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Sci-Fi TV's Most Memorable Female Characters

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 8th 2011 11:00AM
Laura Roslin, Battlestar GalacticaTV Squad's list of TV's Most Memorable Female TV Characters had quite a few space travelers in the mix, but there are more strong sci-fi ladies we simply had to pay tribute to.

As this essential chart from Overthinking It makes clear, "strong" female characters are not flawless specimens capable of kicking butt at the drop of a hat. They're complicated, flawed, contradictory, unpredictable and -- this is important -- as charismatic, heroic or disappointing as the leading male characters on their shows.

Sci-fi shows aren't always kind to women -- too many have used female characters as inessential eye candy over the years -- but the women below are unforgettable examples of thoughtful writing memorably melding with terrific acting.

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'Fringe' Season 3, Episode 15 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 26th 2011 2:45PM
'Fringe' - 'Subject 13'['Fringe' - 'Subject 13']

Well isn't that just Olivia's bad luck to have been dubbed "Subject 13" back in 1984 when she took part in Walter's experiments in Florida. Actually, hers was sadly not a very happy existence back then, but at least she discovered that she wasn't alone in her struggles. She had a Bishop in her corner, and in fact made an impact on four of them before last night's episode of 'Fringe' was out.

This week, we jumped into the wayback machine and spent the entirety of the episode in 1984 -- we even got a sweet retro-'Fringe' intro sequence to commemorate our journey. Add to that the classic "soft lighting" filming techniques of most dramas of the era, and you can tell the producers really put some care into the making of this episode.

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'Supernatural' and 'Fringe' Friday Night Ratings Up

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 21st 2011 9:20AM
'Fringe' S03/E14Good news for 'Supernatural' and 'Fringe' fans: The curse of the Friday night "Death Slot" may just be weakening.

Or perhaps Joshua Jackson's personal appeal to fans to boost 'Fringe' ratings is paying dividends. Whatever, it was a good week for both series: According to TVLine.com audience figures bucked recent trends and rose Friday night.

In fact, most scripted shows posted good ratings Friday night. 'Blue Bloods' held its position as the most-watched show, even though its audience numbers were down 10 percent from its recent Wednesday night airing. The big loser was 'Smallville,' which saw a decline in viewers to 2.2 million, a fall of 5 percent.

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'Fringe' Season 3, Episode 14 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 19th 2011 10:30AM
'Fringe' - '6B'['Fringe' - '6B']

"Today wasn't a victory. Today was a vision of things to come." -- Walter

If Walter's correct, then the ante just got raised -- perhaps in both worlds -- in the latest installment of 'Fringe.' Through the connection of a single apartment building, an event the likes of which the This Side universe has never seen began to occur. By the end of the episode, we'd got a chance to see the Other Side response to the same phenomenon.

But what is the most powerful force in the universe? What force could tear universes asunder and yet at the same time save them in the wink of an eye? And what force can heal wounds and help us move beyond the traumas of life, loss and alternate romances?

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'Fringe' Season 3, Episode 13 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 12th 2011 11:30AM
'Fringe' - 'Immortality'['Fringe' - 'Immortality']

Commenter lbrown2293 saw it coming. Did you?

We slipped back to the "Other Side" this week and checked in with how their Fringe Division is handling things. One of their big concerns has to do with Alt-Broyles. While we know the sacrifice he made to save "our" Olivia, his compatriats do not.

To them, he is missing, and in his absence, someone else has stepped up to take charge. Sheep are still extinct, the avian flu is a pandemic that knows no vaccine, and Fauxlivia is asked the big one by her boyfriend. But that's before--

Well, we'll get to that.

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BBC America Revamps 'Supernatural Saturdays' and Signals Move to Original Programming

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 6th 2011 7:30AM
'Doctor Who logoIs BBC America angling to become the new TV home of serious sci fi? With the recent cancelations of 'Caprica' and 'Stargate: Universe,' and the fate of 'V' and 'Fringe' hanging in the balance, it hasn't been a great winter for fans of ambitious, scripted sci fi series.

Now, however, comes news that even though it won't be showing the new season of fan favorite 'Torchwood', BBC America has decided to champion the sci fi genre, and is adding a daytime block of sci fi programming pairing 'The X Files' with with 'Doctor Who' reruns. We also hear exciting news that the channel is moving toward making its own original programming for the first time.

The New Year has brought a revamp of BBC America's primetime "Supernatural Saturdays," which the channel says demonstrates its commitment to sci fi. In this slot, the channel is rolling out three all-new co-productions: 'Primeval', 'Outcasts' and 'Bedlam.' It will also be home to new seasons of 'Doctor Who' and 'Being Human'.

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'Stargate: Universe' Cancellation Puts Kibosh on 'Atlantis' Film

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 30th 2010 12:02PM
Stargate UniverseA new casualty of 'Stargate: Universe's' cancellation has emerged: the planned 'Stargate: Atlantis' DVD movie.

Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi took to his blog to answer fan questions and shared the news.

"I'm sorry to say but the cancellation puts the brakes on whatever progress the 'SGA' movie had made in the past month, shelving it indefinitely," Mallozzi wrote.

"The cancellation of 'SGU' is very bad news for those looking forward to an 'Atlantis' movie," he said.

Syfy pulled the plug on 'SGU' in early December. The remaining episodes will air as planned in the spring.

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Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth: 'V'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 21st 2010 1:20PM
Spoilers AnonymousThis is Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we discuss and give our two cents about recently released spoilers and how they may affect the storylines, shows and fans.

