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The Sci Fi Digital Press Tour report, part two

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 2nd 2007 10:03AM
stargate atlantis set visit
Something I really enjoyed about Sci Fi putting this event on for us was getting to put faces to people involved with other online outlets. SyFy Portal, Gateworld, The TV Addict, DVD Verdict, Monsters and Critics, UGO, and TVaholic, among others (sorry if I missed mentioning you and you're reading this – I'm still recovering.) These were real fans of television, and they were as excited as anyone to be there. What pissed me off, though, was overhearing a few people in attendance say "I never watch TV," yet here they were, covering TV shows. What were they doing there? Lame. That should piss off any fan of these shows, because this was more than an event to be reported on my the media, it was put on for the fans. OK, I'm done my rant.

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Stargate Atlantis panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour, part two - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 29th 2007 3:01PM
stargate atlantis panel
One thing I would have liked from the event in Vancouver was more time. Somehow Sci Fi was able to cram in three panels and three set tours of some of the most successful science fiction TV shows on TV today. After the Atlantis panel, I couldn't help but approach Dave Hewlett to let him know that I was Twittering the entire trip to the TV Squad readers, since he's an avid user of the technology himself. Very cool guy and very approachable, but because of time restrictions of the trip, I had to cut our talk short.

As promised, here's part two of the Stargate Atlantis panel. I'll have the Flash Gordon panel for you on Monday.

[UPDATE: The stream is working now (below), which includes the entire panel.]

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Stargate Atlantis panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour, part one - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 29th 2007 1:01PM
stargate atlantis panel interview
Something that maybe some of us took for granted was the fact that, not only were we participating in a panel interview with the cast of these shows, we were conducting these panels on the very set the show is shot on (the Stargate is right there!) It also helped that there were only 25 of us handing around a microphone, making it very easy for everyone to get in at least one question.

Stargate Atlantis was on hiatus from shooting, but that didn't stop David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell and showrunners Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie from heading to the studio to meet us all. Check back later for part two of the panel.

[UPDATE: The video below now includes the entire panel video.]

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Firefly & Serenity in space

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 28th 2007 12:12PM
astronaut; firefly; serenityThis news is a big damn deal to die hard fans of Firefly and Serenity (we call 'em 'Browncoats'). Apparently there are some Browncoats at NASA and they have managed to get DVDs of Joss Whedon's television show and movie up to the International Space Station. Astronaut Steven R. Swanson is the fan who just returned from the ISS after delivering the DVDs (oh yeah, and other important astronaut/survival supplies).

There's a fan page that blogs about it called Breaking Atmo. The most recent posts has all sorts of photos of Firefly and Serenity DVDs floating in space. One of the blog posts says that "Swanny" got the other astronauts addicted to Firefly while they were all in quarantine for five hours before the shuttle Atlantis launched earlier this month.

I've also heard that there are a number of astronauts at NASA who are addicted to Battlestar Galactica. Can you blame them?!?

[Via Pop Candy]

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Stargate Atlantis: Vengeance

by Brett Love, posted Jun 16th 2007 3:38PM
Rachel Luttrell and Connor Trinneer - Stargate Atlantis

(S03E19) This is more of what I have been waiting for as the season winds down for the Atlantis team. Here is an arc with a good enemy that builds nicely on the overall Atlantis story. I love the decision to bring back Michael. That's partly just because I like Connor Trinneer (Enterprise), but mostly because the story of Michael, and what the Atlantis team did to him, is very interesting.

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Amanda Tapping joins the Atlantis team

by Brett Love, posted Jan 16th 2007 4:42PM
Amanda TappingThere has been quite a bit of speculation about the move, but now it's official. Amanda Tapping will be joining the cast of Stargate: Atlantis for 14 episodes in season four. Executive Producer Brad Wright said that the idea is one that they have been considering for a long time, but they held back because SG-1 kept going. The recent announcement that SG-1 won't be returning after the current season has opened the door for Colonel Carter to make the jump.

Season four of Atlantis marks another change for the show. As Wright and fellow Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper turn their attention to the SG-1 movies, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie will take over as show-runners for Atlantis.I like the addition of Tapping to the cast. I've always been a fan of Carter, and with Paul McGillion not returning as Dr. Becket in season four, there is an opening to be filled.

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Stargate, Atlantis, Painkiller Jane coming in April

by Brett Love, posted Dec 5th 2006 4:03PM
stargate atlantisWe've already mentioned that Battlestar is moving to Sundays on January 21st. It will be joined by the highly anticipated new series The Dresden Files. Now comes word that Sci Fi Friday's will return in April with the final ten episodes of Stargate, the continuation of the current season of Atlantis, and the new show Painkiller Jane. The press release also mentions new episodes of Ghost Hunters, the new season of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, and 24 'pulse-pounding' original movies.

