totally interested in their view and approach to the plane crash. I can't believe how good this show is. It seems like this show could out do Babylon 5 in well-thought out arcs and plots.
ABC's 'Lost,' Wednesdays 9/8c
The best new show that you may not be watching. It's a cross between Angel and X-Files. It's witty like Buffy and feels a little like Smallville but really good in it's own way. If you like hot guys, there are two brothers that are a treat to look at. The dad isn't bad either... well .... that was before..... They also have a hot chick of the week for the fellas.
If you miss demon hunting, rituals and mystical beings, catch this show! ...and unlike Blade, it made it to it's second season. (oh yes! I'm going to drag the Blade thing on for awhile. I'm still pissed!)
REALLY LOVE IT!!!!
The first episode concerned me a bit for some reason but the second episode sealed the deal for me. Hiro is my absolute favorite mainly because he is a Trekkie :) Most of the stories are intriguing... actually all of them are. It's super powers without being campy or too serious. The show really puts the "everyday" in the whole story. It's accessible without making you feel dirty for watching a sci-fi show.
Instead of "The Cigarette Smoking Man" looks like we have "The Eyeglasses Wearing Guy". He's growing out that mustache to twirl. Hopefully he doesn't muhahaha us too soon.
nbc com heroes
The Story So Far.... (BSG Recap Show) was a great idea and refresher course in Battlestar Galactica. If you are thinking about jumping into BSG but don't feel like watching the last few seasons, this will bring you up to speed. Over the course of the show, I'd forgotten a lot of the things covered in this recap show. In all of the details of their lives I forgot that these people were looking for Earth. It got me curious again.... well... panicked. I've heard about how bad the original show was when the crew got to Earth. I'm wondering how our modern show would handle going/coming to Earth. Intriguing.
For now though, the story is so far from Earth that it's depressing. I eventually watched all of the webisodes on scifi.com. I must say that I've overcome my initial disappointment, resentment and reluctance to this coming season. The recap show calmed my disgruntled spirit and sparked my curiosity again. That and I trust Ron Moore a bit. I hope he doesn't "do us wrong".
SCIFI.COM | Battlestar Galactica
This little FBI crime drama that uses math to solve crime has been on for THREE, count them THREE seasons. AHH AHH AHH AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
This show makes you feel smart just by watching it. I'm not sure if it has improved my IQ any but let's just say it does for the feel good factor of this entry. Charlie Eppes (Mr. Universe from Serenity - David Krumholtz), Don Eppes (Northern Exposure - Rob Morrow), Omar Epps (just kidding) and Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch) make up the power house family of moderately cute men that help solve crime using math, FBI training and common freaking sense, respectively.
This show throws "It's math and I can't use it in my every day life" back in the faces of those under- achievers who've said this. This show also seems to have a math problem for EVERYTHING. There's even a website dedicated to explaining the problems on the show for you and of course it's called We All Us Math Everyday.com.
If it seems like too much technobabble for you, the show is balanced by family issues like the death of their mother, Charlie's relationship/not relationship with a math chick, kidnapping and of course EXPLOSIONS. If you try hard enough, it's possible to totally ignore the math on the show.
NUMB3RS on CBS
Oh... look... another show that made it to the second season. We have a new, new Doctor. He's not as hot as the old, new doctor but he'll do. If the beginning of the season seems slow and doesn't pull you in, wait it out, the season gets better. I think Doctor David Tennant is best when he's angry and goofy. I won't spoil anything but the devil episode is awesome. The Olympic episode is awesome too especially the torch scene. You'll love the Cybermen and the Daleks toward the end of the season.
BBC - Doctor Who - The Official Site
My DVR cut off the end of the Eureka finale so I'll come back with my thoughts on that later.
SCI FI Renews Eureka
SCI FI Channel has ordered a 13-episode second season of its hit original series Eureka, which aired its first-season finale on Oct. 3, the network announced. Eureka will begin production on its second season in Vancouver, B.C., this spring and will return to the air in summer 2007.
How about that season finale? I love Henry's story, heck, I love everyone's story. THANK YOU FOR RENEWING EUREKA SCIFI!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Gearlog : Fashion at Wired NextFest
An electronic shoe? What will they think of next. The Wired NextFest was all about the future and here it comes face to face with the oldest profession in the world. Yes, we're talking about sex. These shoes--The Aphrodite Project Platforms are meant to keep sex workers safe with a built-in GPS locater, a button that dials 911, and an alarm system. Of course it's not all practical--on the other side it also has a video screen that displays custom graphics--and even audio! The ultimate gift for the Silicon Alley prostitute in your life.
Speaking of love, also on display was the hug shirt. Long distance relationships can become a little easier to bear with these bluetooth enabled shirts--you can send a hug to your honey using a bluetooth enabled cell phone, just by hugging yourself.
Finally, a fashionable and functional accessory--the Suntrap Handbag. It started as a college project by a British student who was tired of fumbling for her keys all the time. She designed this purse which lights up when you zip it open so you can find your stuff quickly. The light comes from the bag's electroluminescent lining which is solar powered--you can also charge your cell phone, PDA and iPods via a USB port. That's definitely on my wish list as soon as she gets a distributor.
Well, that's all for now. Check out our pictures of the rest of the show including the Fogscreen which projects an image onto fog, the laser harp (a harp made of lasers), and more.