Speculative Fiction Summer Shows To Check Out
We've got 11 shows on the to check out and watch list plus four specials from the Movies, Miniseries and Monsters category.
True Blood: season three
- Awesome show must see
- Vampires done very well
- Loved the first two seasons
- Kind of mad at HBO for not making this at least available on iTunes yet. It has the problem of not being decabled friendly.
June 13, at 9 p.m. on HBO.
There's more sex, blood and supernatural action as the red-hot series picks up where it left off. Sookie's man is missing, and so she's searching for Bill with a little help from vampire Eric and werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello). Meanwhile, Tara gets mixed up with a vampire who takes her to the dark side, and we meet Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), the vampire king of Mississippi. Elsewhere, Sam hunts for his birth parents and Jason finds romance with a local woman who has a secret. Look for tons of new regular, recurring and guest characters.
The Gates: series premiere
- Concerned about the pitch it is trying too hard to be liked
- I am kind of interested in the show
- It sounds more like eureka with stock fantasy / Gothic characters
- Every time I hear about the show I get the slug line "The Gates where abnormals go to be domesticated" in my head. My hope is that I'm wrong on that
- Eric hopes it will be like charmed.
June 20, at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Mix Desperate Housewives with Twilight, add a drop of True Blood, and you've got The Gates. In the series, when an ex-Chicago cop becomes the new police chief of an exclusive gated community, he and his family slowly come to learn exactly how exclusive that community is. Apparently humans aren't the only creatures that want to feel safe. This community has vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures, and they don't always play nice.
- Love me some Futurama
- So excited the show is back with full cast intact
June 24, at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central
Thank you, Comedy Central! The ultimate animated space ride, Futurama, is returning for 12 glorious new episodes with Fry, Bender, Leela and all the gang from the Planet Express.
Warehouse 13: season two
- Season one rocked
- must watch show
- What happened to Artie? is it the pheonix artifact and who or what will pay for it
- could they be doing a where's claudia
July 6, at 9 p.m. on SyFy
Syfy's highest-rated series returns and Artie, who appeared to have died in an explosion at the end of last season, will return in an unusual way. With the season-one finale leaving just about everyone in a tough situation, look for lots of surprises to get them back in the supernatural artifact-hunting business. This season, love will bloom and there will be a Eureka crossover with Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) when he installs a new Global Dynamics computer system at the warehouse. Nolan Gerard Funk joins the cast as a romantic interest for Claudia, while Lindsay Wagner and Tia Carrere guest-star.
Eureka: season four
- great show
- time to get our geek on again
- Hoping that Jaime Ray Newman will come back since East Wick is gone.
July 9, at 9 p.m. on SyFy
Something big is coming that will be a major game-changer for Eureka, and it isn't just James Callis joining the cast this season. Expect an Allison/Jack/Dr. Grant (Callis) love triangle, a race to the moon, people turning into stone, and even zombies! Guest stars include Jamie Kennedy, Wil Wheaton and the return of Jaime Ray Newman and Matt Frewer.
Haven: series premiere
- Based on Stephen King is a yellow flag
- My hope is for it to be good but past attempts to translate his works onto the screen have meet without much success, see Dead zone and Langoliers.
July 9, at 10 p.m. on SyFy
Based on the Stephen King novella The Colorado Kid, the series centers on FBI agent Audrey Parker, played by Jericho's Emily Rose, as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to look into the murder of a local ex-con. What seems like a routine case lands her in the middle of events in the town, which is a refuge for people with a range of supernatural abilities. Haven also stars Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.
Ghost Hunters International: season two finishing episodes
- Love me some Ghost Hunters
July 14, at 9 p.m. on SyFy
The GHI team is off to Nottingham, England, in the hunt for the Sherriff of Nottingham's ghost at the Galleries of Justice. Other countries they'll explore during their global adventures include Wales, Norway, Poland, Ukraine and Estonia. The team is joined by new member Scott Tepperman, as well as Ghost Hunter Academy winners Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer.
Being Human: season two
- I want to see season one have heard good things about the show.
- Watching this will be tricky since BBC America is not decabled friendly
July 24, at 10 p.m. on BBC America
Before Syfy can have its way with the subject matter, you can catch a second season of the BBC original with the supernatural roomies—vampire Mitchell, werewolf George and ghost Annie. In the second season, George has to deal with relationship troubles, Mitchell tries to create order within the vampire community, and Annie takes on motherhood with a baby ghost. The series moves to its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. on July 31. BBC's announced that a third season is in the works.
Movies, Miniseries and Monsters
Princess of Mars: Syfy original movie
- Love some Barsoom book series, hoping it will at least be craptastic but with Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords in it there is no hope.
Saturday, June 5, at 9 p.m.
How about a little Edgar Rice Burroughs? This Syfy original flick adapts the Burroughs novel and takes Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords on an adventure about a U.S. soldier who is mysteriously transported to Mars in the midst of a war between two alien races.
- Four hour miniseries
- don't know why The Phantom needed re-imagining so I hope they do well with it
June 20, at 7 p.m.