It's good to have a date for the Stargate return, but i am among those that just doesn't get what Sci Fi is doing with their scheduling. TV Squad reader Mack pointed out that the new Atlantis episodes are already airing in other markets, and a quick check of some torrent sites reveals that they are out there to be had. I didn't like the long break in the season when they did it with Farscape, and I don't like it now. With the serial nature of these shows, big breaks just don't work. 24 got it right.

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David Bowie to guest star on SpongeBob

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 11th 2006 9:16AM
spongebobAccording to The New York Post, pop legend David Bowie was recently in the city to record his role in a 'special' episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. He'll play Lord Royal Highness in the special episode, called Atlantis Square Pants. Bowie says he wanted to do the role because his daughter is a huge SpongeBob SquarePants fan. On his blog at DavidBowie.com, he says, "I've hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs." The episode won't air until next year.

Bowie also appeared in season 2 of Extras in Britain... his website says season 2 comes to American HBO on Sundays in January.

[Via TV Tattle]

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Stargate Atlantis: McKay & Mrs. Miller

by Will O'Brien, posted Sep 9th 2006 10:21AM
The brains in action
(S03E06) Ok... Meredith? Rodney's first name is Meredith? What did he do to anger the writers and how can we make it happen again? McKay is so energetic and blatantly emotional that he's become one of my favorites to watch on screen. The combination of plot devices - two Rodneys Meredith's and an estranged sister made for an entertaining Atlantis.

Watch out for the intro - whatever you do don't take a sip of wine. You'll end up snorting it up your nose. It burns, trust me.

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Stargate is on iTunes

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 20th 2006 4:51PM

stargateIn case any of you Stargate fans haven't found out about this already, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis now have episodes available for download on iTunes. Right now you can download episodes from season 10 of Stargate SG-1 (plus new episodes from the season as they become available), and season 3 of Stargate Atlantis (also with new episodes as they become available). The episodes cost the usual $1.99, and a season pass can be purchased for $37.99. Alternatively, I suppose you could still use BitTorrent, but if you like to get your Stargate fix in a more legitimate fashion, this is a decent option. Hopefully other seasons will be made available soon.

Special thanks to Mack Swift for the info.

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Stargate Atlantis: The Real World

by Will O'Brien, posted Aug 19th 2006 8:51AM
Weir faces her deamon
(S03E05)
This Atlantis a classic scifi mind trip episode. Weir wakes up in a hospital room.... and she's told that she never left Earth. Things start looking a bit freaky when Jack's head goes on fast forward like a mad TiVo. Our Dr. Weir seems to be getting better and better in her mind trip. In fact, half the episode is devoted to just setting it up.

Back in Atlantis Weir is being scanned - something's spreading through her. Okay, she's been infected with nanites. (Yay! I thought the previous episode finished way too easy. Not that I think it's great to infect people with nanites.) As the doc works on a solution to the nanite infection, Shep encourages Weir to fight (In the chairless infirmary).

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Stargate Atlantis: Sateda

by Will O'Brien, posted Aug 5th 2006 8:30AM

(S03E04) This has to be one of the best episodes yet. Shep's team starts out on some random planet. Ronon has a bad feeling, and Rodney is his usual pessimistic self. Upon entering the village, someone starts shouting Wraith bringer and things turn ugly. Rodney gets uh, shot with an arrow, and they make off to the gate post-haste. The villagers manage to stun Teyla and Ronon before Shep gets back to help up. In the end, even Shep gets a stun dart in the arm. (oops.)

After nap time, we find out that the backwoods villagers are REALLY backwoods villagers. They've actually called the wraith to come get Ronon. (Seriously, Hi guys you ate my daughter, but I believe you'll leave us alone now.") Meanwhile Rodney's hopped up on Morphine.

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Stargate SG-1: The Pegasus Project

by Will O'Brien, posted Jul 29th 2006 9:43AM

(S10E03)
If you were getting tired of SG-1 getting pushed around by the Ori in the last couple of episodes, this one helps make up for it all. The team is finally doing some proactive stuff right from the beginning.
Oh, and Daniel finally gets to Atlantis.

He keeps Vala on a pretty tight leash, but they still have some fun. Meanwhile, Carter and Mitchell have made off with McKay and a load of citrus fruit. Ok, not really, but the lemon comes in handy.

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Stargate Atlantis: Irresistible

by Will O'Brien, posted Jul 29th 2006 9:32AM

(S03E03)
Atlantis is in between giant story arcs right now. The latest episode was good fun, and it keeps you guessing. I loved this little scene with the candle. They were all so proud of this little candle.

It was a pretty light hearted story. Once again I'm questioning Beckett's common sense. Well, I'm sure as heck wondering why they'd leave him all alone on a strange planet. Sure Shep's team checked things out, but Beckett isn't Mr Grace Under Pressure. (I think my 3 year old could make him talk.)

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