Smallville has really stepped up it's attempts this year to try and get me to watch. Adding Michael Shanks to the show is a good step in the right direction but their online player is still a big strike against all of their shows.
To date I haven't given in to watching Smallville because it mainly featured Superman who is alright yet low on my top DC superhero list. This season brings in the promise of the Justice Society which adds cool superheros like Hawkman into the mix.
On top of that though they cast Michael Shanks to play as Hawkman!!! I really liked Shanks performance as Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1 and I look forward to seeing his guest appearance in Sanctuary this season.
Other Justice Society members to appear will be Doctor Fate (Brent Stait) and Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore).
Normally this would be more then enough to get me to check out Smallville again but the WB left a hurdle in the way working against themselves.
WB, get your act together if you want me to watch your shows. Your poor player makes me hate anything streaming on it. I have to really want to watch a show to be willing to put up with annoying players. So much that even though I love Star Wars their annoying player has kept me from really watching and talking about their show this year.
WB, you started to work with Hulu why did you stop half way through? Their player is enjoyable, works, and gets good add revenues. You should have at least fixed up your player before giving me the bait and switch.
Hopefully by January the WB can fix their obsticale to enjoying their shows. That is when the episode "Society" will air.
The Cape Might Be Cool But Their Featured Trailer Sucked
I was on Hulu the other day checking out NBC Fall Preview 2010-2011. Watching each featured preview clip. Growing ever hopeless for a good fall lineup from NBC I got to their “featured” clip for The Cape. Thinking that featured meant this was the best preview I watched it.
After some colorful expletives I dismissed the show. After all I don’t care for another cop drama show, just not a fan.
If NBC came to me and said:
“Hey, new comic / superhero show with Summer Glau in it!”
Now you have my attention. Show me the lead superhero getting his mad skills from carnies and now an even bigger plus being a freak at heart.
That is a show that I would check out.
Watch what should be the featured preview for The Cape below.
Discovery's Video Channel on MySpace
Discovery Communications added MySpace as another distribution outlet for it's video content. Don’t get your hopes up, Discovery is not budging from it’s position of not sharing any full shows online in an ad-supported fashion. They are only adding clips.
Clips are nice for sharing and promoting of content. I like that they are adding this so that people who already have paid for access to Discovery content can share their favorite moments with others. They can also interest new viewers but only from those who have paid for access.
Are the clips enough for someone to be willing to say hey I like the clips so much let me pay to have cable installed and pay for monthly service based on that clip. Highly unlikely.
For me it’s a waste. I, like many, are decabled and too busy to bother with teasing that doesn't have a chance of becoming any thing else. Sure there is the off chance that a clip will be really entertaining in and of itself but then that is it, I already have the clip.
I like that I can watch episodes of Mythbusters through my Netflix subscription but I already had a chance to get into the show. Wouldn’t it be wiser for Discovery to work on building audience through add supported streaming online and build their back end DVD sales profits to offset the loss in front end subscription sales.
Sanctuary Season 2
The Sanctuary is a place of refuge, a safe haven, for those that are different from humans. Known as Abnormals they are non-human intelligent creatures and humans with genetic variants. They range from the cute to the extremely dangerous. Dr. Helen Magnus, a 157-year-old English scientist, and her team of experts run the Sanctuary. They try to help the Abnormals and learn from them. Working toward a peaceful existence between the humans and the Abnormals.
The show follows the adventures of Dr. Magnus and her staff as they struggle to bring harmony between the world of the humans and that of the Abnormals. This difficult task because of the more dangerous Abnormals like Vampires and Nubbins is complicated further when the Cabal goes on the move. A shadow organization with desires to spark a war between the humans and Abnormals the Cabal desires to see the extinction of all Abnormals.
Sanctuary is a great contemporary fantasy show with a polder society full of a wonderful array of exotic creatures. I loved the episode with the Yeti, their portrayal of vampires and werewolves. Sanctuary is also not afraid to tackle those social issues which makes for great speculative fiction, never being afraid of asking what if and exploring it thoroughly.
Sanctuary was originally an independent production which used a web publication model. After their first season became a big hit the show was bought up by Sci-Fi channel. They did some re-writes did some new shots and aired what is now referred to as the first season.
Looking Forward at Sanctuary Season 2
- Finding out what happened to Ashley Magnus, who changed after being kidnapped by the Cabal at the end of the first season.
- Many more Abnormals including an oil rig extraction.
- The conflict between the Cabal and the Sanctuary heightens.
- The Tokyo Sanctuary.
For more read: Looking Forward At Sanctuary Season 2
- Helen Magnus Played by Amanda Tapping
- Will Zimmerman Played by Robin Dunne
- Henry Foss Played by Ryan Robbins
- Kate Freelander Played by Agam Darshi
- John Druitt aka Jack the Ripper Played by Christopher Heyerdahl
- Nikola Tesla Played by Jonathan Young
- Clara Griffin Played by Christine Chatelain
- Ashley Magnus Played by Emilie Ullerup
More on the cast and picture here
Special appearance from
- Paul McGillion bringing Wexford back from the original web series but re-imagined.
- Michael Shanks who will play Jimmy who shares similar backgrounds with Kate. For more read: Michael Shanks will be on Sanctuary!
