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Re: Favorite SciFi TV Shows

Slightly OT, first:

 

It just seems that American TV networks, especially the old, traditionally "broadcast' networks, have moved to an ideal of trying to establish quick hits that can then be milked for multiple years, cancelling them only when they are no longer profitable. Often this is long after a show is creatively tapped out, but salaries and production costs rise to a point that the accounts say, "enough!"

 

I wish they would go to a model of successive mini-series: order 6, 10, 12 episodes. If it hits, order some more. If not, move on. The downside is that, much like some British TV, there would not be a constant, annual supply of some favorite shows, as it takes time to reassemble much-in-demand production teams and cast. See: Sherlock. The upside: shows might find greater life, profitability, and a return to network by regular release and success on DVD. But in Hollywood, once a show is "dead", it's dead. People move on and it's generally never gonna come back. (Star Trek's successive reinventions and Family Guy's resurrection excepted.)

 

Slightly more on topic:

 

Been enjoying re-watching Buffy, finishing up set 1 of Tomorrow People (which may get re-booted by the CW of all folks), and about halfway through re-watching all my old Dr. Who. Up to mid-Tom Baker years now.

 

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Re: Favorite SciFi TV Shows

I've been rewatching Buffy lately too, I'm getting ready to finish up season 3.


RHWright wrote:

Slightly OT, first:

 

It just seems that American TV networks, especially the old, traditionally "broadcast' networks, have moved to an ideal of trying to establish quick hits that can then be milked for multiple years, cancelling them only when they are no longer profitable. Often this is long after a show is creatively tapped out, but salaries and production costs rise to a point that the accounts say, "enough!"

 

I wish they would go to a model of successive mini-series: order 6, 10, 12 episodes. If it hits, order some more. If not, move on. The downside is that, much like some British TV, there would not be a constant, annual supply of some favorite shows, as it takes time to reassemble much-in-demand production teams and cast. See: Sherlock. The upside: shows might find greater life, profitability, and a return to network by regular release and success on DVD. But in Hollywood, once a show is "dead", it's dead. People move on and it's generally never gonna come back. (Star Trek's successive reinventions and Family Guy's resurrection excepted.)

 

Slightly more on topic:

 

Been enjoying re-watching Buffy, finishing up set 1 of Tomorrow People (which may get re-booted by the CW of all folks), and about halfway through re-watching all my old Dr. Who. Up to mid-Tom Baker years now.

 


 

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Re: Favorite SciFi TV Shows

In season 3 of Buffy, too!

 

And it only occured to me last night: why, when you dust a vampire, does their clothing disappear? Inconvenient supernatural laundry? :smileylol:

 

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I've been wondering that for years.  Because everyonce in a while, if they need to know something, a ring or other item the vamp was wearing won't turn to dust.  It's very convinient that way.

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Re: Favorite SciFi TV Shows

Anybody else watching Lost Girl?  I think Warehouse 13 is back soon, too.

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Re: Favorite SciFi TV Shows

I like Lost Girl, Warehouse 13, and Haven.  I loved Sanctuary and was sad when it was cancelled, but I could never get into Alphas no matter how much I tried.


dulcinea3 wrote:

Anybody else watching Lost Girl?  I think Warehouse 13 is back soon, too.


 

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Ryan_G wrote:

I like Lost Girl, Warehouse 13, and Haven.  I loved Sanctuary and was sad when it was cancelled, but I could never get into Alphas no matter how much I tried.


dulcinea3 wrote:

Anybody else watching Lost Girl?  I think Warehouse 13 is back soon, too.


 


I watch Lost Girl. Pretty good show.

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dulcinea3 wrote:

Anybody else watching Lost Girl?  I think Warehouse 13 is back soon, too.


I've been watching Lost Girl. And Warehouse 13 I think might be April for a start date. I'm not sure now.  I know it was later into the year.

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Hey all!  The new show DEFIANCE is starting tonight.  Anyone else as excited as me about it?  I'm really taken with the idea and the alien blend.  The world looks beautiful too! LOL.  Yes, this is earth, but things have changed.