This in-depth version of the column goes hand in hand with our weekly spoilers column in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.

This week, we discuss spoilers for the upcoming season of 'V,' which will premiere on January 4 on ABC.

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Virginia Madsen Signs on For Recurring Role in 'The Event'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 14th 2010 10:15AM
Virginia MadsenNBC's sci-fi drama 'The Event' may be on a three-month hiatus from our screens, but that doesn't mean that production has shut down. It's been announced that Virgina Madsen ('Sideways,' 'Scoundrels') has signed on for a recurring role

According to deadline.com, the Oscar nominee will play Catherine Lewis, the widow of a US senator from Alaska who has taken over her late husbands post. "A former powerhouse attorney, the Harvard graduate is determined to carry out her husband's legacy at any cost."

Lewis is described as a "major recurring" character, and the role was reportedly first offered to Connie Britton ('Friday Night Lights,' 'Spin City') back in November.

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'The Event' Season 1, Episode 9 Recap

by Ryan McGee, posted Nov 23rd 2010 2:00AM
['The Event' – 'Your World to Take']

As you may have heard, NBC has scheduled a roughly three-month hiatus for 'The Event' after next week's Fall finale. Such a plan didn't exactly work out for shows like 'Flash Forward' or 'V' last year, although 'V' did manage to stay alive for another season. Will 'The Event' suffer the fate of the former, or get a stay of execution like the latter? It's hard to say right now, but then again, it's hard to say anything about the show as this point. While its characters seem to have a vague sense of what they want, the audience was probably left largely scratching its collective head after tonight's episode, 'Your World to Take.'

The initial run of this show has been hobbled by its title: at first, 'The Event' seemed to refer to the disappearance of a plane over Miami. Then, it seemed to refer to the crash landing of a plane full of MaybeAliens. Now, it involves something to do with little girls that are eight going on 80. Add in some White House incompetence, a bland love interest, and lots of things that go BOOM, and you've certainly got no lack of things going on. But what those events lack is anything resembling coherence and/or importance.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Nov 20th 2010 2:00PM
'Sanctuary'
['Sanctuary' - 'Animus']

This week's episode was all about pairings. The team split up into pairs; each off on their own quest. Will and Henry channeled Butch and Sundance and ran off to Oldham, England to investigate a werewolf sighting and what they found was a seemingly normal hospital full of werewolves.

Magnus and Nikola Tesla (or the "Magnet", as Henry calls him) tried to unlock the secrets of the holographic city first introduced a few episodes back, but ran into a puzzle they needed to solve . Kate and the Big Guy, well, they were on a undetermined mission, but they'll be back Friday!

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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 9 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 20th 2010 11:30AM
smallville patriot hogan['Smallville' – 'Patriot']

Clark Kent learned another hard lesson on this week's episode of 'Smallville': Sometimes fighting for truth, justice and the American way means battling corrupt baddies working for the United States government.

Michael Hogan (Saul Tigh from 'Battlestar Galactica') guest starred as General Slade Wilson, a mean and merciless military man bent on destroying any threat to democracy – including superheroes, aka unregistered vigilantes.

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'The Event' Season 1 Episode 7 Recap

by Ryan McGee, posted Nov 9th 2010 1:15AM
['The Event' – 'I Know Who You Are']

'The Event' returned tonight, picking up moments after the climatic events of last episode. In addition, it carried over all the strengths and weaknesses of that previous hour. 'I Know Who You Are' continued to actually strengthen some of the show's core elements, even while its worst parts keep dragging the whole endeavor down. There's a potentially good show in here, buried under an unnecessarily tangled narrative. Streamlining the show's focus should yield increasingly stronger results, but for now, it's saddled with about one story line too many.

There were a lot of moving pieces in tonight's episode, with the three facets of the overall conspiracy in play. But on a fundamental level, the problems tonight were all the same. Each story, at its core, lay around themes of trust and family. While 'The Event' has often succeeded at telling a fairly interesting story with fairly bland characters, the protagonists tonight all made decisions in relatable fashion. Let's break things down by the type of familial problem at stake.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 3 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Oct 30th 2010 11:45AM
['Sanctuary' - 'Bank Job']

The first two episodes of season three were pretty heavy on the dramatics. 'Kali Part 3' and 'Firewall' dealt with the aftermath of the Big Bertha incident and the repercussions of Will's death and resurrection, so it's no surprise that 'Sanctuary' needed a bit of a breather and what better way to breathe after the apocalypse than a bank robbery?

The premise sounded heavy, but it was actually more fun than you'd expect -- a little Bonnie, Bonnie and Clyde action. The Sanctuary gang traveled to a small town bank to recover an abnormal that was locked up in a safety deposit box, but when Magnus discovered that the egg had hatched and took a host, it was up to Kate to improvise.

But, the episode didn't play out like your everyday run-of-the-mill bank robbery, because as it turned out the gang had a little competition. One of the hostages was also after the hatched egg to sell on the abnormal black market and once the hold up got out of control there was a reverse hostage situation.

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Why 'The Walking Dead' Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2010 5:45PM
The Walking Dead
There's something different about AMC's 'The Walking Dead.' Is it the zombies? Maybe.The blood, gore and guns? Well, 'True Blood' has the first two aspects too and while the weapons are kind of cool, there's something else.

Something caused AMC to order the show for a full season without a pilot. Something has caused this fevered excitement that has gripped TV fans and genre buffs alike. So, what makes 'The Walking Dead' so intriguing?

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