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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the Sci Fi Wire: Battlestar Moves To Sundays

SCI FI Channel’s award-winning series Battlestar Galactica will move to a new timeslot starting Jan. 21, 2007: Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT

As a dedicated TiVite, scheduling issues aren’t what they used to be. Still, noteworthy. I wonder what the logic was?

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Saturday, November 11, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

All six Star Wars flicks in a row + two sick boys = making the best of a bad situation (Eldest Son and Middle Son both have strep throat and the flu-plus the combo is creating asthma probs for Middle Son. Not good all ’round).

And I will say this: 1) the Star Wars movies look good in HD, but 2) HD doesn’t make the writing in the first three any better and may, indeed, make Hayden Christensen’s acting look even worse than it does otherwise.

The number of logical problems with episodes I-III in particular are legion.

I won’t go into them now, but here are my musing on II and III. I also mused on the political ethics of Star Wars here.

I will re-iterate a point that I like to make: Empire Strikes Back is, in my opinion, the best of the six and to me it is no coincidence that that is the one that Lucas didn’t write.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

(Context: last night we watched Star Trek III and the kids have also been watching some of TOS)

My two youngest playing:

Youngest son: Let’s play Star Trek!

Middle Son: Ok! I’m Captain Kirk. But not the old one, the young one!

Indeed, my Oldest expressed confusion the other day over the fact that the Kirk in the movies was the same one as the one on TV

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Monday, October 23, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the NYT: Jane Wyatt, Mother on ‘Father Knows Best,’ Dies at 95.

While I wholly remember Ms. Wyatt as the Mom on Father Knows Best, the first thing I thought of was “Spock’s Mother” when I saw the headline. And, that does get a mention:

One of her more offbeat television parts was that of Amanda, the human mother of Mr. Spock, the pointy-eared Vulcan member of the “Star Trek” crew of space voyagers in the late 1960’s. She reprised the role in the 1986 film, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”

It may be offbeat, but odds are that she will be remembered longer over time for those brief minutes on the small and large screens than for everything else-geeks have long memories after all.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the Sci Fi Wire: Eick Reimagining Bionic:

David Eick, executive producer of SCI FI Channel’s original series Battlestar Galactica, will reinvent another 1970s SF show: The Bionic Woman, which he will executive-produce with film writer Laeta Kalogridis for SCI FI’s parent TV network, NBC, Variety reported.

Hmm. I must admit that when I was a kid, I was a fan of the whole Bionic franchise, so a reimagining could be interesting and I have been quite impressed with BSG.

However, I have to say, this sounds a bit, well, odd:

Eick and fellow executive producer Ronald D. Moore turned SCI FI’s Peabody Award-winning Battlestar into a series vastly different from its predecessor. Eick and Kalogridis are planning a similar “reimagination” of Bionic Woman: Instead of focusing on terrorism and militarism, the new Bionic will explore the role of professional women in contemporary society and how they juggle their various roles.

I mean, where does the whole bionic thing fit into that?

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Thursday, October 5, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via SciFi Wire: SCI FI Renews Eureka:

Eureka will begin production on its second season in Vancouver, B.C., this spring and will return to the air in summer 2007.

Good deal. I find the program to be entertaining. And, apparently, I am not alone:

It was SCI FI’s highest-rated, most-watched series of 2006, bringing in more than 5 million new viewers to the Channel through last week’s episode.

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Friday, September 29, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Robert Downey Jr. — I am “Iron Man”

“The Marvel characters are not just about how high they jump or how fast they fly, they’re about their character flaws,” Feige said. “They’re about their inner demons. They’re about the struggles that they go through between being a man and being a hero.”

Downey, who has battled his fair share of inner demons, worked hard to get the role, getting in shape and even growing a goatee like the one Stark sports in the comic books.

An interesting argument.

I suppose I should withhold judgement, given that Michael Keaton was actually pretty good in the first Batman flick, and the choice originally struck me as, well, insane.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Reuters: “Terminator 3″ director revives Marvel veteran

“Terminator 3″ director Jonathan Mostow will write and direct “Sub-Mariner,” an adaptation of one of Marvel Comics’ oldest superheroes.In the comic, the Sub-Mariner’s real name is Prince Namor, a half-man/half-amphibian from the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. An anti-hero, he frequently finds himself helping the human race as much as he fights it when humans pollute the waters.

I can already feel myself being hit over the head with some sort of “message” from this film.

Even if that tactile premonition turns out to be false, I have to ask: the Sub-Mariner?!? As a supporting character he was often interesting and John Byrne’s treatment of him in 1990s comic, Namor was fine (but more because it was Byrne than because of Namor), I’m skeptical that Namor is sufficiently interesting to merit his own movie.

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Thursday, September 7, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

SCIFI.COM | Battlestar Galactica

h/t:   a reader

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006
By Dr. Steven Taylor

No spoilers, but some hints about Season Three: Battlestar Galactica season three — an early look - TV Squad

h/t: Sean Hackbarth

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