This modern-day re-imagining of the comic book follows Kit Walker (Ryan Carnes), the son of the Phantom, who ends up with his father's iconic ring. In the tale, Kit is targeted by the deadly Singh crime syndicate, who hope to stop the ascension of the next Phantom. Add in Isabella Rossellini as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind-control program, and you have one interesting miniseries. This mini was directed by The Last Templar's Paolo Barzman and stars Sandrine Holt and Cameron Goodman.
Dinocroc vs. Supergator: Syfy original movie
- What can I say I'm a sucker for a crappy giant monster flick
June 26, at 9 p.m.
Yep, it's a Dinocroc vs. Supergator smackdown a la Roger Corman! The two massive critters escape an experimental facility (which happens to be on a lush tropical island) and begin rampaging toward populated beaches filled with tourists. While the creatures work up an appetite battling each other, there are plenty of tourists around to snack on to keep them going.
Torchwood Season 2 Available to Own
Torchwood Season 2 is available in the iTunes store! Season 2 which finish airing back at the beginning of the month is now available. Not quite real time but I must say at a reasonable price and way before the DVD release. I hope that by season 3 I could be watching torchwood in near real time through a season pass at the iTunes store.
Cheers! BBC for movement in the right direction.
Get more info on the show (here)
Torchwood Season 1 DVD from Amazon for $54.99
Wii Want Doctor Who In Near Real Time
Now for the sad news... I got so excited that I didn't even pause to let my skeptic side speak out before I scooped up the Wiimote and loaded up the browser. I went to bbc.co.uk/iplayer and became even more giddy to see the page load on the TV. Scrolling around for a brief moment I took in the beauty of technology and clicked swiftly on the first episode of Doctor Who: Partners in Crime. The player loaded and then the dreaded message "Sorry, this programme is only available to play in the UK." Yes, I forgot or maybe had hopes that there was some glorious loophole which didn't require deliberate circumventing of systems to allow me, living in the U. S. to watch Doctor Who in near real time.
But hope remains eternal... Since I was already on the page and desperate to click on something, probably a conditioned response form having a game controller in my hand, I moved on to the "why" link. Latching on to the second line I perked up reading that BBC world wide is working on an international version!
So I wait patiently and hope that soon they can iron out the requirements and allow international access.
(Link via Times Online)
Torchwood Season 1 Review Disk 1
The first disk came with two episodes "Everything Changes" and "Day One".
"Everything Changes" is the pilot episode where we are introduced to the setting, special opps group Torchwood, and that strange things happen in Cardiff because of it's location in space and time.
"Day One" is about the value of keeping in touch with one's humanity. They address how important it is to have down time from work where an individual can get back in touch with life.
Overall Torchwood disk one was a very enjoyable experience, definitely an owner.
- Jack is cute
- They tackle sexuality: they do it in a mature and brilliant way where they just show people as people with out dwelling on labels or having a person go through a crisis for kissing some one of the same sex. They actually go so far at to mock the individuals that see the need to label people as hetero or homo.
- The show has a good tempo and pacing
- The plot twists are not obvious: I found it refreshing that I was not able to just guess how the rest of the episode would go 10 minutes in.
- They set up the mystery for the episodes, leaving clues that are not obvious but are sufficient for the viewer to solve the puzzle.
- They really built the suspense, creating expectations, and then taking the viewer in a different direction.
- the show has a wonderful sense of humor: Jack and the torchwood team kept their sense of humor even though their work was dark. I found this to be quite delightful and it kept the show from being dark and depressing. The moments of humor was well placed and did not detract from the drama and suspense that was being built.
- Jack is very nihilistic and apathetic: though it looks like this will be an area of growth for him since by the end of the second episode it appears to me that he has realized he has lost this and value's Gwen because she has this passion for life.
- The show takes a kind of nihilistic perspective: The Torchwood team members all show a lack of humanity and compassion for life. I found that to be unpleasant but I think they are building on this aspect through the character of Gwen and I will have to watch how this plays out through the rest of season one
Doctor Who & Torchwood Rule iPlayer
Doctor Who and Torchwood dominate the top 10 watched or downloaded shows on the new BBC iPlayer. I hope this means that with it's success of more than 11 million streamed or downloaded shows that they continue to branch out offering content in America. I'm being selfish of course but I would love to be able to get current Doctor Who, Torchwood and other BBC favorites on my AppleTV. The iPlayer allows the user to either stream the show from the previous seven days or if downloaded it lasts for 30 days. This is an intriguing model because it would allow content providers to take better advantage of adds and to give assurances of add relevancy while giving the content users the choice to download the content instead of only being allowed to steam it. I would love to see the American studios take advantage of this program as long as they remember to keep it free for users and add supported if it will be disposable downloads.
BBC iPlayer Top 10 (25/12/07 to 12/02/08)
1 Doctor Who 2 Louis Theroux Behind Bars 3 Torchwood 4 Ashes To Ashes 5 Torchwood 6 Six Nations Rugby 7 Top Gear 8 Mistresses 9 Mistresses 10 Torchwood