 

Last Monday they had on about creating the world and characters.  I only watch a little bit of it as I couldn't keep my eyes open at 11:00pm.  But what I saw...well, I was taken.  I'm hoping the storyline is amazing the the images look on my tv.

 

If you need, check it out on SyFy Channel.

 

Defiance

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I want to watch it just because I grew up there, but I'm inclined to suspect that the only local color will be an obligatory shot of the arch.

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MacMcK1957 wrote:

I want to watch it just because I grew up there, but I'm inclined to suspect that the only local color will be an obligatory shot of the arch.


Yes, the world is changed due to a happening.  But it's still beautiful, in a tropical exotic way. I really enjoyed it.

 

The aliens were beautiful as well!  I'm really curious as to how they all happened to be stranded here.  And I'm curious to learn what happens next.

 

At the moment, and very interesting start!

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Melhay wrote:

MacMcK1957 wrote:

I want to watch it just because I grew up there, but I'm inclined to suspect that the only local color will be an obligatory shot of the arch.


Yes, the world is changed due to a happening.  But it's still beautiful, in a tropical exotic way. I really enjoyed it.

 

The aliens were beautiful as well!  I'm really curious as to how they all happened to be stranded here.  And I'm curious to learn what happens next.

 

At the moment, and very interesting start!


I just got caught up on the first show. I'll be watching it. I am also curious how the world became what it is at the time of the show. The father-daughter have an interesting relationship, also the 2 sisters. They did a lot in 2 hours but have a lot more to fill in as the show progresses.

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pen21 wrote:

Melhay wrote:

MacMcK1957 wrote:

I want to watch it just because I grew up there, but I'm inclined to suspect that the only local color will be an obligatory shot of the arch.


Yes, the world is changed due to a happening.  But it's still beautiful, in a tropical exotic way. I really enjoyed it.

 

The aliens were beautiful as well!  I'm really curious as to how they all happened to be stranded here.  And I'm curious to learn what happens next.

 

At the moment, and very interesting start!


I just got caught up on the first show. I'll be watching it. I am also curious how the world became what it is at the time of the show. The father-daughter have an interesting relationship, also the 2 sisters. They did a lot in 2 hours but have a lot more to fill in as the show progresses.


YES!! I have lots of questions too. And I love the father/daughter relationship here. lol. And what happened with her parents!?!  That was a surprise to learn.  And yes, the world!  It's amazing, beautiful, dangerous...and I want to know what all happened to cause the ships to get distroyed! LOL

 

I think it has something to do with the aliens that tried to invade Defiance.  But what? Why? LOL!

 

It's got my attention too.

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Re: Favorite SciFi TV Shows

Links to Spoilers

 

If you don't want to wait for information to appear in the show then

Here is a timeline of events from defiance.com.

This is Defiance background information from Wikipedia.

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ManuelGarcia wrote:

Links to Spoilers

 

If you don't want to wait for information to appear in the show then

Here is a timeline of events from defiance.com.

This is Defiance background information from Wikipedia.


Now, what should I do, what should I do.... Look or not look...

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pen21 wrote:

ManuelGarcia wrote:

Links to Spoilers

 

If you don't want to wait for information to appear in the show then

Here is a timeline of events from defiance.com.

This is Defiance background information from Wikipedia.


Now, what should I do, what should I do.... Look or not look...


Always better to pick it up in the proper course of things. 

 

Let me put it this way.  Would you have wanted to know what River Song's birth name was before it was revealed?

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Re: Favorite SciFi TV Shows

I started watching "Orphan Black" on BBC America a couple of weeks ago and am finding the theme, the acting and the direction to be quite good.

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deesy58 wrote:

I started watching "Orphan Black" on BBC America a couple of weeks ago and am finding the theme, the acting and the direction to be quite good.


I totally agree with you. I will keep watching this series too. And of course it is on after Doctor Who which is a series I watch.

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Oh Manuel Garcia,

Thank you for those links! I'm going to take time and read through these. Even if the information shows in the show, it's so fast I can't catch it all.
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I'm watching Revolution, and really enjoy it.  Lost Girl just keeps getting better, and now Warehouse 13 is finally back.

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