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The Bounty of Baylin: An Exclusive Q&A With Flash Gordon’s Karen Cliche

This Friday night at 9PM EST the SCI FI Channel enters another amazing scifi series into their scifriday line up. This time around it’s a new take on an old favorite, Flash Gordon. Continuing with Eclipse Magazine’s Flash Gordon mania week, we had a chance to catch up with the beautiful Karen Cliche who stars as bounty Hunter Baylin in the new version of Flash Gordon. Cliche is no stranger to the world of Scifi related television series, having had leading roles on several television series including Mutant X, Young Blades, Adventure Inc., Galidor, Vampire High. She is also no no stranger to the SCI FI Channel having guest starred in their original series The Dresden Files. In Flash Gordon, Karen Cliche plays Baylin who was Ming’s most valuable bounty hunter. Cast out at an early age from her tribe, the Verden, Baylin learned out of necessity to survive on her own. Continue reading The Bounty of Baylin: An Exclusive Q&A With Flash Gordon’s Karen Cliche

Flash Gordon: Swashbuckling Minus The Swash… and the Buckles…

The thing that stands out after screening the first three episodes of Flash Gordon [Sci Fi 9/8C] is that the show’s creative team seems to have to discarded everything about the popular comic strip except for the names of the characters and places. That strategy worked to telling effect on Battlestar Galactica and looks to have a lot of potential on NBC’s re-imagining of Bionic Woman. With Flash Gordon, it seems that it might not be the best of all possible space operas… Continue reading Flash Gordon: Swashbuckling Minus The Swash… and the Buckles…

Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix – Is It The End of the Universe As We Know It?

Ben Tennyson has used the Omnitrix to become various aliens for two reasons: the help others and because it’s just a lot of fun! Now, in saving the world from a DNA Bomb, Ben accidentally pushes the Omnitrix into SDM – Self-Destruct Mode! In Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix [The Cartoon Network, Friday, 7/6C], the Kirbyesque series gets its special, feature-length, primetime movie – and the fate of the entire universe does indeed hang in the balance! Continue reading Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix – Is It The End of the Universe As We Know It?

Flash Gordon Mania Starts Today With a Photo Journey from Michelle’s Recent Set Visit!!

Flash Gordon Mania Starts Today With a Photo Journey from Michelle's Recent Set Visit!!It’s a big week for Flash Gordon fans. The Sci-Fi channel’s long awaited debut of the brand new Gordon hits the small screen this Friday at 9pm EST. But before we get to this blessed event, you have to stick with EM’s five days of Flash! We have an exclusive interview with one of the stars of the show, video Q and A with the Cast and Crew from my recent set visit. A Look at the brand new Flash Gordon Remastered DVD and more surprises. We’re going to start off the week with a look at the Flash Gordon Set. Last month I was in Canada visiting the set and had a chance to partake in an extensive Q and A with the cast. We took lots of photos, here’s a sneak peak at the sets and cast from Sci-Fi’s recent Digital Press tour. Flash, ahaaaaa!!!!  Continue reading Flash Gordon Mania Starts Today With a Photo Journey from Michelle’s Recent Set Visit!!

Michael Shanks In 3rd Stargate Series ‘Just a Rumor’

 Over the days before the Christmas holiday, rumors and ‘news items’ about a possible third Stargate series began to appear on various Stargate related sites. Both Gateworld and Stargate:SG-1 Solutions were posting news stories based on information garnered from anonymous ‘production sources’.

From Gateworld came the announcements that there is to be a third Stargate series added to the franchise and that MGM has officially put an end to plans for a season 11 of Stargate: SG-1. However when contacted about these two things for official comfirmation, MGM could not confirm either a new series in the works or cancellation of plans for a season 11 of Stargate: SG-1.

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Battlestar Galactica: The Insurrection Begins!

Baltar & Six

We’ve had to wait an extra four months for the return of Battlestar Galactica [Sci Fi, Fridays, check local listings], but it was worth the wait. The special, Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far, this week – and when the third season premieres, next week, it returns the show to its place in the ranks of the very best programs on television. It also begins four months after the Cylons discovered New Caprica and forced the government of the Twelve Colonies to surrender. Where to begin? The Leoben [Callum Keith Rennie] model has returned and taken Kara “Starbuck” Thrace [Katee Sackoff] away to live with him; the Brother Cavil model [Dean Stockwell] is advocating the reduction of the human populace to something more manageable; Lee “Apollo” Adama [Jamie Bamber] has gotten fat, and Gaius Baltar [James Callis] is now head of a puppet government. In short, things are going to hell in a handcart and there doesn’t seem to be anything anyone can do about it.  Continue reading Battlestar Galactica: The Insurrection Begins!

STARGATE COMES TO iTUNES

Fans of the highly popular scifi series STARGATE SG-1, now in its tenth and TV history making season, and STARGATE: ATLANTIS, now in its third season have a totally new way to access them. Yesterday MGM announced that current episodes of the hit science fiction/adventure series will be made available for purchase and download from the iTunes Music Store (www.itunes.com).

The first five episodes of STARGATE SG1 season ten and the first five episodes of STARGATE ATLANTIS season three are now available for download and subsequent episodes for both series will be available within 24 hours after airing on the SCI FI Channel.

