Now entering its fourth season on CBS [10/9C], Numb3rs continues to mix character, procedural and science [mathematics] elements in its own unique way to provide some of the quirkiest material of any of the far too many procedurals on TV. This season, Executive Producer Tony Scott steps behind the camera to direct Trust Metric, the season opener – and the conclusion to the sorta/kinda cliffhanger of last season’s finale.
Friday night marks the return of one of the most consistently entertaining sci-fi series: the Sci Fi Channel’s Stargate: Atlantis [10/9C], . Stargate: Atlantis kicks off its new series by welcoming SG-1’s Col. Samantha Carter aboard in the midst of death, destruction and mayhem. It’s definitely not just another day at the office! Continue reading Stargate Atlantis Gives Friday a Sci-Fi Kick!→
Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with David Hewlett about the fourth season of Stargate: Atlantis, and the how the changes affect everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Rodney McKay. While we talked mostly about season four of Atlantis, we got into horror movie geek mode; talked a bit about Doctor Who’s impact on his life, and also chatted about the making of his latest film, A Dog’s Breakfast.
In a TV season of serial overkill, among the few survivors were the continuing hit Grey’s Anatomy, the rookies Brothers & Sisters and the unlikely superheroes-in-plainclothes saga of NBC’s Heroes – a look at things might be if ordinary people around the world suddenly gained extraordinary abilities – and Charmed came to a much better than expected conclusion. The second season of Bones continued to produce standalone eps that featured continuing character arcs. One unexpected success: the unkempt sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, an unfunny collection of highly disreputable characters who offer little opportunity for an audience to relate to any one of them.
If there’s one word that can be used to describe this season’s new TV series, it’s risky. Just as a start, we have a remake of a ’70s series reimagined as the story of a woman unsure of her place in the world [Bionic Woman], a musical mystery series [Viva Laughlin] and a series about guy whose touch brings back the dead – though a further touch returns them to the state of death [Pushing Daisies]. Here’s a look at what you might expect in the next few weeks.
For some reason, the Highlander franchise has survived all manner of obstacles. The last two movies were – to say the least – atrocious. The anime´ was very average. One of the key figures in successfully transferring the movie concept to television, William S. Panzer, died. You’d think that would be enough. But, no! The Most Dangerous Night of Television is taking this Saturday off. Instead, we are getting Highlander: The Source [Sci Fi Channe, Saturday, 9/8C] – a movie that could’ve inspired Shakespeare’s phrase, “full of sound and fury – signifying nothing.”
The first Michael Shanks vehicle to air since Stargate SG-1 ended its run is a whacked out little Sci Fi Channel B-movie called Mega Snake [Sci Fi, Saturday, 9/8C] – and what could be more perfect for a B-movie than a giant snake? How about a blink or you’ll miss it appearance by Matthew Atherton as his Who Wants To Be A Superhero-winning character Feedback? Certainly, Mega Snake is all that and a bag of… well… something other than chips…
Let’s look at some cool new stuff on DVD shelves this week: Serenity Collector’s Edition – we already know that the Browncoats will buy this one, but if you were waiting for a jam-packed DVD set, this would be the one to get; it’s hard to believe it’s been twenty-five years since The Dark Crystal was released, but here’s its 25th Anniversary Edition, with a hologram cover and several new features; disturbia is a slacker take on Rear Window that successfully weds teen romance and psycho-killer genres, and Bubba Ho-Tep Limited Edition gives the oddball indie flick some glitzy new packaging…
“I am the most proud of this of anything I have ever done in my career.” After ten years as Colonel Samantha Carter on the now-cancelled science fiction show Stargate: SG1, not only has Amanda Tapping taken the leap into the Pegasus Galaxy to join the Stargate: Atlantis crew, but she is also focusing on a new venture, the fantasy drama Sanctuary, in which she stars as 153-year-old Dr Helen Magnus. Continue reading Finding Sanctuary: An Interview with Amanda Tapping and Damian Kindler→
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→