Watch Sanctuary Streaming Online
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.
My Top 10 Favorite Television Series, I Didn’t Watch On The TV Box.
You know how it is. You see the ads for a new TV show and then never catch it. Or the network pulls it before you can really get a grip on the characters. Or they keep changing times and you can never figure out when it’s on. Or you like it, watch the first or even second episodes, and then one night you miss it and bam… you’re out of the loop. Now with places like Hulu.com and Netflix streaming online, you can catch a lot of your favorites online. Here are my top ten favorite television shows I didn’t watch on the TV box, in alphabetical order:
- Cleopatra 2525 - Complete Series, 2000 Ok, so I know this is a little corny, but I love it. An exotic dancer in for plastic surgery in 2001, wakes up in the year 2525 to find the world has been taken over by evil robots. This show brings you scantily clad beauties with arm bands that shoot lasers and help them repel down giant elevator shafts and a freaky bad guy in clown makeup and extensions. It doesn’t get better than that. Watch it streaming online on Hulu
- Dead Like Me, 2003 A college dropout is killed by a toilet seat that falls from a space station on her first day at a temp agency. Upon death, she finds out she is has been chosen to be a grim reaper and take people's souls just before they die. The bad news? She still has to work for a living! Some of these scenes are so close to real office life, it's scary. Can anyone say collate?
- Eureka, 2006 The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government's benefit. A US Marshal gets stranded there and decides to becomes the next Sheriff after the old one is injured from a science project gone wrong. Quirky, fun. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
- Firefly, 2002 In the distant future, Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds a former soldier for the independents, is now a smuggler and commander of a small spacecraft with a loyal hand-picked crew. They travel the far reaches of space in search of food, money, and anything to live on. Along the way, they encounter life-threatening missions and a cast of interesting characters. Must see. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
- Jericho, 2006 When bad boy Jake returns to his Kansas small-town home, Jericho, everyone is preoccupied with petty private business and family matters, but that changes drastically after an unexpected explosion hits. It soon becomes clear there has been a nuclear attack, but no one knows by whom or to what scale. Jericho inhabitants gradually discover the USA is disintegrating. Life becomes complicated for these small town folk when needs such as food, fuel, and self-defense against invaders become the main task. Jake proves extremely resourceful and a smart hero saving the town many times and changing the resident views of him. Watch it streaming online on CBS.
- Kindred the Embraced, 1996 Julian Luna, prince of the kindred (vampire), clans in San Francisco, has his job cut out for him as he must try to keep peace among them while not being afraid to apply ruthless justice against those who would break kindred rules. Infractions that merit "final death" include the taking of human life and changing humans into vampires who have not volunteered for the transformation. This show was an exciting and perplexing moment for all of us hard core vampire LARP'ers. We were thrilled at the fact that mainstream took notice of something we enjoyed, puzzled the changes they made, and disappointed when it was cancelled just as the series started heating up! I remember being upset that my favorite clan, Tremere, was not represented and hoped that season 2 might have brought them out of the woodwork. The tragic death of Mark Frankel (Julian) after Season one, caused all of us Masquerade RPG'ers to lose faith in another season.
- Moonlight, 2007 A vampire is a private investigator and falls for mortal woman who he saved from dying as a child. This show has been ridiculed by fans of the 1980's series Forever Knight. It does seem like some of the shots used in Moonlight are very familiar to us Forever Knight fans and even some of the themes they use are very close to the other show. However, I feel that Moonlight brings a sexier, up-to-date feel to our favorite "do-good" vampire role. I'm not saying it's better, it's just more vampire fun.
- My Own Worst Enemy, 2008 As an agent for a top-secret government agency, Edward agrees to let the government insert a chip in his brain that can be turned on and off. When he is turned off, he is Henry, an efficiency expert, who lives a typical suburban life right down to the wife, two kids, dog, and minivan. In contrast, Edward is a lethal, multilingual operative. Somehow the chip breaks, making it impossible for the government to control when Henry is "on" or Edward is "on". I caught this on Hulu.com and loved it so much, I bought the DVD. This is sort of a 24 meets Alias meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. TV aficionados will recognize many members of the cast and Christian Slater does a brilliant job of playing the innocent family man who could never harm a soul trying to come to grips with the fact his life is a sham and the lethal killer who will do anything to stay alive. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
- Red Dwarf, 1988 Three million years ago, a radiation leak killed the crew of the mining ship, Red Dwarf. The only survivor was Dave Lister, the chicken soup machine repairman. He spends his time on the ship with a holographic projection of Arnold Rimmer (his dead bunk mate), Cat (a life-form that evolved from Dave's cat), Holly (the ship's senile computer), and Kryten (a service mechanoid). BBC comedy good for hours of fun. If you haven't heard of this one, you've been under a smegging rock.
- Sanctuary, 2007 Amanda Tapping stars as a unique woman (possibly immortal?) who runs a Sanctuary for all kinds of creatures and monsters. This show follows her and her team as they find new species and try to help them. They also have their enemies. I'm anxious to see what this show becomes... if it's renewed. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
You can check out a lot of these gems at Hulu.com. If you'd like to purchase them, you can do as I do and shop Amazon.com.
So, now that I've given you some to catch up on, what are your favorites?