“By making these popular series available through iTunes we’re able to extend the reach of the MGM brand and the STARGATE franchise,

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: Q&A with Morena Baccarin of ‘Firefly’ and ‘Stargate SG1’


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Morena Baccarin was raised in New York and attended the prestigious Juilliard School. Her role as the Companion, Inara, in the short-lived cult science fiction show ‘Firefly’ and its big-screen follow-up ‘Serenity’ has made her recognisable to sci-fi fans around the world. She is now appearing in the tenth season of ‘Stargate SG1’ as Adria, daughter of intergalactic maverick Vala Mal Doran (Claudia Black). And there are hints in the wind that she will soon be taking on the lead role in a new version of ‘Wonderwoman’, a rumour neither confirmed nor denied by Morena Baccarin in this question and answer session with Carole Gordon.


CG: Your mother was an actor. Did you always want to follow her into acting?

MB: I never thought I was going to be an actor. My entire family was in the business in Brazil and I wanted to do something completely different. And look where I ended up?!

CG: What do you consider to be your best work?

MB: Some things here and there. A couple of scenes in ‘Firefly’ I really like. Like the one I tell the Captain I’m leaving. Also some plays I did in school because they are characters I probably won’t get to play for a long time.

CG: How did you get the role of Inara on ‘Firefly’?

MB: I auditioned for the casting directors in LA and then they had me wait around to meet Joss. After that I had to test for the network. It all happened very quickly since they were already a week into shooting.

CG: How would you describe Inara?

MB: She is an incredibly smart and studied woman with a very deep dark secret. She is someone that has seen a lot and carries the weight of her experiences with her. She is compassionate and at the same time resourceful.

CG: Inara’s relationship with Mal seemed at times antagonistic. Was it leading to something else if the show had continued?

MB: They are star-crossed lovers. Too stubborn to see past their own hang-ups. I have no idea what would have happened had the show gone on, but it would have been interesting.

CG: Were the cast shocked that Joss Whedon killed off Book and Wash in ‘Serenity’?

MB: Yes!

CG: Were the cast and producers happy with how ‘Serenity’ turned out?

MB: Yes!

CG: Any news on a follow-up series or movie?

MB: No.

CG: If the show were to return, what developments would you wish to see in Inara’s storyline?

MB: I’d like to see more of her past.

CG: What would you feel about continuing on the show without Wash and Book?

MB: I’m sure Joss would find a way to bring them back. It wouldn’t be the same without them.

CG: It’s often reported that the cast of ‘Firefly’ are very close. Do you all still keep in touch?

MB: Yes. We see each other every once in a while. At BBQ’s or lunches. We stay in touch for sure.



CG: Since then, you have appeared in ‘The OC’. Was it hard to move on after ‘Firefly’?

MB: I unfairly compare every experience to ‘Firefly’. Nothing quite equals it.

CG: You now have a recurring role on ‘Stargate SG1’ as Adria. Could you say something about this character?

MB: She is truly evil. It is so fun playing her. She is sure that her religion is the way and she won’t take no for an answer.

CG: How do you feel about playing the baddie?

MB: It allows a lot of freedom. I love the powers I got to play with.

CG: How did you approach the role?

MB: I had to do some research on who everybody was and what was my history since my character had already been introduced. ‘Stargate’ is confusing if you haven’t been watching the past few episodes. I had to get the names of all the kinds of people down.

CG: How do you get on with your “mother” (Claudia Black)?

MB: She is amazing. A very sweet person and an incredible actress. She was very welcoming and warm.

CG: How difficult was it stepping into a group like the SG1 cast and crew, many of whom have worked together for several years?

MB: They all made me feel very welcome. They know each other well and have a good rapport with one another, so they just opened the doors for me to step in.

CG: Do you have any anecdotes about filming with the Stargate team?

MB: There were a lot of World Cup soccer arguments going on. Being from Brazil I was sure we were going to win. I may have been a touch obnoxious about it. But it was all in good fun.

CG: Both ‘Firefly’ and ‘Stargate’ have very loyal fanbases. Is it scary to have such dedicated fans?

MB: No. I have certainly appreciated the encouragement. It was the fan base that got ‘Serenity’ going so…

CG: You have done a number of conventions. Have you had any memorable moments at a convention?

MB: There are always a couple of jerks here and there that can make you feel uncomfortable but for the most part people are very nice. It is fun to get a chance to meet face to face the people that are watching you.

CG: Do you think life is getting harder for actors these days? Are reality shows reducing the availability of roles for actors?

MB: Business is tough anywhere. I have experienced a lack of work overall. In TV and films. Hopefully the drought will end soon, with some sort of new media.

CG: Which current TV shows do you particularly admire?

MB: I love ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Boston Legal’.

CG: Are there any actors and directors you would particularly love to work with?

MB: The list is very long. Terrence Malick, Ralph Fiennes, Spielberg…. it doesn’t end.

CG: Do you have other projects in the pipeline?

MB: Hopefully!

Hail to the Chief: Interview with Aaron Douglas, Battlestar Galactica’s Chief Tyrol

Aaron Douglas, ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol, is not a fan of remakes. If something is really great to begin with, he thinks they should just leave well enough alone. No doubt that sentiment was echoed by many fans of the original version of the 1970s cult science fiction show. But, as Douglas explains to Carole Gordon, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ is different. “I don’t think the original ‘Battlestar’ had the run it deserved,” Douglas says. “I certainly don’t think the writers brought the story to fruition. And combined with that they were going to re-imagine it, I thought ‘Okay, it will be different enough; it will be that in name only’.”  Continue reading Hail to the Chief: Interview with Aaron Douglas, Battlestar Galactica’s Chief Tyrol