If like me you are planning on watching Speed Racer this weekend and have a distant memory of the cartoon you can now go back and watch the original show.
The wonderful people over at Hulu have put up 13 episodes of the show. Watch it here!
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.
SF TV Series To Watch This Fall
With so many Speculative Fiction shows and new shows coming out this fall I thought I could help sort them all out.
- Eureka (Syfy): A fun sci-fi show. Love it, watch it on Hulu
- Ghost Hunters (Syfy): Fascinating exploration of U.S. ghost stories and haunting investigation. Love it watch it on Hulu
- Warehouse 13 (Syfy): A fun sci-fi show that adds a dash of paranormal into it. Love it, watch it on Hulu
- Glee (FOX): loved the pilot, a nice feel good musical tale with a dash of fantasy.
- Destination Truth (Syfy): Loved the previous seasons can’t wait to see what Josh and the gang get into this season. Hopefully nothing from Chernobyl bit Josh.
- The Vampire Diaries (CW): A vampire is in it so I have to check it out but I don’t have much hope. I realize it is not a Twilight clone (I have been schooled on that subject, lol) yet I can only hope that it is way better then Twilight.
- Supernatural (CW): I’m a sucker for a paranormal show involving demon hunters so this is on my check out list because I also realize there are a lot of bad ones out there as well.
- The Forgotten (ABC): I don’t have much hope for this show, mainly I’m concerned this will turn out to be yet another show for people who don’t like sci-fi to watch.
- Eastwick (ABC): The trailers looks really good, they captured the essence of the movie so well in the promotional material I’m looking forward to watching it.
- Dollhouse (FOX): Season one rocked!!! A must see
- Smallville (CW): I could appreciate the concept behind Smallville but until this season just didn’t care enough bout the show to want to watch it but with Callum Blue joining the cast this year I think I may start watching it.
- The Simpsons (FOX): If you don’t know then I’m at a loss for words.
- Stargate Universe (Syfy): I started out not caring much about this show, but as more came out and especially the latest trailers I’m excited to watch it.
- Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters (Cartoon): Season two of George Lucas' animated Star Wars tales covering the era of the Clone Wars. The animation style is a unique style that has been difficult for some to get into but worth it. The story is really good though lighter because the show is marketed more towards a kid audience I have hope that the second season will get better.
- Ugly Betty (ABC): What an amazing retelling of the classic fantasy tale
- Sanctuary (Syfy): The original web series was good. The first season was awesome so of course I’m looking forward to season two.
- V (ABC): I enjoyed growing up with the original show V and it is one that could use a retelling, plus Morena Baccarin.
- Legend of the Seeker (syndication): Season one was so good I can’t wait to see how season two unfolds.
I find it interesting that all of the speculative fiction programming out there are on either sy-fy, Fox, CW, or ABC.
Speed Racer Stunning Experience You Will Enjoy
I am excited that Speed Racer is going to be released on DVD Tuesday September 16th. At release this film got mixed reviews but most of that was because those that wouldn't get the film didn't. It's sad because this film was brilliantly filmed, maintained an immaculate reality, and left the viewer with the feel of having watched an intense race. You can read my full review where I point out the pros and cons of the movie. For Me it's definitely an owner. Get your copy of Speed Racer on DVD here!
Speed Racer is a great story about a young man who has to stand up and fight against tremendous odds and corporate interests who threaten his family and his world view: racing is about the quality of drivers and not a fixed sport.
Speed Racer Like a Good Race Should Be
Speed Racer blew me away! The Wachowski Brothers does it again. They took on a challenging project where they had to blend in the anime ascetic, live action and keep to the spirit of the original Speed Racer cartoon which carries the baggage of the late 60's cartooning style.
They actually achieve an immaculate reality with this project. The beginning will be a little rough for some as the audience gets pulled into the story and setting which has a very different visual style than what today's typical audience is used to. They also use the visual and camera style to create a feel that one would experience from watching an auto race which can be jarring and disorientating. Once into that reality they maintain it brilliantly and overall I was left feeling the same way I do after watching a really good race... exhilarated!
Speed Racer also has a great story which is about a young man who has to stand up and fight against great odds and corporate interests who threaten his family and his world view: racing is about the quality of drivers and not a fixed sport.
- Brilliant balance between action, drama, and comedy
- Thrilling and suspenseful like a good race should be
- They were able to take a project where a decent portion of the audience knew ahead of time a lot of the key plot points and yet keep the plot points exciting.
- Visually stunning and supportive of the story and spirit of racing.
- the intro: how they broke up the first race with the flashbacks bringing the audience up to speed both on story and on the racing filming effect
- The cuts to the race commentators was a nice tool to bring in more back story without slowing down the film.
- The effects are not photo realistic but they were consistent with the film and the style set up so that it didn't pull me out of speed racers reality. Even it takes a few minutes at the beginning of the film to get used to it.
- The acting was well done.
Dislikes / Concerns
- concern: the first 5-10 minutes of the film. The Wachowski Brothers had a very high bar to cross to bring the audience into the reality of the setting and so the beginning could be difficult for some to cross.
- concern: the filming style for the race could be found jarring and confusing turning off those audience members who are more susceptible to motion sickness.
- concern: those who do not understand or have a background in the anime style may not like the filming style since the Wachowski Brothers did such a nice job adapting that style into live action.
- Needed more Christina Ricci
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May "Theater Or Renter?"
It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
For May we have four movies:
| Iron Man: [Watch trailer here]
Release Date May 2nd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi.
The story from the official site: Tony Stark a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devasting weapon. Instead he builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. when he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications he puts on his powerful armor and vows to protect the word as the superhero Iron Man.
Other posts related to the movie: Iron Monger v Iron Man
| Speed Racer: [Watch trailer here]
Release Date May 9nd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Family, Sport.
The story from the official site: Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and fearless. His only real competition is the memory of his brother Rex Racer who death in a race left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. When Speed's family racing business is threatened he has to beat Royalton in the very same race that took his brother's life, a cross-country rally called The Crucible.
| The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: [Watch trailer here]
Release Date May 16th. Official Site. Listed as Adventure, Family, Fantasy.
The story via Wikipedia: 1941: a year has passed in our world since the first adventure ended, but in Narnia, almost 1,300 years have passed, and now it is time for the Pevensie children to return and make history. The villainous King Miraz prevents the rightful king, his young nephew Prince Caspian, from ruling the land of Narnia. Caspian uses Susan's magic horn that was left in Narnia to summon the four Pevensies to help him and a small army of Old Narnians reclaim his rightful throne.
| Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: [Watch trailer here]
Release Date May 23rd. Official Site. Listed as Action, Adventure.
The story from the official site: It's been 18 years since the Last Crusade and Indiana gets pulled back into action chasing after the mythological Crystal Skull trying to keep the soviets from getting it first. His journey takes him from Connecticut, through New Mexico, the Jungles of Peru and Mexico City.